Canon Powershot S3 IS

I was over at the electronics and computer square today, to enquire for the price of the camera I would get in the near future.

Yes, it’s the Canon Powershot S3 IS.


The store manager qouted it for a price of 680SGD (that’s not including GST). Other stores gave it a 690 and 698SGD.

Canon Powershot S3 IS Features

-6-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2816 x 2112
-Canon 12x zoom (36-432mm equiv.) with Optical Image Stabilization
-Super Macro closeup focus to 0 inches!
-New Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for HDTV display
-Articulated 2.0-inch color LCD flips forward and rotates 270°
-Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, full Manual
-Image zone modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene and Stitch assist
-Interval shooting and Exposure and Focus Bracketing
-Movie w/stereo sound, 640×480 or 320×240, 30fps or 15fps
-Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/3200 sec in Manual mode.
-Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)
-High-speed 2.3 frames per second continuous shooting
-Up to 60-second sound memos for still images
-Sharpness, Contrast and Saturation is adjustable
-ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or AUTO
-Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction and Slow-sync modes
-Secure Digital (SD) memory card compatible, 16MB included
-Powered by four standard AA type batteries
-USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data transfer to host computer
-PictBridge and Canon Direct Print compatible


I took a look at the S3. It was professional looking, unlike the point-and-shoot cameras. Nice positioning of functions. The only bad thing was it’s small lcd display. A small lcd display would mean that it would be very much difficult to determine if the photo you’ve shot would be clear. It’s tripod stand hole is located somewhat near the middle, which was good.

I’ll probably get this camera soon (I hope.) Still saving up for my wishlist <Link>. Damn, I need money quick.

On the sidenote, I have to bring the 3 Japanese uni student from Osaka to Chinatown tomorrow!

Canon Powershot S3 IS review by dpreview <Link>

Canon Powershot S3 IS review by Steves Digicam <Link>

CAnon Photoshot S3 IS Detailed Components Diagram <Link>

5 thoughts on “Canon Powershot S3 IS”


    I’m also planning to get a camera, but I’ll think about it since I do have 1 already.

  2. Great camera. Although my family don’t really need a camera since we don’t really take much photos even when we travel overseas so i doubt i ever get one. Perhaps in the future when i’m working :D

  3. if you’re going the prosumer route, there’s a panasonic Luminx that’s pretty good.

    even better is the finepix series of cameras. the F30 rocks as a compact, and the S6500 & 9500 are awesome

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