Canon Powershot S2IS
Canon - 5 megapixel - Standard SD - 12 x optical zoom - ISO 400 - Pop-up Flash - 14.3 ounce - Electronic Viewfinder
With a wide to super telephoto 12x optical zoom lens and both exceptional digital camera and video functionality, the PowerShot S2 IS gives you the freedom to capture every scene, any way you want. With Optical Image Stabilizer (IS), Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and a UD lens element, the PowerShot S2 IS's 12x optical zoom is no ordinary lens. Optical IS works to counteract camera shake - even at full zoom and in low light conditions - for ultra sharp photos and movies. USM provides super responsi... Read more [ Report abuse or wrong photo | Share your Canon Powershot S2IS photo ]
Canon Powershot S2IS Digital Camera, size: 3.4 MB
Canon Powershot S2IS
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
User reviews and opinions
|nisbus||2:58pm on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010|
|We actually own the Canon Powershot S2 - bought off Amazon Marketplace. I bought my canon S2 IS about 3 years ago when it was the biggest tele zoom on the market(at least in the smaller body). I bout it over the Kodak.|
|mave1st||1:32am on Thursday, August 26th, 2010|
|Do not purchase this camera I loved this camera when I first purchased it after searching far and wide for the best point and shoot. Canon Powershot S2 IS Digital Camera: know potential issues & DIY solutions Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.|
|tortadon||5:17pm on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010|
|Greetings, reader! Super Ergonomic design and ease of operation, great zoom and lenses, plenty of automatic and manual settings. After buying this camera last April, I was immediately sstonished at the quality and ease of use.|
|Lomonik||8:32am on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010|
|This camera is a work horse. Takes good pictures, not incredible, but definately good enough for its price range. 1year no problem except ghost spot while shooting video. I was using a Powershot-A70 before getting the S2. If you are looking for a point and shoot camera.|
|dhirenb||1:41pm on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010|
|Canon PowerShot S2 I was pleaantly surprised at some of the assecaries that I got with the camera such as additional lense extensions and filters.|
|oomatic||12:10pm on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010|
|After 2 years and out of warranty of course, I was taking apicture and all of a sudden it went to the black screen of death with an error code of E18.|
|kairen||7:18am on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010|
|The manually operated flash on this camera is an advantage - it means I can choose whether I want a flash or not. I found the controls fine and not at all confusing.|
|MJong||7:49pm on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010|
|Very nice camera. Response time for start up and shutter release are both very good. The lens cap is almost useless. I bought this camera because I was going to be studying abroad in Germany for the year and I wanted a digital camera so that I could rapidly post pict... Full featured camera. Manual control if needed.|
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Do not allow the equipment to come into contact with, or become immersed in, water or other liquids. Do not allow liquids to enter the interior. The camera has not been waterproofed. If the exterior comes into contact with liquids or salt air, wipe it dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. In the event that water or other foreign substances enter the interior, immediately turn the camera's power off and remove the batteries or unplug the power cord from the power outlet. Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical shock. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk. Do not use substances containing alcohol, benzene, thinners or other flammable substances to clean or maintain the equipment. The use of these substances may lead to fire. Remove the power cord on a regular periodic basis and wipe away the dust and dirt that collects on the plug, the exterior of the power outlet and the surrounding area. In dusty, humid or greasy environments, the dust that collects around the plug over long periods of time may become saturated with humidity and short-circuit, leading to fire. Do not cut, damage, alter or place heavy items on the power cord. Any of these actions may cause an electrical short circuit, which may lead to fire or electrical shock. Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet. Handling it with wet hands may lead to electrical shock. When unplugging the cable, ensure that you hold the solid portion of the plug. Pulling on the flexible portion of the cable may damage or exposure the wire and insulation, creating the potential for fires or electrical shocks. Use only recommended power accessories. Use of power sources not expressly recommended for this equipment may lead to overheating, distortion of the equipment, fire, electrical shock or other hazards. Do not place the batteries near a heat source or expose them to direct flame or heat. Neither should you immerse it in water. Such exposure may damage the battery and lead to the leakage of corrosive liquids, fire, electrical shock, explosion or serious injury. Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the batteries. There is serious risk of injury due to an explosion. Immediately flush with water any area of the body, including the eyes and mouth, or clothing that comes into contact with the inner contents of a battery. Avoid dropping or subjecting the batteries to severe impacts that could damage the casings. It could lead to leakage and injury. Do not short-circuit the battery terminals with metallic objects, such as key holders. It could lead to overheating, burns and other injuries. Before you discard a battery, cover the terminals with tape or other insulators to prevent direct contact with other objects. Contact with the metallic components of other materials in waste containers may lead to fire or explosions. Use only recommended batteries and accessories. Use of batteries not expressly recommended for this equipment may cause explosions or leaks, resulting in fire, injury and damage to the surroundings.
