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    Canon Powershot S1 IS
    Author: Talon
    Date Posted:14/11/2004 10:50.34
    SLRating: SLRating: 7.5/10
    Bottom Line: Image Stabilization is useful, and the swivel LCD is convenient. A stylish design and 10x USM lens make for a great family camera. However, noise at high shutter speeds and at ISO 400, plus some focusing issues keep the S1 from reaching its full potential.

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    Functionality – The Good

    The S1 has many features common to most prosumer digital cameras, such as an electronic viewfinder, advanced metering capabilities, and a relatively quiet zoom. The last of these is the product of Canon’s USM--or ultrasonic motor--technology, which powers the zoom lens without giving off too much unwanted noise.

    Another notable feature of the S1 is its 270-degree-swivel-LCD. It swivels on two axes and can be tilted to the photographer’s preference. This is useful for a variety of reasons. Flip the LCD out and rotate it, and now you can frame a quick self-portrait. Taking a photo of something out of your immediate view? Just swivel the LCD and you can photograph above a large crowd. Swivel it the opposite direction and you can photograph the underside of your car, without getting on the ground and craning your neck. And when you want to protect your LCD from damage, just flip it back around and dock it in back of the camera.

    The video below shows the electronic viewfinder and illustrates the swivel motion of the LCD.

    View The Movie

    The most important feature of the S1 obviously lies with its anti-shake function. It is toggled by a button located on the side of the lens and works well to eliminate camera shake in both picture and movie shooting modes.

    However, the image stabilization is somewhat compromised in low-light situations, an area which Minolta’s anti-shake technology still prevails.

    To demonstrate this feature, I shot two video clips; one with and one without antishake. I did this at full 10x zoom while gripping the camera with only one hand to pronounce the shake.

    Without Antishake

    With Antishake

    As you have probably already guessed, the first movie was shot without image stabilization, and the second with. The difference, as you can see, is a big one.

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    1. Introduction
    2. PowerShot S1 IS Kit Contents
    3. Official Specifications
    4. Design
    5. Layout
    6. Functionality – The Good
    7. Functionality – The bad
    8. Conclusion

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