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Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS 6MP with 12x Image Stabilized Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS 6MP with 12x Image Stabilized Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 603 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Adapter5.0   above average
Range4.7   above average
Sharp4.7   average
Value4.7   average
Control4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Quick4.6   average
Stabilization4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
SLR4.5   above average
Photo4.4   average
Zoom4.4   above average
Quality4.3   average
Image4.2   average
Battery4.0   above average
Setting3.9   average
Manual3.7   average
Performance3.7   below average
Speed3.7   average
Indoor3.6   average
Macro3.6   below average
Size3.6   below average
Lens3.5   above average
Menu3.5   below average
Flash3.3   average
Shutter3.2   average
Viewfinder3.0   below average
Focus2.9   average
Noise1.4   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"12x zoom, swivel screen, 6mp, limitless high-quality video, numerous filters, adapter lens compatible, fast startup and response times, panorama mode, AA batteries, SD memory."
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"If you decide to grab one, I suggest the following must haves:1, 2, or 4 gigabyte SD card such as this: Transcend High-Speed Secure Digital Card (150x) - 2GBSet of rechargeable batteries running between 2200mah to 2700mah such as this:Energizer 15-Minute Battery Charger52mm or 58mm Lens adapter (you should order this from Lensmate as they make a nicely machined aluminum adapter that is superior to the canon other brands)Clip-type lens cap that will fit the camera and or adapter:Canon 58mm Snap-On Lens CapFilters: 1 linear or circular Polarizing filter (minimal reflections better sky contrast) and 1 UV or Clear filter (protect your lens from scratches, dust, or gunk):Hoya HMC - Filter - circular polarizer - 58 mmHoya 58mm Clear Protection, Multi-Coated Ultra Thin Mount Glass Filter."
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"First, I would definitely recommend the Lensmate lens adapter with a UV filter for everyone."
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"I have equipped the S3 with a Lensmate 58 mm lens adapter (several owners recommended the Lensmate product instead of the Canon adapter) and it works fine."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"Amazon sold me a service warranty, but after I had problems with the repairs, would not back up the product."
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"I ordered the S3 from Amazon and the problems began as soon as I took it out of the box."
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"Unfortunately Amazon doesn't carry Lensmate but you can Google them."
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"I was pleased to find a new one on Amazon and was led to believe it came in the original box."
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"I got really lucky with this camera; I purchased a used model for under one hundred dollars, fulfilled by Amazon so I had the confidence of a thirty day window to test the unit I received."
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"Amazon and the provider of my camera made it very easy."
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"I bought this one from Amazon, and I am very happy with the camera."
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"The 1101B001 is Canon's item number for the Powershot S3 IS camera so all the reviews for that camera listing on amazon apply to this camera listing as well."
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Battery

Battery:
"(You can get rechargeable batteries to re-use, but I haven't gotten excellent life out of rechargeable batteries in this camera.)"
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"The only drawback is that it uses basic AA batteries so you can't just charge up the camera."
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"However I went to turn it on last weekend and it flashed at me and went off, so I changed the batteries and had the same problem.."
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"I took over 500 pictures with the original 4 batteries (mostly outdoors without flash) -- so very pleased with the battery life."
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"Described as camera only; received with a well padded camera case, batteries, and a 4 gig SD card."
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"Sure it sucks the life out of batteries now but really, I'm not going to complain!"
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"The battery life was amazing on this thing."
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"It also seems to drain batteries pretty fast."
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"Great fun..Being a believer in simple is better I appreciate the non-proprietary batteries, the through the lens viewing."
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Button

Button:
"The only real problem he has had is the position of the menu button."
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"At 400 you are going to have noticeable grain, and you should only use 800 for documentation - such as showing the neighbor's car in your parking space, or similar non-artistic images (unless you are using grain as the effect).So, essentially a great camera has some serious button problems."
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"The S3 has more buttons and the manual is not the most user friendly for those of us that are NOT technically minded."
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"One of the most irritating and lousy aspect of this camera is the ISO button on the back of the camera."
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"My only complaint is that the menu and set buttons on the back keep getting in my way."
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"Somewhere along the way I hit the wrong button and took a few low resolution images before discovering the change of setting."
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"I've lost many really good shots by accidentally hitting the ISO button and not noticing that I'd bumped it up too high."
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"it is perfect -- it cost the same as my old camera did 4 years ago --i love the movie setting, it has a button that you can start recording at any time, even while taking pictures."
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"At 400 you are going to have noticeable grain, and you should only use 800 for documentation - such as showing the neighbor's car in your parking space, or similar non-artistic images (unless you are using grain as the effect).So, essentially a great camera has some serious button problems."
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"and if you don't frequently check the tiny ISO setting in the viewfinder (if you are shooting that way), you run the risk of some unusable, grainy high-ISO shots :-(Second, a good bad thing is the S button on the back."
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"I liked the idea of having separate buttons for shooting a movie and a still photo."
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Control

