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Canon PowerShot S1 IS Review

Review Date: Dec 4, 2004

Canon PowerShot S1 IS

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Speed and silence. The Canon PowerShot S1 IS features a high-speed zoom motor that allows you to zoom in close with its 10x optical zoom in near silence. It has 3.2 megapixels resolution and a maximum aperture of F2.8. Shutter speeds range from a long 15 sec. to a fast 1/2,000 sec.

The Canon S1 differentiates itself from other 10x optical zoom cameras with image stabilization technology that prevents camera shake at the maximum 10x optical zoom range.

A 1.5 in. Vari-Angle LCD means that you can shoot from any angles. There is an electronic viewfinder EVF.

The Canon S1 accepts both CompactFlash type I and II memory cards. With full exposure flexibility, it is most suited to beginner and serious amateur photographers looking for an ultra zoom digital camera with image stabilization.

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Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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  The Canon PowerShot S1 IS Home PageS1 IS Home Page
S1 IS BeBit
  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.8-58.0mm (38-380mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) – 3.1(T)  
  Optical Zoom 10x  
  Macro 10 cm / 3.9 in.  
  Auto Focus 1-point AF (Any position is available)  
  Shutter Speed 15 – 1/2,000 sec.
Slow shutter speed of 1.3 sec. and longer is only available in select modes
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE or Manual  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Creative zone(P, Av, Tv, M, Custom);
Image zone (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie); Continuous 1.7 images/sec.;
Movie DV-quality VGA 640 x 480 w/Sound and zoom (30fps); @ 8min 40 sec. on a 1GB memory card.

  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot*
* Selectable metering frame with Spot mode: Centre/ AF-point linked
  White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), or Custom White Balance  
  Viewfinder EVF  
  LCD 1.5 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT colour LCD with variable-angle function (114K); 100% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity AUTO; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or Type II  
  Battery 1. 4x AA Alkaline battery (included)
2. 4x AA NB-2AH NiMH battery (optional)
3. AC Aadapter CA-PS700 (optional)
  Included Accessories
32MB CF Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution, ArcSoft Camera Suite)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 111.0 x 78.0 x 66.1mm /
4.37 x 3.07 x 2.60 in.
(excluding viewfinder and protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) 370g / 13.1oz  
  MSRP US$499.99 CAD$599.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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