"Best superzoom hands down. Very Poor Review by CNet here"4.5 starson by hwky556
Pros: High ISO great quality, Manual Focus Ring, Zoom Ring, Great LCD
Cons: Would like dedicated ISO dial/button, wish it had SD memory
Summary: CNet is apparently obsessed with Image Stabilization nowadays and it shows with their review of this incredible camera. I own a Canon S3IS that has IS and the pictures above ISO 200 are awful and completely unusable. This camera takes wonderful pictures up to ISO 1600 and even has ISO 3200 in a pinch. This is MUCH more valuable than having IS but being stuck with noisy images at long exposure times. I've done a ton of side by side comparison image testing and this camera wins every time against the S3. Yes, it is bigger than the S3 but I was keeping it in an around the neck case anyways so what's the difference. This cam fits into the same case and weighs about the same.
The S3IS had a terrible time focusing in both low light and at the long end of the zoom. It was no good going to manual focus mode because it took forever and you'd miss a moment. The manual ring is much faster. I also like the zoom ring instead of the S3's finger dial near the shutter. This is more accurate and much faster. Focusing is also better and the face recognition system actually works to my surprise. There have been a lot of head to head comparisons on pro camera review sites that have pretty much shown the S3, Panasonic, and Sony H5 are very similar on image quality and features. This camera blows them all away. It also has an auto popup flash where you need to manually pop it up with the S3. Much more convenient. The S3 was an okay camera but very frustrating even after all the time I spent with it. At least go to some other sites for reviews and comparison shots to see and don't just take Cnet's ratings as gospel. Every camera seems to get a 7.2-7.4 lately anyways. What's the deal with that?