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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1527 reviews of Canon PowerShot S3 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the price and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the memory and low light performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S3 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S3 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S3 IS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and performance also get good views. Some have doubts about the contrast. Views are divided on the shutter.

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Thomas Ricker (engadget.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS reviewed

 

Digital Camera Resource got their mits on the Canon PowerShot S3 IS recently and were kind enough to post a detailed review for our perusal. While the S3 isn't exactly "an exciting upgrade" over its S2 IS predecessor, the reviewer still found it to be...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (pcworld.com)

Powershot S3 IS Digital Camera

 

The 6-megapixel Canon PowerShot S3 IS ($500 as of August 25, 2006) offers a lot of features for the price. Among the most attractive of these are its optical image stabilization, 12X optical zoom, fast maximum shutter speed, and swiveling 2-inch LCD...

Swiveling LCD, many control buttons 12X optical zoom, image stabilization

Low battery life

In our lab tests, the S3 IS delivered impressive overall image quality, its best attributes being color and exposure accuracy. The camera's scores for distortion and sharpness, however, were below average. In my informal shots, the S3 IS generally...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

 

There's a lot to like about the 12X optical, 6-megapixel Canon PowerShot S3 IS superzoom, but the price is steep.

No shutter lag. Articulating LCD. Powerful feature set. Very good video.

Smallish 2-inch LCD. Mediocre recycle time. Expensive.

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Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS Review

 

Like the S2 IS before it (and for that matter the original S1 IS), the latest version of Canon's flagship Image stabilized Ultra zoom PowerShot has been one of the most popular cameras on dpreview (measured by clicks) since the day it was announced....

Good resolution Good color, good exposure, generally accurate focus 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range Image stabilization works well (and can be used in movie mode) Packed with features Very quiet Solid construction and good handling Fast and...

Occasional focus hunting at the telephoto end of the zoom in low light ISO 800 mode is too noisy to be really useful ISO 200 noise reduction too strong No rechargeable batteries supplied in the box Occasional highlight clipping due to over exposure of...

Where the S2 IS offered a huge performance leap over its predecessor, the S3 IS is in reality a minor upgrade, and with good reason; there was a lot less that needed improvement. Aside from the newer sensor, the welcome addition of a direct ISO button,...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS review

 

main content I went car shopping awhile back--the first time I'd ever looked for one on my own--and, accustomed to the rapidly changing pace of the tech sector, I innocently asked the salesman what the differences were between last year's model and the...

Fast and responsive; comfortable design; decent movie capture; flip and twist LCD; fast, high-quality lens with effective optical image stabilization.

Tiny LCD; lacks raw support; faux wide-screen capture.

A very well-executed megazoom camera, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS reminds you why dSLRs still have competition for photo enthusiasts' hearts.

May, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Canon Powershot S3 IS

 

Continue on to Page Two Powershot S3 IS Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 6.2 million) Lens Canon 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilization 6.0 (W) - 72.0...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Canon Powershot S3 IS Test

 

Canon PowerShot S3 IS - 12x optischer Zoom Die Canon PowerShot S3 IS ist keine gewöhnliche digitale Kompaktkamera mit einem großen Zoombereich. Sie ist ein Multimediagerät. Man kann schließlich nicht nur Fotos, sondern auch Filme mit Stereo-Ton mit ihr...

Jul, 2007

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Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Canon Powershot S3 IS review

 

The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is the successor of the popular PowerShot S2 IS camera, which was subjected to an array of tests in one of our previous in-depth digital camera reviews. Digital cameras such as the Canon S3 IS enjoy a considerable popularity,...

The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is not your average digital compact camera with a large zoom range. It is in fact a multimedia device. After all, this camera enables you to do so much more than take photos; you now have the choice of video clips with stereo...

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

 

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12x zoom with image stabilization ; Useable 4x digital zoom (for 48x scope-like range) ; Auto Hi and ISO 800 sensitivity settings ; Very responsive shutter speed ; Fast startup/shutdown time ; Good color accuracy ; Powerful built-in flash ; Very...

High noise at high sensitivity settings ; Rather contrasty default tone curve ; Higher than average chromatic aberration at all focal lengths ; Fast shutter speeds not available at all apertures, which is not uncommon ; Movie files restricted to 1 GB...

The Canon S3 IS bumps resolution up to 6.0 megapixels (for 2,816 x 2,112 pixel images up from 2,592 x 1,944), increases the sensitivity range to ISO 800, features a slightly larger LCD (2.0 inches vs. 1.8), includes a Movie button available in any...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

 

Everything else is the same as on the PowerShot S2. That means that the S3 has a 12X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilizer, rotating LCD, full manual controls, and enhanced movie mode

Very good photo quality; low noise levels for a 6MP camera ; 12X zoom lens with optical image stabilization ; Full manual controls ; Excellent movie mode: VGA resolution (30 fps), stereo sound, zoom ability, wind screen, selectable audio quality/level...

Redeye ; Movie mode file size limit arrives quickly ; Electronic viewfinder resolution could be better ; Plastic tripod mount ; RAW format support would've been nice ; Tiny memory card and throwaway batteries included; lens cap isn't great

Overall, I really like the PowerShot S3, and it earns my enthusiastic recommendation. Yes, it has a few flaws, but doesn't everything? For people wanting a solid and capable ultra zoom camera, this one should be high on your list. If you yearn for a...

Dec, 2007

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