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The S3’s lens has a wide end equivalent to 36mm, not really wide enough for panoramas, but not too bad.
This is taken from the same spot as the wide-angle shot, and shows the remarkable power of the 12x zoom lens. The telephoto end is equivalent to 432mm. Note also that this was shot hand-held at 1/60th of a second. That IS system really works.
The lens produces very little wide-angle barrel distortion.
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