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Canon PowerShot S3 IS compare to S2 IS Discussion
I don't think the S3 IS is shipping yet, so it may be a while before a full review. Compared to the S2 IS, you get a bigger LCD, 6MP vs. 5MP CCD with supposedly lower noise, a higher maximum ISO of 800, slightly better battery life, slightly slower burst mode (larger files), a black body and some other minor features. Can't say if it's worth the premium until some detailed reviews are released. Maxx..

Comments (6)

Yes I found that it's not shipping now.

And my friends who bought the S2 they are complianing about the noises with high ISO.

Is it a common problem in digi cams?..

Comment #1

I had my S2 for sometime; and I feel the noise may be a problem in low light shooting. ISO 400 is unusable, you can easily see the red and green dots even in small print. Even in ISO 50,you may notice some noise, but that's fine and I can accept. My only complain about the camera is it's noise.

But I think it's common in long zoom cameras at this price; they use smaller sensors. I heard sony H1 has better ISO performance than S2, but I personally think they are neck by neck. FujiS5600 may be better at controlling noise...

Comment #2

Yes, noise is the main issue with digicams that have small CCDs. Unfortunately most manufacturers are still adding pixels which usually means more noise unless the sensor size is increased. The Sony H1 does exhibit lower levels of noise, but that's due to more aggressive noise reduction (I believe they both use the same Sony CCD), which means more details are lost compared to the S2 IS. I prefer the more conservative NR of the S2 IS, as I can do a better job with NR software, and I decide how much detail to trade away. Fuji seems to be ahead of the pack with high-ISO noise. They develop their own CCDs, better optimized for low light.

There are some samples pics of the S3 IS around. A few are on Canon's S3 IS site: http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/controller?act=SampleImagesAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=13077 for instance, but they are all low ISO pics. We'll have to wait and see the reviews for high ISO samples. Maxx..

Comment #3

Thanks for the links.

But I think the price for the S3 IS must be less than 480$.

If the price goes higher I will buy a fz30 or s9500 they are worth than S3 IS...

Comment #4

A review of the Canon S3IS was posted on the DC Resource site yesterday. http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_s3-review/index.shtml..

Comment #5

Thanks for the review.

It seems that there is no major upgarde made!.

Sad to hear..

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