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does anyone own a canon s2?

i see that there are quite a few photo enthusiasts here so i figured i would get some opinions. im looking to buy a digital camera with more manual functions than my current sd200 (which i love). from what ive read it looks like the canon s2 is the one for me. great reviews plus the high zoom and flip out lcd screen are what made me choose it over other similar cameras. im wondering if anyone here owns one or know someone who does and what your take on it is. are there any really bad performance issues i need to be aware of? basically tell me what you think of it. also my choice of photo subjects are more architecture, landscape, wildlife, and urban settings.
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I wrote this for someone else who was interested in the S2 (and would be upgrading from the S1, which I also had):

With the S2, if you can help it, I would avoid ISO 200 or ISO 400 in manual mode if you are sensitive to noise. But in bright sunlight, you might want to see what happens with the higher ISO settings.

Also, the S2 flash must be manually flipped up when you want to use it, it's not automatic like it is on the S1.

If you manage the settings on the S2 (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, etc), then the best thing about the S2 is that it focuses much faster than the S1, whose habit of hunting focus was annoying when in the telephoto mode). That was worth the upgrade for me (and I got lucky in falling into a bonus at the time, so I picked up a S2 in the summer.

Here are some Flickr links to photos I've taken with my Canon S2:

Braves game - some of these are grainy because I inadvertently had the ISO set to 400 (just playing around and forgot to set it back down to 100), so you will see some grain/noise in some of the photos. I was trying for snapping ball-in-flight type of shots, so I was playing around with exposure and shutter speeds, and just forgot to set my ISO back down to 100 or 200. The better looking ones were shot in AUTO mode, and they look better.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/987837/

Here are some Dragon Con photos taken under tough lighting conditions, these are mainly photos of celebrity panels:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/970307/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/970071/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/967213/

Here are some photos in dark lighting conditions (costuming contest):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/967221/

Some quick point-n-shoot photos of inanimate objects:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/sets/1072144/

Here are a few people shots with flash:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave...n/set-970342//
http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave...in/set-970342/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave...in/set-970342/

I probably have some other S2 photos, but never got around to uploading them at this time.

Hope that gives you some ideas on whether the S2 is a good upgrade for you. There are some other 12x zooms with IS nowadays, so you might also check those out (Panasonic, Sony).
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I have also been studying this camera extensively this past last week. All of the website reviews that I have read have said that it is a very good camera. These reviews were mostly done in June of 2005 to give you an idea of how long the camera has been out.

I have seen them for around $350 on EBay and that is probably the route I'm going to take when I finally decide to get it.

Chris
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thanks pat those are nice pics...i like the baseball ones.

as far as ebay i dont like dealing with it...i keep my eye on pricegrabber...butterfly photo has it for 377 shipped right now...i bought my sd200 from them and they were great.
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Originally Posted by chino77
thanks pat those are nice pics...i like the baseball ones.

as far as ebay i dont like dealing with it...i keep my eye on pricegrabber...butterfly photo has it for 377 shipped right now...i bought my sd200 from them and they were great.
Yes, I saw that Butterfly was the lowest so far.

Chris
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The S2 is a great cam. This is usually the cam I tell people to get when they ask me what's the best bang for the buck.

There's a few other nice ones out there that are similar from Panny and Sony, but the Image Stabilization on the S2 is wonderful. The controls are well laid out, it's got a SOLID 5mp sensor, which is good enough for up to 8x10 without cropping, and the lens quality is superb for the price.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/84645256/

This photo was pretty hard for me to come by because the cat (my mom's) is very skittish, and hard to photograph, but I was at least 20 feet away, and got to use the 12X zoom to good effect here. I was glad to have the S2 for this shot because it didn't do much "hunting" during the auto-focus (my S1 was not so good because it hunted when I maxxed out the zoom on it), and I was able to get the shot.

Tell me this isn't a great shot:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/84644675/

(I know the white balance is off, I think I was shooting manually, and forgot to switch from flourescent to normal light)

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Originally Posted by Patman
http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/84644675/

(I know the white balance is off, I think I was shooting manually, and forgot to switch from flourescent to normal light)
www.picasa.com - it's free, and the color correcting tools will help you fix white-balance missteps.
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Originally Posted by lordzeppelin
www.picasa.com - it's free, and the color correcting tools will help you fix white-balance missteps.
Seconded.

Also, I don't think the S2 is the right choice at this time. The general consensus at the dpreview.com forums seems to be that the S2 doesn't produce images as good as its little brother the A610/620. You can pick up the A610 for about half the price. I bought an A610 and it definitely is a great little camera for not much money. You lose the superzoom, but to me that feature is pretty useless in anything but direct sunlight without a tripod.

If you're set on an S2 type superzoom, check out the brand new Panasonic Lumix FZ7. The previous version, the FZ5, was an amazing value. This replacement looks even better.

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Thanks for the picasa tip, I've made the color temp change, and Fred looking less yellowish now.

As far as why you want a zoom, well, here's 2 photos, one is about 1x, and the other is 10x or more (from the same vantage point):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/44332878

http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/43360613

Sure, there's a slight bit of blur in the second photo, but it's better than not getting the shot at all from so far away in poor lighting and handheld.

I was going to buy a smaller pocket-sized camera (I have the A70), but I've heard that the flash-recharging times on the A510/A520 (last year's models) wasn't too good because it only used 2 AA batteries, and I needed a faster recharge cycle, but I'm happy to read that the A610/A620 uses 4 AA batteries, and appears to be a nice bang-for-your-buck camera. I'll probably pick up an A610 later in summer (gotta get ready for Dragon Con in the fall). I use the pocket-sized cameras to get upclose shots of people at the con.
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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Dennis Hissink : February 21th 2006 - 16:00 CET


Canon PowerShot S3 IS : The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is 6 Megapixel hybrid digital camera that is equally at home with photo enthusiasts and digital diehards as it is in the hands of the point-and-shoot "where do I press?" set. Remarkably, whether engaged in VGA quality videography at 30 fps with stereo sound recording, high-resolution still photography, or capturing both at the same time, the Canon S3 IS remains easy to use. The successor to the five Megapixel S2 IS, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS enhancements begin with Canon's newly designed 6 Megapixel image sensor that together with Canon's DIGIC II image processor dramatically reduces "noise" for better image quality and achieves ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800.



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This is good news. Now the S2 will go down even more in price, so hopefully I can get a new one for under $300 by early summer!

Chris


edited to add: though I do like the black color of the S3 compared to the silver color of the S2

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looks like i will wait till may or june and pick up the s3...im glad it has a 2"screen now ...the 1.8" was to small for the s2.

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