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Canon S3 IS Black 6.0 MP 12X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

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This version of Canon's flagship image stabilized ultra zoom PowerShot has been wildly popular since the day it was released. Unlike the S2, the PowerShot S3 IS is a relatively minor upgrade to its predecessor, much more of an evolutionary change than a wholesale reinvention. The basic spec (aside from the sensor) is pretty familiar; 12x optical zoom, flip 'n' twist LCD, tons of photographic control and advanced movie mode with stereo sound. The amazing Canon DIGIC II processor optimizes image quality and makes image processing faster than ever, and the ultrasonic motor makes the zoom function almost silent.

With a full range of shooting modes for the novice, and precise control for the experienced photographer, this great addition to the Canon line is great in almost any shooting situation. Spontaneous video recording is available at the touch of a button, at 60fps for up to an hour. Still shots can even be taken while shooting video using the proprietary MovieSnap feature, making this a fully featured photographer’s dream in a compact model at an excellent price.

  • newegg 6.0 Megapixel The feature-rich PowerShot S3 IS has 6.0 Megapixel imaging power for the high resolutions needed for big prints and close cropping.
  • newegg 12x Optical Zoom The extra-long 12x Canon optical zoom is all contained in a sleek, compact design that embodies sophistication to closely capture intimate details.
  • newegg DIGIC II Image Processor Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor provides markedly faster startup, auto focus and playback for improved processing speed and image quality. DIGIC II assures more colorfully vibrant images.
  • newegg Image Stabilizer Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology ensures awesome-steady shooting with phenomenal picture clarity even when you are in motion.
  • newegg 16:9 Widescreen The PowerShot S3 IS's widescreen resolution produces images and film clips perfect for a widescreen TV or computer monitor.
  • newegg ISO 800 The PowerShot S3 IS features the new ISO 800 setting to negate the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations with high shutter speeds for greater shooting flexibility.

Learn more about the Canon S3 IS


PowerShot S Series



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.5" CCD
Gross Pixels
6.2 MP
Effective Pixels
6.0 MP
2,816 x 2,112
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilizer


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length
6.0-72.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)
f/2.7 (W) - f/3.5 (T)


Shutter Speed
15s - 1/3200s (settable in Tv or M)


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Auto Focus
Normal Focus Range
1.6 ft./50cm - infinity (WIDE), 3.0 ft./90cm - infinity (TELE)
Macro Focus Range
3.9 in. - 1.6 ft./10 - 50cm (WIDE)
Super Macro: 0 - 3.9 in./0 - 10cm (WIDE)


Flash Mode
Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Off
Flash Range
Normal: 1.6 - 17 ft./50cm - 5.2m (W), 3.0 - 13 ft./90cm - 4.0m (T)
Macro: 1.0 - 1.6 ft./30 - 50cm (W) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto


Exposure Control
Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom

Viewfinder & Monitor

Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color viewfinder
2.0" 115K


Continuous Drive
High-speed: approx. 2.3 fps,
Normal: approx. 1.5 fps
Tripod Mount
Shooting Modes
Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media
SD / MMC Card


Movie Format
AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Stereo))
Movie Recording
640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 60 fps/30 fps/15 fps available up to 1GB
Max. Recording Resolutions
640 x 480


USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
A/V Out


1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4) (not include)
Battery Life
approx. 110 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 550 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.46" x 3.07" x 2.97" (113.4 x 78.0 x 75.5mm)
14.5 oz. (410g) camera body only

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot S3 IS Body
AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
SD Memory Card SDC-16MB
Lens Cap
Neck Strap NS-DC4
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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