Control:
"The only problem I have with this camera is that with the amount of control and functions available I spend a lot of time in the book figuring out what I can do and how to do it."
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"I have found only very minor faults:-sometimes autofocus is slow at full telephoto-manual focus is great with most stationary subjects, but is not easy to control at telephoto end of zoom, and not very practical for fast moving subjectsPanasonic's FZ50 is quicker and has a better lens, and I was impressed with its handling when I tried it out, but here's why I didn't buy it: excessive-as-in-past-the-point-of-no-return noise reduction (read smeared images at higher ISO), excessive MP for that sensor, more expensive than the S3.I don't think any other camera exists that comes close to the S3's image quality, size, handling, feature set, and price."
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"I love the functions that the camera has and the control that is given to the user over the different options of the picture taking (shutter speed, WB, format...)."
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"Features manual controls are amazing for a camera from 2006 - price is very reasonable now!"
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"The controls are well placed and it's easy to learn and use."
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"I wanted something solid, something built to take good photographs, one that gave me enough control over the shots I'd take."
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"Since we owned a Canon digital camera before, the control buttons were easy to get used to."
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Display

Display:
"I guess I could use the LCD display but I'm not at all comfortable with that."
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"The disadvantages of the Kodak over the S3, is that the Kodak doesn't have a rotating display, so photos of people could be more intrusive."
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"Love the little viewfinder, the swivel function of the display monitor and the fact that you can use regular AA batteries! "
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"I LOVED it for the first year or so... LOVE the display screen, the way it flips around and you can hold it way above your head to take great zoom shots at concerts or even pics of yourself."
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"I like the view finder when shooting outdoors and the swivel color LCD display is nice too."
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"Turns out the flip and turn display, as well as the stereo movie mode (both features absent in the Sony H2) are now also our favorite features."
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"The ability to swivel the display is great, especially for macro shooting."
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Fit

Fit:
"it doesn't mean anything is really WRONG with the camera, it just wasn't the perfect fit for me..."
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"That also reduces it's portability as you'll never be able to fit it in your pocket."
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"The only downside is it is a little bigger and doesn't fit in your pocket or small camera case."
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"The camera is not that big, and will easily fit in a big handbag or a backpack, even in the bag I got for it."
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"I did consider the S5 because it has a couple more options, but when I tried them out in a store, the S5 was just a little bit bigger, deeper from front to back, and it didn't fit my relatively small hand as well."
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"The S3 is a bit smaller, and fits perfectly."
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"I was looking for a camera that took decent pictures and video this fit the bill, I've had this for about 4 months now."
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"It fits great and has a few small pouches for extra batteries -cards ect."
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"The camera fits well in your hand & the buttons are located in easy-to-access locations (most can be pressed with your right thumb.)"
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Flash

Flash:
"It's a bit weak in indoor shooting, the flash often washes out subjects but it's quite decent outside or with natural lighting."
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"Pictures without flash in my church were always a problem--not enough light for this camera; I had to throw away 95% of the pix because of blurring or focus problems."
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"If not, can anyone recommend a good flash? "
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"The cons include no hot shoe for an additional flash and the digital view finder is really annoying."
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"I took over 500 pictures with the original 4 batteries (mostly outdoors without flash) -- so very pleased with the battery life."
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"The flash is weak."
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"It's a bit weak in indoor shooting, the flash often washes out subjects but it's quite decent outside or with natural lighting."
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"OH, and not to mention... that extention doesnt work so well if you are using the flash!"
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"Flash regeneration time is excellent."
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"I first used the camera at a book signing, and was pleased at the quality of the shots even without flash, and the 12X optical zoom allowed me to get in close."
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"Controlling the flash is also really easy- if the flash is down, it's off."
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Focus

Focus:
"Pictures without flash in my church were always a problem--not enough light for this camera; I had to throw away 95% of the pix because of blurring or focus problems."
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"I sometime have problems with focus on higher zoom when it cannot focus because it cannot make out depth of an object, but that's like any other camera."
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"For example, recently I had a perfect shot of a bee on a flower- I swear he was posing for me- and for almost 5 full minutes (it was a patient bee)I tried every conceievable picture mode and every time the camera would just not be able to focus the way I wanted it to."
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"Six months into it and simple things like focusing are still frustrating me."
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"Now, I get crappy pictures that are slightly out of focus."
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"Also the micro focus works very well."
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"The lens focuses nice and fast."
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"This camera has the great zoom and works wonderfully in bright light, but has trouble focusing indoors or at any kind of close distance."
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"But because the sensor is so small and requires so much light to get a decent picture, the camera is almost impossible to focus, even with the image stabilization."
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"I had good pictures that were really out of focus."
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Image

