Canon PowerShot S1 IS 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 10x Image Stabilized Optical
amazing!, November 1, 2005 Reviewer: S. Joy Ramsey "BookWorm"
i love the way this camera feels in my hands: like a real SLR camera. it's
also got enough weight that i don't feel like it's going to blow away with
the slightest breeze. it's just a tad on the large side, not really
fitting into a pocket, but it fits alright into an average sized purse.
the options for additional acessories are wonderful, including extra
lenses and a waterproof case. the LCD screen is incredibly cool. when not
using the camera, the screen protects itself from unwatned fingerprints or
dust, but when you want to use it, it flips out, turns around (which
allows you to take pictures of yourself and friends if no one is there to
hold the camera) but once turned around, the screen also flips back in,
allowing you to use it as you would any old screen. (that might just be my
favorite feature--it's the little things). this was one of consumer
reports favorites for people who like to shoot snapshots, but also
occasionally like to get a little creative, and that fit me to a tee.
although pricey, i feel like this camera is worth every penny.
Superb Digital Camera, May 22, 2004
After researching other cameras in its class including the Panasonic
DMC-FZ10 and Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2, I finally decided on the Canon S1
IS. Having taken a few hundred pictures with it, I am completely satisfied
with my purchase.
With this camera I have the flexibility to take pictures with
point-and-shoot ease while also having plenty of manual capabilities
available to take more artistic pictures. Although the camera has "only"
3.2 megapixels this is more than compensated for by the 10x optical zoom.
With this zoom you simply don't need as many megapixels (although it would
be nice) because you won't be cropping out as much of the picture. Instead
of cropping out excess, you just zoom in while you are there and have a
nice original to begin with. Furthemore, more megapixels don't necessarily
mean a "better" picture. There are other factors like the lens, cmos, and
other processing that will affect the image quality just as much as the
megapixels if not more.
Image stabilization is an awesome feature and until now has been reserved
for the more expensive cameras. This feature definitely helps with the
long zooms and low-light conditions. With the long zoom you can do shots
where the primary object is very clear while the background is all blurry.
This isn't as easy to do on cameras with less zoom.
The physical layout and the menu interface are excellent. The placement of
the buttons are very intuitive and the menu setup is among the best I've
ever used on any electronic device. It allows me to use all the manual
settings with ease and speed. I can't really think of any better way to
set it up.
Although the viewfinders tend to make images look like they are
overexposed I think that as the viewfinder ages and dims (as any LCD will
do over time) the picture will improve and not look as overexposed. So, I
think it is excellent foresight on Canon's part to make the pictures seem
overexposed. Personally, I don't find it to be a major issue because I
view all the pics on my computer before deleting them anyway. The
swiveling LCD is a feature that is indispensible. Not only does it protect
the LCD if you flip it around, but you can take pictures of yourself (or
others next to you) or and you take pictures at weird angles (such as
close to the ground or high above a crowd) without contorting yourself.
I don't find battery power to be an issue. Just get 2 or 3 sets of NiMH
batteries and you should be fine for a long day of heavy shooting. Plus
the fact that you can use AA instead of a proprietary module means you can
use regular AA alkaline batteries in a pinch.
The movie mode is great not only because of the high quality movies, but
also because you can zoom while taking the movie. Most cameras will not
let you zoom and you have to leave it where it is. The only downside is
that you will need a high-speed compact flash card (like the Sandisk Ultra
II) to take the highest quality movies. Slower cards can't keep up with
the high amout of data being written.
The focusing system is also great and not usually found on cameras at this
level. You can move the autofocus box to any postion you want and set an
autofocus lock so it doesn't change once you've set it. You can also use
the manual focus if you can't get a good focus in low-light situations.
There is a meter that pops up showing the approximate distance to the
object that you want to focus to which is quite helpful. With the manual
focus, I've been able to focus on any object without too much trouble.
There are only 2 things I would like to see improved. One would be some
sort of battery meter but it would be wildly inaccurate without some sort
of proprietary battery (which they don't make you use) so I'm ok with them
leaving that out. I would also like the lens cap to 'click' on instead of
just sliding on. I understand why they made that decision though: they
want the cap to slide off automatically when you turn it on which is a
convenience so I don't have to take it off every time I turn it on. These
are just minor suggestions and really just personal preference things.
Otherwise, this camera is perfect for the price and what you get.
I highly recommend this camera to anyone to both point-and-shoot people
and people who want that along with some artistic flexibility. The feature
set is unbeatable and the picture quality is amazing.
You can view my my gallery of S1 IS pics to judge for yourself at http://www.pbase.com/tumahler
Love it, despite its (minor) limitations., August 17, 2004
Reviewer: Thomas Chou
This camera has an amazing list of features which other reviewers have
already noted. But the main reason I bought this camera was it's size -
it's currently the only camera with a 10x zoom that also has image
stabilization (which is VERY useful on big zooms) AND fits in my shirt
pocket (albeit barely). This fact means that I can take this camera
anywhere. I could have gotten a larger camera with the same zoom range
that takes better pictures, but then I would have left my camera home half
the time. And don't be turned off (like I was at first) by the fact that
this camera has "only" 3.2 megapixels - the image quality is quite good -
better than most 3 megapixel cameras, and rivals at least some 4 megapixel
cameras I've seen.
Canon PowerShot S1