When the indicator blinks red, the camera is writing, reading, erasing or transmitting an image to or from the card. During this time, do not do any of the following, it could corrupt the image or audio data. - Subject the camera body to vibration or shocks. - Turn the camera's power off, or open the memory card slot cover. Please note that memory cards formatted with other manufacturers' cameras or a computer, or formatted or edited with application programs, may slow down writing to the memory card or may not operate correctly in the camera. You are recommended to use memory cards that have been formatted in your camera (p. 20). The card supplied with the camera may be used without further formatting. Memory Cards and Estimated Capacities (Recordable Images) (p. 170)
Formatting a Memory Card
You should always format a new memory card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data. Please note that formatting (initializing) a memory card erases all data, including protected images and other file types.
Turn the power on.
Press the MENU button and use the button on the omni selector to select the [ (Setup)] menu.
The [ (Setup)] menu appears.
Use the or button on the omni selector to select [Format], then press the SET button.
Use the or button on the omni selector to select [OK], then press the SET button.
The indicator blinks red and formatting starts. Wait until the indicator goes off. Normal formatting begins. Indicator To perform a low level format, use the or button to select [Low Level Format] and the or button to add a check mark. To cancel instead of formatting, select [Cancel] and press the SET/ button. If [Low Level Format] is selected, you can stop formatting partway by pressing the SET/ button. You can still use the memory card without problem even if Appears when only audio formatting was halted partway. data (p. 117) is present. The capacity of the memory card displayed after formatting will be less than the rated capacity of the memory card. This is not a malfunction of the memory card or camera.
Press the MENU button.
When is displayed, only audio data remains. Confirm carefully before erasing.
Low Level Format You should select the Low Level Format option if you suspect the read/ write speed of a Memory card has dropped or if you wish to completely erase its data. A low level format may require 2 to 3 minutes with some memory cards. If the camera does not work properly, the inserted memory card may be malfunctioning. Reformatting the SD card may solve the problem. When a non-Canon brand memory card is malfunctioning, reformatting it may solve the problem. Memory cards formatted in other cameras, computers, or peripheral devices may not operate correctly in this camera. When that happens, reformat the SD card with this camera. If formatting in the camera does not work properly, turn the camera off and re-insert the memory card. Then turn the camera back on and format again.
Memory Card Handling Precautions Memory cards are high-precision electronic devices. Do not bend them, apply force to them, or subject them to shocks or vibration. Do not attempt to disassemble or alter the memory card. Do not allow dirt, water or foreign objects to contact the terminals on the back of the card. Do not touch the terminals with your hands or metal objects. Do not peel away the original label on the SD card or cover it with another label or sticker. When writing on the memory card, use a soft point pen (e.g. felt-tip pen). Using a sharp point pen (e.g. ball-point pen) or pencil may damage the SD card or corrupt the recorded data. Since some or all of the data recorded on the memory card may be corrupted or erased by electrical noise, static electricity or card malfunction, making a backup copy of important data is recommended. Moving a memory card rapidly between temperature extremes will cause condensation to form in the card and lead to a malfunction. To avoid condensation, place the memory card in a sealed plastic bag before moving it into a different temperature zone and allow it to adjust slowly to the new temperature. If condensation forms on the memory card, store it at room temperature until the water droplets have evaporated naturally. Do not use or store memory cards in the following locations. - Locations subject to dust or sand - Locations subject to high humidity and high temperatures Precaution for Multi Media Cards
This camera is designed to perform optimally when used with genuine Canon-brand SD cards. You may use multi media cards with this camera. However, Canon makes no warranties concerning the use of multi media cards.
Turning the Power On/Off
The power/mode indicator remains lit while the power of the camera is on. The power/mode indicator indicates the state of the camera as follows. Orange: Shooting mode Green: Playback mode/Printer connection mode* Yellow: Computer connection mode* Off: The power of the camera is off.
* For printer connection mode, see the Direct Print User Guide. For computer connection mode, see the Software Starter Guide.
Turn the mode lever to (Shooting) or (Playback) while pressing the release button.
Use the or button on the omni selector to select [Date/Time], then press the SET button.
Sets the date and time and the date format.
Use the or button on the omni selector to select the item you wish to set and set its value using the or button on the omni selector. The date can be set up to the year 2037.
