Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Canon released an interesting new digicam today (04/22/05). The Canon Powershot S2 IS has a number of innovative features:
- f/2.7(W)-f/3.5(T) image stabilized 6.0-72.0mm 12x zoom lens (36-432mm
- Continuous IS, Panning IS and a new
"Shoot Only" IS mode that is only active during exposure while shooting still
- maximum shutter speed of 1/3200 second and can capture still photos
continuously at rates up to 2.4 fps
- 16-bit stereo audio recording at sampling
rates adjustable up to 44 kHz
- Movie mode VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). Individual movie clips can
last as long as 60 minutes or produce file sizes up to 1GB on an SD media card
- MovieSnap feature makes it possible to capture still images at resolutions up to five
megapixels while recording movies
The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera will be available in June for an estimated
street price of $499.99.|
Here's a copy of the Canon Press Release:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 22, 2005 Family
vacations. Weddings. Sporting events. Baby's first steps. Just hanging around. Canon's new
five megapixel PowerShot S2 IS digital camera allows consumers from the novice to the
photo enthusiast the ability to capture high quality still images and movie clips of
life's most significant events.
"Canon leads the photo industry. Our convergent digital imaging technologies allow
consumers to enjoy both high quality photos and video in one portable imaging
device," stated Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the
consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc, a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ).
"The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera combines exceptional ease-of-use, functionality
and image quality in a lightweight package."
"Digital cameras with movie capabilities have the highest penetration and primary
usage rate compared to other types of capture devices," said Mike Wolf, Director of
Digital Photography research at InfoTrends CAP Ventures. "The top reasons consumers
use these digital camera hybrids are ease-of-use, compatibility and ability to share video
clips through email," said Wolf. "The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera addresses
these issues and more by fulfilling the demands for both still image photography and movie
Say Cheese Photo Features
The five megapixel Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera provides users with the high quality
resolution, color and low noise that consumers have come to expect from Canon. The
camera's fast f/2.7(W)-f/3.5(T) image stabilized 6.0-72.0mm 12x zoom lens (36-432mm
equivalent) makes tack-sharp long telephoto shooting positively practical. When the
optical zoom is augmented with the camera's 4x digital zoom, the maximum focal length
effectively becomes equivalent to a 1728mm lens on a 35mm camera. Despite its extensive
optical range, the lens is ultra-compact and retracts securely into the camera when it is
powered down. In addition, there are two levels of close-up shooting, Macro and Super
Macro. Super Macro mode enables extreme close-up shooting to 0 cm from the end of lens
barrel, for creative shooting great for shooting flowers to use in scrapbooks, on
invitations and more.
High Definition 12x Optical Zoom Lens With Image Stabilizer
Canon used its unrivalled optical expertise to produce an ultra-compact 12x zoom lens that
features 11 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical surface and one ultra-low
dispersion glass (UD) element. The UD element is particularly effective at reducing
chromatic aberration when the lens is zoomed out to its maximum telephoto range for
enhanced sharpness and color fidelity.
What Next Print Features
You've taken the picture, reviewed it, like it and can not wait to print it out. What
next? Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital
camera by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without
the need for a personal computer. Simply connect the S2 IS directly to a Canon Compact or
Canon Direct Photo Printer, as well as PictBridge compatible printer and press the blue
lighted Print/Share button on the back of the Canon S2 IS and you are printing. True one touch
printing it is really that simple. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Compact
Photo Printers and acclaimed Canon Direct Photo Printers, the camera is also PictBridge
compatible, an industry standard that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other
brands of PictBridge compatible printers
The camera's compact ergonomic design includes strategically placed controls for
convenient telephoto and movie shooting, plus a large rubberized grip, which makes holding
the camera easy, well balanced and secure. The grip even includes a soft back and bottom
to maximize comfort during long periods of shooting. The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera
also features a variable-angle 1.8 inch LCD screen. By positioning the vari-angle LCD
monitor appropriately, the user is free to compose shots, even self portraits, without
having to move or twist into uncomfortable positions.
