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Canon Powershot S3 IS Digital Camera, 6.0 Megapixel, 12x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.0" LCD Screen

SKU: ICAS3 MFR: 1101B001

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About Canon

Loaded with Features Designed for Your Fast-Paced Life...

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 & movies taken with the S3 IS are sharp & smooth, even when the camera gets jostled. It's everything you need to capture the fun, excitement & beauty of your active life, wherever it takes you!

Great features, amazing resolution, fantastic zoom:

Awesome, steady shooting with phenomenal clarity: This is a camera that could make it on looks alone. But wait until you see its performance. The 4x optical zoom brings you in for intimate close-ups. The 6.0 megapixel CCD produces images of impressive quality with resolution that lets you create big prints.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo: DIGIC II Image Processor. Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed & image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly faster startup, autofocus & playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology. iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed & accuracy, as well as exposure & white balance.

Because great shots can happen anytime: Now there's no need to interrupt your movie when you see a great shot. With the S3 IS's MovieSnap feature, you can simply press the shutter to capture a full 6.0 megapixel still image at any time while recording a movie.

Create high-quality movies with the touch of a button:
Now you can produce high-quality, 60 frames-per-second movies without switching modes. Canon's new Movie button makes everything simple. It even gives you access to all the advanced features you want for making movies like optical zoom.

You'll hear the difference, too: the S3 IS is equipped to record in stereo, with a high sampling rate, adjustable microphone level setting and wind filter option for excellent sound quality. Movie-making has never been easier!

Shoot and view wide images: The PowerShot S3 IS includes a widescreen resolution option, producing images and film clips that are perfect for your widescreen TV or computer monitor.

The complete print solution: The PowerShot S3 IS' Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever.

Canon Features

  • Feature-rich, compact 6.0 Megapixel digital camera with super long 12x Optical Zoom and UD Lens
  • Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology and ISO 800 for steady shooting and excellent sharpness and color
  • DIGIC II Image Processor and iSAPS Technology for superior image quality, fasteroperation and lower power consumption
  • Exclusive "MovieSnap" feature allows for taking still images while shooting movies
  • With the new Movie Button, record high-quality 60 fps QVGA (320 x 240) continuous movies without switching modes, and use advanced features such as optical zooming during the movie and Stereo Sound
  • Shooting Modes: Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions
  • Auto: The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • P Program: Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
  • Av Aperture-priority: You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
  • Tv Shutter-priority: You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
  • Manual: The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
  • Portrait: The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurringthe background to make your subject "pop."
  • Landscape: For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
  • Sports: Ensure highly accurate autofocusing when shooting fast-moving subjects.
  • Stitch Assist: Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • Movie: Shoot in VGA (30 fps/15 fps) and QVGA (60 fps/30 fps/15 fps) for up to 1 hour or1GB
  • Special Scene Modes:
  • Foliage: Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or bluish tint.
  • Beach: Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Fireworks: Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks
  • Indoor: Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors
  • Night Snapshot: Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
  • Color Accent: Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome
  • Color Swap: Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Digital Macro: Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.
  • Stitch Assist: Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • My Colors*
  • Vivid: Yield vibrant shots with dramatic high-contrast.
  • Vivid Blue: Emphasize the sea, sky and other blue areas.
  • Vivid Green: Add vivid dimension to greens for extraordinary nature shots.
  • Vivid Red: Charge up red objects in your images for extra impact.
  • Neutral: Produce images of subtle, elegant tonality.
  • Sepia: Recreate the look of vintage photographs.
  • Black & White: Deliver enhanced clarity - especially useful when shooting text.
  • Positive Film: Combine "Vivid Blue," "Vivid Green" and "Vivid Red" to achieve a positive film effect.
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Make your subjects' skin tones lighter.
  • Darker Skin Tone: Darken skin tones a shade.
  • Custom Color: Finely adjust brightness and vividness, and set your preferred balance of blue, green, red and skin colors.
  • 16:9 Widescreen for full-screen viewing on widescreen TVs and computer monitors
  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Printand Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers

Canon Specifications

Image sensor
1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels 6.2 Million
Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 Million
Focal Length: 6.0 - 72.0mm f/2.7-3.5
(35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)
Maximum Aperture: f/2.7 (W) - 3.5 (T)
Digital Zoom
12x Optical / 4x Digital / 48x Combined Zoom
Optical viewfinder
Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color viewfinder
LCD monitor
2.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with variable-angle function
LCD Pixels: Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage: 100%
Autofocus method
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Focusing range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.0 ft./90cm-infinity (TELE)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (WIDE)
Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (WIDE)
Shutter speeds
15-1/3200 sec.; (settable in Tv or M)
Exposure control method
Exposure Control Method: Program AE, Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, ManualAE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot**Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame
Continuous shooting
High-speed: approx. 2.3 shots/sec.
Normal: approx. 1.5 shots/sec.
Shooting Modes: 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
Photo Effects : Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Sensitivity (equivalent film speed)
AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400/800 equivalent
White balance
Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in flash operating modes
Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Off
Recycling Time: 12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Flash range
Normal: 1.6-17 ft./50cm - 5.2m (W), 3.0-13 ft./90cm-4.0m (T)
Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Terminals for external flash
High Power Flash HF-DC1 compatible
Storage media
SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card
Image recording format
File Format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
JPEG Compression Mode: Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG) Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (Stereo))
Image-quality modes
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Resloution Modes
Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 1), 2,816 x 2,112 (Large), 2,816 x 1,584 (Widescreen)
Movie Recording
640 x 480 (30 fps/15 fps) / 320 x 240 (60 fps/30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB
Audio Out: Stereo
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4) 2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4) 3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 110 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 550 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery) *
Playback Time: Approx. 780 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 900 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Video Output
Audio Out: Stereo
W x H x D: 4.46 x 3.07 x 2.97 in. / 113.4 x 78.0 x 75.5mm
23 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic)
Approx. 14.5 oz./410g (camera body only)
Special features
Playback Modes File : Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erase Modes: Still Image: single image, all images Movie: part of movie, all of movie
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