Jun 21, 2005

Canon PowerShot S2 IS review

The Canon PowerShot S2 IS is a highly sought after camera if you watch the popularity of discussions about it. The S2 IS is an upgrade to the S1 IS with an impressive list of features. The S2 uses Canons DIGIC II processor which is featured in many of Canon’s digital SLR cameras. The new processor introduces a bunch of new enhancements which include a 45% faster auto focus, 50% faster start up time, 2.4 continuous frames per second, and the ability to take a still picture when video is recording. In addition to the new processor, other features include 12x optical zoom with image stabilization, 1.8 inch flip-screen, USB 2.0, video recording at 30 or 15 fps up to 640x480 with stereo sound, 17 shooting modes, and super macro at 0cm.
Canon PowerShot S2 IS

DPReview just posted a highly anticipated review of this digicam. Here'as what they think-
"In an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace Canon had to make the successor to the S1 IS something more than a mere upgrade, and no one can deny they did just that, bringing improvements to virtually every aspect of the camera's performance. The DIGIC II processor makes everything zip along at high speed, the AF illuminator gets rid of some of the low light focus problems and the beefed-up macro mode - though perhaps not quite delivering on its promise - is a real improvement. Image quality is very good - certainly on a par with most of its competitors - but still suffers from a slight softness and a slightly 'over-processed' appearance, though experimenting with the in-camera parameters and a little sympathetic post-processing means that in the right hands the S2 IS can produce images every bit as good as anything else in its class.

But ultimately the appeal of the S2 IS goes beyond simple pixel-peeping; it has a class-leading feature set, a very reliable image stabilization system (the benefits of which cannot be overstated) and superb handling. It's well-priced, incredibly versatile and - above all - highly enjoyable to use. For fast action (where the focus system still isn't fast enough), I'd go for the Panasonic FZ5, and it will be interesting to see how the Sony H1 fares in our upcoming review, but for sheer shooting pleasure and versatility the PowerShot S2 IS takes some beating."

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