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Probably the best price for this very nice Canon Powershot PS S3 IS Digital Camera at £244 [NOW £238] including free SuperSaver delivery from Amazon.Co.UK

Features: 12x optical zoom with optical Image stabilizer, USM and UD Lens * 6.0 Megapixels * Extra long 30fps VGA movies * DIGIC II, iSAPS and Flexizone AF/AE * 20 Shooting modes * My colours for in-camera photo effects * ISO 800 * Widescreen 16:9 mode * 2.0" vari-angle LCD and night display * Optional accessories including converter lenses, slave flash * Pictbridge & Print share button * USB High speed connectivity

Includes: Powershot S3IS * Lens cap * Neck strap * 4 x AA alkaline batteries * Stereo video cable * Interface cable * 16mb memory card * User manual kit
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#1
[COLOR=darkred]Manufacturer's Description[/COLOR]
The sleek PowerShot S3 IS digital camera offers you high resolution, an extra-long zoom, advanced yet easy-to-use movie functions plus great new shooting options. Also, with Image Stabilizer technology, images and movies taken with the S3 IS are sharp and smooth, even when the camera gets jostled. It's everything you need to capture the fun, excitement and beauty of your active life - wherever it takes you!
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 Stabilizer 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-inch vari-angle LCD screen, widescreen (16:9) recording, new movie features, and an additional Sports mode.

[COLOR=darkred]Optics[/COLOR]
Still the most powerful zoom in a Canon digital compact camera (36 to 432mm, f2.7-f.3.5), the PowerShot S3 IS's 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 Stabilizer (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 telephoto 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 and optional Close-Up lens 500D (58mm) allow for detailed macro photography. (Optional wide, telephoto, and close-up lenses not included--must be purchased separately.)

[COLOR=darkred]Increased ISO speed[/COLOR]
In addition to Image Stabilization, 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 sensitivities.

[COLOR=darkred]Movie functions[/COLOR]
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 30-frame-per-second VGA quality movies of up to 1 GB with stereo sound, or create 60-frame-per-second 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.

[COLOR=darkred]Creative shooting[/COLOR]
The PowerShot S3 IS offers 20 shooting modes including full Manual mode, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Speed Priority. Together with 2.3-frame-per-second continuous shooting, a new fast-shutter Sports mode with improved autofocus accuracy provides unprecedented capabilities for capturing action sports sequences. Special Scene modes--such as Night Snapshot and Snow--assist with tricky lighting conditions, while Color Accent and Color Swap modes enable dramatic color effects to be applied to both images and movies. Canon's My Colors 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 20-centimeter) photos with a Selphy Compact Photo Printer.

[COLOR=darkred]Printing and other features[/COLOR]
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 optimize 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. (Printer not included--must be purchased separately.)
The camera's menu system now features support for Arabic, bringing the total number of supported languages to 23.

[COLOR=darkred]Panoramic photos[/COLOR]
Widescreen 16:9 still image recording allows playback on widescreen TV or printing on wide size paper with a SELPHY CP printer.

[COLOR=darkred]Canon technologies explained [/COLOR]
[COLOR=darkred]Optical Image Stabilizer[/COLOR]
Canon's lens-shift-type optical Image Stabilizer counteracts the camera shake caused by slight hand movements. Vibration sensors detect the angle and speed of movement and send this information to a processor, allowing the camera to compensate. This adds stability to hand-held, telephoto, or moving shots and enables shooting at shutter speeds of up to three stops slower with no noticeable increase in image blur.

[COLOR=darkred]DIGIC II[/COLOR]
Canon's purpose-built DIGIC II (DIGital Imaging Core) image processor links all primary camera functions for maximum efficiency. High-speed processing results in outstanding responsiveness, rapid autofocus, and extended continuous shooting ability. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb image detail and color reproduction with accurate white balance and minimal noise. DIGIC II operates efficiently to extend battery life, for longer shooting on a single charge.

[COLOR=darkred]iSAPS[/COLOR]
iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) automatically optimizes key camera settings before every shot. Each scene is analyzed and cross-referenced against Photographic Space--a vast in-camera library of photographic data. This enables the camera to make optimal adjustments to autoexposure, autofocus, and auto white balance before image capture occurs.

[COLOR=darkred]9-Point AiAF[/COLOR]
Canon's 9-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) automatically scans and selects subjects from a set of nine focusing areas across the scene. This ensures accurately focused images even when subjects are not in the centre of the frame.

[COLOR=darkred]FlexiZone AF/AE[/COLOR]
FlexiZone AF/AE lets users manually select the focus point from almost any point in the frame by moving the autofocus window in the viewfinder. Exposure is linked to the focus point to ensure that the chosen subject is accurately focused and exposed.

[COLOR=darkred]Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens technology[/COLOR]
No matter how well engineered, conventional optical glass lens elements cause chromatic aberrations which can 'soften' images and appear in photographs as fringing around the outside edge of subjects. Canon's Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass has special optical properties to successfully reduce these aberrations. Especially effective in super telephoto lenses, UD glass helps to deliver crisp, sharp, high-contrast images.

