Canon PowerShot S1 IS Brief Review


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  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical zoom/3.2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2004-02-10
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot S1 IS
3.2 megapixels (effective); 10x optical zoom/3.2x digital zoom; auto and manual focus; program and manual exposure; JPEG file format; ISO range 50-400; 4 AA batteries; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S1IS has since been replaced by the SX210IS.  Here's what we said about the S1 when it was released:

Featuring a 10x optical zoom, the 3-megapixel Canon PowerShot S1 IS is the only Canon camera to offer extended zoom capability. The S1 is also the only PowerShot model to have an optical image stabilizer (hence the "IS" in the name), which substantially reduces camera shake in both still images and movies. Unveiled at the 2004 Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas, the Canon S1 is one of seven new PowerShot cameras announced by Canon in early February, 2004.

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