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Canon's PowerShot S3 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: Image-stabilized PowerShot S3 IS launched
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 06:00 EST)

One of a whopping eight PowerShot digital cameras unveiled by Canon today, the PowerShot S3 IS won't fit in a pocket - but it will most certainly help get you close to your subject.

The largest of the PowerShots in this ramp of announcements, the S3 IS is still fairly compact by long-zoom camera standards, with dimensions of 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.0" - the same size as the S2 IS model in whose footsteps the new camera follows. Sensor resolution has taken a boost to six megapixels, and coupled with the Digic II processor, a maximum ISO sensitivity of 800 is now available. The Canon-branded 12x image stabilized zoom lens offers a range from a moderate wide angle of 36mm to a very useful 432mm telephoto equivalents. A VGA movie mode coupled with what is calling "MovieSnap" - the ability to capture six megapixel stills during movie recording - adds to the camera's versatility. A 2.0-inch tilt/swivel LCD display is rather smaller than some of the latest digicams on the market, but will let the camera be used in a wider range of situations than would be possible with a fixed LCD. Other features include USB and NTSC / PAL connectivity, SD / MMC card storage, and power from four standard AA batteries, with alkaline disposables included in the product bundle.

Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Canon's PowerShot S3 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type EVF
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number S3 IS
Dimensions 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.0"
113.4 x 78.0 x 75.5mm
Weight 410.0 g
14.3 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD 2.0"
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
12x optical zoom
58mm lens thread, Body threads w/ adapter
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 6.0 - 72.0mm (actual)
36 - 432mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.7 (wide) / f/3.5 (tele)
Focusing System TTL with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/3200 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Evaluative/ Center-weighted average/ Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off (red-eye reduction available)
Range: 0.7 - 5.2 m (2.3 - 17.1 ft.) (W), 0.7 - 4.0 m (2.3 - 13.1 ft.) (T)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Digital Zoom 4.0x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (MotionJPEG / Stereo WAV) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 4 x AA
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger 4 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 0.0MB
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Operating System Compatibility Windows / Mac
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Canon's PowerShot S3 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

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