Check that the date and time display correctly, press the SET button and press the MENU button.
Setting the Language
In Playback mode, you can change the language by holding the SET button while you press the JUMP button. This operation cannot be performed during movie playback, in the jump search mode (p. 46) or while connected to a separately sold printer.
Use the or button on the omni selector to select [Language], then press the SET button.
Use the , , or button on the omni selector to select a language, then press the SET button.
Using the Viewfinder and the LCD Monitor
Pressing the DISP. button switches the display mode. Also, closing the LCD monitor causes the viewfinder to display.
: Press the DISP. button.
LCD Monitor Display (No Information) (p. 29)
LCD Monitor Display (Information View) (p. 29)
Viewfinder Display (No Information) (p. 29)
Viewfinder Display (Information View) (p. 29)
when the LCD monitor is open when the LCD monitor is closed
No Information (p. 30) Standard Display (p. 30) Detailed Display (p. 30)
Single Image Playback Index playback
Histogram (p. 32)
Using the LCD Monitor
The LCD monitor can be opened to the following range of positions. Opened from left to right 180 degrees. Tilted forward 180 degrees toward the lens or backward 90 degrees.
When the LCD monitor is opened left 180 degrees and tilted 180 degrees toward the lens, the displayed image is automatically flipped and reversed (the Reverse Display function) so that it appears correctly from in front of the lens (p. 77).
Fold the LCD monitor back against the camera body until it clicks into place.
If it is not fully closed, the image will appear reversed.
Always keep the LCD monitor closed to protect it when the camera is not in use.
Using the Viewfinder
Resolution/Frame Rate, Movie ( ) p. 38
ISO Speed (
Photo Effect (
( ) items in parentheses show default settings.
Exit the function.
Shoot the image.
Selecting Settings by Pressing the MENU Button
Press the MENU button. Press the or button to switch between menu tabs. Press the or button to select a menu item. (Depending on the function, press the SET or button after making a selection.) Press the or button to select setting contents. (Depending on the function, press the SET button after making a selection.) Press the MENU button. Shoot the image if in Shooting mode.
Rec. Menu/ Play Menu
Set up Menu
My Camera Menu
(Close the menu.) In Shooting mode, the menu can be closed by pressing the shutter button halfway. (In Playback mode, the menu closes when the shutter button is pressed halfway and the camera switches to shooting mode.) Pressing the Movie button returns to shooting mode and also closes the menu.
(p. 76) My Camera Menu Play Menu
(p. 127) (p. 78)
Some menu items may not be available for selection according to the shooting mode (p. 184). You can apply a desired image and sound to and in the My Camera menu. For details, see Registering the My Camera Settings (p. 128) or the Software Starter Guide. Camera settings can be reset to the default values (p. 81).
Menu Item Flash Sync Slow Synchro Available Settings Sets the timing at which the flash fires. 1st-curtain*/2nd-curtain Sets whether or not the flash will fire with a slow shutter speed. On/Off* Sets whether or not the flash is adjusted automatically. Auto*/Manual Sets whether or not the red-eye reduction lamp fires when the flash fires. On*/Off Reference Page p. 107
Flash Adjust Red-eye
Cont. Shooting For continuous shooting, select whether you want to view images, or use high-speed shooting without viewing on the LCD monitor. (Standard Continuous Mode)* / (High-Speed Continuous Mode) Self-timer Sets the duration before the self-timer releases the shutter once the shutter button is pressed. (10 sec.)* / (2 sec.) / (Custom)
Spot AE Point Sets the option of [Spot AE Point] (one of the metering modes) to Center (the AE point is fixed to the center) or AE Point (the AE point corresponds to the AF point). Center*/AF Point MF-Point Zoom Sets whether or not the focusing point is magnified when using the manual focus. On*/Off
Shutter Sound Sets the sound played when the shutter button is pressed. The shutter sound does not play when a movie is recording. My Camera Menu Contents * Default setting (Off)/ */ /
Resetting Settings to Their Default Values
You can reset the menu and button settings to the default settings in one operation.
Turn the mode lever to
to power up the camera.
Press and hold the MENU button for more than 5 seconds.
The message "Reset settings to default?" appears on the LCD monitor (or viewfinder).
Use the button.
button to select [OK], then press the SET
Resetting starts. The normal screen resumes when resetting is complete. To cancel resetting, select [Cancel] instead of [OK].