Image:
"It's capable of 48x digital zoom but I never use digital zoom on any camera because the pics are terrible."
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"To be honest, I've been VERY disappointed with the image quality."
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"Of course, now the exposure time is increased by 4x, so camera shake may be a problem even with image stabilization."
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"The problem with noisy images is made worse by the mega-pixel arms race, where camera makers continue to cram more pixels onto the same sensor area."
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"I wasn't keen on purchasing those 10MP cameras that have recently made their appearance- my personal experience was that more megapixels meant a larger photo size, but didn't translate well into better pictures."
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"So, much like the ISO button, until you switch the setting you'll risk shooting a bunch of small images before you realize the error."
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"The photo quality is excellent and it has a nice assortment of shooting modes to choose from."
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"Takes great images."
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"Takes great pics for someone who is a novice but it has enough settings and things to play with to also make it fun for someone who knows their way around a camera."
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"A MUSt for any camera... Basically when you can tweak your own white balance, any camera will be able to make crisp, clear, true-to-life colorized images."
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"I LOVED it for the first year or so... LOVE the display screen, the way it flips around and you can hold it way above your head to take great zoom shots at concerts or even pics of yourself."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"It's a bit weak in indoor shooting, the flash often washes out subjects but it's quite decent outside or with natural lighting."
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"Unfortunately, anything taken indoors is pretty grainy."
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"Cons: I have been getting frustrated taking pictures indoors because of the lag time produced by the autofocus."
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"In auto mode you may well miss that shot you wanted indoors because the camera was unable to set the distance properly and adjust the flash for the distance."
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"This camera has the great zoom and works wonderfully in bright light, but has trouble focusing indoors or at any kind of close distance."
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"I love the quality of indoor and night pictures compared to my Nikon."
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"I love the quality & the speed except for the indoor moving shots."
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"I am impressed that the IS works so well in long shots indoors."
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"Unfortunately, anything taken indoors is pretty grainy."
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Lens

Lens:
"And so, after several years of on the spot self repairs due to this recurring lens error restart camera error message, I I am giving up on this camera."
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"At first the lens would just have difficulty retracting and would make a weird noise, but then I started getting the lens error, restart camera message every time I'd turn the camera on."
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"The Lens Is Broke."
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"While I have the typical lens error and have for about a year now, I must say this camera is worth its weight in gold."
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"But then, out of nowhere, the zoom lens locked up while I was taking pictures, and that's when I discovered a plethora of internet posts complaining about Canon S1, S2 and S3 cameras whose lenses locked up for various reasons."
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"Just wish that I had ordered more lens to go with it so that I could expand on it's capabilities....though, it is wonderful without the extra lens."
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"So now I am looking for a replacement camera for this cannon... i want to be able to add a lens when i want - but i Dont want to have to keep it on there all the time just to protect the lens b c i cant buy a new lens cap...Long story short... try one of the newer versions of this camera if you are really intrested in this one!"
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"The lens focuses nice and fast."
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"The zoom and image stabilizer lens make it great."
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Macro

Macro:
"Even in Macro mode I was unable to get a decent picture."
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"Some negatives: When you DO use the macro, unlike other Canons, you can't use it in Auto."
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"It has some great things: an awesome super macro mode, great 12x zoom, but also some annoying little factors: icky aut-focus and difficult manual focus, tiny and not clear LCD, horrible fake viewfinder."
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"The S3 IS is excellent with zooming in on far away subjects, not so great with macro."
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"However, if you plan to do any Macro photography this will be a problem."
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"I'm not sure what the macro problems are the poster a few reviews ago had."
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"Even in Macro mode I was unable to get a decent picture."
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"The 12x optical zoom is powerful enough to satisfy the macro enthusiast."
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"Macro mode and movie mode are amazing."
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"I have especially enjoyed the macro zoom to take close-ups and the color assist which brings out one color in the picture."
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"I have no complaints about the picture quality now, and the Macro close-up mode is pretty cool to play with for those interested in amateur photography."
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Manual

Manual:
"The usuer manual is hard to read in the printed shady areas (old eyes I guess), so I've gone online to read it."
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"The owners manual is a little confusing even when you know what they are trying to say, but buy the camera! "
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"The S3 has more buttons and the manual is not the most user friendly for those of us that are NOT technically minded."
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"I tried looking up how to solve this problem in the manual and their solution for blurry pictures was use a tripod."
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"The only complaint I have is that I find the instruction manual to be extremely unhelpful in finding certain functions on the camera."
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"Most of my pictures turn out blurred or grainy, and I have played around with the manual settings, but still can't get very good quality pictures."
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"Downloaded manual off the internet and having fun learning towork a more advanced camera."
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"Features manual controls are amazing for a camera from 2006 - price is very reasonable now!"
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"You need to spend some time with the camera and the owner's manual before taking it on your next safari, but it has great flexibility and produces great shots."
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"Try learning one feature at a time if you get overwhelmed by the size of the manual."
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"I expect that with more practice in the manual settings I'll be able to sharpen those images, though the auto ISO works well."
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Menu

