Back in 2006 I purchased a Canon Powershot S3IS for $300.00 at Walmart to photograph a friends wedding. Being a broke ex "PRO" photographer at the time it was all the digital I could afford. "It's the moron behind the camera ..." say's Zack Arias. I know this. I have always known this. Even before Zack has drilled it into our heads in that awesome video. Waaaay before.
I shot my friends wedding with it. End of story. That camera became my "comfort camera" for the many years I remained in active in photography. Shot a bunch of things with it here and there as one who loves photography would do.
One day I picked up a magazine called JPGMAG. They had a website that had tons of photo projects one can do to keep you shooting with hopes of your photographs ending up in their magazine of course. That lit a fire in me for photography again and even though I was no longer a "PRO" or had the "best" camera, I did as many projects as I could no longer caring if I made it on the magazine but for the sake of completing these projects. I felt alive again.
The Canon Powershot S3IS is a simple machine that can deliver if you know what "buttons" to push. Speaking of pushing, I have decided to push it as far as I can. Years ago I did an editorial fashion shoot with it and recently I decided to bring it along more shoots to see what can I do with it.
Keeping the Powershot S3IS at it's lowest ISO (80) , holding it steady or on a (tripod/monopod ) , good light and superfine JPG ( it cant shoot RAW without firmware hack) gives you the cleanest files. Atleast it does for me.