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Monday, Oct 10, 2005

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review - PC Magazine

Oct 10, 2005 | Category: Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 ISAlthough the PowerShot S2 IS comes close to being a hybrid camera, we don’t classify it as one, because it doesn’t capture video clips in MPEG-4 format. Even so, it does offer fairly good stills along with decent video clips. We had problems, however, with certain features. For example, there is the rather poor combination of a small LCD (a paltry 1.8 inches, while we’re now living in a world of LCDs of 2.5 inches or-larger), which isn’t viewable at all in bright sunlight, and a bad electronic viewfinder which is grainy and hard to see. The poor LCD/EVF also presents problems when you need to use the menus. This does not bode well unless you’re okay with shooting blind.

It is good to see a 5-megapixel camera with 12X optical zoom (the longest zoom now for sale in a digital camera, until the Samsung 815 hits the market with 15X in September) and image stabilization. TheS2 IS’s predecessor, the 3.2MP Canon PowerShot S1 IS has 10X optical zoom. The zoom runs from 6.0 to 72.0 mm (a 35-mm equivalent of 36 to 432 mm) with a wide aperture setting from f/2.7 to f/3.5 over the zoom range. With such a long zoom, it would have been nice to see a bit more on the wide-angle side.

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Tuesday, Aug 30, 2005

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review - Pocket Lint

Aug 30, 2005 | Category: Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 ISThe Canon Powershot S2 IS provides a superb range of features and great handling abilities in a relatively small package and gives more than adequate results at a resolution that is ample for prints up to and over A3 in size. Even with Canon’s recently announced avalanche of new cameras, it still sits neatly in the range providing an enthusiast level of performance and specification at nearly half the price.

Image quality is pretty much on a par with all the other cameras in its class barring a couple of issues. Image noise over ISO 200 sensitivity is noticeable and in low lighting, there are annoying lapses in the AF, which seems to be a tad hit and miss in those conditions. Nevertheless, colour and exposure are great and the lens, despite its jack-of-all-trades focal length is impressively free of distortion.

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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review - Design Technica

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 ISThe Canon S2 IS joins an ever-increasing crowd of 5 megapixel image-stabilized 12x mega zoom digital cameras: Panasonic, Sony and Konica Minolta are in the thick of the battle. (See Sony DSC-H1 review.) Nikon’s bulkier 10x CoolPix 8800 with Vibration Reduction is also an option, but it has an 8MP processor and a much higher price ($899). Coming soon is the Samsung Camera Pro815 ($849) with an 8MP imager and a whopping 15x optical zoom, making it the mega zoom king. Unfortunately, it does not have image stabilization as these others have.

This class of camera (5MP, 12x zoom, optical image stabilization for less than $500) is one of the great deals for 2005. With their extensive focal lengths, they are great for travelers; one camera handles anything thrown its way without encumbering separate accessory lenses or moving to a more expensive digital SLR. The S2 is a good camera but it has its flaws.

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review - LetsGoDigital

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 ISThe Canon Powershot S2 IS, quite a mouth full, is the successor of the S1. The Powershot S2 IS was officially introduced in April of this year and is available for some months now. The Canon S2 IS camera features an impressive optical zoom of 12x combined with an almost indispensable image stabilisation. When used to working with this function, you don’t want to do without it anymore. The specifications of the Canon Powershot S2 IS are impressive; 5 Megapixels, 12x zoom with optical image stabilisation, high video clip resolution and the already rather famous DIGIC II processor.

The in-house developed processor is Canon’s strong trump. First incorporated in the professional Canon digital reflex cameras, the DIGIC II processor now found its way into the consumer digital camera. In particular this processor enables the remarkably higher speed when processing the captured images and it also improves the focus speed. Also possible now is the ability of capturing high resolution images during recording video clips. All in all, the processor is an important item inside the Canon S2 IS camera that certainly lifts the camera’s performance to a higher level.

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2005

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review - Megapixel.net

Aug 04, 2005 | Category: Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 ISThe Canon PowerShot S2 IS takes the PowerShot S1 concept we examined precisely 1 year ago, and moves it to its next evolutionary level.

The S2 continues the use of an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), but boosts the image stabilized Ultrasonic zoom lens to a 12X power and increases the CCD resolution from 3 to 5 megapixel.

While the body design of the S2 follows that of the S1, a close look at the PowerShot S2 IS’ s exterior reveals a few differences. Some of these are a reflection of enhancements made to the camera’s performance, while others improve its ergonomics.

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