Stay Right There
Are shaky hands a problem? Do pictures never come out the way they ought to look? With
Canon's optical Image Stabilization technology, users have the flexibility of actually
shooting at shutter speeds two stops lower than would otherwise be possible. The PowerShot
S2 IS digital camera is also the first PowerShot digital camera with multi-mode Image
Stabilization users can choose between Continuous IS, Panning IS and a new
"Shoot Only" IS mode that is only active during exposure while shooting still
Versatile Exposure Modes and More
Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera users will enjoy the flexibility of a full array of
exposure control settings similar to SLR models, including Program, Shutter and
Aperture-priority AE modes, and Manual Mode. In addition, there are 18 Shooting Modes
including six Special Scene Modes, which are Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor and
Night Snapshots, for optimum results in certain shooting situations. The Canon PowerShot S2 IS
digital camera has a maximum shutter speed of 1/3200 second and can capture still photos
continuously at rates up to 2.4 fps
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh Fast Focus And Zoom
Did you ever attend wedding, try to sneak a picture of the bride and groom after the
ceremony started and the sound of your camera gave you away? Not anymore with Canon's
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) technology. The silence of the USM is particularly beneficial in
the PowerShot S2 IS digital camera's movie mode to preserve and enhance the quality of
The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera keeps data compression rates low, so movies record at
high quality with VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). Individual movie clips can
last as long as 60 minutes or produce file sizes up to 1GB on an SD media card. What's
more, powerful features such as optical and digital zooming, manual focus, Photo Effects
and My Colors are available for greater freedom and flexibility while shooting movies.
What Did You Say?
That question will never be asked again with the Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera's stereo
sound capabilities. The new camera is equipped with 16-bit audio recording at sampling
rates adjustable up to 44 kHz. Microphone recording levels are adjustable in 5 steps, as
well as built-in wind filter to minimize extraneous sound. Now Mom will not miss baby's
first words while she is at work or running an errand. Additionally, the camera can be
used for recording lectures, dictation.
MovieSnap Never Miss Another Photo Opportunity While Shooting Your Movies
Have you ever missed a defining moment in your child's life because you had to switch from
video to still or vice versa? Not anymore! Now with the Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera's
new MovieSnap feature it is possible to capture still images at resolutions up to five
megapixels while recording movies. The MovieSnap feature provides consumers with the
luxury of "preserving the memory as a movie," while capturing high quality 5MP
stills of the defining moments. For instance, a father can record his daughter's dance
recital and take quality still photos while in movie mode, or record movies of his son's
first steps while capturing a still image of his first fall. Regardless of mode dial
position or whether the camera is in shooting or playback mode, the PowerShot S2 IS
digital camera automatically starts or stops recording movies simply by pushing a button
on the back of the camera.
Other Movie Enhancements
In addition to the 30 fps VGA movie mode, S2 IS camera users can also shoot VGA movies at
15 fps to reduce file sizes and increase recording time. For maximum recording times,
resolution can be reduced to QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) at framing rates of 15 or 30 fps. The
PowerShot S2 IS digital camera features a five-mode slow motion replay function, as well
as an in-camera editing that lets users chop unwanted footage from the beginning or end of
a movie clip.
DIGIC® II Hi-Speed USB 2.0
True to the tradition of all PowerShot digital cameras, the Canon PowerShot S2 IS model has the
latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II Imaging Processor.
DIGIC II enhances picture definition, crisp vibrant colors and quality, while helping
increase the speed of the cameras' startup, autofocus, shutter response and playback as
well as the image processing speed. The pace of image transfer is accelerated with the
inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no
increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.
My Colors Function
Now even the most casual picture-taker can easily opt for verdant valleys of greener
greens, juicy apples of redder red, skies and seas of bluer blue and even add or reduce a
little tan to the skin tone as they are shooting. Whether the desired effect is to make
the color "more real" or surreal, these digital dynamos are capable of capturing
and saving both the original still image and the enhanced color versions as separate files
on the camera's SD memory card.
Convenience of AA Batteries
For all of its features, versatility and capabilities, the camera is powered by four
easily accessible AA batteries and accepts either Alkaline (disposable) batteries or
rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Alkaline batteries are rated for
approximately 130 shots before they need to be replaced, while Canon NiMH (Nickel Metal
Hydride NB4-200 AA-size batteries) provide peak performance and approximately 550 shots on
a single charge.**
To enhance its flexibility, the Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera is compatible with several
optional accessories, including wide-angle, telephoto and close-up supplementary lenses.
The S2 IS digital camera is also compatible with the Canon High-Power HF-DC1 auxiliary
flash unit, which increases flash range up to 23 feet.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera is supplied with a neck strap and interface cables for
USB and stereo/video, as well as a 16MB SD memory card, powerful software, and user
manuals. The PowerShot S2 IS digital camera will be available in June for an estimated
street price of $499.99*.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging
solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in
America, and is ranked #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands."
Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking
third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of $33.3 billion. For more
information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
© Copyright Bob Atkins All Rights Reserved
|The Canon Powershot S2 IS looks like very interesting integration of still and video. It sacrifices nothing in the still department (5MP, 12x zoom, IS), but offers quite a lot of video functionality (VGA at 30fps with stereo sound).|
Where to Buy?
Amazon.com are taking pre-orders now and expect to ship as soon as the Powershot S2 IS is released (expected to be arounf the end of June). The price is $499.99 (free shipping is avialble).