The following settings cannot be reset to default: - [Date/Time], [Language] in the [ (Set up)] menu - Colors specified in the Color Accent or Color Swap modes Mode Settings - White balance data set with the custom white balance function (p. 91) - Newly registered My Camera settings Settings cannot be reset when the camera is connected to a computer or printer. When the camera is in Shooting mode and the mode dial is set to only the mode settings revert to defaults. ,
Registering Settings to the Shortcut Button
One frequently used function can be registered to the button. The following functions can be registered:
Resolution (Default setting) (p. 38) Movie Recording Size/Frame Rate (p. 38) ISO Speed (Still Images Only) (p. 93) Photo Effect (p. 94) My Colors (p. 95) AE Lock (p. 103) Display Off (p. 123) *1 A custom white balance can be used once a custom white balance reading has been taken. *2 A custom photo effect can be used once a custom effect has been set. AF Lock (p. 110)
White Balance*1 (p. 91) Image Stabilizer (p. 35)
Registering a Function
Select [Set Shortcut button] from the [ (Rec.)] menu and press the SET button.
See Selecting Menus and Settings (p. 73).
Use the or button to select the function you wish to register and press the SET button.
If an "x" mark appears on the lower right of the icon, you can still register this function but the current shooting mode will be retained and pressing the shortcut button will not activate the function (the icon of the registered function will not appear).
Mode dial set to
Using the Shortcut Button
The registered function is recalled and its icon appears on the LCD monitor or viewfinder (except if the display is off). Pressing the button cycles between setting values of the registered function. Functions that are not available in the current shooting mode will not appear even if they are registered. Select a compatible shooting mode and press the button again.
Using the Mode Dial (Creative Zone)
You can freely select camera settings such as the shutter speed and aperture value to suit your shooting purposes. After settings are made, shooting procedures are the same as for Auto Mode (p. 33).
See page 184 for settings that can be changed in this mode.
How to Use the Mode Dial
Check that the camera is in Shooting mode.
The power/mode indicator lights orange.
Turn the mode dial, select the function you wish to use and shoot the image.
The camera operates in the following ways according to the selected function: P Tv Av The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value. The user selects a shutter speed using the button. The user selects an aperture value using the button. or or
Shutter Speed Aperture value
The user selects the shutter speed using the or button and the aperture value using the or button.
The shutter speed and aperture value will show on the LCD monitor (or viewfinder). The correct exposure has been set if the shutter speed and aperture value show in white on the LCD monitor (or viewfinder) when the shutter button is pressed halfway. The shutter speed and aperture value will show in red on the LCD monitor (viewfinder) when the correct exposure cannot be obtained. In , or , the combinations of shutter speeds and aperture values can be changed within the same exposure setting (p. 104).
For information on the relation between the aperture value and shutter speed, see page 85. Please note that camera shake becomes a factor at low shutter speeds and with larger aperture values. If (camera shake warning) or (flash warning, in red) appears in the LCD monitor (or viewfinder), try the following steps to resolve the problem. - Raise the flash to enable firing - Use the (image stabilizer) function (p. 35). - Use a tripod.
Use the program AE mode to have the camera automatically set the shutter speed and aperture value to match the brightness of the scene. If a correct exposure cannot be obtained, use the following methods to solve the problem.
Use the flash. Adjusting the ISO Speed. Change the light metering mode.
Differences between the
Exposure Compensation Bracket Continuous shooting Intervalometer FE Lock AF Lock
mode, but not in
ISO Speed Photo Effect Manual Focus AE Lock Auto Focus during Super Macro
The following settings can be adjusted in
Flash Exposure Compensation Light Metering Mode Move AF Frame Program Shift
Flash (Flash on, Slow Synchro, 2nd-curtain)
Setting the Shutter Speed
When you set the shutter speed in the shutter speed-priority AE mode, the camera automatically selects an aperture value to match the brightness. Faster shutter speeds allow you to catch an instantaneous image of a moving subject while slower speeds create a flowing effect and allow you to shoot without a flash in dark areas.
Use this option to make red, green or blue colors more intense like the Vivid Red, Vivid Green or Vivid Blue effects. It can produce intense natural-appearing colors like those obtained with positive film. Use this option to make skin tones lighter.
Positive Film Lighter Skin Tone*
Darker Skin Tone* Vivid Blue Vivid Green Vivid Red Color Accent
Use this option to make skin tones darker. Use this option to emphasize blue tints. It makes blue subjects, such as the sky or ocean, more vivid. Use this option to emphasize green tints. It makes green subjects, such as mountains, new growth, flowers and lawns, more vivid. Use this option to emphasize red tints. It makes red subjects, such as flowers or cars, more vivid. Use this option to have only the color specified in the LCD monitor remain and to transform all others to black and white. Use this option to transform a color specified in the LCD monitor into another. The specified color can only be swapped into one other color, multiple colors cannot be chosen. Use this option to freely adjust the color balance between red, green, blue and skin tones*. It can be used to make subtle adjustments, such as making blue colors more vivid or face colors brighter.