Menu:
"The only real problem he has had is the position of the menu button."
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"My only complaint is that the menu and set buttons on the back keep getting in my way."
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"I suppose the camera has all the wonderful options, settings, and features that I've read about hidden somehwere behind all those buttons or in all those menus and sub-menus, but I'll never figure out where they are or how to use them from this horrible manual."
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"Most point-and-shoot (P+S) cameras have few buttons - relying instead on hidden menu driven options."
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"I find that the menu's are easy to use (this being my 3rd Canon) and the ergonomics are very very good."
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"menus are easy to navigate and i have only used a few of the extra features."
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"The menu is logical and easy to navigate."
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"The rockers, dials, and buttons function smoothly and the menu is very intuitive."
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"The menu pads are well laid out so various settings can be found simply and quickly."
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Noise

Noise:
"At first the lens would just have difficulty retracting and would make a weird noise, but then I started getting the lens error, restart camera message every time I'd turn the camera on."
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"I was really disappointed when I noticed levels of noise that I didn't expect."
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"That is why when you shoot the S3 at ISO=800, the noise problem is 8X worse compared to shooting the S1 at ISO=200.The only reliable way to improve signal-to-noise ratio is to increase sensor area."
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"The problem with noisy images is made worse by the mega-pixel arms race, where camera makers continue to cram more pixels onto the same sensor area."
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"I've always hated non-SLR digital cameras because of slow response times, slow shutter speeds, noisy grainy image quality, and just the hassle of not being able to see my actual shot through the viewfinder."
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"Regretfully, the noise on the Koadak Z710 was unbearable to me even at ISO 100- worse than the noise on my old Canon A40 with it's relatively less substantial 2 MP resolution and 3X optical zoom."
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"That is why when you shoot the S3 at ISO=800, the noise problem is 8X worse compared to shooting the S1 at ISO=200.The only reliable way to improve signal-to-noise ratio is to increase sensor area."
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"Its noise profile follows suit as well: low until about ISO 200, then increasingly bad."
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"For this type of camera, noise is well controlled at ISO 100 and 200, and the noise reduction is light (no smearing)."
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Performance

Performance:
"I primarily use the camera for action shots and video and couldn't be more pleased with the camera's performance."
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"Overall I'm very happy with the camera, but not too happy with its low-light shooting performance (picture clarity when observed on a workstation)."
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"The video performance is impressive as is the image stabilization (which was not as good with the H1)."
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"The Sony doesn't perform exceptionally well at the larger ISO settings (ISO-800 and 1000), but neither does the Canon (no ISO-1000 setting, but similar performance at ISO-800)."
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"Still getting to familiar with the features and functions of this camera but so far I'm very pleased with it's performance and would definitely recommend."
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"Its a nice camera with possibly all d features which I might want to have...the only downside is that its a bit 2 complicated for amateurs like me..this is my first digicam but I'm pretty much satisified with its performance though i havent been able to explore it fully...the zoom is just amazing and gives you a feel of an SLR...for those who dont know abt this camera, they'd probably mistake it for a low end SLR..On the whole, its a good buy and value for money.."
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"its amazing flex-ability and features are worth the money its performance is awesome 12 X zoom & anti shake are spot on , only criticism is it dose take some time to get to learn and program the beast I guess I'm getting a little slow theses days but once mastered it is quite the camera i have owned ,Minolta's ,Olympics ,and other Canons this is the best yet Ihave had it for a month taken over 300 pics and would certainly by it again"
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"The S3 is unbelievable - all the features you'd want, and stunning performance."
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"For its price and its superior performance, this camera is an excellent buy."
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Photo

Photo:
"That can be extremely frustrating when trying to take photos of a 2 year old or any animals."
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"I have been using SanDisk Extreme III 2GB cards for the past month, and I have taken well over 1000 photos with no memory card error."
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"If your camera doesn't fail, you'll enjoy the photos the camera produces."
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"Not bulky so easy to bring along and great photos"
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"I'm not a professional photographer, and did not buy the S3 expecting professional quality photos - but these are problems one might expect to encounter with a $99 camera, not a $300+ model, and not from a trusted Canon."
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"Overall, though, the camera is light, not too big, easy to use and takes GREAT photos."
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"Great camera takes very good photos, easy to use."
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"(My ex took my Nikon D40x in our split) I've learned so much over the years and this camera takes wonderful photos if you get your settings right."
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"I bought this camera 7 years ago and it still takes beautiful photos."
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"I've used it for all my photos for several years and have no complaints."
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"I just returned from two trips and the photos are amazing."
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Photography

