Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Canon PowerShot S1 IS Review

Announced in February 2004, the PowerShot S1 IS is the long overdue successor to Canon's last 10x Zoom Image Stabilized compact, the (the PowerShot Pro90 IS). It is not only much smaller and lighter, but a lot less expensive - (hardly surprising given the three year gap). Despite the aggressive pricing (the S1 IS is available online for as little as $315) this is a highly specified camera with a feature set that doesn't fall that far short of 'prosumer' models such as the G5 or even the Pro 1. The SLR-like styling and plethora of controls both on-body and in the extensive menu system lets you know this is more than a point and shooter with a big lens. Here's just a few of the key selling points to whet your appetite:

  • 10x optical zoom (approximately 32x combined)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Ultrasonic Motor
  • Extra-long Movie Mode with enhanced VGA resolution and sound
  • Canon DIGIC processor with iSAPS
  • PictBridge and Canon Direct Print compatible – no PC required
  • 13 shooting modes

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