Canon PowerShot S2 IS 5 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver

1.8" LCD - 12x Optical Zoom - 4x - Secure Digital SD Card Included - 2592 x 1944 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 9883A001
Product Details
Description
The PowerShot S2 IS is ready for action! With high resolution, an exceptionally long and superbly engineered zoom, sophisticated movie capabilities and an exciting array of shooting options, this camera can more than handle the busiest lifestyles.Wait until you see the difference that 30 frames-per-second VGA continuous movie recording makes in your films. You'll hear the difference, too the S2 IS is equipped to record in stereo, with a high sampling rate, adjustable microphone level setting and wind filter option for excellent sound quality. The camera even allows digital zooming and manual focus during movie recording.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
Effective Megapixels 5 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Weight 14.30
normalized-Optical Zoom 12
Expert Reviews
DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Jun 12, 2005

The original PowerShot S1 was a great ultra zoom camera, but it had several flaws that kept it out of the top spot. Those flaws included poor low light focusing (due to the lack of an AF-assist lamp), a small LCD display, above average noise and purple fringing, a 1GB movie limit, and the lack of a histogram in record mode. The good news is that Canon has fixed most of those things on the new PowerShot S2 IS, earning it a spot at the top of my "best ultra zoom" list along with the Panasonic FZ20.

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Jun 28, 2005

The long-zoom digital camera market is getting pretty crowded these days, so it takes a lot for a product to really stand out. Despite the stiff competition though, the Canon PowerShot S2 IS is indeed just such a standout product. Building upon the already <i>very</i> popular S1 IS model, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon S2 IS</a> shows substantial improvements in just about every parameter: Resolution is substantially higher, autofocus performance and shutter response are both quicker, and its movie mode is greatly enhanced and much better-integrated with the still-camera functions. At the same time, the excellent image stabilization system has been carried forward, and image quality is very good overall. Quibbles are that images from the S2 IS are a little coarser-looking than those from the best of the current crop of 5-megapixel digicams, and that image noise is a on the high side at ISO 400. Taken as a package though, the Canon S2 IS is one fine digital camera, and one that's loads of fun to use besides. Based on our testing (and playing) with it, it's clear that this is going to be a hugely popular model. If you're looking for a good "all around" camera with great features, a long zoom lens, image stabilization, and a really excellent, well-integrated movie mode, all at an affordable price, there really isn't another model on the market that'll fill the bill the way the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon S2 IS</a> does. Highly recommended, and an easy "<a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM">Dave's Pick</a>". Read our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon PowerShot S2 IS</a> for all the details!</p>

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera Review
4 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 2, 2005

The Canon PowerShot S2 picks up where the PowerShot S1 IS left off. The S1 brought Canon into the ultra zoom race for compact cameras, demonstrating that Canon was capable of transferring both their DV technology and advanced lens construction into consumer-level digital cameras. The S2 furthers the effort and provides some useful upgrades. Among the modifications are a wider and longer zoom range of 12x optical, a larger 1.8-inch LCD screen, an improved macro mode, a new recording format to SD memory card, and a DIGIC II processor which should provide faster operations and burst mode efficiency. The S2 has a 5.0 MP 1/2.5-inch CCD and the opportunity for wide angle converter, telephoto converter, and close-up accessory lenses which may be purchased separately. The 1.8-inch LCD screen flips out from the camera body, rotates 270 degrees, and can be disengaged in favor of the electronic viewfinder. The camera includes manually selectable audio levels, a wind diffuser, and dual record buttons to propel the S2 into the hybrid consumer’s consciousness. The S2 was brought into the market at an original MSRP of $499 but can be currently found online for just under $450 (USD).

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Canon Powershot S2 IS
4 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Nov 20, 2005

The <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/53/page_1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon Powershot S2 IS</b></font></a> camera is the successor of the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/news/articles/story_862.html " target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon S1 IS</b></font></a> and is a worthy one. The 5 Megapixel resolution, fast auto focus, the image processing speed due to the DIGIC II processor and its overall versatility are lifting the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/specification/952/show.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon S2 IS</b></font></a> to a higher level than its competitors. The excellent working stabilization combined with the high resolution is great to work with! Read our <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/digital_camera/review.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>review</b></font></a> now at <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/index.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>LetsGoDigital Camera Magazine</b></font></a>.

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Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
4 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Sep 19, 2007

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is Canon's top-of-the-range ultra-zoom compact camera, with an image-stabilized 12x optical zoom lens offering a focal range of 36-432mm, fast aperture range of f/2.7 – f/3.5 and an Ultrasonic Motor for silent auto-focusing. With an external flash hot shoe for use with selected Canon EX Speedlites, chunky hand grip and mode wheel, the S5 IS is very much styled like an entry-level DSLR camera. The 8 megapixel Canon S5 IS also benefits from a versatile 2.5 inch vari-angle LCD screen, Canon's DIGIC III processor (as used in their range of DSLRs), Face Detection AF/AE/FE and ISO speeds up to a maximum of 1600. There's a choice of 22 shooting modes, including Manual mode for creative control, and a 0cm Super Macro mode for extreme close-ups! With a recommended price of over £400, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is competing directly with a lot of budget SLRs, as well as cheaper high-end bridge cameras, so does it offer enough to compete? Gavin Stoker finds out...

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 5, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 34 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot S2 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Black Screen DIY
5 Star Review   By member srirampstsi - Oct 16, 2008   

Strengths: Great Camera

Weakness: CCD issue, black Screen of death

This is a great camera and i had been using this for atleast 2 years, taken nearly 3k-4k pictures with it. the most important thing i like about this camera is the ZOOM, its a killer, and the most important thing i dint like is its bulky, nevertheless have so many cameras in market which is less bulky with a good zoom capability, but i like my S2. recently seeing that many other owners complaining about Black screen of death, so gathered some pictures of how to dismatle the camera to reach the CCD, here it is hope this is helpful sriramblox.blogspot.co...

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Quality Camera with a great price
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Strengths: entry level SLR

Weakness: Weaknesses: a litte big in size, lcd screen a tad small.

Excellent images, excellent photos, flawless reliability. Just the perfect Camera for the money. would benefit from an even bigger optical zoom, but that's probably unrealistic at this price range

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Great Pictures - Lens error
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great picture quality for such a high ranging zoom lens. 12x Optical Zoom lens is very nice. The photographer in me loves all the manual settings.

Weakness: The lens has not been working correctly (E12 Error - Lens not contracting) and is now in the shop. This camera has been very well cared for and the lens problem is disheartening.

Over all the Cannon S2 IS is one of the better cameras I have owned. Just wish it spent less time in the shop. As an amateur photographer, I find this camera's manual settings a big plus, though it also works as a point and click.

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5 Star Review   By member mountainlighting - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: Everything on this camera is great.

Weakness: Nothing.

This is the best camera you can buy for the money, period. I love it! I love the quality of the images and the optical zoom! Gives you options of a more expensive camera.

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Fantastic Ultra Zoom camera for all purposes
5 Star Review   By member golddragonfly - Feb 7, 2007   

Strengths: Super Ergonomic design and ease of operation, great zoom and lenses, plenty of automatic and manual settings, DVD quality video with stereo sound, AA batteries, Canon warranty

Weakness: A tad smallish LCD, and that's about it...

Greetings, reader! I had my eyes set on this camera since its predecessor Canon S1 IS appeared and paid FULL RETAIL PRICE which it still worth every single penny. I’ve taken thousands of photos (including a couple thousands in three days of semi-finals and finals of World Badminton Championship in 2005 in Anaheim, CA) and hundred of videos with it and Canon and always was impressed with the quality of pictures and videos. 1) First thing is the “feel” of camera in the hand. When you take the camera, you should feel it as a natural extension of your hand – S2 IS does it for me. It has a convenient grip and all controls are readily accessible with just one hand. You can pull this camera from the bag and start shooting in less that a couple of seconds, so you never miss interesting moment. Also menus and settings are very intuitive – you can start shooting from the moment you pull it from the box. 2) 12x magnifications is a fantastic feature that is hard to forget once you’ve tried it. With this camera you have an equivalent of entry DSLR with telephoto lens, with the 2-3 times savings in price and weight. I’m not mentioning the size and weight comparing to the regular bar-like camera as negative aspect, because you can’t have great zoom squeezed in tiny lenses and case. 3) With Canon S2 IS you will have full range of picture modes: from complete Auto (Point’n’Shoot) to Manual where you will need to set up everything – to get custom made photos – e.g. fascinating night scenes. Also you will not need your camcorder anymore – with DVD quality video, stereo sound and very quiet ultrasonic motor you can shoot shorts videos (of up to 8 min in DVD quality or up to 1 GB file size). That’s more than enough for short pieces and if you have a couple of 2GB cards (each around 20 bucks) – this is all you will need – you can always dump them to you PC and do some video editing. 4) For entry level cameras it’s important to have accessible accessories – e.g. card and battery. SD cards are one of the cheapest, smallest and widely available nowadays cards. And you can run S2 IS on alkaline AA batteries (although I strongly suggest high capacity NiMH batteries and quick charge) which you can buy in any store. 5) Last, but not least – Canon Warranty. Love to buy from company that stands behind its products. After over a year of hard use the camera started to occasionally give glitches, and I requested RMA from Canon. Even though I was a little over time line and spend a couple of weeks looking for store receipt, they accepted it without hesitation and send the replacement in due time. I opened a box and there was … not my oldie S2 IS but a newer S3 IS, which I was considering as an upgrade. Great surprise, thanks CANON. Looking forward to years of enjoyable experience. With Canon S2 IS – you can’t go wrong!

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What a deal
5 Star Review   By member Oldchris - Jan 16, 2007   

Strengths: Fabulous -- marvelous detail -- will do many more things than described in the reviews -- terrific movies

Weakness: Well, I wish it had a plug in or a hot shoe for an additional flash.

After buying this camera last April, I was immediately sstonished at the quality and ease of use. It amazes me that folks will buy cameras with a 3x optical zoom, when for about the same money they could buy this one with a 12x optical zoom -- and I assure you that it is really handy when shooting from the first base toward the short stop. Until I read the user manual, I wasn't aware that it did videos -- but they are good beyond description, and the detail is every bit as good as the still photos. You can even take a still photo in the middle of the videos!! My only suggestion would be a plug in for an auxiliary flash.

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S2 IS : Pretty Good Camera
4 Star Review   By member cheap_mike - Aug 2, 2006   

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive ($285 BB w/coupons, July 2006), lens, video capability, 4 GB SD (1500 shots@high quality), image stabilization, AA batteries (not proprietary)

Weakness: Auto mode is horrible, no warning that battery is low, the included software is not great, the viewfinder is a bit low resolution (not optical)

I really like this camera, it is an upgrade from my Kodak DX-4330. It works fine with 4 GB SD card (1500 shots / 30 minutes video). The Auto mode is horrible, for indoor shots it seems to lock the exposure at 1/60th second, which is way too slow for a zoomed image. The flash is pretty bright, and seems to wash out the subject. (I have to figure out how to slave a real flash off of this camera, I believe it is possible.) I like the fact that it uses AA batteries, I picked up 4 2500 mAh @ the Mart for under $7. There does not seem to be a warning when the batteries are low. You sort of notice that it takes a long time for the flash to recharge (with new batteries it is many second :( ), and then you replace the batteries. I can take a 15 second exposure, and then it dark corrects after wards. The second time I hooked it up to my computer, I pressed the "sync" button on the camera. The images did not completely transfer, and I had to reboot the computer to get everything working again. It flawlessly transferred the images when I initiated the transfer from the computer. The flash does not automatically pop up, this is not a big deal, you notice that you needed the flash, and then you manually pop it up. I really like that I got good pictures from the start with my Kodak, this camera is much harder (and more satisfying) to use. I lock the shutter to 1/125 or 1/160 and let the flash and image stabilization do the rest. It seems that it will take 100's of pictures to learn how to use (get used to) this camera. The video mode is pretty good, although you are limited to 1 GB clips (7 minutes?). There is almost no shutter lag (once the subject is in focus and the flash is charged). I did not feel that the S3 was worth the price differential (over $100 more). The 12X zoom is great! I looked at the Kodak P850, and it was junk next to this camera. In the store, it could not focus on a far wall, and the pictures were "dark", while the S2 was fine. Bottom line is that it is worth the price, and I believe that I made the right choice.

