Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Canon PowerShot S2 IS review
The five megapixel Canon PowerShot S2 IS allows consumers from the novice to the photo enthusiast the ability to capture high quality still images and movie clips.
The Canon Powershot S2 IS is a five megapixel digital camera with a twelve times optical zoom lens. It has a range of advanced features that mark the Powershot S2 IS down as a camera for someone who sees photography as a hobby rather than someone who is looking for a simple point and shoot model.
- 5.0 megapixels
- 12x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
- Image Stabilization
- Program and manual exposure
- Auto and manual focus
- ISO range 50-400
- JPEG file format
- 4 AA batteries
- Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/3200 sec in manual mode.
- Articulated 1.8-inch color LCD flips forward and rotates 270°
- High-speed 1.7 frames per second continuous shooting
- Movie mode with sound
- Movie w/stereo sound, 640x480 or 320x240, 30fps or 15fps
The camera’s compact ergonomic design includes strategically placed controls for convenient telephoto and movie shooting, plus a large rubberized grip, which makes holding the camera easy, well balanced and secure.
Users will enjoy the flexibility of a full array of exposure control settings similar to SLR models, including program, shutter and aperture-priority AE modes, and manual mode. In addition, there are 18 shooting modes including six special scene modes, which are Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor and Night Snapshots.
The Canon PowerShot S2 IS also records high quality movies with stereo sound in VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). Individual movie clips can last as long as 60 minutes or produce file sizes up to 1GB on SD media cards.
A lens of this length is especially useful for sports and wildlife photography. Camera shake can be an issue when you are using long lenses. This model has image stabilisation built in to help combat the problem.
As with all modern PowerShot digital cameras, the Canon PowerShot S2 IS has the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II Imaging Processor. DIGIC II enhances picture definition, crisp vibrant colors and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras’ startup, autofocus, shutter response and playback as well as the image processing speed.
All in all the Canon Powershot S2 IS is an impressive camera. As well as its 12x optical zoom it comes packed with features. In fact as far as features go it is not that different to the most advanced digital compact cameras. You do pay a premium for the features though and it could be a tough call as to whether you go for this camera or one of its cheaper competitors. You will need to make the most of all the features this camera offers to get the full value for money.
Source - cameras.co.uk - steve's digicams
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