Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Gadgets: Canon PowerShot S3 IS

My first new digital camera in a long, long time is a Canon PowerShot S3. I'm still getting used to it (and I'm an amateur, at best) and would describe early results as "acceptable". Basically, it's a regular point-and-shoot with a big zoom lens grafted on, so results have to be evaluated with that in mind.

This is what I was looking for in a camera:
  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
  • Standard batteries (AA), no proprietary rechargeables
  • Big zoom
  • Small size
The S3 looks like a winner on all points, except for the "small size" requirement. My travel style can best be described as light-and-fast. Time will tell how much of a hindrance the bulk of the S3 will become, but I'm tired of missing all those shots that just can't be captured with a 3x lens.

Perhaps I'll find a good pocket-cam as well and cover all my bases.


Charlie said...

How much zoom does it have? I have a Nikon Coolpix S4 that's a year or two old now, with a 10x optical zoom, plus some more digital zoom after that. It just barely fits into my pocket, but I can't really sit down. That's ok for walking around the art museum, but probably wouldn't be for motorcyclin' it...

Matt Hanger said...

12x optical zoom. It is definitely *not* pocket-sized.

Another big-zoom option is the Canon SX100. A bit smaller and less expensive to boot.

CES is next month, lots of new cameras should be announced...