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The Powershot S3 is Canon's third iteration on their "super zoom" prosumer point-and-shoot camera design. It was originally released in February of 2006, and was replaced a year later by the S5 IS.



Model Name : Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Camera Format: EVF

Retail Price: $499.95

Tripod Mount: Yes

Weight: 14.5 oz (410 g)

Size: 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.0 in. (113 x 78 x 76 mm)

Image SensorSensor Type: CCD

Effective Megapixels: 6.0

Sensor Format: 1/2.5 inch

Sensor size: 24.7104mm2 (5.76mm x 4.29mm)

Approximate Pixel Pitch: 2.05 microns

Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9

Image Capture

Image Resolution: 2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),

Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)

Continuous-mode frames/second:2.3

Video Capture

Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30.00)

Movie File Format:AVI (MotionJPEG / Stereo WAV)

Composite Video Out: Yes

NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes

Lens & Optics

Lens: Canon Zoom Lens

Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 36 - 432mm

Focal Length (actual): 6 - 72mm Zoom Ratio:12.00x

Aperture Range:f/2.7 (wide) / f/3.5 (tele) - f/8.0Integrated ND Filter:NoNormal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity

Digital Zoom:Yes

Digital Zoom Values:4.0x


Auto Focus:Yes

Auto Focus Type:Contrast Detect

Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes

Manual Focus:Yes

Viewfinder & Display

Viewfinder: EVF / LCD Viewfinder Type:EVF type, TFT color LCD

Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): DisplayEye-level Viewfinder:Yes

Rear Display:Yes

Rear Display Size (inches):2.0

Rear Display Resolution: 115,000 dots


Articulating Screen:Yes


ISO Settings: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800

Auto ISO Mode: No

White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom Shutter Speed Range:1/3200 - 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps Metering Modes:Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Program Auto Exposure:Yes

Aperture Priority: Yes

Shutter Priority: Yes

Full Manual Exposure: Yes

Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Modes:Auto, On, Off (red-eye reduction available)

Image Storage

Usable Memory Types:SD

RAW Capture Support:No

Movie File Format:AVI (MotionJPEG / Stereo WAV)


Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 550 shots (NiMH AA)

Battery Form Factor: 4 x AA

Usable Battery Types: Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable

Batteries Included: 4 x AA Alkaline disposable

Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): No

Canon's Powershot S3 IS Support Page

Imaging Resource's review

Service Documents




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