Canon is pleased to announce the launch of the 12x optical zoom
PowerShot S3 IS. Successor to the popular PowerShot S2 IS, the latest
addition to the PowerShot S-series incorporates a 6.0 Megapixel CCD
sensor, Canon's renowned optical Image Stabiliser technology and video
functionality rivalling that of dedicated digital video camcorders.
Sporting a striking new finish in gunmetal grey, the compact PowerShot
S3 IS answers the demands of advanced photographers with several
improvements over its predecessor, including an increased sensitivity
range of ISO 80 to ISO 800, a larger 2.0" vari-angle LCD screen,
widescreen (16:9) recording, new movie features and an additional
The PowerShot S3 IS features:
- 12x optical zoom lens with USM and UD lens element
- Optical Image Stabiliser
- 6.0 Megapixel CCD
- Larger size 2.0 Vari-angle LCD
- 30fps VGA movies with stereo sound and Photo in Movie
- DIGIC II, iSAPS and Flexizone AF/AE1 for fast, precise
results and 2.3 fps continuous shooting performance
- 20 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
- High ISO Auto and ISO 800 for low light flexibility
- Widescreen (16:9) recording
- The PowerShot S3 IS caters for serious photo enthusiasts
seeking extended zooming flexibility and fully featured movie recording
in a versatile compact digital stills camera.
Still the most powerful zoom in a Canon digital compact camera (36
432mm f/2.7-f.3.5), the PowerShot S3 IS lens
incorporates the same leading technologies used in Canon's professional
EF lenses. An Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) drives rapid and near-silent zoom
operation; an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element significantly
reduces chromatic aberration in telephoto shots; Canon's optical Image
Stabiliser2 (IS) technology counteracts camera shake to reduce image
blur when shooting stills or recording video, essential for handheld
shots at longer focal lengths. IS allows photographers to shoot at
shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower for reliable flash-free photography
in low light conditions.
The PowerShot S3 IS's 12x optical zoom combines with digital zoom to
deliver 48x magnification for recording both stills and video. For even
wider framing options, optional Wide and Tele converter lenses extend
the focal length from wide 27mm to super-tele 648mm (35mm film
equivalent) for an impressive 24x optical zoom. A Super Macro mode with
0cm shooting distance and optional Close-Up lens 500D (58mm) allow for
detailed macro photography.
Increased ISO speed
In addition to Image Stabilisation, the PowerShot S3 IS features a new
High ISO Auto setting and ISO 800 to further extend the camera's low
light shooting capabilities. High ISO Auto automatically sets exposure
using the higher range of ISO sensitivities, enabling faster shutter
speeds in low light and increased image stability at the telephoto end.
A dedicated ISO button allows for easy switching between ISO
Powerful video functions make the PowerShot S3 IS far more than just a
high performance digital still camera. A dedicated movie button means
users do not need to switch modes to start recording, so spontaneous
moments can be instantly captured in full motion. Users can record
smooth 30fps VGA quality movies of up to 1GB3 with stereo sound, or
create 60fps QVGA clips for sharp slow motion playback. The Movie mode
also allows users to pre-select exposure and white balance, zoom
throughout the camera's focal range and manually adjust focus while
shooting. A Photo In Movie feature enables the capture of full
resolution digital stills during video recording.
The PowerShot S3 IS offers 20 shooting modes including full Manual
mode, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority. Together with 2.3
fps continuous shooting, a new fast-shutter Sports mode with improved
auto focus accuracy provides unprecedented capabilities for capturing
action sports sequences. Special Scene modes such as Night
Snapshot and Snow assist with tricky lighting conditions,
while Colour Accent and Colour Swap modes enable dramatic colour
effects to be applied to both images and movies. Canon's My Colours
photo effects have been enhanced for this model, and can now be applied
to images both before and after shooting.
The PowerShot S3 IS features a new Widescreen mode (2816 x 1584
recording pixels) for capturing still images in 16:9 format
perfect for viewing images on widescreen television or printing wide
(10 x 20cm) photos with a SELPHY Compact Photo Printer4.
Printing and other features
A new, dedicated Print menu simplifies printing of multiple images.
Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any
PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. New PictBridge
features include the ability to print shooting data and optimise faces
in portrait shots when connected to a compatible Canon PIXMA printer.
The camera's ID photo and movie stills features are also available when
connected to a SELPHY CP Series Printer. A handy Print/Share button
allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.
The camera's menu system now features support for Arabic, bringing the
total number of supported languages to 23.
Pricing and availability
The PowerShot S3 IS will be available from early May 2006, priced at
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