* The skin colors of non-human subjects may also be altered. You may not obtain the expected results depending on the skin color.
To shoot a movie using My Colors, first set the mode dial to (My Colors) and select the My Colors mode to use, then press the movie button.
Press the FUNC. button to select (My Colors)* with or button, then select the desired My Colors the mode with with the or button.
* The current setting is displayed. With , , , , and , press the FUNC. button to return to the shooting screen and start shooting. With , and , refer to each shooting procedure. : See Shooting in the Color Accent Mode (p. 98). : See Shooting in the Color Swap Mode (p. 98). : See Shooting in the Custom Color Mode (p. 100).
Changing the Save Method for the Original Image
When you are shooting still images in a My Colors mode, you can specify whether or not both the altered image and the original image are recorded.
In the [ (Rec.)] menu, select [Save Original].
Use the or button to select [On] or [Off] and press the MENU button.
The display will return to the shooting screen. Select [On] to record the original image too or [Off] to not record it. When [On], images are numbered sequentially. The original image has the lower number, and the altered image shot with My Colors has the higher number.
[Save Original] is Set to [On] Only the altered image is shown in the LCD monitor (or viewfinder) during shooting. The image that appears in the LCD monitor (or viewfinder) immediately after recording is the altered image (p. 95). If you erase the image at this point, the original image is erased along with the altered image. Exercise adequate caution before deleting a file. Two images are recorded with each shot, so the number of available shots displayed on the LCD monitor (or viewfinder) is halved.
You cannot record or playback sound memos for images that already have an incompatible sound file attached. If you attempt to record or play such images, the "Incompatible WAVE format" message will display. Incompatible sound files can be deleted with this camera. Sound memos for protected images cannot be erased (p. 121). The volume can be adjusted in the Set up menu (p. 79). If you set [Mute] to [On] in the Set up menu, no sound is reproduced, however, you can resume the sound and adjust the volume by pressing the or button.
Sound-Only Recording (Sound Recorder)
You can record sound only, without images, for up to two hours at one time.
Select [Sound Recorder] from the [ press the SET button.
(Play)] menu, and
Use the or button to select [ ] (Record) from the Sound Control Panel and press the SET button.
The recording starts and the elapsed time is displayed. Available Recording Time Sound Mode Settings (p. 68) Sound Control Panel Press the SET button again to stop recording. Pressing the shutter button halfway, or pressing the movie button will also stop recording. The maximum recording time depends on the space available on the memory card, and the sound mode. Recording stops when the memory card is full. From the Playback mode, the Sound Control Panel can be displayed by holding the button.
Use the or button to select a sound and select with the and , and press the SET button.
The sound plays. (Exit): Returns to the Play menu. (Record): Records sound. (Play): Plays sound. (Rewind): Hold the SET button to rewind Sound Control Panel (no sound plays). (Fast Forward): Hold the SET button to fast Sound FolderSound Number forward (no sound plays) (Erase): Press the SET button, press to select [Erase], and press SET again to erase the selected sound. To erase all unprotected sounds, select [Erase All], then press to select [OK], and press SET again. (Protect): Press the SET button to protect the selected sound from erasure (the appears). To remove protection, press the SET button again. (Volume): Press the or button to adjust the volume. Play volume can be adjusted with [Sound Volume] on the [ menu. (Setup)]
Image and Sound File and Folder Numbering (p. 126).
Automated Playback (Slide Shows)
Slide show image settings are based on DPOF standards (p. 141).
Starting a Slide Show
A selection of images or all the images on an memory card can be displayed one- by-one in an automated slide show.
All Images Slide Show 1-3 Plays all images on the memory card in order. Plays the images selected for each show in order (p. 119).
In the [ (Play)] menu, select [Slide Show] and press the SET button.
Resetting the File Number
The images you shoot are automatically assigned file numbers. You can select how the file number is assigned.
On The file numbers are reset to the start (100-001) each time a new memory card is inserted. New images recorded on memory cards with existing files are assigned the next available number. The file number of the last image to be shot is memorized so that images recorded to a new memory card start from the next number.
In the [ (Set up)] menu, select [File No. Reset].
