Summary Canon S3 IS

Prices Price
Camera only
$295
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 9
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 21
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 12x
Screen size
Help 2"
Aperture
Help f/2.7
Screen resolution
Help 115k dots
Wide angle
Help 36 mm
Movie format
Help 480p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot S3 ISCanon PowerShot S3 IS

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Pros

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The Canon S3 IS vs other recent digicams

Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Digital
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The Canon S3 IS vs other recent super zooms

Size Quite small Help
Prosumer size (113×78×76 mm)
Weight Light Help
510 g
Thickness Thin Help
3"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$295.00

Cons

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The Canon S3 IS vs other recent digicams

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
36 mm
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
Announced Old Help
February 2006
Weight Heavy Help
510 g
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1.5 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
5.9 MP
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Sensor type Sensor type Help
CCD
Thickness Thick Help
3"
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds
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The Canon S3 IS vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
12x
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
115k dots
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable
Movie format Low resolution movies Help
480p @ 30fps
Screen size Very small screen Help
2"
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
800 ISO
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Discussion

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Rla8785 (4:43 PM, October 22, 2011)
I've had this camera for approx. four years.  I was happy with it until the mechanical shutter started sticking closed.  I found out this is a common problem.  If it hasn't happened yet, it is probably only a matter of time.
 
Joey_galang42 (8:19 PM, January 29, 2011)
I have this cam but it works good for me so far good pictures