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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital camera with built-in flash and 12x Optical / 4x Digital / 48x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device
Type 5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 5.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 6.0 - 72.0mm f/2.7-3.5 (35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-Infinity (W), 3.0 ft./90cm-Infinity (T)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm
Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Optical Viewfinder 0.33 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
LCD Monitor 1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with variable-angle function
LCD Pixels Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) - 3.5 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/3200 sec.; Slow shutter speed of 15-1.3 sec. is only available in select modes.
Exposure Control
Sensitivity AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot** Metering frame with Spot Mode is center-fixed.
Exposure Control Method Program AE, Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, ManualAE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in Flash Operation Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction ON/OFF
Flash Range Normal: 2.3-17.1 ft./0.7-5.2m (W), 2.3-13.1 ft./0.7-4.0m (T)
Macro: 1.0 ft.-2.3 ft./0.3-0.7m (when sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
Recycling Time Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto; Creative zone: P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot), Stitch Assist, Movie, My Colors
Photo Effects Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec., approx. 10 sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting High-speed: approx. 2.4 shots/sec.
Normal: approx. 1.5 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Image Storage
Storage Media SD Memory Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
Image Recording Format Normal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG;
Audio data: WAVE (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 2,592 x 1,944 (Large), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 1), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480 (VGA Fine/VGA), 320 x 240 (QVGA)
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File Single, Index (9 thumbnail images), Slide show, Magnification (approx. 2 to 10x), Jump, Movie
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: Single image, All images
Movie: Part of movie, All of movie
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B PTP)
Video Out NTSC, PAL
Audio Out Stereo
Other SD memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP Printers and PIXMA Photo Printers via camera's USB cable (no computer required) or PictBridge compatible printers.
Power Supply
Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
2. AA-size NiMH Battery (x4)
3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 130 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 550 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery)
*1Movie: approx. 210 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 300 min. (AA-size NiMH Battery) *1
Playback Time Approx. 800 min. (AA-size Alkaline Batteries), approx. 900 min. (AA-size NiMH Batteries)*

*Under Canon's standard conditions.
*1 With fully charged battery
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature 32-104° F/0-40° C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
(W x H x D)
4.45 x 3.07 x 2.97 in. / 113.0 x 78.0 x 75.5mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 14.3 oz./405g (camera body only)

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