Photography:
"I used to do a lot of SLR film photography and have never been satisfied with the switch to digital until now."
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"I am brand new to photography and was worried by other reviews that this camera may not be for me."
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"However, if you plan to do any Macro photography this will be a problem."
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"It simply does not work well for me doing fine art photography."
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"This cam is not an SLR but it's a good way to jump into slightly more advanced photography than your old point-and-shoot."
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"So if you want a camera that puts the P in Photography and Professional this camera is a good choice."
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"Videos are crystal clear and I'm looking forward to seeing how my lightning photography goes once the lightning storms start here in Iraq."
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"I am pretty new to photography, and at first I had no idea what most of the features were, and the menu isn't extremely helpful."
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"This camera would be very appropriate for people who have discovered a love for digital photography, who are upgrading from a $100-$200 digital camera, but who are not ready to plunk down $1000+ for a digital SLR."
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"And being a young person aspiring to take the dip into photography, this is a perfect camera."
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Pixels

Pixels:
"My number one reason for purchasing a new camera was dead pixels on my G2."
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"For a 6.0 mega pixel camera, it takes great pictures."
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"This is a 14.1 mega pixel camera and it does take good pictures if you have everything set properly but I still use my Cannon Powershot S3 IS camera when I need to take a few quick shots and always have it as a back up."
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"I owned a compact 6 mega pixel camera that I really liked bu this gives me the same quality pics."
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"All the rest tried to get our attention by promising more pixels, but Canon when for quality and a reasonable price."
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"This camera takes better pics than the Panasonic Lumix that costs several hundred $$$ more and has 10 mega pixels -- oh, and the canon is considerably smaller and easier to carry."
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Price

Price:
"To out dated not worth the money."
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"When I found this camera I thought it would be a great compromise and the price was really reasonable."
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"Replaced a malfunctioning Minolta with this and, for the price paid, I can't be happier."
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"The picture quality is great, and it's hard to beat the value at this discounted price."
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"Because of its popularity, you will see many drastically reduced prices, but caveat emptor."
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"And for the price you really cant go wrong."
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"Nice to get such nice quality for the price! "
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"IT IS THE BEST DIGITAL CAMERA IN THIS PRICE RANGE."
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"It is well worth the money; both the amature and the professinal should find this camera to be a first-rate camera and a great gift."
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"The zoom lens is Top Grade for this price range and makes it easy to take nature shots which are of framming quality."
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"I'd recommend you buy some rechargeable AAs to save you some money in the long run."
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Quality

Quality:
"I love my canon s3, it really a great camara, only complaint I have is the screen is not big enough, and it uses battery really fast, the picture quality is great for beginner, all in all its an ok camara not the best!"
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"To be honest, I've been VERY disappointed with the image quality."
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"The picture quality is great, and it's hard to beat the value at this discounted price."
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"I'm not a professional photographer, and did not buy the S3 expecting professional quality photos - but these are problems one might expect to encounter with a $99 camera, not a $300+ model, and not from a trusted Canon."
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"I again say, this MAY BE due to settings problem, but i can definitely say, the picture quality is not as great as i had expected under the settings that can be easily done & understood by a not-a-pro photographer (Shot in Auto and Av Modes)-It's HEAVY (weight goes to 500 gms inc batteries) so it's a pain if you have to carry it for long-Shoot Play dial switch seems to be not so strongly built-LCD image quality is not that rich."
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"I'm not yet fully skilled with usage)--------------------------------------------------------------------------Picture Quality is not the best, esp in case of Shooting at Night."
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"The photo quality is excellent and it has a nice assortment of shooting modes to choose from."
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"Nice to get such nice quality for the price! "
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"The zoom lens is Top Grade for this price range and makes it easy to take nature shots which are of framming quality."
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"I had to have this to replace an identical model that I lost on a plane a few years ago, it is such a good quality model."
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"The best feature: Great quality photos!"
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Quick

Quick:
"A quick web search turned up that this is a common problem with this camera and seems to affect most, if not all, S3s to some degree or another."
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"The zoom is quite good and the camera is quick."
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"Its so much fun to be able to take quick little videos of my kids."
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"The zoom is really amazing, being quick, smooth, and capturing clear images."
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"EXCELLENT choice....plenty of options, rather light, quick to shoot, great video option with an amazing sound quality....Forget HP, this is a great camera for its price...."
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"The camera is very quick to respond and the pictures are very clear and sharp."
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Range

Range:
"The CANON S3 is not perfect but, in its price range, includes a very good combination of available technologies with slight image quality sacrifices."
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"IT IS THE BEST DIGITAL CAMERA IN THIS PRICE RANGE."
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"The zoom lens is Top Grade for this price range and makes it easy to take nature shots which are of framming quality."
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"If the truth be told, I don't use the magnifier much because the natural zoom range built in to the camera is well...more than I bargained for!"
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"They display a broad tonal range, albeit with some clipping in the highlights and shadows, very good color accuracy and saturation, and acceptable edge-to-edge sharpness."
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"excellent compared to others in the same price range! "
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SLR

