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Oct 17, 2006 04:54 PM 16283 Views
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After my purchase of Canon PowerShot S3 IS this is my second review here, however for the ease of people who wish to know more about this camera I though of posting this review with simple pros and cons explained in plain language. The camera provides better output than I expected, but for a amature user there are lot more than just an output. Those are discussed in this Review.

Actually there are some important points to be noted before buying this model.


  1. Good optical zoom capability 12x

  2. Many options for Manual controls

  3. The bulky size gives strong hold to the camera

  4. Image stabilizer for taking better pictures


  1. The battery drains very quick, because of IS and zoom lens action (it’s operated with Ultrasonic motor)

  2. The Bulky size, some time difficult to carry around by a normal home user

  3. Smaller view screen

  4. No support for underwater equipments

  5. Canon cameras doesn’t support mpeg format for movies shot

Now come to my experience, this camera works good for me it is a kind of bridge between novice and pro user look at my previous review on the same camera. This is my first step into digital photography.

Secondly if at all you are planning for underwater photography in any of your visit to a fresh water lake, sea or pond you may not have an option to buy the water proof box for this model camera, but all other PowerShot from Canon has waterproof boxes in affordable price.

Need to carry fully charged 2500amh batteries 2 sets with you, when you go on a trip as I mentioned above it consumes enough power.

There are not much of extra fittings for this camera, other than the wide and tele converter lenses. But I suggest not buying those.

You need to buy a Digital camera bag from lowepro or other manufacturers, which will be better option. I bought the canon original pouch but it doesn’t have enough space and no extra pockets to carry additional batteries and fittings.

Buy the Sony rechargeable 2500amh batteries 8 nos. with original Sony charger with LCD indicator for battery level. It gives little more durability of power for Canon PowerShot S3 IS.

Due to lack of support for mpeg file format results in heavy use of memory card 1 second may take 1 -2MB of your SD card memory. Canon cameras only support .avi format. So if you buy SD card buy a maximum size what you can afford, some times you may need to use the camera to get some clips instead of running around switching on the handy cam.

Finally if you are buying from US you will get only made in China, Taiwan or Malaysia. There is no different from buying the same in India Grey market. Hence think twice before ordering from US, some times it may cost you the duty on the airport transit. The best option would be buying it from local Canon Dealer, as you will get Indian Warranty and peace of mind.

Check my gallery; today also I have updated lots of pictures taken by Canon PowerShot S3 IS in Tokyo, Japan. Post your comments without fail.

Alternatively you can also visit my Tokyo Travelouge here:

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