Canon S2 IS
I'm sure you all have lots to do, but when can we expect an indepth review of the S2 IS? It's my camera of choice, from what I've read, but I want to know more before I take the plunge. Thanks. Sue..

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Im planning to buy a high focus digital camera. I have narrowed down to 2 cameras & those are: canon S2-IS & SONY DSC-V3 high point.

Please help me to select the right one. thanks...

Comment #1

Abhijit, Not sure what you mean by "high focus". The S2 and V3 aren't really in the same class. The V3 is a 7mp, 4X zoom model with lots of "pro" features such as flash hot-shoe, nightframing, nightshot, holographic AF, raw/TIFF mode, CF card support, etc. The S2 IS is a 5mp, 12X zoom which is also feature laden, but it doesn't have the above mentioned "pro" features and won't be nearly as quick at focusing as the V3, especially in low light. S2 image quality isn't quite as good, but if you need it, it's hard to beat a 12X optically stabilized zoom. Cameras that more directly compete with the S2 are the Sony DSC-H1, Panasonic FZ5 and Konica-Minolta FZ5.


Comment #2

I read the dcresource review, would like to know if anyone had any red-eye problems ? (I let the red-eye factor cast the deciding vote when buying a digital cam.) thanx...

Comment #3

Powershot S2 IS vs Panasonic FZ20 Which one would be the better camera to go with? I would appreciate any comments...

Comment #4

It's become more obvious to me that reviewers can be biased too, and often don't really get enough time with a camera to pull the best out of it - or sometimes, to become more aware of the flaws (every camera seems to have some). Nevertheless, here's some grist for the mill:

Comment #5

Steve's just got it's S2 IS review up as well (also check out the Sony H1 review that posted simultaneously):

Comment #6

Green boy, what do you think? I love my s2 but I cant find a way around the "hot" exposure issue...

Comment #7

Hey Boulder, Are you talking about washed-out highlights? Use exposure compensation; maybe set the user button to access it. Alternately, for sunny days start using polarizing and/or moderate-value ND filters. In the past I've gotten tremendous mileage out of a polarizer since it gets rid of spurious reflected light from all over the place - not just water surfaces. In that case I'd probably also turn down the contrast in-camera, which I'd consider in any case.....

Comment #8

Green boy - yeah I have tried that. It helps a bit but makes the photo look semi-unnatural. Alot of users are saying the S2 has some issues with exposure and handling whites.Some saythe white balance may be off in some areas. For example you will have a photo of a pretty dark area, but any white object will be blown out. Kind of like the camera can't make up it's mind. This has been in program mode, auto mode, and landscape.

Alsoosme have suggested there may be a "line" issue in some of the s2 photos. Examples: Check out these two examples... click on the image, set it to "original", then save the picture to your desktop. Open with either the Canon Viewer software or photoshop. Check the sky above the peak in ths one while looking at 25,50%. Do the same for this one, and notice the upper left corner where the forest is.

They are very faint, very near perfectly alligned horizontal lines. I can find them in many S2 shots from a wide variety of users...

Comment #9

I want choose between canon S2, Sony-H1 and Panasonic Fz5. please any body help me. I just prefer more is the quality of picture first, better storage second and battery third...

Comment #10

Both of your choice camera's, the Cannon S2 and the Sony have been reviewed, try & I hope these help you in your choice, I am going with the Cannon myself...

Comment #11

Thanks Hyde,.

I have reviewed both. In the distant shots I mean the landscape and the long building shots the canon shows less purple fringing and more details. but do you thing the portraits and indoor snaps are better with Sony. How do you evaluate the FZ5?..

Comment #12

The FZ5 has been extensively reviewed, as it's been out for a while. Some people prefer it to the S2 and H1. It is the smallest of the bunch, has great image quality and fast AF, but it has no manual focus mode, uses menus for a lot of functions, and the movie mode is poor. The LCD/EVF are also hard to see in low light, as they don't gain-up, and uses proprietary batteries (which some see as a minus, others as a plus). You might also want to look at They have short reviews of all three, along with similar gallery shots to compare. Maxx..

Comment #13

Sue: Dave writes: __ Canon S2 IS Sue Tart I'm sure you all have lots to do, but when can we expect an indepth review of the S2 IS? It's my camera of choice, from what I've read, but I want to know more before I take the plunge. Thanks. Sue Sorry this one has been so long coming. (Almost as long as my answer to your forum post!). It should finally be up tomorrow (Tuesday) sometime. (Probably/hopefully only a little while after this post goes up on the forums.) Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

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