Canon PowerShot S3 IS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom (conversion lenses optional)
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 4 AA batteries
  • 2.0 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (16MB included)
  • Release Date: 2006-02-24
  • Final Grade: 77 C+

C+

Canon PowerShot S3 IS
6 megapixels; 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom (conversion lenses optional); auto and manual focus; auto and manual exposure; JPEG file format; ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto); movie mode w/sound; 4 AA batteries; 2.0 inch LCD; SD card storage (16MB included)
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

This camera is ancient. We recommend that you go with a much newer model like the Canon SX20. Here's what we had to say about the S3 when it was released way back in February 2006:

Canon's extended zoom camera gets a bit of a makeover. An update of the S2IS, the S3IS is a sleek camera with a cool, gun-metal grey paintjob that says this camera is here to do business. The 6 megapixel sensor and 12x optical zoom combine to create tremendously detailed and versatile images, all kept in line by Canon's powerful image stabilization technology. The S3IS also has a strong video mode as well, offering 30 frames-per-second and stereo-sound that Canon claims can rival even standard camcorders. The S3IS is a serious camera with plenty of functionality, perfect for those who want not just long-range photographs but a long-range experience.

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