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Canon PowerShot S1 IS Review

Review Date: Dec 4, 2004

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Canon PowerShot S1 IS

Executive Summary

This Canon PowerShot S1 IS Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Store Mannequins: 1/10 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50
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58mm, Program AE, Evaluative, 6sec., F8.0 and ISO 50

The Canon PowerShot S1 IS is our recommended digital camera for someone starting in photography and desiring a full featured and affordable ultra zoom model.

Not only does the Canon S1 continue the PowerShot S series tradition of high-quality and easy-to-use digital cameras, it also incorporates some high-end features usually found only in more expensive prosumer models.

Image quality of the 3MP image sensor is very good and allows up to 8x10 in. prints. Image detail is excellent, noise is very low at ISO 50, there's a bit of CA in certain high contrast scenes. Shutter and autofocus responses are a mixed bag: fast under bright conditions, and a noticeable shutter and AF lag at full telephoto and in low-light situations. In Continuous Shooting Mode, the EVF/LCD freezes as each picture is taken, making it difficult to follow action.

The 10x optical zoom is whisper quiet thanks to an Ultrasonic Motor, and the addition of image stabilization technology allows hand holding the camera at long focal lengths without the use of a tripod in many instances. Full exposure flexibility, scene modes (Image Zone), FlexiZone AF, and a Vari-Angle LCD monitor are features that add substantially to the enjoyment of this digital camera. Even though the Canon S1 does not have a dedicated macro mode, the lens can focus as close as 10 cm (3.9 in.).

If you are used to the short clips that Movie Mode provides on most Canon digital cameras, you'll like the fact that the Canon S1 allows you to record 640x480 30fps movie with sound (and zoom) limited only by the size of the memory card.

The Canon S1 takes optional lenses and there is even an underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater photography.

If you are new to photography and fancy a long zoom lens, the Canon S1 provides all the features you need and then some more. All these features provide a great learning tool for someone taking a photography course.

See if you fit the Canon PowerShot S1 IS User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot S1
User Profile
Desire a quality 3+ MP resolution digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 8x10 in.
Want full exposure flexibility.
Just starting out into digital photography.
Have a desire to learn about photography (i.e. not point-and-shoot).
Want one of the best value for money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur category.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.


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