Setting the File No. Reset to [Off] is useful for avoiding file name duplication when images are downloaded to a computer. Image and Sound File and Folder Numbering Image and sound files are assigned file numbers from 0001 to 9900, and folders are assigned folder numbers from 100 to 998 (folder numbers cannot have 99 as the last two digits).
Folder numbers cannot contain 99 in the last two digits.
(* Sound recorded by the sound recorder function)
Folder File Capacity Each folder usually contains up to 100 images. However, since images shot in continuous shooting and Stitch Assist mode are always saved into the same folder, a folder may contain more than 100 images. The number of images in a folder may also exceed 100 if the folder contains images copied from a computer, or images shot with other cameras.
Customizing the Camera (My Camera Settings)
My Camera allows you to customize the start-up image and start-up, operation, self-timer and shutter sounds. Each menu item has three choices.
Changing My Camera Settings
Press the MENU button and press the button twice.
The [ (My Camera)] menu appears.
Use the or button to select a menu item, then select setting content with the or button.
You can select a consistent theme for all My Camera settings by selecting [Theme] at the top. : Off (no display or sound produced) : General : Science fiction theme : Animal theme The contents of the and options can be changed (p. 81).
The menu closes and settings are activated. Pressing the shutter button halfway also closes the menu (and activates the Shooting mode).
If [Mute] in the [ (Set up)] menu is set to [On], no sound is reproduced except for the error warning signal regardless of the selected My Camera settings. The Start-up image displays (p. 79).
Registering My Camera Settings
New content can be registered to and.
Images and sounds recorded on the memory card can be added as My Camera settings. You can also use the supplied software to upload your computer's images and sounds to the camera. The following menu items can be saved to the camera. Start-up Image Self-Timer Sound Start-up Sound Shutter Sound Operation Sound
The memory card images and sounds can be registered to the camera with the following procedures.
Turn the mode lever toward
Registration is inhibited while in Shooting mode.
(See steps 2 on p. 133.)
Follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with downloading.
Downloading from a Memory Card
Eject the memory card from the camera and insert it into an memory card reader connected to the computer.
Refer to your card adapter's or card reader's manual for information regarding the connection between the computer and card adapter or card reader.
Double-click the icon of the drive containing the memory card.
Depending on the OS, the memory card screen may automatically open.
Copy the memory card's images to the desired folder on the hard disk.
The images are stored in the [xxxCANON] folders located under the [DCIM] folder (where xxx is a three-digit number from 100 to 998) (p. 126).
Viewing Images on a TV Set
You can use a video-compatible television as a monitor to shoot or play back images when it is connected to the camera with the supplied Stereo/Video Cable STV-250N.
Turn off the camera (p. 23) and the TV.
Connect the Stereo/Video Cable to the camera's A/V OUT terminal.
With your fingernail on the left edge of the camera's DIGITAL terminal cover, pull it forward to open it, and plug the Stereo/Video Cable in all the way. Treat the connector area with great care when plugging and unplugging the cable.
Plug the other ends of the Stereo/Video Cable into the VIDEO IN and AUDIO IN jacks on the TV.
To the Video In Jack Plug (Yellow) To the Audio In Jack Plug (Left) (White) To the Audio In Jack Plug (Right) (Red)
Turn on the TV and switch it to Video mode. Power on the camera in Shooting mode or Playback mode (p. 23).
The image will appear on the TV. Shoot or play back images as usual. Press the DISP. button when images are not being displayed on the TV when shooting.
No image will appear on the LCD monitor (or viewfinder) when the camera is connected to a TV monitor. Refer to p. 80, for instructions regarding the video output signal. A TV set cannot be used in the (Stitch Assist) mode.
Wide Converter WC-DC58A (Sold Separately)
Magnification Focal Length Lens composition Shooting Distance (from tip of lens) Thread Diameter : Approx. 0.75 : 27 mm (35 mm film equivalent) : 3 elements in 3 groups : 28 cm - infinity (11 in. - infinity) : 58 mm standard filter thread (Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58E is required for mounting to PowerShot S2 IS) : Diameter: 79.0 mm (3.1 in. ) Length: 39.3 mm (1.5 in.) : Approx. 170 g (6.0 oz.)
Tele-converter TC-DC58B (Sold Separately)
Magnification Focal Length Lens composition Shooting Distance (from tip of lens) Thread Diameter : 1.5 : 648 mm (35 mm film equivalent) : 5 elements in 3 groups :1.9 m (6.2 ft.) - infinity : 58 mm standard filter thread (Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58E is required for mounting to PowerShot S2 IS) : Diameter: 72.0 mm (2.8 in.) Length: 64.8 mm (2.6 in.) : Approx. 170 g (6.0 oz.)
