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Ed M Feb 9, 2004 6:57 AM

Canon S1 IS

Another new model! :P

naz4viper Feb 10, 2004 12:14 AM

dammit!!! i've been waiting for a camera like this on the canon line..

too bad i just bought myself the panasonic dmc-fz1 :(

well, i'll use that for now and wait until reviews start coming in for the S1.

guild Feb 10, 2004 2:34 AM

macro mode of 10cm???

does look like a 'roundish' version of the G3... except with better zoom, slower lens (than G3), 0.3" smaller of a LCD screen, and uses 4x AA batteries rather than Li-ion.

looks like the ideal camera for starters.

hotdog Feb 10, 2004 7:38 AM

re s1
but which one going to be the best seller of the spring canons s1 with 3.2 mill or minoltas new z2 with 4 mill pixels???? what would you pick? my moneys on the z2

Torb Feb 11, 2004 4:44 AM

I have heard that there is no hot shoe on the Canon S1 IS!
What reason could Canon have to make an advanced and expensiv camera for outdoor use only (unless you do not mind red eyes)?

ScaryFast Feb 11, 2004 4:24 PM

there are ways to get rid of red eye that don't involve a seperate flash. My boss demonstrated to someone once that you can help just by holding the camera up above and shooting down at someone instead of shooting at eye level to help. not far above, mind you, just a little. the angle supposedly helps, but I haven't tried it myself.

I'm sure that you can also tell people not to look right at the lense, which might help. I have one friend who consistently has red-eye with all cameras I've used to shoot him, and it's probably because he stares right at the lense. Most of my other friends don't have the red eye problem.

I have the Canon A80 now and will probably get the S1 when it's available.

Torb Feb 13, 2004 9:08 AM

I will wait for the upgraded version "S2" which hopefully will have a hot shoe and perhaps 4 Megapixel CCD. In the hot shoe I will put a Soligor DG-340 DZ with AF illumination. This flash is made for Canon cameras.

I do want to be able to take god indoor pictures.

sjm817 Feb 14, 2004 5:17 PM

I agree on the lack of a hot shoe. Very disappointing. I've had plenty of red eye shots when the subject was not looking at the camera.

Normcar Feb 15, 2004 1:35 AM

Please refer to the following string for a suggestion on the red eye issue:

Ching Feb 15, 2004 4:33 AM

S1 looks great
I would prefer it to be 4 megapixel, but since the difference is very little I might as well get this on April instead of waiting for the S2 which is not sure to be coming out.

I don't need the hotshoe, and what makes me want this is the IS for the long zoom and the AA battery and also the use of CF card that I already have.

I wonder if this performs well in low light situation without the use of a tripod.


Bloodstrike Feb 15, 2004 3:38 PM

I'm so excited. Finely a Canon digicam with large zoom with image stabilizer. But there are a few things I don't like. No AF Assist lamp (why are all large zooms missing this). Less impressive macro mode (10cm).

If I'm going to buy the s1, I'll also buy a lens adapter and coupling ring. To attache a 50mm F1.4 reversed on the s1 for those super-macro photo's. Who has experience with reversing a lens on a digicam?

I also don't like the wide-agle on the S1 (38 - 380 mm equiv.).
I don't need a external flash but it is always nice to have that option. I'm guessing the red-eye will be less with the S1 because of the flip-up flash.

3mpixels is enough for me. At least it's not 2 mpixels.

Reason to buy a Canon S1 IS is because, my Powershot a40 doesn't allow me to take a picture of a frog without scaring the frog.

sjm817 Feb 15, 2004 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by Normcar
Please refer to the following string for a suggestion on the red eye issue:

Thanks for the advice. Most people are aware that red eye can be fixed, but dont want to have to deal with it.

Here is an example: Last Christmas, I took a bunch of shots of the Christmas pageant at Church. Most shots had ~ 5 kids in them. All had red eye problems. I had about 40 pics in all. 40 pics x 5 kids x 2 eyes = 400 red eyes to fix. No thanks. I'd rather use an external flash, and not have that much post processing work.

Bloodstrike Feb 19, 2004 3:19 AM

I also noticed there is no Slow sync mode on the Powershot S1 IS.

- Operation Modes Auto, Red-Eye Reduction ON/ OFF
- Flash Range 1.0 – 4.2m/ 3.3 – 14 ft., 1.0 – 3.8m/ 3.3 – 12 ft.
- (When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
- Recycling Time Approx. 12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
- Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 stop in 1/3-stop increments

tapanakara Feb 19, 2004 9:28 PM

Does anyone knows if the image stabilization makes a big difference?

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