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I am a new owner of a Canon S3 IS. The main compromise I had to make while choosing this camera was about the wide angle side of the zoom. My next major purchase for the camera, after a 2gig SD, and some NiMH batteries, I thought, should address widening the 36mm (equivalent) limit to at least 28mm, maybe 22, but I am not looking into fisheye photography any time soon). I know that Canon sells the x0.7 converter for about $150, and also that an adapter should be there to hold the x0.7 lens. If any of you have relevant experience (S2 /S3 if both are identical in this respect) or knowledge to share, that can lead me to understand the choice of accessories out there and their price/performance, I would be most thankful! Uzi...

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How can a great camera like this not have RAW mode? It's inexcusable for a $450+ camera to not have this in 2006. Hello Canon, we all don't want (or need) D-SLRs!..

Comment #2

I see that a few companies offer 52-58mm adapters for the camera. Can I then invest in a long zoom and get some crazy distance shots?..

Comment #3

Canon S3 IS reviews are very critical of the Motion JPEG Canon uses for video mode. I think that's a plus despite the large file sizes. M-JPEG saves each frame seperately, rather than compressing several frames together, and that makes editing and still capture incredibly easier. You can always recompress to MPG-2 or MPG-4 later to get the file size down. A maximum quality original file is a Feature - not a Bug! (Although, it's odd that they supply great-but-huge video, but then omit RAW for stills...) S3 IS video clips look good enough that you could edit them together with camcorder footage, and I don't think that would be true if they had compressed the video smaller...

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I purchased this camera on the basis of reviews at Amazon and elsewhere. I have been an avid photographer since 1959, starting with the Leica. The enthusiasm of other reviewers for the S3 IS is certainly well deserved. The speed and accuracy of the self-focusing as you change focal lengths is astonishing. At a single focal length moving the camera past a window from inside the house results in a breathtaking and precise change of both exposure and focus. The movie facilities are well displayed also by turning slowly inside a house and watching the exposure and focus change to produce surperb results even through the windows.

The 1 gigabyte limit on a movie should not be a problem since it permits roughly an eight minute movie. Downloading a two minute movie to my Dell desktop required about 10 minutes. After which I had a two minute perfectly focused and exposed movie with stereo sound! Max Smith..

Comment #5

"Help! - S3 high-pitched noise in all videos" Just got my new S3 yesterday. I'm ecstatic - it's a wonderful camera. Certainly a move up from my old G3. The only problem I've run into though is this high-pitched whine showing up in all of my videos. Loud noise can drown it out, but in normal quieter settings it is quite audible. I film at 640/30fps, with image stabilization turnedon.

At first I thought it was ambient noise but after going somewhere quiet it's still there - it's even more audible when I'm in a quiet room and I am presuming must originate from the camera. I tried switching off windnoise-reduction. I tried using the viewfinder instead of the LCD (one poster said the LCD was the root of the sound in the A80), but it's still there. I'm suspecting since the S3's viewfinder is still a mini-LCD in itself that I can't turn off with the swivel-LCD closed, the LCD must still be running and may be a cause of the problem. I have not yet tried turning off image stabilization, although if I have to do that just to remove the noise it's kindof pointless.

Here is a link to a clip I took just now. I've compressed the video to an mov for faster dload, but I've kept the audio the same: http://jamestee.com/test.mov Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!..

Comment #6

Finally made the jump from slide to digital - my first dig. cam. Like it, but 2 problems - can't seem to set the ISO with the ISO button - it just toggles between ISO HI and ISO AUTO. Also, the Set button is supposed to set the AF frame to green so I can move the AF frame around - it dosen't. Anyone better clued up than me to tell me what I'm doing wrong? Cheers L..

Comment #7

Liam, What mode are you in? In Auto, you can only select ISO Auto or High ISO Auto. You need to be in P, Tv, Av or M mode to set the ISO to 80, 100, 200, 400 or 800. To select the AF frame, you also need to be in P, Tv, Av or M mode. Press the SET/AF Frame button, and use the omni selector to move it. Press SET again and it'll select the new AF point. Holding down the SET button or turning the camera off resets it to the center. Maxx..

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Can anyone tell me if S3 Is is a good upgrade over the Sd300 for an amateur enthusiast fotographer? As in apart from the higher zoom and IS option - Or is it better to go for an SLR ? I lved my sd300!..

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What's up with the shadow on the super-macro test shot? Is it usually that bad? It's hard to believe that such a well regarded camera has such a glaring fault, there must be some mistake. I'm trying to decide between the S3 IS and the Sony H5. I prefer the S3 IS but I do a lot of macro work and the Sony's macro test shots are much better. Officially the Canon can get closer, but what good is that if there's an ugly shadow on the picture? Please tell me it's not true. Iris..

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Iris, I posted this on the Sony forum, but here it is again: The S3 IS can focus closer than the H5. I-R always focuses as close as possible to show just how close you can get. The S3 IS can get so close that getting light on the subject can be a challenge. (The lens can actually focus on a subject that it is touching - that's how close!) If they took the shot from the same distance as the H5, it would have been just as evenly lit. Maxx..

Comment #11

I have my S3IS for about 5 months now and very proud of it. I was also concerned about using it for wideangle shots. After some research, I got myself the Raynox SRW-6600PRO 0.66X Wideangle lens (with a Raynox RB52S2 52mm lens holder adapter). This gives my S3IS upto 23mm equivalent wide-ablge (way more than the Canon 0.75x wideangle converter)!! You can also opt for SRW-6600-58LE that perfectly matches the 58mm Canon LAH-DC20 lens adapter (if you already have one). The best thing is that, it barely doesnt have the barrel distortions common in other lenses and fish-eyes. Now, I almost never dettach my Raynox wideangle lens from my S3IS because I just love taking wide-angle sceneries.

For additional info, I also purchased the Raynox DCR-2020PRO 2.2X tele-converter lens. This baby gives my S3IS a whooping total of 26x optical or 950mm equivalent zoom!!! You can Google these lenses and their review on the net. Some sites have comparison photos as well. Good luck!!..

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