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Canon S2 IS: big on extras but small on basics
2 Star Review     

Strengths: 12x zoom, image stabilization, lots of "creative" features

Weakness: poor focus

I took over 5000 shots in 5 over years with my first digicam (3MP, 3x zoom). Somehow, the Canon S2 IS consistantly provides worse pictures although the repair depot claims it's operating normally. Many shots are just enough out of focus to lose the crispness my old 3MP provided (before it was stolen). In addition, I've encountered several shots where the camera cannot autofocus in less than 5 or 10 seconds, especially with high zoom. Although this camera has lots of built-in creative "toys" which would make it fun to use, my overall impression is that it provides too many shots well beneath what you'd expect from this class of camera.

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Pretty Good Camera
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Takes good pictures, Cheap! ($285 @ Best Buy [July 2006, with coupons]), Great Zoom, Great Image Stabilization, Takes 4 GB Memory ($70), AA batteries, no shutter lag (once it is focused)

Weakness: AUTO mode leaves something to be desired, only 5 MP, slow to recharge flash, does not pop-up automatically.

My previous camera was the Kodak DX-4330, I am upgrading because it is only 3 MP, and I wanted better quality pictures. I debated if I should get an Digital SLR, but came to the realization that I was too cheap to buy more lenses, so I would never change them... Then the decision was either the Canon S2, S3 or the Kodak P850. The S3 was too expensive ($100 more than the S2). I looked at both the S2 and P850, it seemed in the 20 minutes I spent comparing them, the Canon _would_ take better pictures. It seemed to be able to focus on wall better than the P850. I have found that for indoor photos, it is better to not use AUTO, and just set the shutter speed to something reasonable (like 1/250 sec) and use the flash. I have caught my kid jumping in mid air. The Zoom works amazingly well. The camera is a bit small for my hands, but not too bad. The eye display is a bit small, and of low resolution. Overall a pretty good camera for the money.

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Top of the line point-and-shoot!!!!
5 Star Review   By member j_h - Jul 7, 2006   

Strengths: *An SLR-like camera for less than half the SLR price *Superb 12x zoom with IS *5.0MP CCD sensor *Uses SD format

Weakness: *Bulky *No bulb mode *Noise at higher ISOs

For anyone who wants the features of an SLR without the price tag of an SLR, this is THE ULTIMATE camera for you! It packs a 12x zoom with 5 megapixels for stunning clarity! The image stabilization keeps all pictures crisp, whether close-up or far away (keep it on shoot only for best performance). The LCD swivels to close for protection, and the EVF lets people used to an optical viewfinder still use one - but with more precision and information overlay! Moreover, the S2 IS uses the ubiquitous SD card format. It is small and cheap! I recommend the Sandisk 1GB SD card - you can often find it for $30 in your local stores after rebates. You can also upgrade to a Sandisk Ultra II 1GB SD card for $20 more, though I'm not sure if it's worth it. Always shoot in large resolution with superfine quality - it takes up more room, but you'll appreciate it when you see how detailed your prints are. With the price of SD cards nowadays, why not shoot at high resolutions and just buy more room as needed? The S2 also comes with a horde of unique features - super macro mode lets your camera literally touch the subject, ultra high speed continuous gets great action shots, my colors mode can make quirky pictures, and more scene modes to match your needs! I like, however, that it doesn't offer twenty scene modes like other cameras do - that's just too much! Unfortunately, this camera is a bit bulky for those of you expecting to slip it in a shirt pocket, or even pants pockets! You'll have to buy a case, and I recommend LowePro. Their TLZ 10 works great! If you want to protect your lens, go to www.lensmateonline.com and buy a 52mm adapter, Hoya UV filter, and 52mm lens cap, and then get a larger case, such as the TLZ Mini. Just note that the 52mm adapter is not compatible with Canon's lenses. You can either go with another brand or buy the 58mm adapter if you really want an attachable lens, like an SLR. There is also no bulb mode, something I wish I had for the 4th of July. When shooting fireworks, you don't know exactly how long each firework will last, so you really need a bulb mode to start and stop whenever you push/release the button. The S2 IS, however, only lets you choose preset times. Also, at high ISOs, there is high image noise. I always shoot in P mode, not auto mode, with the ISO manually set at 50 (100 for night shots). Remember to also change the white balance to match your specific situation when in P mode! For more info, DCRP offers an S2 tip list (dcresource.com/forums/...). Their Canon forums (dcresource.com/forums/...) also address a lot of questions about the S2, and you can ask your own if you want by starting a new topic. On a final note, I bought mine at www.BeachCamera.com in June for $325. Beach Camera had the lowest price, was extremely friendly, and it was delivered next business day for free! Just choose the free shipping option, and most people find it arrives 1-2 business days. Do your research well, and you will find that you will absolutely love this camera!

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Product Details
Description
The PowerShot S2 IS is ready for action! With high resolution, an exceptionally long and superbly engineered zoom, sophisticated movie capabilities and an exciting array of shooting options, this camera can more than handle the busiest lifestyles.Wait until you see the difference that 30 frames-per-second VGA continuous movie recording makes in your films. You'll hear the difference, too the S2 IS is equipped to record in stereo, with a high sampling rate, adjustable microphone level setting and wind filter option for excellent sound quality. The camera even allows digital zooming and manual focus during movie recording.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
Effective Megapixels 5 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Weight 14.30
normalized-Optical Zoom 12
Summary
Product Title Canon PowerShot S2 IS 5 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver
Manufacturer Canon
Power Score 4.4 | 82 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 5300000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Video Out, 1 x Audio Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 12 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 6 mm to 72 mm
Max Aperture: 2.7 1/f
Storage
Removable Flash Memory Included: 16 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Dimensions
Height: 3.1 in
Weight: 14.30 oz
Width: 4.5 in
Depth: 3.0 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Image Format: DCF, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.4 frames/s (fps)
Product Line: PowerShot
Max Focal Length: 72 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/3200 Second
Video Capture Format: AVI, MJPEG
Product Model: S2 IS
Brand Name: Canon
Number of Resolution Modes: 5
Number of Scene Modes: 9
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted Average, Evaluative, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 15 sec.
White Balance Modes: AutoCustomPre-set:DaylightCloudyTungstenFluorescentFluorescent HFlash
Min Focus Distance: 3.9 in
Bulb Setting: No
Max Zoom: 48 X
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes:AutoCreative zone:P: ProgramAv: Aperture priorityTv: Shutter priorityM: ManualC: CustomImage zone:Stitch AssistMovieMy ColorsPortraitLandscapeNight Scene Special Scene: FoliageSnowBeachFireworksIndoorNight SnapshotPhoto Effects:OffVividNeutralLow SharpeningSepiaBlack & WhiteCustomPlayback Modes:SingleIndex (9 thumbnail images)Slide showMagnification (approx. 2 to 10x)JumpMovieErase Modes:Still Image:Single imageAll imagesMovie:Part of movieAll of movie
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Sensitivity:AutoISO 50ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400
Maximum Shutter Speed: 3200 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
Memory Card Type Include: Secure Digital (SD) Card
Battery Include: Yes
Product Series: S
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Focus Bracketing, Manual Focus, Spot Focus, TTL Auto Focus
GPS: No
General Features: Flash Cancel (On/Off), Photo Date/Time Stamping, Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer
Maximum Image Resolution: 2592 x 1944
Included Components: Carrying Strap, Lens Cover, PC Connection Cable, Recording Media
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Exposure Control: Program AEShutter speed-priority AEAperture-priority AEManual
Power Source: (4) AA Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery, Rechargeable Battery
Image Sensor Size: 0.4 in
Number of Batteries Support: 4
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 50
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2592 pixels
Min Focal Length: 6 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 1944 pixels
Expert Reviews
DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Jun 12, 2005

The original PowerShot S1 was a great ultra zoom camera, but it had several flaws that kept it out of the top spot. Those flaws included poor low light focusing (due to the lack of an AF-assist lamp), a small LCD display, above average noise and purple fringing, a 1GB movie limit, and the lack of a histogram in record mode. The good news is that Canon has fixed most of those things on the new PowerShot S2 IS, earning it a spot at the top of my "best ultra zoom" list along with the Panasonic FZ20.

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Jun 28, 2005

The long-zoom digital camera market is getting pretty crowded these days, so it takes a lot for a product to really stand out. Despite the stiff competition though, the Canon PowerShot S2 IS is indeed just such a standout product. Building upon the already <i>very</i> popular S1 IS model, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon S2 IS</a> shows substantial improvements in just about every parameter: Resolution is substantially higher, autofocus performance and shutter response are both quicker, and its movie mode is greatly enhanced and much better-integrated with the still-camera functions. At the same time, the excellent image stabilization system has been carried forward, and image quality is very good overall. Quibbles are that images from the S2 IS are a little coarser-looking than those from the best of the current crop of 5-megapixel digicams, and that image noise is a on the high side at ISO 400. Taken as a package though, the Canon S2 IS is one fine digital camera, and one that's loads of fun to use besides. Based on our testing (and playing) with it, it's clear that this is going to be a hugely popular model. If you're looking for a good "all around" camera with great features, a long zoom lens, image stabilization, and a really excellent, well-integrated movie mode, all at an affordable price, there really isn't another model on the market that'll fill the bill the way the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon S2 IS</a> does. Highly recommended, and an easy "<a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM">Dave's Pick</a>". Read our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S2IS/S2ISA.HTM">Canon PowerShot S2 IS</a> for all the details!</p>

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera Review
4 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 2, 2005

The Canon PowerShot S2 picks up where the PowerShot S1 IS left off. The S1 brought Canon into the ultra zoom race for compact cameras, demonstrating that Canon was capable of transferring both their DV technology and advanced lens construction into consumer-level digital cameras. The S2 furthers the effort and provides some useful upgrades. Among the modifications are a wider and longer zoom range of 12x optical, a larger 1.8-inch LCD screen, an improved macro mode, a new recording format to SD memory card, and a DIGIC II processor which should provide faster operations and burst mode efficiency. The S2 has a 5.0 MP 1/2.5-inch CCD and the opportunity for wide angle converter, telephoto converter, and close-up accessory lenses which may be purchased separately. The 1.8-inch LCD screen flips out from the camera body, rotates 270 degrees, and can be disengaged in favor of the electronic viewfinder. The camera includes manually selectable audio levels, a wind diffuser, and dual record buttons to propel the S2 into the hybrid consumer’s consciousness. The S2 was brought into the market at an original MSRP of $499 but can be currently found online for just under $450 (USD).

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Canon Powershot S2 IS
4 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Nov 20, 2005

The <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/53/page_1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon Powershot S2 IS</b></font></a> camera is the successor of the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/news/articles/story_862.html " target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon S1 IS</b></font></a> and is a worthy one. The 5 Megapixel resolution, fast auto focus, the image processing speed due to the DIGIC II processor and its overall versatility are lifting the <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/specification/952/show.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>Canon S2 IS</b></font></a> to a higher level than its competitors. The excellent working stabilization combined with the high resolution is great to work with! Read our <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/digital_camera/review.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>review</b></font></a> now at <a href="http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/index.html" target="_blank"><font color="#336699"><b>LetsGoDigital Camera Magazine</b></font></a>.