[COLOR=darkred]Product Description[/COLOR]
The sleek PowerShot S3 IS digital camera offers you high resolution, an extra-long 12x zoom, advanced yet easy-to-use movie functions plus great new shooting options. The exclusive "MovieSnap" feature allows you to take a full 6 Megapixel still image at any time while you are recording a movie. Also, with Image Stabilizer technology, images and movies taken with the S3 IS are sharp and smooth, even when the camera gets jostled. It's everything you need to capture the fun, excitement and beauty of your active life - wherever it takes you! Shooting Specs - Auto; Creative - P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image - Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie; Self-Timer - 2-sec/10-sec, Custom; Continuous Shooting at up to 2.3fps Built-in Flash controls - Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Off SD/MMC Memory card slot A 16MB SD Card is included, however we suggest purchasing an Optional 1GB memory card. It will allow you to store a lot more video and images, as well as take advantage of the camera's high Resolution abilities. Interfaces - USB 2.0, A/V output (NTSC/PAL) Print directly to Canon CP/SELPHY Compact and PIXMA Photo Printers as well as PictBridge compatible printers via the included USB 2.0 cable with the need for a computer! Approximate Unit Dimensions - (WxHxD) 4.46 x 3.07 2.97; Unit Weight - 14.5 oz. (Body without battery and memory card)
#3
This is a very nice camera - I thought the S2 was a great all round prosumer camera, if I was going for this class of camera the S3 would probably be my first choice.

John
#4
My friend has returned from Florida with this camera which he bought for £190. He lent it to me before he used it (big match in Derry last Thursday night). It takes great pictures and the video (with stereo sound) is superb.

The rain on the parade is that he dropped it today on its first outing with him and now it won't work as the lens stays put. The reason I'm telling you this is that (1) ask yourself is a USA-only warranty product a wise gamble and (2) always wear the wrist band when you're handling your camera.
#5
Gummo
My friend has returned from Florida with this camera which he bought for £190. He lent it to me before he used it (big match in Derry last Thursday night). It takes great pictures and the video (with stereo sound) is superb.

The rain on the parade is that he dropped it today on its first outing with him and now it won't work as the lens stays put. The reason I'm telling you this is that (1) ask yourself is a USA-only warranty product a wise gamble and (2) always wear the wrist band when you're handling your camera.


He could send it back to the US for a repair - but I dont think the warranty would cover sth like that.
#6
brilliant find ray :thumbsup:
[mod]#7
Very nice camera ray, thanks for this :thumbsup:
#8
TinoP
He could send it back to the US for a repair - but I dont think the warranty would cover sth like that.

He's got friends going there shortly - he can give it a shot.
#9
Just remember it is NOT a DSLR...its a compact camera in a DSLR shaped body(ie to look like a DSLR)...i would be inclined to buy the NIKON D50 for the same price.
#10
[SIZE=2]It depends what you want to do with it - a prosumer-class camera is better all round out of the box, as you have more features like movie recording and so forth. A digital SLR will take better pictures but will generally require more money spent on them, either camera will suit different requirements.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]John[/SIZE]
#11
Also, I've found the flip/swivel screen indispensable on the S3 IS. It's image stabilisation, also missing on most dSLRs, is a handy addition. The sound quality and video on the S3 is exceptional too.
#12
spenspuma
Just remember it is NOT a DSLR...its a compact camera in a DSLR shaped body(ie to look like a DSLR)...i would be inclined to buy the NIKON D50 for the same price.


Id also prefer a D50 for that price but I havent seen a D50 thats comes anywhere near this price. the cheapest I could get a D50 was about £100 more.
#13
True...the cheapest ive seen the D50 for is £319.99 so would be another £50 more..BUT a better camera for that little bit extra
#14
The Panasonic FZ7 has very similar specs and is available at 214UKP from a number of retailers. i'm a Canon man myself, but would definitely consider the Panny.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DMC-FZ7BB-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B000EN5P26/hotukdeals-21

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000EN5P26.02._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V56204965_.jpg
#15
spenspuma
True...the cheapest ive seen the D50 for is £319.99 so would be another £50 more..BUT a better camera for that little bit extra


Not necessarily...as I've said already it depends on what people want with the camera, the Canon is a better general purpose 'device' - I wouldn't recommend a dSLR for everyone.

John
#16
Now £254.98 including delivery!
#17
spenspuma
True...the cheapest ive seen the D50 for is £319.99 so would be another £50 more..BUT a better camera for that little bit extra


you don't get a 12x optical zoom on a D50 for £319....
#18
thanks. ordered one last night. pity amazon is not on quidco
#19
Now just £247 including delivery!
#20
Dropped in price again to just £244 including delivery!
#21
don't tell my old man who just bought one from amazon last week at £254

:-(
#22
wazza
don't tell my old man who just bought one from amazon last week at £254

:-(
If he gives them a call 0800 2796620 As it was only last week, they might refund the difference or offer a gift voucher...
#23
ok will call them and see what happens, thanks
#24
Reduced again to just £238 delivered!
#25
[SIZE=2]£238 including delivery once again, so bumping up for those who've missed it...[/SIZE]
#26
Must keep credit card in pocket......

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