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CANON S1. Enjoyd the review. Have an interesting piece of non-important info: When I bought the camera the lens cap would fall off. I called Canon, and by return mail they sent me a new one. Fits OK but still a little loose. I see that the complaint in the review is that it is too tight. Have been using the camera quite substantially since beginning of April and have been very satisfied...

Comment #1

Its 3 weeks by now, I dont hv any probs with cap, yeh I did notice that the review said that cap was 2tight!!!!. But mine is ok.. no loose or tight -cjaar..

Comment #2

I did a lot of research (like who doesn't?) before settling on the S1 IS. Having played with it for about 4 days now, have to say I'm having a blast. I bought it from JR Electronics and they did a fairly good price match and suggested a 256mb CF for $38 BEFORE a $15 rebate. Bottom line: $483 with CF to my door overnight. Hard to beat that kind of reliability and pricing.....

Comment #3

We bought this camera about 3 weeks ago and finally feel like we are beginning to learn it. Totally amazed with quality and quantity of features and love the physical design. Other than the MF button and the Menu button. Those could well be changed to improve the camera. We are actually getting some pretty decent shots now. Great review. Your examples are totally amazing..

Comment #4

Anyone compared it with panasonic fz10 pls? and regarding the shutter lag isn't too slow?..

Comment #5

Very nice review, Dave. Just bought the S1 and I love it. I'm astonished by the picture quality. Two improvements I'd like to see in a firmware update: 1. An option to have no information in viewfinder mode, as we have in LCD mode.

2. A battery meter, with a toggle option. Can members tell me what kind of battery performance you are getting...

Comment #6

Can anyone whohas this camera tell me how well it takes fast action sports shots. I read the vf finder freezes does this make it more difficult to follow the action? has anyone used the movie mode at a baseball, soccer etc game? Thanks Alan..

Comment #7

Hi Alan.

I have been using my S1-IS over the past three weekends or so to shoot photos of my sons under 7 Aussie rules football games and noted a few things that would be applicable to adult sports as well.

The freezing of the picture whilst focusing and taking photo does make it hard to follow action but reasonable results can be obtained in the continuos shooting mode for brackets of 3-5 shoots as you get a sort of stop motion view of the action especially if action occurs at a roughly constant distance.Shooting things like baseball batters and pitchers would have good results as would anything that allows prefocusing .The 2 fps shooting rate allowed me to capture a number good shots of footballs that were about to be or had been just kicked/ or caught.The movie mode with the image stabilized lens at 640/480 and 30fps is as good as the reviews say but the microphone is susceptable to wind noise.The camera zooms well and follows actiion quite well in movie mode.On the I Gb card I got about 7 mins of movie and 30 plus photos at max file size settings.

I am able to crop photos by as much as 1/3rd or more and still get reasonable postcard size prints.I have attached a couple of examples.

I hope this is of some help Brendon Attachments:.

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Comment #8

Is this camera actually firmware upgradable?.

(Dave mentioned something about it?)..

Comment #9

Wow, strange, I dont think I've seen one single thread about this camera on other forums that doesn't whine like crazy about it's slow AF, and specially indoors. People are really mad and say the camera is almost totally useless cause it's so slow and all shots gets blurry. I dont talk about one or two users....go to dpreview's big forum and theres a whole bunch there.

Surprises me that this review only has good things to say, I thought they should bash it hard. Now I'm confused lol..

Comment #10

To a previous poster - battery life is very good. Ni-MH are of course recommended, but even after taking 40+ photos using the LCD, my S1 is still using the Panasonic batteries that came with it. Pretty good! Regarding "bashing" mentioned by one: This is a good camera. I do feel Canon should have made it a 4 megapixel model at this price point, and added an auto focus assist light. The focusing is just as fast as any other (similar to A80), and the images are good. Are there better cameras out there? Yes.

If you look around, you can get this camera for under $450, and I doubt you'll find a camera with a 10X IS lens, 30fps movie mode, and other features, for this price...

Comment #11

Thanks AG for the info on the battery. And in reply to Seb, regarding his worries about the S1:.

I've had my S1 for 4 days and I can only say that I'm getting crystal-clear shots all the time. I am amazed at the quality of my pics, and I've been shooting solely on automatic during this first stage in my learning process.

Even when I've switched on digital zoom, just to see what it would produce and not believing I was going to be impressed, I found that I was getting rock solid, fine resolution images, even at 32x zoom.

Don't worry about the issue of it only being 3Mb - you are hardly going to have to crop.

I have not found the camera slow or unresponsive at all. I've been taking lots of low light pics and the focus has been fine 95% of the time. I definitely recommend this camera. I did a lot of research before buying mine and I firmly believe that nothing else in it's price range comes close...

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