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Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
4 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Sep 19, 2007

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is Canon's top-of-the-range ultra-zoom compact camera, with an image-stabilized 12x optical zoom lens offering a focal range of 36-432mm, fast aperture range of f/2.7 – f/3.5 and an Ultrasonic Motor for silent auto-focusing. With an external flash hot shoe for use with selected Canon EX Speedlites, chunky hand grip and mode wheel, the S5 IS is very much styled like an entry-level DSLR camera. The 8 megapixel Canon S5 IS also benefits from a versatile 2.5 inch vari-angle LCD screen, Canon's DIGIC III processor (as used in their range of DSLRs), Face Detection AF/AE/FE and ISO speeds up to a maximum of 1600. There's a choice of 22 shooting modes, including Manual mode for creative control, and a 0cm Super Macro mode for extreme close-ups! With a recommended price of over £400, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is competing directly with a lot of budget SLRs, as well as cheaper high-end bridge cameras, so does it offer enough to compete? Gavin Stoker finds out...

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 5, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 34 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot S2 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Black Screen DIY
5 Star Review   By member srirampstsi - Oct 16, 2008   

Strengths: Great Camera

Weakness: CCD issue, black Screen of death

This is a great camera and i had been using this for atleast 2 years, taken nearly 3k-4k pictures with it. the most important thing i like about this camera is the ZOOM, its a killer, and the most important thing i dint like is its bulky, nevertheless have so many cameras in market which is less bulky with a good zoom capability, but i like my S2. recently seeing that many other owners complaining about Black screen of death, so gathered some pictures of how to dismatle the camera to reach the CCD, here it is hope this is helpful sriramblox.blogspot.co...

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Quality Camera with a great price
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Strengths: entry level SLR

Weakness: Weaknesses: a litte big in size, lcd screen a tad small.

Excellent images, excellent photos, flawless reliability. Just the perfect Camera for the money. would benefit from an even bigger optical zoom, but that's probably unrealistic at this price range

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Great Pictures - Lens error
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great picture quality for such a high ranging zoom lens. 12x Optical Zoom lens is very nice. The photographer in me loves all the manual settings.

Weakness: The lens has not been working correctly (E12 Error - Lens not contracting) and is now in the shop. This camera has been very well cared for and the lens problem is disheartening.

Over all the Cannon S2 IS is one of the better cameras I have owned. Just wish it spent less time in the shop. As an amateur photographer, I find this camera's manual settings a big plus, though it also works as a point and click.

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5 Star Review   By member mountainlighting - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: Everything on this camera is great.

Weakness: Nothing.

This is the best camera you can buy for the money, period. I love it! I love the quality of the images and the optical zoom! Gives you options of a more expensive camera.

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Fantastic Ultra Zoom camera for all purposes
5 Star Review   By member golddragonfly - Feb 7, 2007   

Strengths: Super Ergonomic design and ease of operation, great zoom and lenses, plenty of automatic and manual settings, DVD quality video with stereo sound, AA batteries, Canon warranty

Weakness: A tad smallish LCD, and that's about it...

Greetings, reader! I had my eyes set on this camera since its predecessor Canon S1 IS appeared and paid FULL RETAIL PRICE which it still worth every single penny. I’ve taken thousands of photos (including a couple thousands in three days of semi-finals and finals of World Badminton Championship in 2005 in Anaheim, CA) and hundred of videos with it and Canon and always was impressed with the quality of pictures and videos. 1) First thing is the “feel” of camera in the hand. When you take the camera, you should feel it as a natural extension of your hand – S2 IS does it for me. It has a convenient grip and all controls are readily accessible with just one hand. You can pull this camera from the bag and start shooting in less that a couple of seconds, so you never miss interesting moment. Also menus and settings are very intuitive – you can start shooting from the moment you pull it from the box. 2) 12x magnifications is a fantastic feature that is hard to forget once you’ve tried it. With this camera you have an equivalent of entry DSLR with telephoto lens, with the 2-3 times savings in price and weight. I’m not mentioning the size and weight comparing to the regular bar-like camera as negative aspect, because you can’t have great zoom squeezed in tiny lenses and case. 3) With Canon S2 IS you will have full range of picture modes: from complete Auto (Point’n’Shoot) to Manual where you will need to set up everything – to get custom made photos – e.g. fascinating night scenes. Also you will not need your camcorder anymore – with DVD quality video, stereo sound and very quiet ultrasonic motor you can shoot shorts videos (of up to 8 min in DVD quality or up to 1 GB file size). That’s more than enough for short pieces and if you have a couple of 2GB cards (each around 20 bucks) – this is all you will need – you can always dump them to you PC and do some video editing. 4) For entry level cameras it’s important to have accessible accessories – e.g. card and battery. SD cards are one of the cheapest, smallest and widely available nowadays cards. And you can run S2 IS on alkaline AA batteries (although I strongly suggest high capacity NiMH batteries and quick charge) which you can buy in any store. 5) Last, but not least – Canon Warranty. Love to buy from company that stands behind its products. After over a year of hard use the camera started to occasionally give glitches, and I requested RMA from Canon. Even though I was a little over time line and spend a couple of weeks looking for store receipt, they accepted it without hesitation and send the replacement in due time. I opened a box and there was … not my oldie S2 IS but a newer S3 IS, which I was considering as an upgrade. Great surprise, thanks CANON. Looking forward to years of enjoyable experience. With Canon S2 IS – you can’t go wrong!

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What a deal
5 Star Review   By member Oldchris - Jan 16, 2007   

Strengths: Fabulous -- marvelous detail -- will do many more things than described in the reviews -- terrific movies

Weakness: Well, I wish it had a plug in or a hot shoe for an additional flash.

After buying this camera last April, I was immediately sstonished at the quality and ease of use. It amazes me that folks will buy cameras with a 3x optical zoom, when for about the same money they could buy this one with a 12x optical zoom -- and I assure you that it is really handy when shooting from the first base toward the short stop. Until I read the user manual, I wasn't aware that it did videos -- but they are good beyond description, and the detail is every bit as good as the still photos. You can even take a still photo in the middle of the videos!! My only suggestion would be a plug in for an auxiliary flash.

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S2 IS : Pretty Good Camera
4 Star Review   By member cheap_mike - Aug 2, 2006   

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive ($285 BB w/coupons, July 2006), lens, video capability, 4 GB SD (1500 shots@high quality), image stabilization, AA batteries (not proprietary)

Weakness: Auto mode is horrible, no warning that battery is low, the included software is not great, the viewfinder is a bit low resolution (not optical)

I really like this camera, it is an upgrade from my Kodak DX-4330. It works fine with 4 GB SD card (1500 shots / 30 minutes video). The Auto mode is horrible, for indoor shots it seems to lock the exposure at 1/60th second, which is way too slow for a zoomed image. The flash is pretty bright, and seems to wash out the subject. (I have to figure out how to slave a real flash off of this camera, I believe it is possible.) I like the fact that it uses AA batteries, I picked up 4 2500 mAh @ the Mart for under $7. There does not seem to be a warning when the batteries are low. You sort of notice that it takes a long time for the flash to recharge (with new batteries it is many second :( ), and then you replace the batteries. I can take a 15 second exposure, and then it dark corrects after wards. The second time I hooked it up to my computer, I pressed the "sync" button on the camera. The images did not completely transfer, and I had to reboot the computer to get everything working again. It flawlessly transferred the images when I initiated the transfer from the computer. The flash does not automatically pop up, this is not a big deal, you notice that you needed the flash, and then you manually pop it up. I really like that I got good pictures from the start with my Kodak, this camera is much harder (and more satisfying) to use. I lock the shutter to 1/125 or 1/160 and let the flash and image stabilization do the rest. It seems that it will take 100's of pictures to learn how to use (get used to) this camera. The video mode is pretty good, although you are limited to 1 GB clips (7 minutes?). There is almost no shutter lag (once the subject is in focus and the flash is charged). I did not feel that the S3 was worth the price differential (over $100 more). The 12X zoom is great! I looked at the Kodak P850, and it was junk next to this camera. In the store, it could not focus on a far wall, and the pictures were "dark", while the S2 was fine. Bottom line is that it is worth the price, and I believe that I made the right choice.

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Canon S2 IS: big on extras but small on basics
2 Star Review     

Strengths: 12x zoom, image stabilization, lots of "creative" features

Weakness: poor focus

I took over 5000 shots in 5 over years with my first digicam (3MP, 3x zoom). Somehow, the Canon S2 IS consistantly provides worse pictures although the repair depot claims it's operating normally. Many shots are just enough out of focus to lose the crispness my old 3MP provided (before it was stolen). In addition, I've encountered several shots where the camera cannot autofocus in less than 5 or 10 seconds, especially with high zoom. Although this camera has lots of built-in creative "toys" which would make it fun to use, my overall impression is that it provides too many shots well beneath what you'd expect from this class of camera.

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Pretty Good Camera
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Takes good pictures, Cheap! ($285 @ Best Buy [July 2006, with coupons]), Great Zoom, Great Image Stabilization, Takes 4 GB Memory ($70), AA batteries, no shutter lag (once it is focused)

Weakness: AUTO mode leaves something to be desired, only 5 MP, slow to recharge flash, does not pop-up automatically.

My previous camera was the Kodak DX-4330, I am upgrading because it is only 3 MP, and I wanted better quality pictures. I debated if I should get an Digital SLR, but came to the realization that I was too cheap to buy more lenses, so I would never change them... Then the decision was either the Canon S2, S3 or the Kodak P850. The S3 was too expensive ($100 more than the S2). I looked at both the S2 and P850, it seemed in the 20 minutes I spent comparing them, the Canon _would_ take better pictures. It seemed to be able to focus on wall better than the P850. I have found that for indoor photos, it is better to not use AUTO, and just set the shutter speed to something reasonable (like 1/250 sec) and use the flash. I have caught my kid jumping in mid air. The Zoom works amazingly well. The camera is a bit small for my hands, but not too bad. The eye display is a bit small, and of low resolution. Overall a pretty good camera for the money.

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Top of the line point-and-shoot!!!!
5 Star Review   By member j_h - Jul 7, 2006   

Strengths: *An SLR-like camera for less than half the SLR price *Superb 12x zoom with IS *5.0MP CCD sensor *Uses SD format

Weakness: *Bulky *No bulb mode *Noise at higher ISOs

For anyone who wants the features of an SLR without the price tag of an SLR, this is THE ULTIMATE camera for you! It packs a 12x zoom with 5 megapixels for stunning clarity! The image stabilization keeps all pictures crisp, whether close-up or far away (keep it on shoot only for best performance). The LCD swivels to close for protection, and the EVF lets people used to an optical viewfinder still use one - but with more precision and information overlay! Moreover, the S2 IS uses the ubiquitous SD card format. It is small and cheap! I recommend the Sandisk 1GB SD card - you can often find it for $30 in your local stores after rebates. You can also upgrade to a Sandisk Ultra II 1GB SD card for $20 more, though I'm not sure if it's worth it. Always shoot in large resolution with superfine quality - it takes up more room, but you'll appreciate it when you see how detailed your prints are. With the price of SD cards nowadays, why not shoot at high resolutions and just buy more room as needed? The S2 also comes with a horde of unique features - super macro mode lets your camera literally touch the subject, ultra high speed continuous gets great action shots, my colors mode can make quirky pictures, and more scene modes to match your needs! I like, however, that it doesn't offer twenty scene modes like other cameras do - that's just too much! Unfortunately, this camera is a bit bulky for those of you expecting to slip it in a shirt pocket, or even pants pockets! You'll have to buy a case, and I recommend LowePro. Their TLZ 10 works great! If you want to protect your lens, go to www.lensmateonline.com and buy a 52mm adapter, Hoya UV filter, and 52mm lens cap, and then get a larger case, such as the TLZ Mini. Just note that the 52mm adapter is not compatible with Canon's lenses. You can either go with another brand or buy the 58mm adapter if you really want an attachable lens, like an SLR. There is also no bulb mode, something I wish I had for the 4th of July. When shooting fireworks, you don't know exactly how long each firework will last, so you really need a bulb mode to start and stop whenever you push/release the button. The S2 IS, however, only lets you choose preset times. Also, at high ISOs, there is high image noise. I always shoot in P mode, not auto mode, with the ISO manually set at 50 (100 for night shots). Remember to also change the white balance to match your specific situation when in P mode! For more info, DCRP offers an S2 tip list (dcresource.com/forums/...). Their Canon forums (dcresource.com/forums/...) also address a lot of questions about the S2, and you can ask your own if you want by starting a new topic. On a final note, I bought mine at www.BeachCamera.com in June for $325. Beach Camera had the lowest price, was extremely friendly, and it was delivered next business day for free! Just choose the free shipping option, and most people find it arrives 1-2 business days. Do your research well, and you will find that you will absolutely love this camera!