SLR:
"I was not able to afford a new digital SLR but wanted more than a point-and-shoot."
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"The image quality is very good not excellent like digital SLR but very acceptable for most uses."
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"I used to do a lot of SLR film photography and have never been satisfied with the switch to digital until now."
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"This cam is not an SLR but it's a good way to jump into slightly more advanced photography than your old point-and-shoot."
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"My other camera is a Canon EOS Rebel 35mm SLR which I've had for years and love."
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"anyone familiar with SLR cameras should be able to figure it out fairly easily."
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"If image quality under low light condition is critical to you, your best choice is to upgrade to a digital SLR."
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"This seems to be the perfect camera for those of us not interested in stepping up to an SLR."
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"I may upgrade in the future to a digial SLR but for now this camera takes great pictures and I am finally in the new century! "
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Service

Service:
"Amazon sold me a service warranty, but after I had problems with the repairs, would not back up the product."
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"I asked about sending it in for repairs and was told that Cannon no longer services this camera and the best they could do was offer me a minimal amout off a replacement upgrade."
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"Highly recommended..Amazon is great to do business with.. Fair prices and great service.."
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"So I was pleased with the service as well."
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"Amazon service is also amazing."
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"The camera is great and the service that I received from amazon was excellent."
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Setting

Setting:
"In fact, I would doubt that there is anything that this camera couldn't capture beautifully because you can customize the white balance settings."
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"A lot of my earlier shots that didn't turn out where mostly my fault because I didn't know how to adjust to the right settings to counteract my problems."
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"A little grainy in the sport setting but that's the only problem I've had so far."
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"I do wish there was a way to lock the camera's settings so that this didn't happen, but in the meantime, beware of this little devil in the details."
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"I again say, this MAY BE due to settings problem, but i can definitely say, the picture quality is not as great as i had expected under the settings that can be easily done & understood by a not-a-pro photographer (Shot in Auto and Av Modes)-It's HEAVY (weight goes to 500 gms inc batteries) so it's a pain if you have to carry it for long-Shoot Play dial switch seems to be not so strongly built-LCD image quality is not that rich."
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"It may be my shooting setting problem, but compared to even an entry-level Sony point & shoot camera, the image quality is not far better."
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"Great camera, great shots, great stabilizer, great grip on the shooter finger, lots of settings if you want and easy simple if you don't"
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"(My ex took my Nikon D40x in our split) I've learned so much over the years and this camera takes wonderful photos if you get your settings right."
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"Takes great pics for someone who is a novice but it has enough settings and things to play with to also make it fun for someone who knows their way around a camera."
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"I did weeks of research looking for a camera with a good zoom, a wide choice of aperture settings and good picture quality!"
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"I have done a lot of experimenting with the different settings to figure out what works best."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The Photos are sharp and crisp and in the 3 days I've had it I've hardly been dissapointed with any of my shots."
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"The lens hood combined with the uv filter does a nice job of blocking out most of the sunlight to give me nice sharp colorful picture."
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"Packed full of great features rendering clear sharp photos that a camera 10 times it's cost delivers."
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"And the PowerShots 12x zoom is great for pulling in those long shots and still making them nice and clear and sharp."
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"The pictures are very sharp and well exposed."
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"The zoom funtion takes terrifically sharp distortion free shots."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"The IS dosen't do so well with Super Zoom or slow shutter speeds, You should still have a tripod."
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"I'm not a big fan of electronic viewfinders (EVFs), and the S3's didn't convince me otherwise; though it's fine for framing, I hate that it freezes when the shutter is pressed."
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"The shutter recycle time is very fast (another problem with past cameras solved by this one)."
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"The dials are preset to compensate for the Aperture and also the Shutter speeds which come in handy for trial and error use under low light setting, but for advanced users, the Manual mode setting is better since one can adjust the focus, shutter speed and exposure when taking pictures."
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"All my other cameras take horrible pictures...slow shutter speed, slow recording times, blurry pictures."
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"The unlimited continuous shooting mode, which is perfect for catching fast-action sports shots, solves the problem of slow shutter speeds and is not found in any of the other camera's in the S3's class."
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"The only thing I wish is that it was able to use a remote shutter release cable,had an option for a longer shutter setting, and to shoot in RAW."
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"Little things like the review mode work well and the camera goes from off to shutter release in less than 2 seconds, making it possible to get all those pictures you would normally miss with the earlier generation point and shoot cameras."
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"While other people are snapping pictures and their flash has to go off, the S3 whips out a dozen shots with no flash, no annoying shutter sound and no one even knows!"
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"The full auto mode does a great job of deciding what is best for the situation (aperature and shutter speed)."
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"Shot-to-shot speed is good and shutter lag isn't a problem like with my old Minolta."
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Simple

