Canon Powershot S1 IS Review
By Movable Type Admin
Full review posted 3/23/04
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Renowned for the high quality of its "glass," Canon designed the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera's lens with 11 elements including one aspherical element to reduce size and weight and ensure image sharpness, particularly at wide-angle settings. Thanks to Canon's optical Image Stabilization technology your images will be tack sharp even when shooting at long focal lengths. It also allows you to shoot at shutter speeds two stops lower than would otherwise be possible.
The PowerShot S1 IS offers the flexibility of a full array of exposure control settings including Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual Mode and pre-programmed Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter and Stitch assist modes. In Movie mode you can record 640x480 VGA resolution full motion video with audio at 30 frames/sec or 15 frames/sec and capture up to 1GB of action.
The PowerShot S1 IS also features high-speed and variable speed, virtually silent zooming thanks to its Canon Ultrasonic Motor (USM), a feature it shares with the new, top-of-the-line PowerShot Pro1 digital camera. The silence of the USM is particularly beneficial in the S1's movie mode to preserve and enhance the quality of the audio recording.
With the use of Canon's new optional Conversion Lens Adapter, the PowerShot S1 IS accepts an optional Tele-Converter that increases the optical range of the lens to a maximum equivalent of 608mm and an optional Wide Converter that yields a 24.5mm equivalent at the widest zoom setting. There is also an optional underwater housing rated for use at depths as low as 130 feet.
The Powershot S1 IS and a standard CD for size comparison
The Powershot S1 IS and the 8-megapixel Powershot Pro1
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