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5 Star Review   By Gr8ladyLa on Mwave.com - Jun 9, 2006   

Strengths: 12X zoom, manual controls as well as auto, stunning pictures, stitch and special photo options.

Weakness: When using the zoom, batteries don't last as long as is stated on advertisements.

The PowerShot S-2 is awesome. I bought it to take to Alaska on my 25th anniversary. I took over 200 shots and only had one or two turn blurry, and that was as much my fault as the cameras. I was very pleased at the nice pictures inside without a flash, usually on my old one, you couldn't even make out anything, but this camera swept me away. It's not as compact as you can get now with most other digital cameras, but I'll sacrifice that for the 12X Zoom with the stabilizer. I found myself taking two shots of everything, one normal and one zoom. I am very happy. The only thing I would have done different is went ahead and purchased the S3 instead, to have the higher megapixels.

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Not bad. Not worth all the fan
2 Star Review   By member touristguy87 - Jun 7, 2006   

Strengths: solidly-built, well engineered for shooting, fast, clean at low ISOs, good battery life, tilt-out screen, reliable focus, easy to shoot with one hand in all modes

Weakness: it's a big-un, heavy, no live histogram (minor), the flash is not locked down...and the viewfinder location is really poor

I could go into long detail about this but the S2 is just too big for what it gives you in terms of performance and image quality. It has good color, very realistic color although with a slight reddish-brown tint (that, by the way, really gets old, especially in sunlit shots). It has too much sharpening, the focus system is borderline adequate, a soft lens, too much size and weight and a crappy lens cap that is more like a lens hat than a lens cap. For slightly more size, weight and cost you can get a real DSLR, that won't limit you to ISO50-200 shooting. If you're willing to compromise on the zoom you can get an A610 or A640 and get better image quality, if you are willing to compromise slightly on the color accuracy you can get an FZ5 or SP500 and get a lighter, smaller camera with a better lens cap (this is true with any camera on the market except the s3) that still has a good zoom range and decent image quality, plus a better lens. Even the EVF sucks on this camera. Its sole area of greatness is in being a good "jack of all trades" camera. Does that mean that it is good for you? Well, if you're an amateur who is willing to carry a brick around, and baby it? Maybe so. But you can do better in so many ways. Truly this is the 4-door Toyota Camry of cameras.

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Excellent Camera!
5 Star Review   By member umdengineer - May 27, 2006   

Strengths: Very good movie mode; as good as a camcorder Zoom works very well Good image stabilization

Weakness: Sometimes has focusing problems in low light Oversoftens images on lower picture quality settings

This is probably one the most versatile rangefinder cameras out there (with the exception of the newer S3). The camera can do just about anything and gives the user plenty of flexibility. The lense is very fast and startup time for the camera is very short. Its swivel LCD screen is easy to see even in bright light. The camera can sometimes oversoften an image if left in the auto mode or the lower picture quality settings. Some reviewers have complained that the camera has a focusing problem since their images are not sharp enough. I think this is due to not having the camera set to the highest image quality. For lower image quality settings in low light, a comparison between a 800kB file from my S2IS and an 800kB from my Olympus C-3020 will typically end in the Olympus having a sharper image. However, once the S2IS is set to its highest quality (minimum compresson) the images are just fine. If you can pick up this camera for $350 or less, it's a really good deal.

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AWSOME CAMERA
5 Star Review     

Strengths: GREAT PICTURE QUALITY

Weakness: LENS CAP COMES OFF TO EASY AND THE BATTERIES RUN DOWN TO QUICK

THIS IS THE THE BEST CAMERA I HAVE EVER GOTTEN MY HUSBAND BOUGHT IT FOR ME ON CHRISTMAS AND I AM HAPPY GO LUCKY WITH IT. I LOVE THE WAY YOU CAN DOWN LOAD THE PICS INTO YOUR COMPUTER AND HOW YOU CAN DECORATE THE PICTURES . I USE TO BUY THE CHEAP DISPOSIBLE ONES BUT THIS IS WAY BETTER. MY FAMILY MAKES FUN OF ME BECAUSE I TAKE IT EVEY WHERE ,BUT THEY ALL WANT PICTURES WHEN I SHOW THEM HOW GOOD THEY CAME OUT THIS IS THE BEST CAMERA GREAT JOB CANNON!!!!!

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Excellent camera for the tyro
3 Star Review     

Strengths: easy to use, very flexible, can be simple on Auto but can be much more creative when used manually, decent viewing screen

Weakness: On Off button kind of a pain, Auto not always reliable in focusing and setting aperture and speed, viewing screen hard to see in strong light

I lost a much more expensive camera in a house fire, so I replaced it down. I figured that until I get my settlement I won't spend a grand on a camera. This camera is plenty for the money. I don't think it's the best at its price, but it is very durable and I used it extensively in Australia for a month on a vacation. Took pictures in low light in the rainforest, and it performed adequately.

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I'm Pretty Happy With This Camera
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Image Stabilization - Lots of Zoom - Great Feature Set

Weakness: Power Consumption (maybe) - Viewfinder - Lens Cap - Few accessories

I bought this camera to take on an extended vacation in England. It worked flawlessly. Good Stuff: At or near 12x zoom, it's ordinarily very hard to avoid blurred images. This camera's image stabilization does just that. The limitation is if you're at a relatively high zoom AND a low light situation. The aperature just has to stay open too long. Time for at least a monopod. The panorama mode and image stitching software provided lets you easily make breathtaking shots. The video mode at the highest resolution rivals many purely video devices. The audio recorder works very well with the built-in stereo mic. In the field, you're going to love the auto mode, but have a good photo editing software package to make the final tweaks. Not-So-Good Stuff: I got very uneven battery performance, even sticking with high-end batteries. Could have been a battery shelf-life issue. The viewfinder washes out in just a little sunlight, and could benefit from a (perhaps retractable) hood. As you might expect the LCD display has the same problem, but I seldom used it. The lens automatically extends when you power on to take pictures, so the current lens cap solution is to simply have it fit very loosely so as not to jamb. This works, but causes the cap to constantly fall off by itself, too. A better solution would be to not extend the lens if the cap is detected, or to have the lens attach to the inner lens ring so as to not effect the extention. Also, you only get a teenie memory card with the camera and no battery recharger. I understand the need to compete, but what good does it do to sell a camera that can't be put immediately to serious use? Conclusion: Since I picked this camera, I think it sounds a little self-serving to rave about it. So, I'll just say that I have taken hundreds and hundreds of great photos and many sharp small videos. I work extensively with Photoshop and 5 megapixels is generous enough to crop and edit. The camera's form factor makes it easy to point and shoot, and it has a seperate button for many of its functions, so you don't have to conatantly be flipping through menus. If the camera sustained a catastrophic accident today, I would go right out and buy another.

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A great camera, but lacks an important feature
3 Star Review   By member lindamartinseng - Apr 20, 2006   

Strengths: Fabulous zoom, easy to use features

Weakness: NO SPORTS SETTING for faster action shots! :(

I love this camera, except I can't take great pictures of the kids playing hockey, figure skating or diving, because there is no "running man" symbol for easy access to faster speeds, and the fastest manual setting is 400 speed. That was a big disappointment when I finally realized it was lacking that feature. Now I have to have two cameras-one for sports photos, and this one for everything else.

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Canon S2 IS
5 Star Review   By member posttogoogle - Mar 20, 2006   

Strengths: Zoom. Shooting speed. Picture quality. Movie quality. Wide range for features and settings.

Weakness: Lens cap is cheap. Manual doesn't explain settings well enough for non-pro users.

Takes great pictures. Great movie clips. Zoom works great. You get lots of camera for the money. Now is the time to buy as the price has dropped since the S3 came out. The S3 is not enough of an upgrade to buy instead IMHO.

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5 Star Review   By member Fallin63 - Mar 18, 2006   

Strengths: 12x zoom! Ease of use - QUALITY of PICS

Weakness: just a little uncomfortable to hold until you get used to the shape

I'm quitting my job! and becoming a professional photographer - Canon makes it possible! Just received my Canon Powershot and I'm amazed at how remarkable this camera performs. I have very little experience with cameras - and absoultey none with digitals - but the Canon makes me look like a pro! My very first pic - a Bird of Paradise in the setting sun in my front yard is one of the most detailed pics I have ever seen! I purchased the Canon because of reviews that I read here. I also purchased a Kodak 740 for my daughter. Both are nice cameras - but the Canon far surpasses the Kodak though it was on a few bucks more! The build in stablelizer really keeps the pics clear on the 12x zoom! You will not go wrong with the Powershot!

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CANON S2
5 Star Review   By member HOPPY305 - Mar 13, 2006   

Strengths: THIS CAMERA TAKES LONG DISTANCE PICTURE

Weakness: I WISH THE FLASH WAS BETTER

I HAVE HAD THIS CAMERA SINCE JULY OF 2005. THIS IS MY FIRST DIGTAL CAMERA. I HAVE 3 35 MM 2 OF WHICH ARE SLR'S. IT HAS THE BEST OPTICAL ZOOM FOR WHAT I PAID. I USED THE VIEW FINDER ALL OF THE TIME. SAVES ON THE BATTERY. I HAVE ALSO GOTTEN RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES FOR THIS CAMERA. THIS IS A GREAT CAMERA FOR THE FIRST CAMERA OR SOME ONE THAT IS ADVANCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY.

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First digital camera buyer's S2 review
5 Star Review     

Strengths: IS, rotating LCD, great looking photos.

Weakness: Lens cap, menu button is right where I always hit it by mistake.

A logical step up from the simple point-and-shoot camera. This one provides a wide range of scene settings plus auto mode for fuss free shooting. The 12X zoom allows you to get in really close, and the Image Stabilization helps you get sparkling clear shots. I've only had my S2 for about a month but I have not produced a bad shot yet, every one is a keeper. I also find the rotatable LCD screen a big plus. It stays protected from finger prints and damage until needed. I find the battery cover a little flimsy, and feel that I have to be very careful of the little rubbery port covers. I have ordered an adapter tube, as well as a UV, Polaroid, and Flourescent lens. These should help me protect the lens, and I feel the low cost of these items justifies the expense. I'm using a Canon Selphy CP510 Dye Sub printer, and the PictBridge connection lets me print right from the camera. The results have been clear and crisp, and it is an important part of my take along camera setup. All in all, this may very well be the last digital camera I need to buy. Out of the box, it meets all my photography needs now and for the forseeable future.