Simple:
"Six months into it and simple things like focusing are still frustrating me."
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"Though the automatic modes make this camera accessible to anyone, it might not be the best camera for those looking for a simple point and shoot camera."
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"Great camera, great shots, great stabilizer, great grip on the shooter finger, lots of settings if you want and easy simple if you don't"
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"As all Canons it is simple and easy to use, and since it is higher-end PowerShot it has extra features, like manual micro focus."
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"Great fun..Being a believer in simple is better I appreciate the non-proprietary batteries, the through the lens viewing."
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"It takes beautiful pictures and is simple enough for me to use."
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"I have owned 2 Sony Cybershots and liked that pics and LOVED the simple software, but wanted a more powerful zoom and still keep the point and shoot ease."
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Size

Size:
"If you think you have confusion between S3 and S5, just don't think about S5's small features, go for S3."
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"I wasn't keen on purchasing those 10MP cameras that have recently made their appearance- my personal experience was that more megapixels meant a larger photo size, but didn't translate well into better pictures."
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"It has the reach I want in a lens for a small digital - the only problem is that, sometimes, the autofocus focuses on the wrong things."
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"So, much like the ISO button, until you switch the setting you'll risk shooting a bunch of small images before you realize the error."
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"The one big drawback is the size of the LCD screen (when not using the view finder)."
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"It's not as sleek and small as a point-and-shoot, but you pay more for quality than convenience."
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"The sports mode does have a lower quality of pictures meaning they aren't as sharp (I uploaded some in product photographs) but for small, non-DSLR cameras, it takes AMAZING sports pictures."
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"But because the sensor is so small and requires so much light to get a decent picture, the camera is almost impossible to focus, even with the image stabilization."
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"I did consider the S5 because it has a couple more options, but when I tried them out in a store, the S5 was just a little bit bigger, deeper from front to back, and it didn't fit my relatively small hand as well."
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"It fits great and has a few small pouches for extra batteries -cards ect."
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"Try learning one feature at a time if you get overwhelmed by the size of the manual."
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Sound

Sound:
"There's nothing I can do to get rid of this annoying sound that occurs during all video recording."
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"As weird as this sounds, I was looking for a new camera because our old sony digital camera had ergonomic issues - my wife could not press it's shutter button due to her long fingernails."
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"We decided to get the S3 because:1 More optical zoom2 Better movie mode (zoom in SD700 doesn't work and it doesn't have such nice sound )3 LCD won't scratch (it closes)4 Uses batteries (thanks to that we don't need to take charger to Europe)5 The same priceThe SD 700 makes pictures faster than the S3 (but after having a Sony Cybershot is not bad at all).After having camera for a month I would give it 3,5 stars."
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"I do not want to sound negative, but this has been my experience."
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"nice sound."
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"I shot a brief movie of a juggler, and when the wind wasn't blowing, the mics picked up her patter nicely, but when the wind kicked in, it wiped out all other sound."
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"The picture quality is good, but I found that wind can really mess with the sound."
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"The videos are amzing too ...great clear sound recording and no blurriness."
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"Its quality is absolutely fantastic... Video and sound is crisp."
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Speed

Speed:
"The IS dosen't do so well with Super Zoom or slow shutter speeds, You should still have a tripod."
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"I have tried several cards of varying capacities, speeds and manufacturers (including ones from canon) and the errors still occur."
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"The shutter recycle time is very fast (another problem with past cameras solved by this one)."
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"Luckily we actually tried the Sony in person and found that the slow shot problem was still there even in the new Sony."
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"The dials are preset to compensate for the Aperture and also the Shutter speeds which come in handy for trial and error use under low light setting, but for advanced users, the Manual mode setting is better since one can adjust the focus, shutter speed and exposure when taking pictures."
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"This is a great, honest seller with fast shipping!"
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"It also seems to drain batteries pretty fast."
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"The lens focuses nice and fast."
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"First, the good:* Fast startup time for a point-and-shoot."
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"Taking action pictures is a tough business because motocross riders are passing you at speeds of 30 - 60 mph and this camera does a great job of capturing them."
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Sport

