Canon Powershot S2 IS Review

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Canon Powershot S2 IS





Features & Controls (cont.)



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Top Controls: On the left is the Flash mode button which is the Audio Memo button in playback. On the right is the Shutter Release with the zoom lens control ring around it. Below it is the Drive mode button (Single, Continuous, Self-timer). The Mode Dial has positions for AUTO (point-n-shoot mode), Program AE, Tv (shutter speed-priority), Av (aperture-priority), Manual, Custom (user-configurable with your own settings), Movie, Stitch Assist, My Colors, Scene, Night Portrait, Landscape, Portrait. And the combination Power / Record/ Playback dial.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Back Controls: The Movie mode shutter button (chrome with a red dot), the FUNCtion button gives you access to an on-screen menu for changing ISO speed, White Balance, Image Effects, Flash Compensation, Exposure and Focus Bracketing, Image Size and Quality. The FUNCtion button also serves as the Delete button in playback. Below that is the Metering mode button (JUMP button in playback). The "S"hortcut button can be set to quickly change (resolution, movie framerate, ISO, white balance, photo effect, My Colors, Image Stabilizer, AE or AF lock or display-off time.) The DISPLAY button selects the EVF or LCD and controls the amount of info displayed on the screen.

The 4-way selector is used for changing settings, navigating menus and selecting images in playback mode. In A/S/M modes it sets shutter speed and aperture values. The SET button accepts menu selections and in record mode it lets you move the AF focus point. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.



Canon Powershot S2 IS Canon Powershot S2 IS

On the right side is the 7.4v DC INput jack for the optional AC adapter and the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data port. On the left side is the internal speaker and the A/V Output, video is selectable for NTSC or PAL, the audio is stereo.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Unlike last year's S1 model, the S2 stores images on Secure Digital (SD) cards instead of the larger CF cards. More and more digital cameras are using the smaller SD cards and we've seen their capacities grow to 2GB currently. SD pricing and data throughput speed in now equal to the CF cards.

Canon includes a 16MB SD card but you'll be happier with at least a 256MB sized card and you'll want a high-speed 1GB SD card if you plan on recording a lot of VGA-sized movies. See the tables below for capacity of 16MB, 128MB and 512MB cards.


Storage Capacity 16MB SD Card (supplied)

Still Image Large
2592 x 1944 pixels
Superfine 5
Fine 9
Normal 19
Medium1
2048 x 1536 pixels
Superfine 8
Fine 15
Normal 30
Medium2
1600 x 1200 pixels
Superfine 13
Fine 24
Normal 46
Small
640 x 480 pixels
Superfine 52
Fine 80
Normal 127
Movie 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec. 6 sec.
640 x 480 pixels, 15 frames/sec. 13 sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. 19 sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 15 frames/sec. 35 sec.




Storage Capacity 128MB and 512MB SD Card (optional)

128MB
SDC-128M
512MB
SDC-512MSH
Still Image Large
2592 x 1944 pixels
Superfine 49 190
Fine 87 339
Normal 173 671
Medium1
2048 x 1536 pixels
Superfine 76 295
Fine 136 529
Normal 269* 1041
Medium2
1600 x 1200 pixels
Superfine 121 471
Fine 217 839
Normal 411 1590
Small
640 x 480 pixels
Superfine 460 1777
Fine 711 2747
Normal 1118 4317
Movie 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec. 62 sec.** 237 sec.
640 x 480 pixels, 15 frames/sec. 121 sec. 450 sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. 173 sec. 629 sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 15 frames/sec. 312 sec. 1078 sec.




Canon Powershot S2 IS

The S2 is powered by four standard AA type batteries, Canon supplies alkalines but we recommend high-capacity NiMH rechargeble AA batteries. Rechargeable batteries save you money and can be reused hundreds of times.

Canon estimates that the approx. battery life with alkalines is 130 shots using either the EVF or LCD and a total of 800 minutes of playback time. Using 2300mAh NiMH batteries you can expect approx. 550 shots with the LCD or 570 shots using the EVF and a total of 900 minutes of playback time.





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