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If you're a super-zoom fan, there's one Canon camera that should definitely be on your short list: the PowerShot S3 IS.
The S3 IS boasts a 6.2 megapixel CCD (resolution enough for a good 11” x 14” enlargement), a 12x zoom (equivalent to 36 - 432mm in 35mm terms), tons of top-end features and lots of room for creative control.
The S3 IS uses tiny secure digital (SD) or multimedia cards (MMC), which helps explain how Canon packed so much into such a small package. The S3 IS measures only about 4-1/2” wide by 3” high and 3” deep. It's plenty small enough for even the most petite photographer with serious ambitions.
Features include Canon's Image Stabilizer, 20 shooting modes – including Canon's nine My Color Mode options – and an ingenious Vari-Angle LCD monitor, that actually flips around to face the camera body when not in use – providing an extra layer of protection. Manual control fanatics will like the inclusion of both aperture and shutter priority shooting modes, allowing for control of depth of field and motion in their photos.
The PowerShot S3 IS carries a hefty price tag, but several reliable retailers offer this model at discounts of $50.00 or more.