Canon PowerShot S2 IS

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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

With a wide to super telephoto 12x optical zoom lens and both exceptional digital camera and video functionality, the PowerShot S2 IS gives you the fr...

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Review of "Canon PowerShot S2 IS"

published 03/11/2006 | missyk
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Pro Excellent picture quality
Cons manual could be clearer
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"More plus points than negatives"

After a lot of research I opted to buy this camera as I prefer the size and feel of an SLR but couldn't justify the extra expense to buy a digital SLR.

The clarity of photographs is excellent and the camera is fairly easy to use. It is very easy to use in 'auto' mode which I generally leave it set up in just incase I need to capture 'the moment'. However, it can do so much more and allows the photography to make creative choices.

My one complaint would be that I feel I have to discover many of its features by chance as the manual that comes with it is in a miniature format which makes it difficult to read. Also some of the symbols used on the camera could be clearer and are difficult to see in low light.

I would rate this camera as 8/10 - it loses a point for the above and a further point as I have been disappointed on occasions with photos taken in 'live music' situations where stage lighting has not proved sufficient. Perhaps I have not yet discovered the correct set up to use but I have had better results with a Kodak set on auto!

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  • 87degrees published 03/11/2006
    Welcome to Ciao. This isn't bad for a first review, but I feel it could do with more detail. Read around the site a bit to see what gets rated highly. If you edit this, leave a note in my guestbook and I'll re-rate. Jess
  • reddragonflame87 published 03/11/2006
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Manufacturer's product description

With a wide to super telephoto 12x optical zoom lens and both exceptional digital camera and video functionality, the PowerShot S2 IS gives you the freedom to capture every scene, any way you want. With Optical Image Stabilizer (IS), Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and a UD lens element, the PowerShot S2 IS's 12x optical zoom is no ordinary lens. Optical IS works to counteract camera shake - even at full zoom and in low light conditions - for ultra sharp photos and movies. USM provides super responsive, smooth and near silent zoom, while the UD element reduces chromatic aberrations for razor sharp images with superb color accuracy. A super macro mode allows for precise focusing no matter how close you get to your subject. Combine the powerful lens with capacity to shoot up to 60 minutes of VGA quality movies with full stereo sound. A dedicated movie button gets you shooting immediately in either 15 or 30 fps to ensure you never miss those once in a lifetime moments. The Photo In Movie feature allows full resolution digital stills to be taken whilst shooting a movie. The DIGIC II processor delivers incredible 2.4 fps continuous shooting, super fast auto focus and rapid start up, plus superb color rendering and white balance accuracy for natural skin tones and rich, vibrant colors. For the ultimate in creative control over digital stills and movies, the PowerShot S2 IS provides 18 shooting modes. These include 6 Special Scene modes for great results in tricky lighting conditions, and My Colors for special effect color swapping and manipulation. Direct manual control is available over a multitude of settings, such as focus, IS mode, shutter speed and aperture, and audio sampling rate. A 1.8" vari-angle LCD maximizes shooting and playback pleasure, with Night Display for improved visibility in low light. Extend your zoom range to a staggering 27mm - 648mm with optional wide- and tele- converter lenses. Other optional accessories available include a close-up lens and High-Power Flash. For your post-shooting creativity, a variety of editing software is included and you can also print direct without a PC to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible photo printer.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot S2 IS - digital camera, Canon PowerShot S2 IS - Pack PLUS - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: DIGIC II

Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 12 x zoom lens - 6 - 72 mm - f/2.7-3.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm, 48.8 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.33" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.8"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ), 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.3 cm x 7.6 cm x 7.8 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg, 405 g


MPN: 9883A007AA, s2is, 9883A010, 24530880, PowerShot S2 IS, 9883A001, 9883A017

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 5,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 5,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Processor: DIGIC II

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, spot AF area, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, indoor, foliage, beach, night snapshot, snow

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Saturation, Neutral, Contrast compensation, Low Sharpening, Vivid, Custom Effect

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/3200 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

X-sync Speed: 1/500 sec

Lens System

Type: 12 x zoom lens - 6 - 72 mm - f/2.7-3.5

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 - 432mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm, 48.8 cm

Macro Focus Range: 0-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 11 elements

Features: UD glass, Ultrasonic Motor (USM), aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.7 m - 5.2 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.5 frames per second, 2.4 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, focus bracketing, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Dioptric Correction Range: -5.5 to +1.5


Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon PhotoRecord

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 - 10.3

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: MacOS X 10.1.5 or later - 256 MB ¦ Windows 98SE/2000/ME - 500 MHz - 128 MB ¦ Windows XP - 500 MHz - 256 MB


Included Accessories: Lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, audio / video cable


Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ), 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11.3 cm

Depth: 7.6 cm

Height: 7.8 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg, 405 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%


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