The Other Camera I’m Drooling Over – Canon S3 IS

I’ve been drooling over the Canon S2 IS for a while – 12x optical zoom (!), great photo features, record 640x480x30fps, etc. All for under $500. A few of my friends, (Chris Pirillo, etc.) have this camera and extol its features regularly. Image stabilization, especially, would be welcome (which you already know, if you see how blurry some of the shots out of my little Nikon 5600 are).

In fact, the only reason I don’t already have one is the size – it’s not quite as big as a DSLR, but not pocketable, either. Even in my big cargo pants pocket.

Today, Canon announced the successor to the S2 IS – the S3 IS:

A bump to 6MP (from 5), a bigger LCD, nice black gunmetal finish, and the ability to record video at 60fps. Incremental updates, to be sure, but they kept the 12x optical zoom and the $499 price tag.

If they had added wireless, I’d be a goner for sure. That, and the fact that it won’t be out until May may cool off my feelings for it, assuming something better comes along between now and then.

The worst part is that it’s not really in the same league as the other camera that I’m currently drooling over, the Nikon S6. That makes me want both of them, rather than “either-or”. And that’s much harder for afford, or justify into the gadget budget. ๐Ÿ™‚

Still, if I ever do go for a nicer “full size” camera, it will likely be this one.


6 thoughts on “The Other Camera I’m Drooling Over – Canon S3 IS

  1. Yeah, but… does it have better picture clarity than the S2 IS? Seriously, the more I use it, the more I see the photos are muddy – no matter what compression I set.

    Oh, and no more Nikons for me. Ever.

  2. BTW, your Chitika ad isn’t targeted. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you’re gonna leave it as a default, you might as well go with AdSense. I’d imagine you’d have some good AdSense targeting for this puppy.

  3. I’m leaving another comment here just to make this post look more popular. That, and I have nothing else better to do with my time right now. Looks like I’ll have to eBay the S2 IS – although I’ve never had much luck with eBay? I shouldn’t have chosen the handle “ripsyouoff” when I started, eh?

  4. So you’re not happy with the image quality on the S2, huh? I hadn’t heard of anyone else with any problems. And I know how you feel about Nikons. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I just replaced AdSense with Chitika again last night – for some reason, since I switched to WordPress, my AdSense revenue went into the toilet – down to less than $0.50 a day. It wasn’t stellar before, but it was at least a couple bucks a day.

    I’m back with Chitika now, to see if they can do any better. They worked pretty well for me when I was using them before.

    I just turned on targeting for Chitika, so we’ll see how it goes.

  5. I recently got a Powershot S3 and quite happy with it.

    I researched the digital world extensively, desiring to upgrade from my trusty Kodak DX 3215, as it was quite limited and I needed something more robust. I looked into obtaining a strict DSLR, but the prices are in the high hundreds and low thousands…out of my price range. And I wanted the capability of shooting video. The S3 had everytning I desired…and more. The movie feature is quite nice, even at it’s lowest settings.

    Baseline prices were averaging around $399.00, with small variations. On-line deals were slightly better, but not much, and…I prefer to pick up my electronics in person to examine the product. I saw an ad from OfficeMax offering the S3 for $369.00 – with an instant $30.00 in-store rebate. They threw in a free 512mb SD card and the option to purchase a $100.00 Canon photo printer for $30.00. I took the offer, but declined the extended warrenty of $79.00 for two years. I am happy with the purchase.

    It has plenty of zoom (12x), takes very good images, and the sharpness of the images are quite good. I have plenty of experience with my old 35mm Nikon film camera, and the S3 exceeds it in many areas. I do not miss at all lugging around various lenses and accessories, and this camera has plenty of features to satisfy the photographer.

    I have experimented with the manual controls and find them exceptional, with real time results. And as an additional benefit, everybody who has seen it, has complimented me on the purchase…even die hard strict DSLR users. I will look into aftermarket Lens hoods and tele-converters to enhance the performance.


    I needed a camera for astrophotography, and I hope this one will seve well, but one observation…

    It’s remarkable that I have been able to record stars, constellations and nebulae with just the camera lens, but I find it bothersome that I cannot focus stars down to pin points, it just stops short. I don’t know if this is inherent to all digital cameras, but maybe it’s just mine.

    There are examples of my practice begining astrophotography efforts with the Powershot S3 here:

    and here

    Other than the difficulties of obtaining pin point stars, I highly recommend this camera.


    Chicago Astronomer Joe

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