NiMH Battery NB-2AH
(Included with the separately sold NiMH NB4-200 or the Battery/Charger Kit CBK4-200)
Type Nominal Voltage Typical Capacity Cycle Life Operating Temperatures Dimensions Weight : Rechargeable nickel metal hydride battery : 1.2 V DC : 2300 mAh (Lowest: 2150 mAh) : Approx. 300 times : 0 - 35 C (32 - 95 F) : Diameter: 14.5 mm (0.6 in. ) Length: 50 mm (2.0 in.) : Approx. 29 g (1.0 oz.)
Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58E
(Included with the separately sold Lens Adapter/Hood Set LAH-DC20)
Thread Diameter Dimensions Weight : 58 mm standard filter thread : Diameter: 63.0 mm (2.5 in. ) Length: 43.1 mm (1.7 in.) : Approx. 19 g (0.67 oz.)
Lens Hood LH-DC40
Thread Diameter Dimensions Weight : 58 mm standard filter thread : Diameter: 79.0 mm (3.1 in. ) Length: 31.5 mm (1.2 in.) : Approx. 19 g (0.67 oz.)
Photo Tips and Information
Panning Shooting Method (p. 35)
To shoot a fast-moving subject, aim the camera while it is still some distance away, and press the shutter button while moving the camera to track the subject and compose the picture.
Track the subject by moving your upper body with the camera, standing with legs apart and turning at the hips while keeping your arms in close to your body. Move the camera to track the subject's motion while pressing the shutter button. The following methods are also recommended. Using a tripod with the camera, mount the camera so that it moves in one direction. Lock the focus beforehand to a point in the subject's path where you intend to shoot. (Shooting with Focus Lock, p. 109) To achieve a flowing background effect, shoot with a slow shutter speed. Use the continuous shooting mode to provide a choice of the best quality image.
Advanced Techniques for the Macro Mode (p. 56)
Macro mode can make unique images when used with the zoom function. For example, shooting a flower at maximum wide angle in Macro mode allows the camera to bring both the flower and the background into focus. However, shooting at maximum telephoto can throw the background out of focus to make the flower stand out.
Macro with the wide angle zoom
Macro with the telephoto zoom
Tip for Using the Self-timer (p. 59)
Normally, the camera shakes a little when you press the shutter button. Setting the self-timer to delays the shutter release for 2 seconds and allows the camera to stop shaking, thus preventing a blurred image. Even better results can be obtained by placing the camera on a stable surface or by using a tripod to shoot.
Exposure Compensation (p. 90)
This camera automatically adjusts the exposure to shoot images with the optimal brightness. However, recorded images may sometimes be brighter or darker than the actual image depending on the shooting conditions. If this happens, adjust the exposure compensation manually.
The whole recorded image is dark, which makes white elements of the image appear gray. Shooting bright subjects or in backlit conditions may cause the image to be underexposed. Adjust the exposure compensation towards the (+) end.
The whole recorded image is bright, which makes black elements of the image appear gray. Shooting dark subjects or in dark places may cause the image to be overexposed. Adjust the exposure compensation towards the (-) end.
ISO Speed (p. 93)
The ISO speed is the numeric representation of the camera's sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO speed, the169 higher the sensitivity. A high ISO speed allows you to shoot images in dark indoor or outdoor conditions without a flash and also helps prevent blurred images due to camera shake. This is convenient when shooting images in places where flash photography is prohibited. The ISO speed setting makes full use of the available light, resulting in images that convey the feel of the place they were shot.
