Canon Powershot S2 IS Review
Features & Controls (cont.)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Storage Capacity 128MB and 512MB SD Card (optional)
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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