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The Cannon PowerShot S2 IS - I've had it for 6 months, taken it through the Rockies for 14 days, and appreciated it every second I've owned it
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Zoom, Clarity (especially when blowing up images to 8 by 10's), Versatility, Image Stabilization, and Grip

Weakness: Size, Weight, Battery Life, Storage Capacity (especially with movies... but then again, it's not a movie camera, right?)

I purchased this camera for a backpacking trip through the Rockies that I went on this past summer. Though I knew that every ounce counted when out on the trail, I wanted a camera that could best capture the essence of my trip. Despite the slightly greater weight, size, and decreased battery life of the S2 IS, I felt completely satisfied with my purchase, especially when I saw the photos afterwards. During the trip, I took about 680 photos over a fourteen day period. This only required two sets of batteries. Though the size and weight does not make it somewhat cumbersome, its zoom, clarity, versatility, and image stabilization greatly compensate for this. It is also very easy to handle and take clear pictures because of its grip. The image stabilization is very readily noticible and provided me with very clear images, even when I was sometimes moving. My 8 by 10's have great clarity and I was able to get better pictures of distant scenes than others in my crew that had less zoom, and more megapixels. The movies were of good quality, but they sucked the memory cards dry, and like I said, the batteries lasted me about 300 pictures (without much reviewing or use of the LCD screen). That said, I wanted a camera with a good zoom, better than average amount of megapixels, and movie capabilities. I got just what I wanted. If this camera could be improved, I think only more megapixels, a greater zoom, compatibility with memory cards of greater levels of storage, and an improved battery life would make it near perfect.

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Great camera and better than an SLR!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: 12Xzoom, manual focus, image stabilization, takes filters and other lenses. Best movie mode of any digital still camera I looked at. Very quick recovery between shots.

Weakness: Too many buttons on the back! This makes it much too easy to push one or two by accident.

This is my 4th digital camera as I work my way up, and the best yet. I was going to buy a digital SLR, but this camera does everything that I want and then some. Believe me, I take a lot of pictures and to date, this baby fills all of my requirements. Well worth the money!

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I love this camera. Period.
5 Star Review   By member szhang101 - Feb 15, 2006   

Strengths: Great picture quality! Lots of options!

Weakness: Lens cover comes off unwanted

The lens cover is very flimsy. I guess there is a reason for this: when you turn on the camera for shooting, the lens comes out. In order not to damage the mechanism, the cover has to come off easily if you forget to take the lens off first (as I often do). A better design would help to keep the cover on to protect the lens when you don't use it. You need to buy your own SD card, power adapter, battery and charger. That's not very convenient at the beginning.

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good
3 Star Review   By member vidhyavidhya - Feb 8, 2006   

Strengths: high resolution

Weakness: costlier

high resolution camera. But it costs more. It will be better if the cost is reduced. Overall performance will be nice in this camera. Also, the camera appearance is professional.

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Great Camera in this price range, great output quality. IS is also a very plus.
4 Star Review   By member Webtools - Feb 7, 2006   

Strengths: Super long 48x Combined Zoom.

Weakness: Lens Cap is Crap! Flash is "manually control".

Even in 12x the image is sharp, but sometimes the purple edge shown. Video quality is just like DV, unbelievable. The lens cap is a crap, this is the WORST cap I've ever seen. People have workarounds to use some rub or tape to make the cap stay in place. In dark environments, auto focusing is not good. You need to use M or P mode to achieve better images. Flash needs your finger to pop up, you will miss some great moment due to this cheap design.

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PowerShot S2 IS as an action shot camera
5 Star Review   By member jjgrogansr - Jan 16, 2006   

Strengths: Action shooting using manual setting; Image Stabilization while tracking moving subjects; Light balance features

Weakness: Autofocus sometimes difficult when zoomed in on a subject, due to interference from other action in front of the camera, but not within the zoom area.

The S2 IS offers strong capabilities in a compact package. I have extensive experience with SLR film cameras for action shooting at sporting events, and was looking for a moderately priced digital camera that could allow more control than your typical "point-and-shoot." The S2 has allowed me to capture action sequences in burst mode at wrestling tournaments, soccer, and basketball. For outdoor scenes, it is ideal. Indoor shooting required a little creativity to get the light balance correct, but by choosing a faster ISO setting (400), flourescent lighting source, and manually setting the shutter speed between 1/50 and 1/80, the aperture can be set between F2.7-3.1 for some very good shots. The ability to adjust each of these exposure elements is what makes this an attractive camera for those who are familiar with SLR technology and the creative controls available. Add on the larger SD card (512 or 1GB) and you can shoot hundreds of action shots, then pick out the best after synching with your home computer.

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Just right...
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Great stills, moving pics, zoom, image stabalizer, lots and lots of great features, easy to use, can be point and click or manual.

Weakness: No auto setting for moving subjects (that I have found) but it still captures most moving subs. clearly in good lighting or with flash.

I have a six month old and no time for a long review, but I wanted to get a few words out there. My husband & I bought this camera (after much researching) the evening before I went into labor (how's that for timing?!). I have been a devoted SLR user and for a while had intended to get a digital SLR. Then I found out they are a major hassle to clean if they get dust on the inner screen, so good luck changing a lens outside w/out having to send it to the co. for cleaning. Plus, with our baby on the way, we really wanted some video option and don't have the money to throw at both a digi. cam. and vid. recorder. That's when this camera jumped out at me. It's actually rated well (and has worked well for us) as both a still shot and moving pic cam. Well, blah, blah blah...6 mo. have gone by, we use it almost everyday (get 2 sets of rechargable batteries so you can always have one charged). Such a good camera! I recommend it highly, especially if your looking for a good still and movie opt. to capture images and memories of your little ones.

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Great camera!
5 Star Review   By member barry1170 - Dec 30, 2005   

Strengths: Best video for a digital still camera. 12x zoom. Ability to accept filters and additional lenses with adapter. Battery life with AA rechargeable batteries. Quick recovery between shots.

Weakness: Too many bottons on the back make it easy to push one accidentally. Slow to focus at times. Noise at higher ISO above 200.

This is my third digital camera as I move up and the technology improves and is by far the best. I chose this camera because it does everything that I want a digital camera to do and it does it exceptionally. Choice of 4 movie modes, including 640x480 (same as regular video cameras) and can take stills and zoom during video mode. I haven't seen another digital still camera that can do that! The stabilizer is a great help for shakey hands, too! I bought a lens adapter and keep a UV filter on at all times to protect the lens and it came with a very nice lens cap that stays on tightly. 12x zoom really brings things up close. The macro is about the best that I have ever used. I also like the custom setting mode so that I can store the camera settings that I use the most. This camera can be a "point and shoot" camera or set up to be fully manual for the more advanced user. It is heavier than my wife's Panasonic FZ5, but personally I like the heft. It doesn't feel like a toy. Drawback: it has too many bottons on the back that are easily pushed by accident and can be a bit of a pain when you are trying to get a quick picture. All in all, this is a great camera. I was going to buy an SLR, but this camera does it all and more than an SLR, so why pay substantially more for extra lenses and besides, an SLR doesn't have some of the features that this camera has!

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Keep Looking
1 Star Review   By member imchip - Dec 21, 2005   

Strengths: Lens is super, heavy duty camera body.

Weakness: Photo quality is very poor. Color saturation is weak, red eye is a real problem. Flash pictures at a distance are not lit sufficiently by the flash.

I've been "in the market" for a digital camera for years, so I was very disheartened to experience the inferior results from this camera. This is especially true after reading the "glorious" testimonials here. Perhaps I just was unlucky to buy the "lemon," but I returned the camera within a week. The comparable Sony Cybershot will be my next trial.

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A wonderful camera! Worth every penny
5 Star Review   By member kmelmore - Dec 16, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to handle. Picture detail is unbelievable. Menus/functions not difficult with a little practice. LCD can be rotated which protects it when not in use.

Weakness: Not many - Like others have said-I guess the lens cap isn't that great. It could be a little more secure.

I bought this camera for just over $400 so I expected it to be really good. It's far exceeding those expectations. I had some of my shots printed finally and WOW - they really turned out cyrstal clear and detailed. The first night I got it (my first digital camera) I spent about 3 hours going through the manual and setting it up and taking test pictures. Once I practiced for a minute with the menus and functions I didn't find it difficult. Although at first I was a little intimidated. This camera really came in handy the other day. For insurance purposes I need to take a close up picture of some damage to my cars bumper. I needed the camera to show that it wasn't just a scratch but that the plastic of the bumper was actually pulled out about an inch into a knot/bump. When on auto focus it only looked like the car's paint had been scuffed. And I couldn't get close enough to the car to get detail before it went out of focus and became a big blur. Plus I was trying to take the picture in the dark with the flash. Thats when I discovered the "M" on the dial. I'm guessing it stands for Macro. Once set I was able to put my camera about 8 inches from the damage and take the most detailed shot. Incredible!! I really love this camera and I made a wonderful choice for myself.

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EXCELLENT Product
5 Star Review   By member NRJYZD1 - Dec 14, 2005   

Strengths: Ease of use and Picture Quality. Excellent battery life

Weakness: Needs to incorporate an automatic flash feature to rasie the flash when a flash is needed

Very easy camera to use. Takes phenominal pictures. Takes an average person and makes them a very good photographer. Everthing you need to have is right at your fingertips. The display is a little small but that is nmot why you buy this camers. Excellent choice for any need.

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Don't believe the hype
1 Star Review     

Strengths: All of the positive reviews

Weakness: Blurry images

With all of the great things I had heard about this camera, I was eager to use it. We were in a position where we needed a little more than the basic digital cameras could offer, but we were not quite ready for the high end stuff. We thought that this camera would be the perfect fit. From our first few pictures, we realized that we made a mistake. Any movement in any picture from close up to far away is blurry. If you are taking still shots all day long, then I am sure that this camera is fine, but with kids in gymnastics and sports, we are going to go to another option.

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Good Camera, poor auto focus, Fix for lens cap
2 Star Review   By member a6101a - Dec 13, 2005   

Strengths: 12X zoom (almost too much) would now consider 8X. Image stabilizer great. Great movies. Good flash no hot spots. Lots of exposure settings. Easy to use menu’s.

Weakness: Soft ware pretty much useless except for the movie editor can mix stills and video into a slide show. AF assist beam only good about 15 feet. Indoors pictures in dim light (auditoriums) cannot focus,

I read every review I could find before I bough this camera. I wish I knew about the auto focus problem. Can use if you are patient. Still a good camera. Recommend buying a good editor you will need one, exposure and color incorrect numerous times. Batteries get rechargeable recommend Everyready 2500’s they’re great. The LaCross 900 recharger is also great. I bought 2 1gig cards one would probably have been enough. You also have to sharpen the images for numbers, road signs, ect. Might consider looking Take the retaining strap off the camera turn the metal end toward the camera and the other back on the lens cap. Before putting on the lens cap put part of the strap under the lens.

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Great Camera for the price...
5 Star Review   By member synthboy88 - Dec 6, 2005   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: The typical lens cap and some zooming difficulty

What can I say that hasn't been said before? Well, it's a great camera for nighttime or pitch black conditions with the flash... fun. Best bang for the buck!

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review for canon s2 IS
5 Star Review   By member apollo79 - Dec 2, 2005   

Strengths: great camera!! high resolution, high optical zoom, very profession

Weakness: no

I love this small stuff very much. It has high resolution (5mp), a super big optical zoom (12X) and it has special Image stablize function which can let your picture looks great even with 12X big optical zoom. It worths 400 dollars!!

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Canon S2 IS
4 Star Review   By member Erichards - Nov 28, 2005   

Strengths: Great grip, feels great and is easy to use, perfect size.