ISO 50 equivalent
ISO 400 equivalent
Adjusting the Exposure. 90 AE Lock. 103 AEB mode. 101 AF Lock. 110 AF Mode.77, 112 AF-assist Beam. 35 Aperture value. 84 Aperture-priority AE. 15 Audio. 68 Auto. 33 Auto Power Down.80, 123 Auto Rotate. 80 Auto Rotate Function. 124 Automated Playback (Slide Shows). 118
Date/Time. 24, 80 Detailed Display. 27 DIGITAL Terminal. 12, 134 Digital Zoom. 61, 77 Direct Interface Cable. 12 Direct Transfer Function. 137 Display. 27 Display Off. 80, 123 Displaying Images Individually 43 DPOF Transfer Order. 146
With a wide to super telephoto 12x optical zoom lens and both exceptional digital camera and video functionality, the PowerShot S2 IS gives you the freedom to capture every scene, any way you want. With Optical Image Stabilizer (IS), Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and a UD lens element, the PowerShot S2 IS's 12x optical zoom is no ordinary lens. Optical IS works to counteract camera shake - even at full zoom and in low light conditions - for ultra sharp photos and movies. USM provides super responsive, smooth and near silent zoom, while the UD element reduces chromatic aberrations for razor sharp images with superb color accuracy. A super macro mode allows for precise focusing no matter how close you get to your subject. Combine the powerful lens with capacity to shoot up to 60 minutes of VGA quality movies with full stereo sound. A dedicated movie button gets you shooting immediately in either 15 or 30 fps to ensure you never miss those once in a lifetime moments. The Photo In Movie feature allows full resolution digital stills to be taken whilst shooting a movie. The DIGIC II processor delivers incredible 2.4 fps continuous shooting, super fast auto focus and rapid start up, plus superb color rendering and white balance accuracy for natural skin tones and rich, vibrant colors. For the ultimate in creative control over digital stills and movies, the PowerShot S2 IS provides 18 shooting modes. These include 6 Special Scene modes for great results in tricky lighting conditions, and My Colors for special effect color swapping and manipulation. Direct manual control is available over a multitude of settings, such as focus, IS mode, shutter speed and aperture, and audio sampling rate. A 1.8" vari-angle LCD maximizes shooting and playback pleasure, with Night Display for improved visibility in low light. Extend your zoom range to a staggering 27mm - 648mm with optional wide- and tele- converter lenses. Other optional accessories available include a close-up lens and High-Power Flash. For your post-shooting creativity, a variety of editing software is included and you can also print direct without a PC to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible photo printer.
|Product Type||Digital camera - compact|
|Optical Sensor Type||CCD|
|Total Pixels||5,300,000 pixels|
|Effective Sensor Resolution||5,000,000 pixels|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/2.5"|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO auto|
|Digital Zoom||4 x|
|Image Processor||DIGIC II|
|Shooting Modes||Frame movie mode|
|Shooting Programs||Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, indoor, foliage, beach, night snapshot, snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Sepia, Saturation, Neutral, Contrast compensation, Low Sharpening, Vivid, Custom Effect|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3200 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 sec|
|Exposure Metering||Evaluative, spot AF area, center-weighted, spot|
|Exposure Modes||Program, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority|
|Exposure Compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||3 steps in 1/3 EV step|
|White Balance||Custom, automatic, presets|
|White Balance Presets||Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, flash, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)|
|Digital Video Format||AVI|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.5 frames per second, 2.4 frames per second|
|Video Capture||AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps|
|Memory / Storage|
|Flash Memory||16 MB flash - SD Memory Card|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card|
|Image Storage||Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 Fine JPEG 640 x 480 Normal JPEG 640 x 480|
|Camera Flash||Pop-up flash|
|Flash Modes||Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||2.3 ft - 17 ft|
|Features||AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation|
|Type||Zoom lens - 6 mm - 72 mm - f/2.7-3.5|
|Focal Length||6 mm - 72 mm|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||36 - 432mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, manual|
|Auto Focus||TTL contrast detection|
|Min Focus Range||19.2 in|
|Macro Focus Range||0 in - 19.7 in|
|Optical Zoom||12 x|
|Zoom Adjustment||Motorized drive|
|Lens Construction||9 group(s) / 11 element(s)|
|Features||UD glass, Ultrasonic Motor (USM), aspherical lens|
|Self Timer Delay||10 sec, 2 sec|
|Additional Features||Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary color filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, focus bracketing, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock|
|Viewfinder Color Support||Color|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.33"|
|Viewfinder Resolution||115,000 pixels|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-5.5 to +1.5|
|Type||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color|
|Display Form Factor||Rotating|
|Display Format||115,000 pixels|
|Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Type||1 x USB 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot(s)||SD Memory Card|
|Software||Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon PhotoRecord|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Support||MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 - 10.3|
|Peripheral Devices||USB port, CD-ROM drive|
|System Requirements Details||MacOS X 10.1.5 or later - 256 MB Windows 98SE/2000/ME - 500 MHz - 128 MB Windows XP - 500 MHz - 256 MB|
|Included Accessories||Lens cap, neck strap|
|Cables Included||1 x A/V cable 1 x USB cable|
|Supported Battery Details||4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )|
|Min Operating Temperature||32 °F|
|Max Operating Temperature||104 °F|
|Humidity Range Operating||10 - 90%|
|Universal Product Identifiers|
|Part Numbers||9883A001, PowerShot S2 IS|
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