I'm not a hardcore photographer - meaning, I don't have a clue about apature, F Stop, or any of those other things. So you're not going to get a review on technical details. However, I am an avid photographer. I use my camera almost every day and uploading two or three hundred images to my computer at a time is pretty comon for me.Thus, my review will be more from the average users view and not that of a serious, professional photographer.
I received the Canon PowerShot S2 IS as a gift about 4 years ago and I just Love it!! It has all the wonderful bells and whistles I could ever want in a point and shoot camera. It is a sturdy, durable, super easy to use camera that takes some amazing photographs in a large variety of settings.
Don't be fooled by the 5 megapixle limit on this camera. The images are absolutely stunning, crisp, vibrant and quite capable of being turned into an 8 x 10 print that you would be proud to show off and frame.
The video mode is outstanding. I've taken video's of my kids doing their tricks on bikes and skateboards, and our dog doing her favorite thing - leaf chasing. Image Stablization for the Canon PowerShot S2 IS, in my opinion, is the best. Try taking a video of your husband being towed on a float, tied to a boat that is moving ...well, faster than it should have been going... while you are sitting in the boat that is moving and slamming into the water. Then watch that video without needing a barfbag. The Canon PowerShot S2 IS will easily handle that task and so much more!
All the photographs attached to this review were taken by me, using my Canon PowerShot S2 IS, except the image of the camera itself. A note on the bunny photo - that was taken through a diningroom window! I don't know what I'd do if this camera ever broke or stopped working. I would recommend new and avid users buy it in a heartbeat!
Update On Jan 04, 2010: Sad news - the shutter on my camera is sticking. The only way to get it unstuck is to play this game of fast fingers with the battery lid and that is only a temporary fix. Researching online, I discovered many PowerShot S2 IS camera's are having the same issue. To have it fixed professionally is not worth the cost. Nearly half the price of the camera when it was new. I already have a new point & shoot pocket camera that I will do a review on later, but it doesn't measure up to this one. I'm going to miss my PowerShot S2 IS, big time!