Weakness: Lens cap keeps falling off. Should come with Lithium batteries and charger

Very satisfied, and I researched Digital cameras for some time before purchasing this last week. I am surprised that Canon overlooked a small detail like the lens cap, however, as annoying as it is, it is not a big deal as the quality of the functionalality aspects of the camera certainly outweights this defect.

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Impressive Camera!
5 Star Review   By member Den_Man - Nov 2, 2005   

Strengths: 12x Optical zoom, amazingly fast start-up time, image quality.

Weakness: Loose lens cap, SD memory.

The Canon S2IS is truly an amazing camera and it's been well worth the wait for all these features. My previous digital camera was a 4MP Canon G2 and although it was a decent camera, the S2IS is an order of magnitude faster and has an extra megapixel to boot. Start-up times are nothing short of incredible and the camera is always ready before you are. Images are consistently clear, sharp and perfectly contrasted with Canon's awesome and impressive color and there's usually never any Photoshop touch-ups needed except for the occasional cropping to size for printing. Auto focus with this new camera is very fast and much more accurate than the old G2. The manual pop-up flash works quite well - actually much better than I expected. This camera has a host of features and controls but I generally only use a few of them – mostly the portrait and the landscape settings. For those that want a simple point and shoot, this camera will do that too with excellent results, but when you want to be creative, the options are always there. Just be sure to read the manual! The 12x zoom is quiet and very fast - almost too fast - but I love it and the image stabilization works very well even for me. The camera also takes rather astonishing videos and will record in .avi format up to one gig. The stereo recording feature works great and the recorded sound quality is quite good indeed. The movies I've taken with the camera actually rival that of dedicated camcorders. The only cons would be the standard Canon loose lens cap but a small piece of tape on the inside lip of the cap solves that problem nicely. I don't really like the SD format memory card - it's just too small for my old fingers. The memory card that comes with the camera is nearly useless and will hold only about five images at full resolution. I purchased a fast, one gigabyte, Sandisk Ultra II memory card and couldn't be happier with it. I also bought a couple of sets of NiMH batteries - the alkaline ones won't last very long. Worth the money? You bet!! I'm so impressed that I would buy this camera again in a heartbeat! This thing rocks and Canon should be proud of this excellent camera! I know I am.

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Canon S2 IS
5 Star Review   By member ATC20 - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: Solid feel, fast response, beautiful pictures.

Weakness: Poor lens cover, a camera this good should have one that stays on.

I purchased this camera as an upgrade from a canon A75 and now use it almost exclusively. The optics are great. It takes wonderful pictures for a point and shoot. Additionally it has very little lag from when you push the button to when it actually takes the picture under good lighting. I don't think you will be disappointed with this camera. One thing that I really hate though is the fact that the lens cover constantly falls off. It really needs a lens cap that clicks on. Other than that, this is a quality camera.

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Excellent Camera
5 Star Review   By member mrrizvi_pg - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent camera, rich in options, great zoom, fast focus and capture.

Weakness: Lens cap, need good quality batteries(2100 mAh or more).

I have been using Canon S410 for more than one year, and hence bought Canon S2IS without hesitation. Canon S2IS is as great as I expected from a Canon product. Strengths: 1) Crisp pictures 2) Fast response 2) Anyone can use it with ease 3) Many options for creativity 4) Movies are of nice quality, you can zoom while taking a movie too (a feature not available in my old camera). 5) Great deal of information available taken while reviewing pictures. Some weaknesses I noticed: 1) Hard to focus on close objects (around 6 inches far) in dim light. 2) Sometimes pictures taken with 12X zoom are slightly blurred, noticeable on a computer. 3) Need good rechargeable batteries (2100 mAh or more) 4) Require a memory card of at least 512 MB capacity 5) Lens cap keeps on falling Inspite of the weaknesses mentioned, camera is worth to be owned for its strengths.

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Great camera
5 Star Review   By member dingdang - Oct 28, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent pictures with super nice colors. Movie mode is nice.

Weakness: None so far.

I had own several digital cameras. From Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, and Canon. I owned Canon S40, S45, S1 IS, G6, and currently S2. First of all, let me tell you. The absolutely best pictures are only made by Canon. And among Canons that I owned S2 IS is absolutely winner. It takes crisp photos at any light conditions. The 12x optical zoom is unbelivable and IS is must have. So far, I shoot about 200 pictures of moving cars, people, animals and NONE of them are blured. Prior to purchasing this camera, I was concern if 1.8" screen will be enough as I was spoiled by Canon's G6 2.0" screen and Kodak's V550 2.5". I can tell you now that with optical viewfinder that is installed of S2, I am not using screen at all while shooting pictures. The lense cap is something that might be better but as much as I got used to G6 identical one, I am not seeing it as a problem. Now comparing G6 to S2, I am in most occurance prefer latest one as DIGIC II processor is absolutely awesome. It is fast and acurate. And one more thing, S2 makes awesome stereo movies with a lenght of almost 20 min (1G), not like my old G6 that is restricting me to 3 min mono sound movies. So unless you need to print large prints (like I do) of 20"x30", S2 is the best Canon camera on today's market.

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Canson S2 IS
5 Star Review   By member yisherry - Oct 27, 2005   

Strengths: easy to use, excellent picture.

I used this camera almost two month. This is my first digital camera, and I'm really like it. I like its function key setting and it's really convenient. I took more than 500 pictures and got few blurred pictures. the focus is not super quick, but fast enough for me. I also has the loose cap problem like most pepole mentioned, but I can deal with it. Overall, this is a excellent ultra zoom camera, I'm really happy with my purchase.

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I love this camera!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Image stabilization, excellent optical telephoto, excellent Macro Mode. Movie mode is great!!!!

I'm an amateur photographer, the pictures I take are very good. I am getting just by pointing and shooting. The image stabilization works excellent with the 12X telephoto.

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Fantastic Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Crisp pictures, lots of features, powerful zoom, easy to use

Weakness: Lens cap, somewhat small lcd, sometimes has difficulty focusing in low light

This camera takes great pictures with little effort on your part. Even at full optical zoom, pictures are clear and brite. The software that comes with the camera will allow you to take multiple shots and "stitch" them together to make a panoramic picture. Very cool. I am very pleased with this S2. And yes, it has the worst lens cap ever made.

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Excellant Camera Alsome Zoom
4 Star Review   By member tonyeagle - Sep 12, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent camera. would advise spending the little nessicary extra to have this one. works well ,and the zoom is absolutely awalsome, good size little larger but worth the weight for the options

Weakness: focusing seems to be a little lacking at first, suject of the picture will attempt to focus all of the picture, but Im still learning to use it

Excellent camera. would advise spending the little necessary extra to have this one. works well ,and the zoom is absolutely awesome, good size little larger but worth the weight for the options the ultimate SD memory is highly recommended it will make a big difference in the response time to save picture

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Great Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Versatilety

Weakness: A Loose lens cap.

This is a great camera. The S2 IS is my third Canon camera, my other cameras were great in many ways but the S2 complements these cameras mostly because of its magnificient 12x zoom and stabilizer. I cannot rate this camera in all its facets as I've owned it for only two weeks but I took it on a trip to Ogunquit Maine recently and was very satisfied. I have fixed the loose lens cap problem by applying some rubber cement in three spots inside the lens cap rim 1/4" wide 120º apart.

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera
5 Star Review   By member AlzaCorp - Aug 30, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent balance of feature set, execution, and price. Fast on time, focust time, sequential picture mode. Sharp capable optics with 12x optical zoom. Excellent movie mode. Decent price at $500.

Weakness: Picture slightly oversharpened. Noise at ISO 200. Some autofocus/autoexposure difficulties. No wireless remote. 1GB movie size limit. No Hot Shoe. No lens filter to protect lens.

Have taken about 6.5GB worth of pictures and movies with this camera. I am not needing to use my movie camera anymore (have not had to in my last 2 weekend trips). Key positives for me: 1. Takes sharp pictures. 2. Fast enough so that I do not lose the perfect photo moment. 3. 12x zoom so that I can get close, and achieve the limited depth of field of a long lens. 4. Take movies in stereo sound, with optical zoom capability. A 1GB card can take about 7mins of 640x 30fps video. So for casual everyday events (parties, weekend trips), this is all the camera you need. I can see myself needing the DV for graduations, sporting events, musicals, etc. 5. Uses standard SD memory. I am using ATP (1GB) and Transcend (512MB) and are happy with both. These are fast cards that enhance the fast write capabilities of this camera. 6. Uses standard AA batteries -- 2200ah nimhs lasted me 2.5 GB of pics/movies in a weekend. 7. Variable Angle LCD allows pictures to be taken from awkward angles (not even available with Digital SLRs). 8. No wireless remote but the custom self timer is great. Can set to take the 5 shots in 30 secs so that I can take my time to get to my spot in the pics. I had an Olympus C3040 (died recently), and so I was spoiled by its excellent picture quality and ability to take pictures even in low light (f1.8). But it was very slow, and so I missed a lot of picture moments, plus 3x optical won't handle musicals, football games. The Powershot S2 allows me to acquire all the above features, with a minor compromise on picture quality, at half the price of entry level DSLR. And I get some of the features missing from a DSLR -- movie mode, variable angle LCD, light weight. Very compelling proposition. Good Luck!

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awesome camera
5 Star Review   By member oh_maan - Aug 30, 2005   

Strengths: 12x zoom, IS, manual mode, colour accent, very low noise even with digital zoom on and every other feature it comes with

Weakness: lens cap

This is an unbelievable camera. the 12x zoom combined with IS puts it in a class of its own! i had tried using my friends 10x zoom with out IS as well as the canon s2. the canon s2 was producing crisp clear images while my friends nikon was struggling at full zoom. The manual mode offers unbelievable control over the pictures that you take, allowing you to take pictures that other point and shoot camera wouldnt have been able to handle, especially in low light conditions. But to completely utilise its shutter speed capabilities, you would need a tripod. The only trouble that i had, like many others is with the lens cap! i cant believe a company which can produce such an advanced camera would produce such a terrible lens cap!! I took my camera to the US open. My seats were at the farthest corner of the stadium(coz i was broke after getting this cam!! :-) ) and tried out the optical and digital zoom (48x in all). I couldnt believe the results it produced. There was very little loss of resolution even with the digital zoom on and i was able to produce some very good shots.

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A Keeper!
5 Star Review   By member shouyi - Aug 30, 2005   

Strengths: pretty good optical image stabilization, full manual controls, and support for conversion lenses, use AA battery with a good battery life.

Weakness: Lens cap falls off easiely. Flash not popping up automatically(could be a plus). Zoom at 12x not very good for slightly moving objects.

Camera performance is superb.. The S2 starts up quickly, there's no shutter lag, and shot-to-shot and playback times are OK. Still have not got my hand on faster media to see if the speed will improve yet. Focusing speeds aren't quite as speedy. The Remote Capture lets you control your camera over the USB connection. You can change any camera setting and even move the zoom lens using your mouse. When you take a picture the image goes directly onto your computer's hard drive. It's a pretty cool feature I used it on my son sometimes because he behave differently whenever I raise the camera. All-in-all I really like the PowerShot S2 and it gets my highest recommendation. This is more of an all-around tool for still and video shooting.

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CANON S2IS DIGITAL CAMERA
5 Star Review     

Strengths: VERY EASY TO USE,PHOTOS ARE CRISP

Weakness: HARD TO FIND A CASE TO FIT THIS CAMERA.VERY MINOR PROBLEM

THIS IS MY SECOND DIGITAL CAMERA.I LOVE IT! GREAT PHOTO QUALITY AND DOES NOT TAKE A GENIOUS TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT.I HAVE BEEN WANTING A SOLID CAMERA THAT WILL TAKE GREAT PHOTOS FOR PRINTING.I HAVE ALSO PURCHASED THE CANON PIXMA 6000D PRINTER AND WHEN YOU COMBINE THE CAMERA AND THE PRINTER,THE RESULTS ARE FANTASTIC!