Sport:
"A little grainy in the sport setting but that's the only problem I've had so far."
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"The same problem occurs in Sports mode as well."
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"It's so hard to get that perfect picture in a single shot, and the combination of sports mode and continuous shot has allowed us to get all the action during taekwondo."
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"The unlimited continuous shooting mode, which is perfect for catching fast-action sports shots, solves the problem of slow shutter speeds and is not found in any of the other camera's in the S3's class."
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"I still have mine, 6 years later and it takes fantastic sport pictures and anything else I like in my lens."
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"The sports mode does have a lower quality of pictures meaning they aren't as sharp (I uploaded some in product photographs) but for small, non-DSLR cameras, it takes AMAZING sports pictures."
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"This camera has great sports mode."
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"I have high school boys in sports and am using the sports sequence and continuous shooting features which are great and self explanatory."
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"The same problem occurs in Sports mode as well."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"Of course, now the exposure time is increased by 4x, so camera shake may be a problem even with image stabilization."
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"The video performance is impressive as is the image stabilization (which was not as good with the H1)."
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"A long zoom without stabilization is going to produce more frustration than excitement, especially when those lenses are hardly brighter than F 3.5 at the long end."
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"The quality of the images is about equal (other than the canon not being as good with image stabilization at maximum zoom).There are more options for flash typesThere are more buttons on the camera for faster settings."
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"I read in online forums and review sites that the panasonic digicams have the best image stabilization."
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"image stabilization works well, but i wouldn't expect miracles."
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"I especially love the image stabilizing feature, since I was always famous for my shaky pictures... but not anymore with this camera."
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"With the image stabilization, I was able to take my pictures without the hassle of a tripod."
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"Pictures are fantastic and vivid, and the image stabilization actually functions as advertised."
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Value

Value:
"The picture quality is great, and it's hard to beat the value at this discounted price."
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"This camera is a great value and has many great features."
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"Excellent value balancing price with capabilities."
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"Its a nice camera with possibly all d features which I might want to have...the only downside is that its a bit 2 complicated for amateurs like me..this is my first digicam but I'm pretty much satisified with its performance though i havent been able to explore it fully...the zoom is just amazing and gives you a feel of an SLR...for those who dont know abt this camera, they'd probably mistake it for a low end SLR..On the whole, its a good buy and value for money.."
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"Best value for the top quality you'll be getting."
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"Great value without spending big dollars on interchangable lenses."
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Video

Video:
"I primarily use the camera for action shots and video and couldn't be more pleased with the camera's performance."
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"2 GB goes a long way, and is fairly cheap-Relatively easy to use for point and shoot-Decent zoom-Good image and video qualityCONS:-taking a still while in the middle of recording video causes the video to momentarily 'skip'-Flash has to be manually raised-Viewfinder can be hard to use, not very good quality-a bit large compared to some other cameras."
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"The video sound and visual is really amazing, I've postponed replacing a dead Sony VidCam due to the video capability of this little baby."
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"I've not used the movie mode so I can't comment on that..This is a great deal folks."
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"One of my reasons for choosing this camera was the great video features - however, this audio problem is rendering all videos shot on this camera unwatchable."
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"There's nothing I can do to get rid of this annoying sound that occurs during all video recording."
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"No HD video but I'm not shooting HD with this little guy, just fun little videos here and there."
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"One feature I really liked when I took it to Disney was the video capture."
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"I love the video function too."
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"Its so much fun to be able to take quick little videos of my kids."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"Too bad since image quality is good -- but with useless LCD and viewfinder, this camera is a huge disappointment."
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"It's 2011 (4yrs later)The viewfinder and screen failed 2 years ago requiring a costly non-warranty trip to Canon."
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"I've had some images of flowers and the like that I've tried taking close-ups of that have ended up being focused on the wrong item, partly because the viewfinder has such low resolution that I can't tell whether the flower is in focus and partly because it appears that the autofocus isn't picking out the image in the very center of the frame."
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"The only negative is that even the viewfinder is harder to see in bright light."
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"The EVF is a little weird to get used to if you've used an optical viewfinder all your life."
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"It has some great things: an awesome super macro mode, great 12x zoom, but also some annoying little factors: icky aut-focus and difficult manual focus, tiny and not clear LCD, horrible fake viewfinder."
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"Love the little viewfinder, the swivel function of the display monitor and the fact that you can use regular AA batteries! "
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"LOVE that it has a eyehole viewfinder for those bright days that you cant see the screen all that well."
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"Too bad since image quality is good -- but with useless LCD and viewfinder, this camera is a huge disappointment."
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"Well the viewfinder is really just a smaller version of the LCD screen."
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"The conventional viewfinders do their job perfectly, but there's nothing like seeing everything you need while also seeing the thing you're shooting."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom isn't quite as nice as some newer cameras, but for its age it's decent."
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"My recommendation for myself and other purchasers of digital zoom cameras: check the internet for problems with locked up lenses before buying."
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"I love the 18x optical zoom with converter, since I have not been able to find more than 13.89x zoom for my DSLR at a cost of $550."
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"It's capable of 48x digital zoom but I never use digital zoom on any camera because the pics are terrible."
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"I sometime have problems with focus on higher zoom when it cannot focus because it cannot make out depth of an object, but that's like any other camera."
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"My recommendation for myself and other purchasers of digital zoom cameras: check the internet for problems with locked up lenses before buying."
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"The zoom is quite good and the camera is quick."
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"I LOVED it for the first year or so... LOVE the display screen, the way it flips around and you can hold it way above your head to take great zoom shots at concerts or even pics of yourself."
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"I had this camera for about 3 years now, and this zoom let me take amazing pictures."
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"The 12X zoom is amazing."
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