CNET Asia’s Damian Koh has recently posted a preview of the Canon PowerShot S3 IS, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 12x Optical Zoom lens (36 – 432mm equivalent) with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, and a 2.0″ Vari-Angle LCD screen.
“Noise levels were relatively contained though, at ISO 400 and ISO 800, our pictures were rendered practically useless, especially at the maximum sensitivity level. We particularly liked the Super Macro mode on the S3 IS which allowed us to get as close as 0cm to our subject.
Overall, the camera took well-exposed pictures with good color reproduction. Purple fringing wasn’t an issue in most of our frames as well, although there were the occasional clippings in the highlights and shadows which shouldn’t affect general photography users.”