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5 Star Review   By member llsp2 - Aug 1, 2005   

Strengths: Everything! Ease of use, video capabilities, zoom, picture quality, image stabilizer, scene selections.

Weakness: The lens cover does not stay on well. For some people, the size would be a weakness. For me, I prefer a bigger, more solid camera.

I absolutely LOVE this camera! I previously owned the Canon G2, which was a great camera as well. When a repair was going to cost me $200, I decided I'd be better off upgrading than repairing. I was initially irritated about spending the money, but now I am thankful that I had to!! I took my camera on our vacation, and am thrilled to death with every aspect of it. The pictures are beautiful, the 12X zoom really allowed me to take pictures that otherwise would have been worthless, and the video quality was so good that I didn't even bother to carry my video camera with me (which was a DEFINATE bonus!). You'll definately want to invest in a big memory card. I bought a 1 gig, took over 100 pictures, and 5 short videos, and used about half of the card (and didn't have to change my AA batteries once, even with the kids using the review PLENTY!). Everything was shot using the highest quality settings. The camera is extremely easy to use, the buttons are all very comfortable, and I personally like the larger size of the S2. The scene selection settings are a great feature too. I was able to get some good beach pictures using the "snow" setting, that otherwise would have been too bright (unless you're a more advanced photographer, and know how to use the manual settings, which I'm not). And finally, the speed is very good. Much better than my G2 was. You can take several pictures in succession, with barely a pause. The only true flaw that I can find is the lens cover, which falls off constantly. I'm hopeful though, that with enough complaints Canon will make a replacement cap available. All in all I HIGHLY recommend the Powershot S2. It is WELL worth the $450 - $500 you'll spend on it.

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A great camera! It has all the features I want.
5 Star Review   By member sesat123 - Aug 1, 2005   

Strengths: 12x IS zoom, excellent image/video quality, very good performance, manual control, AA battery, a lot of features (flip&twist lcd, super macro)

Weakness: bulky size, small lcd size, noisy when ISO is avobe 200, button is not sensitive.

Among Panasonic FZ5, Sony H1 and Canon S2 IS, finally I choose Canon S2 IS because of its video function and SD memory format. I have owned a olymbus c4000 for two years, Canon S2 IS certainly outperforms c4000 in every aspect. 12x zoom produces excellent picture at ISO 50, IS works great, high quality video, very short start up time, assistant lamp helps focus under the low light, battery life is good, plus a lot of features, flip lcd, super macro... I have a few issues with this camera. Firstly, it is on the bulky side, for example, the viewfinder is too big to find a camera case; Secondly, the size of lcd is too small, I wish it is at least 2.5''. The image looks noisy when above ISO 200, but given the IS function, I do not think I will use high ISO frequently. The button is not sensitive. Finally, the competition in this class is very keen. Given the new panasonic FZ30, I am sure the price of Canon S2 IS will go down very soon.

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Powershot s2
4 Star Review   By member baylward - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Great focal length, fast zoom, lots of control if you want to do more than "auto" setting. Well built with a good feel.

Weakness: The SD card is a joke, need to buy a bigger one. The menu takes a bit of getting use to. Some noise with faster shutter speeds.

This is a great camera for most everyone. The focal length is huge! The image stabilizer works well on the long shot, but you really need a tripod to keep the image crisp. I found the recycle time between shots to be good. When properly set up you can capture shot after shot until your card fills up. The video function is unbelievable. I didn't buy it for that feature, but I end up using it a lot. The auto focus works well, but I'm still struggling with the best way to use it. All in all this is a great unit. Once you get over the learning curve you can take some great photos.

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS camera
5 Star Review   By member larriemac - Jul 18, 2005   

Strengths: Great lens, high power zoom Good, intuitive menus, except for resolution Why would "L" mean highest? Tremendous degree of control Ability to zoom in on pic in camera Great manual Shortcut key

Weakness: Included card and batteries Size and weight Confusing resolution symbols Movie format Flash doesn't pop up

Wow, a terrific camera. First the nitpicking. The included card and batteries are a joke. Get at least a one gig card and two sets of 2100 (or higher) NiMH batterries if you don't want to miss any picture opportunities. The movie format doesn't use a very effective codec, a one gig card provides less than 8 minutes of movie at 640x480, 30 fps. Setting the resolution could be a big problem without reading the manual. The five megapixel resolution is selected by picking "L" for large from the menu. I would have guessed that "L" stood for Low. Fortunately I read the manual which is actually quite good for a digital camera. The manual is a small format approximately 3" X 5" and about 180 pages so it fits into my camera bag, along with the camera, charger, spare cards and batteries. My camera, delivered to the US came with two copies of everything, English and Spanish, though the camera supports 21 languages. You will need the manual because this camera is unbelieveably rich in features and options. The manual could provide more explanation of certain technical terms for a beginning photographer, but remember this is more of a "prosumer" model. The camera is a little large but I find it extremely comfortable (I have big hands), substantial and I don't inadvertantly hit the wrong button. My battery life has not been as good as reviews indicate, but I tried a new battery pack (2100 mah NiMh) which I ordered with the camera and charged just one. Repeated charging should improve the performance. You need to manually raise the flash to take flash pictures (then you have a great deal of creativity, slecting flash, output and synchronization, in addition to the regular options, Off, Auto, Manual and redeye.) The list of features is impressive starting with the 12 power optical zoom which works very smoothly, though there is some lag in autofocusing as you zoom. The zoom is variable speed, a slight pressure on the conveniently located zoom lever moves it slowly, more pressure, faster zoom. (I would have liked a little more wide angle, possibly a 35mm equivalent of 28 rather than the 36.) This camera is fast, from power on to first shot - less than two seconds by my crude measuement. It is equally fast taking pictues (and would possibly be even faster if you selected the option to turn of the LCD between shots.) It has two continous shooting modes 1.5 fps and 2.4 fps until the card is filled or your batteries die. You can have total control (Manual) to completely auto (but then, why buy this camera?) and everything in between. The selected speed and f-stop appear in the LCD/viewfinder in white if the picture will be properly exposed, in red if not. In the manual mode you can shot with settings the camera "doesn't like". The Safety Shift (a selectable feature) prevents you from making an error in Shutter or Aperature priority modes. Metering and focus include several options to satisfy even the most creative photographers, including the ability to manually locate the AutoFocusing point and using it for spot metering. The list of scene modes is extensive and creative options, like sepia, b&w and my colors can be fun. Take a picture of your car, select color swap, pick car color, select another color (say the red Porsche next to your gray Geo) and select swap. Your Geo is Porsche red. I haven't fully explored the video capabilities but the quality seems high and stereo sound is nice. They need to upgrade the codec to allow more video. The camera has some built in editing capability in the video mode, especially important given th comments above. In still playback, all the normal features appear including two I especially like. The zoom control allows you to magnify (up to 10 times) a user selectable part of the picture. The jump command allows you to skip 10 or 100 pictures, OR go to the first picture with the next shooting date. By selecting a slightly greater degree of compression, you can significantly increase the number of pictures per card, e.g., from approximately 390 to 690. I haven't experimented a whole lot with the two compression settings but even at the fine setting (the middle one) the pictures seem quite sharp with lots of detail when enlarged. The camera provides a great deal of detail in the playback mode, less when shooting. For example, the histogram only appears in playback. The amount of detail available in the LCD/viewfinder can be daunting, but you can turn off most of it. I've had the camera five days and actually spent one whole day reading the manual before I even started to use it. You should too because it provides a wonderful overview of features and options. The shotcut button can be programmed to activate a certain function. Changed mine from change resolution to FPS to prevent accidentally changing resolution. All in all, I am extremely happy. The camera seems to be very popular, given the number of suppliers that are backordered.

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The Last Digital Camera I'll Own
5 Star Review   By member cjthurman - Jul 17, 2005   

Strengths: 12x optical zoom, picture qulity, fast and quiet zoom

Weakness: The lens cap never stays on

I've owned several different digital cameras over the last few years (including Nikon and Olympus) and, after taking this one out of the box, I knew the time had come for me to stop my searching for that "perfect camera" (or almost perfect). Yes, it's bigger than most, but I was never really concerned with size. I don't need a camera that I can just slip into a pocket, but I would like one that has a large zoom, takes excellent photos, and one that is not so heavy that I feel like my arm is going to fall off. I haven't done much field testing yet, but have several trips planned and can't wait to take it out and see how it does. I do wish Canon would design another lens cap for it. I would even pay extra to purchase it! Bottom line - I feel this is an excellent camera for a very reasonable price and that is has a lot of potential.

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great camera, no complaints
5 Star Review   By member ricochet81 - Jul 14, 2005   

Strengths: 12x zoom, amazing pictures, doesnt use proprietary battery, can add attachments(1.5x telephoto, macro, wide angle, filters), LiMH batteries lasted me 700 pix + video, configurability is amazing

Weakness: the sounds (esp voices) are a little high in movie mode, eyepiece is an LCD which I'm still not sure how I feel about, menu button accidentally gets pushed with my large hands, cap falls off

I've had the camera about 3 weeks now. It is amazing. Its does all this cool things, it is totally configurable: exposure, scene, film speed, fireworks mode (which worked quite well on the 4th), my colors is cool, but I dont know if I'll use it.., I researched cameras for awhile and settled on this one even though it didn't come out for a month after I decided. I also purchased the telephoto attachment (my opinion on that is that it is not a huge improvement, its 1.5x magnification), and the 58mm Macro lens, which also isn't a huge improvement, but it allows you to take shots of small things from within half of a meter, to use those you also have to buy the adapter for a little more than $20. My macro was $90ish, telephoto was $110ish both Canon brand. It takes amazing pictures, comes with a nice strap, The stock lens cap does fall off, and is quite annoying. I usually just leave my attachment on now and dont use the stock cap. All in all, the camera is amazing, and I've spent quite a few hours reading through the manual. I was considering an SLR, but this was ~ half the price considering 12x zoom, and smaller. I would recommend to anyone interested in more than point-and-shoot cameras. It's not small enough to carry in your pocket for those "what if I see a good picture" moments. I am truly thrilled with it. Good luck.

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Great Camera but no SLR replacement.
5 Star Review   By member JohnaFountain - Jul 13, 2005   

Strengths: 12x Zoom Consistently good pictures Fast opertation Price

Weakness: Noise... Movie mode needs better compression 1 gig hs card only 9 Min. video !

This is the swiss army knife of cameras ! One camera that does it all very well. Consistantly good images. Fast operation. Swivel LCD. Feels better made than S1 (previous model). Zoom galore. Noise is definitley the culprit. Over iso 100 is a problem if you view pics at 100%. Wish is had 28 wide !!! Movie mode needs Mpeg-4 compression. 2 Min.= 200 meg :( All in all a very good camera but the high noise at higher iso's limits serious usability in dim light or indoors. I predict in the near furture the SLR will become somewhat obsolete. Digicams will compete in noise, have true do it all lenses, take sharper pictures, cost less to produce, and save consumers much money on add on lenses. But for now the SLR wins if you have the $ to add the 2 or 3 extra lenses to match the S2. I Reommended the S2 simply do to versitility, price, and preformance. You'll be happy.

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nice
5 Star Review   By member zjdoris - Jul 12, 2005   

Strengths: Look really professional and cool. 12x zoom is a plus. The quality of the pictures are georgeous.

Weakness: A little noisy and bulky

Overall, it is a great camera. The pictures come out really nice. The 12x zoom makes it easy to capture things far away, which also makes it bulky. Would recommend!

