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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1960 reviews of Canon PowerShot S2 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the viewfinder. The connectivity and sensor get critical views.

usability, performance, image quality, price, zoom

reliability, sensor, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S2 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S2 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S2 IS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the battery and price are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the energy efficiency and shutter.

zoom, performance, usability, price, battery

reliability, size, shutter, energy

93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S2 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1410 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S2 IS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the portability and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical views about the sensor and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, performance, image quality, price, portability

reliability, sensor

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Doug Harman (pocket-lint.com)

Canon Powershot S2 IS digital camera

 

In the super- or ultra-zoom marketplace, things have changed dramatically since the S2's predecessor, the S1, was launched around 18-months ago. Competition from Olympus, Sony, Konica Minolta and Panasonic means the S2 has its work cut out. Happily,...

Great specification and handling for the price, 3-mode image stabilisation, good performance and good focal length range plus VGA video with stereo sound. Astonishing ‘0-cm’ super macro mode

Screen hard to use in bright, direct light and at 1.8-inches, it seems small by today’s standards; some AF hunting in low light with accompanying minor focus issues

The Canon Powershot S2 IS provides a superb range of features and great handling abilities in a relatively small package and gives more than adequate results at a resolution that is ample for prints up to and over A3 in size. Even with Canon's recently...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Canon Powershot S2 IS

 

All in all the Canon Powershot S2 IS is an impressive package. As well as its 12x optical zoom it comes packed with features. It is one of the more expensive cameras of its type and you will need to spend time getting to know the camera well to be able...

Any digital camera with this number of features is not going to be the most straightforward and easiest to use. I have to say that I think Canon have a tendency to overcomplicate their digital cameras, but don't let that put you off. It is well worth...

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Canon Powershot S2iS

 

As with all the cameras that Canon make the Powershot S2iS is really well built, has comfortable controls and easy to navigate menus. The image quality is also excellent, with sharp and vivd colours. For amateurs and experts alike the S2iS has shown parti

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Review of the Canon PowerShot S2 IS - Digital SLR Reviews

 

For £11 less than the original selling price of the S1-IS, the S2-IS gives you a 12x zoom rather than a 10x optical zoom

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

If you want a carry-around camera capable of handling a wide range of tasks, including good-quality video, the S2IS is well worth a look.

Big zoom, great optical image stabilisation, strong movie mode; extensive set of photographic features

You'll need to buy some rechargeable batteries

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

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Great photos; relatively quick; plenty of features; large LCD.

Awkward zoom control; slightly cramped buttons; no optical viewfinder.

The Canon PowerShot SD630 shoehorns a relatively broad set of features, solid performance, and great image quality into an attractive ultracompact package.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Canon PowerShot S2IS Test Report

 

This is Canon's only model with an optical image stabilizer--rare on a still camera--but its battery life rates at the bottom

Optical image stabilization

Very low battery life

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Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot S2 IS review

 

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Excellent feature set; one-touch high-quality movie mode; decent performance and image quality.

Average burst-shooting performance; some image artifacts.

An excellent feature set and improved performance make the Canon PowerShot S2 IS megazoom camera even more attractive than its predecessor.

Jul, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

 

Great picture quality. Wide variety of scene modes. Good image stabilization. 12X optical zoom.

Very slow recycle time. Small LCD. Poor electronic viewfinder.

The PowerShot S2 IS boasts good picture quality, but the small LCD and poor electronic viewfinder make it problematic for use in bright light.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review

 

Almost as soon as it was announced in February 2004, the PowerShot S1 IS - Canon's long-awaited successor to the Pro 90 - made its way into dpreview's top 5 cameras (based on visitor clicks), a position it held for the best part of a year, despite...

Good resolution New 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range Packed with features Image stabilization works really well (and can be used in movie mode) Very quiet Fast and responsive (faster focus than S1 IS) Stunning movie mode with high quality...

Occasional focus errors - especially at the telephoto end of the zoom in low light Fairly noisy above ISO200 No rechargeable batteries supplied in the box Viewfinder and screen can be difficult to see in very bright conditions Images slightly soft and...

In an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace Canon had to make the successor to the S1 IS something more than a mere upgrade, and no one can deny they did just that, bringing improvements to virtually every aspect of the camera's performance....

Jun, 2005

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