Home / Cameras / Camera / Canon PowerShot S3 IS / Test Shots - Full Res Crops

Canon PowerShot S3 IS - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

10

A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.

----

0.3 secs, f/3.2, ISO 80

I think I may have more photos of Mol’s Coffee House than anyone else in history, but it does look good in this silky-smooth 80 ISO shot.

----

1/4 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100

At 100 ISO as well the image is very smooth, with no visible noise.

----

1/8 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200

Unfortunately, image noise is already creeping in at only 200 ISO, although it’s not too bad and the image is still quite usable.

----

1/15 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400

At 400 ISO the image noise and colour speckling are now visible in all dark and mid-tone areas, but again it’s not too severe and the image is good enough to print, but not too big.

----

1/30 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800

At the maximum 800 ISO the noise levels are much worse and the image quality is much lower, losing a lot of shadow detail and colour saturation.

Douglas

October 18, 2008, 8:58 pm

You mentioned in the review that the S3 IS doesn't support SDHC cards, however I own an S3 IS and am using an SDHC card in it with no problems. It says on Canon's website that they are supported as well. I agree with the review, it is an excellent camera and I love all the features and the picture quality is superb.

HF

July 16, 2009, 2:34 pm

All of the reviews that I have read on S3 IS also state that the camera cannot use an SDHC card. When I tested the camera in the store, the card we used was an SDHC card. Everything worked fine with that card. One of the best features I liked about the camera I purchased was the located on the bottom of the camera on the nameplate, three little words, "Made in Japan".





It sure is nice to know that you are not buying electronic junk of Chinese manufacture.

groucho

July 20, 2009, 7:49 am

I have the S3IS Canon more two years since and I´m really very happy whith it.Is a jewel for me in spite of y bought another SLR E 510 Olympus camera.Is very easy to take good pictures whith it,because is one of the best Canon cameras zoom.I´ll try whith SDHC card;


I didn,t know this camera admit it.


Long life for S3IS...

Simon40

January 6, 2011, 7:44 pm

Having owned an S3is and loved it,I made the mistake of "upgrading" and learned that specs on paper mean nothing! I've had more superzooms/bridge cameras than you can shake a stick at,from a variety of manufacturers- and the S3 is the daddy in my opinion.


A well built little camera with a very sharp lens. Super fast focusing at both ends of the zoom and the best image stabiliser I've seen- all of which means you simply NEVER miss a shot!! Not a big deal breaker for myself,but the video mode is very impressive also- good quality image(for vga),stereo sound and no motor noises whilst using the zoom during filming.


Yes,there are slight fringing issues and keeping the iso setting at or below 200 is a must,though with a fairly fast f2.7-3.5 this is never a problem.


Overall though a blinding camera which is so versatile.


Having waved goodbye to various DMC-FZ's,a HS10 and even an S200EXR- I'm so glad to have found another pristine second hand Canon Powershpt S3is.

Angela

May 30, 2014, 1:25 am

hey guys,
I wanna buy a good quality camera although m not a professional but I am very passionate about photography. so should I buy this as I want a professional camera...
please do help me or suggest another camera.

PatientZer0

February 21, 2015, 11:49 pm

You've probably already made your purchase by now, but I just wanted to say that I have used this camera for about 8 years continuously and rarely have i felt unprepared with it for any situation. This camera is really loaded with excellent features and the ability to manually control almost every aspect of the shot is amazing. I even had a custom color setting for a specific feel i wanted to add to some pictures. It's a real powerhouse packed into a compact camera. Also, let's not forget the 12× zoom on this bad-boy.

comments powered by Disqus