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Canon Powershot S2
4 Star Review   By member freezedried74 - Jul 12, 2005   

Strengths: Great picture quality, many features.

Weakness: Large size for a point and shoot camera. Flip out LCD is useless.

This is a great camera for taking high quality point and shoot pictures. The size of the camera is a little large for my liking and I feel that the flip out lcd screen serves no purpose. Great camera if you do not mind the size. Many features which are easy to use.

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Excellent Camera with lots of features
5 Star Review   By member Topstar79 - Jul 12, 2005   

Strengths: 12x Zoom with Image Stablization, AF Assist Lamp, Swivel LCD, Video Capturing Quality, Fast Startup

Weakness: Trouble Focusing, Lens Cap, Size

Overall I really love this camera. This camera has great picture quailty and excellent video quality. With 12x zoom and Image Stablization, you gotta love it. The swivel LCD is a great feature because it allows you to take photos from below and above without having to struggle to see if you have the right shot. Also, it protects it from scratches when not in use. My only dislikes about this camera is the slow focusing when zooming in fast. It does fine when zooming in slowly. Also, the lens cap seems to fall off to easy. The size of the camera seems a bit bulky but that is expected with ultra zoom cameras. Overall, I would highly recommend this camera as it has lots of features and excellent photo and video quality, if you don't mind the size. If you expect to put this in your pocket then this camera is not for you.

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The PowerShot S-2 is a truely great camera! Takes great long distance shots without the huge size and cost of a digital SLR with a zoom lens. The image stabilization works great to get crisp hand held long shots. The PowerShot S-2 feels solid, and is eas
5 Star Review   By member Jim_in_Seal_Beach_CA - Jul 6, 2005   

Strengths: The 12x zoom is very sharp. On top of the 12x zoom is a 4x digital zoom providing suprisingly sharp 48x. Protected, sharp 1.8 inch LCD screen. Video slide show. Lots of manual controls plus full auto.

Weakness: “Change the batteries” warning appears after 150 pictures on 4 Duracells. Won’t run on cheap house brand alkalines. Must carry spares. Get 2 sets of NiMH batteries to have charged for any outing.

The PowerShot S-2 is a truely great camera! Takes great long distance shots without the huge size and cost of a digital SLR with a zoom lens. The image stabilization works great to get crisp hand held long shots. The PowerShot S-2 feels solid, and is easy to hold. The 1.8 inch view screen stays protected until you fold it out, so it is not getting bashed and scratched like most of them on other cameras. The flash is powerful enough to provide nice fill flash for pictures of my friends, with the beautiful Maui setting sun behind them. There are tons of manual controls as well as full Auto mode. I am really amazed by the clarity of the Canon optics. The utility of a great zoom is amazing: for times like graduation when the parents must stay far away from the graduate receiving a diploma, or nature shots where the bird is 30 feet away. There was a 30 ft catamaran anchored 100 yards of shore from our condo in Maui. With the 48x zoom, the 3 inch high registration numbers on the bow were clearly legible. in a hand held shot. I could not read the numbers with my 7x35 binoculars! I was blown away when I saw my chance picture of a 4 inch wide red crab on the rocks 15 feet below the pier at Lahaina on my 14 inch PowerBook. That crab filled the whole picture with the color and detail of a nature magazine. I can’t climb out on slippery rocks, so this camera takes me to places I couid never physically go. When viewing the images on the LCD view screen or in the color viewfinder, they can be blown-up and scrolled up and down to check fine details of any image, on the spot, not later using Photoshop. This feature also works if the images are sent to your TV via the provided video cable. It can also send a 3 second per image slide show to your TV. Maximum resolution provides a 2.3MB file size, so a 512MB card can take about 210 pictures. The PowerShot S-2 is slightly more compact than the other 12x cameras, also has a focus assist infrared lamp which helps insure sharp focus in a dark place. I love the PowerShot S-2 and feel the features and image quality are well worth the $459 I paid.

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5 Star Review   By member tiekuai - Jul 6, 2005   

Strengths: verg good quality camera.very good image quality

Weakness: i dont find any...

the camera is one of the best.it has stable system and it has a large zoom and good px.Lots of manual controls as well as full Auto mode...

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5 Star Review   By member theocean - Jul 5, 2005   

Strengths: - Great Optical Zoom 12X - USB 2.0 transfer rate - Nice Design - Great battery life - Expandability - Nice LCD Design( it can be rotated up to 180 degrees)

Weakness: - A little bit heavy

I didn't read any previous reviews but I recommend this one to everyone. I absolutely happy with good battery life. USB 2.0 was really helpful. You can take a picture while you are in the movie mode. If you want small digital camera this is not a choice.

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5 Star Review   By member agl4 - Jul 2, 2005   

Strengths: 12x optical zoom, image stabilizer Ultrasonic, video capture at 640x480 30fps, great photo quality

Weakness: Menu & set buttons are in the wrong site. I always accidentally pressed that buttons while shooting :(

This is one of the best 5MP Digital Camera with 12x optical zoom, image stabilizer Ultrasonic, and video capture at 640x480 30fps. The camera size does not bother me at all. I defintely recommend this for anyone's looking to buy a digital camera.

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5 Star Review   By member htwxq - Jul 2, 2005   

Strengths: nice ISO 50 picture quality, flip/swing LCD, great optical zoom range

Weakness: very noisy from ISO 200 on,

Very easy to use, extremely fast zoom and quiet operation, really good image stablizer, fairly good video quality. works good in Low light, focus hunting. It even has a number of new great features like super-macro, you can even copy-theft a book or magazine! And incredible shutter speed. Even though it's noisy from ISO 200 on, the photo is still much better than what produces by Minolta Dimage series.

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4 Star Review   By member tsscrapper - Jun 30, 2005   

Strengths: Megapixel size is good for the average user. Camera size is great size, with lots of great features. Easy to use right out of the box!

Weakness: LCD screen is a little bit small. No external flash foot (but I've been told there's a way of connecting an external flash for extra light).

I've been waiting for this camera to be released for several months. Really liked the previous model but wanted higher megapixels. Was thrilled when the new model came out and had what I wanted included. Am a home user, active scrapbooker, didn't want anything too complicated so this is just the ticket. MP superstore had the best price but I had to endure an "upsell" phone call which I found really insulting and annoying! Got the camera in a week and really liked the price so all in all it was worth it.

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4 Star Review   By member dquant - Jun 27, 2005   

Strengths: 12x zoom, image stabilization, quick power-up, hand grip. Great movie mode, very sharp quality.

Weakness: Sometimes slow/hard to focus, flash does not pop up automatically...one has to open it by hand.

great camera! The 12x zoom is awesome. Camera feels good in hands, but not something that will fit in your pocket. Camera build feels substantial, even though it's mostly plastic. Lots of manual controls as well as full Auto mode...let's me experiment with settings or put in full Auto for no-brainer photography, I do wish the flash popped up automatically when needed, instead one has to pop it by hand when it is needed. Included 16MB SD card is a joke...gotta get minimum 512MB card to use movie mode.

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4 Star Review   By member Beekay - Jun 23, 2005   

Strengths: 12x Zoom Supermacro capabilty

Weakness: None significant

Great camera, the 12x zoom is very good and the supermacro capability is amazing in such a camera. Has numerous selections for special pictures however the manual settings are a little cumbersome. However for the price it is an excellent camera.

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4 Star Review   By member fluffyvee - Jun 23, 2005   

Strengths: 12x zoom 5.0 mp

Weakness: big, but fits in your hands well. Price

This is a good camera for less then a digital SLR camera. It has a good zoom and the image stabilizer helps so much if you shake alot.

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4 Star Review   By member larrybird - Jun 21, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent photo quality Big LCD display 12x zoom Fast speed. and quiet operation

Weakness: Expensive Heavy Red eye

This camera is definitely a good choice among 5MP cameras. The photo quality is superb, and the operation is easy to follow. The start up speed is fast, which is very helpful in catching some sudden events. The camera is kind of heavy and expensive. The red eye effect is still annoying, just like the fuji finepix 2400 I previously owned.

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5 Star Review   By member zhuchok - Jun 20, 2005   

Strengths: * Excellent photo quality (even in low light conditions). * Fast start up speed. * Less red eye pictures. * Ergonomic one-hand operation design. * Smooth and quiet ultrasound motor. * 12x zoom.

Weakness: Lens cap may fall off occasionally, but this should not matter much, if you keep the cap tied to the camera strap and use a quality padded case to protect the camera.

I love this camera! I have used Olympus C4040 > Pentax Optio 555 > Olympus Stylus 500, but each one of these cameras had something wrong about them. Canon PowerShot S2 IS, on the hand, is fast 5MP camera that works rather well in low-light conditions (I tested it in a totally dark room and the camera worked very well!). I also like that S2 uses standard AA batteries rather than an expensive proprietary one. In addition, unlike all the Olympus cameras I used, Canon PowerShot S2 IS uses popular SD-format digital media.

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4 Star Review   By member daydaydvd - Jun 17, 2005   

Strengths: IS function, and very sharp picture. 12x room is super

Weakness: a litte bit heavy comparing with most of digital camera.

IS function is very useful since I always take pic inside house, and you can not use flash in most times that other camera need. I like the "true" pic without flash. If Canon can make it smaller, it will be perfect.

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4 Star Review   By member slyreptile - Jun 15, 2005   

Strengths: Great photo quality, huge zoom, great macro shots, quickly powers up for fast shooting

Weakness: Software package, lens cover

This is one of the better cameras I have used. It has many great features such as the 12x optical zoom, the DIGIC II chip (speeds the camera functions up), and the My Colors option is fun to use. It allows a color to be swapped with another color. The only few negatives I have found with it are the lens cover. It doesn't stay on. Also, the software it comes with is a bit poor and doesn't allow for much editing. Not advanced at all. I'd recommend getting a professional image editor if you need to doctor your photos. In all, though, this is a great camera to use and I'm having fun using it.

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4 Star Review   By member gazrcom - Jun 14, 2005   

Strengths: 12x ZOOM (WOW!) Image stabilizer. Looks. Feel. Rebate if you have brought a Canon printer.

Weakness: Uses SD cards, although these are getting bigger and dropping in price.

Only had this a day and already blows away my A80, which I sold ;) There are few cameras that can compete with this one right now, but there are others that are due out from other manufacturers this Summer and Fall, so you may want to wait for the prices to stabilize before purchasing this. If you want the next best thing now, you can't go wrong with the Canon S2.

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4 Star Review   By member docvenzon - Jun 11, 2005   

Strengths: 12x zoom with image stabilization, easy to use point and shoot but with a slew of options for those looking for more control

Weakness: relatively expensive, not compact, but what do you expect from a 12x zoom digital camera

I bought this as a second camera to use, in addition to my Canon A510. I specifically wanted for the 12x optical zoom with image stabilization, which minimizes blurriness of images. I've enjoyed using it for outside shots, nature shots. It's bigger and heavier than the A510, but it's a different class of camera for a different purpose, so I don't consider that a negative. It is very to use, the controls are intuitive, and the buttons are all easily accessible. I would have preferred a bigger grip for the right hand to make it more ergonomic, but that may just be me and my hand size. Overall, this is a fantastic camera, albeit relatively expensive.

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An all rounder
5 Star Review   By member waveking - Jun 7, 2005   

Strengths: 5 MP, 12x zoom, focus-assist lamp, powerful inbuilt flash

Weakness: manual focus perhaps on the lens ring itself would have been great

I have been using the earlier model of this camera - the S1, and though it served most of my purposes, it still lacked something...and all that it missed, went mentally in my wish list....and EVERY item of that has been incorporated in the Canon S2...thanks canon!! This is now a camera worth having...superb value for money...packed with quality features and performance.

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