The S3 IS marks the third generation of Canonu2019s mega-zooming bridge camera.

The S3 IS marks the third generation of Canon?s mega-zooming bridge camera.

Including a 6MP CCD, the f/2.7-3.5 12x optical zoom includes an Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) for fast and quiet operation and an Ultra-low Dispersion element to reduce the effect of chromatic aberration.

Canon?s optical Image Stabiliser reduces the effect of blur caused by camera shake, which can appear on photographs (and movies), enabling the use of shutter speeds three times slower than conventional cameras. Canon has also extended the sensitivity range to ISO 800.

The S3 IS can capture VGA movies at a rate of 30fps with stereo sound and individual full-resolution frames can be captured using the Photo In Movie function.

Alongside Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes, the S3 IS includes a selection of scene modes, such as: Night Snapshot, Snow, Colour Accent and Colour Swap. Other features include: 2in LCD, 0cm Super Macro mode, Widescreen mode and 2.3fps continuous shooting modes.

The Canon PowerShot S3 IS hits the shops in May for £449. Find out more by calling 08705 143723.