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Canon PowerShot S2 IS


Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot S2 IS replaces the popular Canon S1 IS with higher resolution, a more powerful 12x optical zoom lens and enhanced movie capability. Startup and response times have also been improved.

The Canon S2 incorporates UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens into the lens element to reduce the much dreaded chromatic aberration (purple fringing).

As in the Canon S1 IS, the Canon S2 IS retains the image stabilizer to reduce camera shake, and the quiet, smooth and fast ultra-sonic motor (USM).

Improved movie capabilities include VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolution at 30 fps, plus the ability to adjust the zoom or exposure, or locking the AF or exposure while shooting a movie. Movies up to 1GB capacity can be taken. Also new is a stereo microphone and a function to record stereophonic sound for improved recording quality.

The Vari-Angle LCD is now 1.8 in., and the camera has switched from using CompactFlash (CF) to SecureDigital (SD) memory cards. A Super Macro mode allows you to shoot as close as the front element of the lens.

The Canon S2 IS is a very attractive package. With full exposure flexibility, it is most suited to beginner and serious amateur photographers looking for an ultra zoom digital camera with image stabilization.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot S2 ISS2 IS Home Page
S2 IS BeBit
  Image Sensor 5.0 effective megapixels
1/2.5 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 6.0-72.0mm (36-432mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) – 3.5(T)  
  Optical Zoom 12x  

Macro: 10 cm / 3.9 in. -- image area: 118 x 87 mm (4.6 x 3.4 in.)

Super Macro: 0 cm (0 in.) -- image area: 22 x 16 mm (0.87 x 0.63 in.)

  Auto Focus TTL autofocus (continuous or single)
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 1-point AF (any position is available)
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/3200 sec.
* The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
* 1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutterpriority mode or Manual mode.
* Slow shutter speeds of 15 to 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
  Exposure Control Program AE/Shutter Speed-priority AE/Aperture-priority AE /Manual exposure control
AE lock (AEB) and Safety Shift is available.
  Shooting Modes

Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Special Scene*, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
* Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot

Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.5 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (High-speed continuous shooting, Large/Fine mode)

Intervalometer Shooting interval: approx. 1 - 60 min. (1-min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 - 100 shots (Maximum number of shots varies according to memory card capacity.)

Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer

PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)

Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (stereo)), 640 x 480 30 fps

  Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) and Safety Shift is available.  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)  
  White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or custom  
  Viewfinder EVF: Color LCD viewfinder Picture coverage rate 100%
Dioptric Adjustment -5.5 - +1.5 m-1(dpt)
  LCD 1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon
TFT color LCD (115,000 pixels, picture coverage 100%)
  ISO Sensitivity Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
  Storage Media SD Memory Card  
  Battery 1. Four AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
2. Four AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries (NB4-200) (sold separately)
3. Compact Power Adapter (CA-PS700) (sold separately)
  Included Accessories
16MB SD Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 High-Speed Cable
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 113 x 78.0 x 75.5 mm /
4.4 x 3.1 x 3.0 in.
(excluding protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) 405g / 14.3 oz.  
  MSRP US$  

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