The S3IS was really a great camera....
Just hope my SX50 can live up to it.....I had the S2IS first (2006) and shutter button died in 2011 so I bought a used S3IS and while it is still working fine I wanted something better.
My son and one of my daughters are still using and loving their S3IS. The strong point of the S3IS is the fast lens (f/2.7-3.5) so that high ISO is seldom needed. I think you'll find that the slow lens of the SX50HS will often force you into using higher ISO to maintain shutter speed. You may find the Panasonic FZ200 with a constant f/2.8 lens and a very high resolution electronic viewfinder more to your liking.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my SX50 is built as tough as my S3 was/is. Countless bounces off hard surface floors and it's still going strong. Some minor flesh wounds but still takes excellent pictures!
I loved my SX3 and also my SX10. 2 of my favorite cams ever. I moved to the SX40 and it never failed me after a year of heavy use and wear and tear. I am sure the SX50 is just as tough, so far so good!
The first picture is awesome. It reminds me of the dragon in the movie The Neverending Story.
|Devil Rock (Stuttgart, Germany) by cornissimo|
from Neon Signs
|Carla... by lickity split|
from Beautiful caucasian female faces
|Lunar New Year Fireworks by Michael L NYC 99|
|Vatican Basilica by wam7|
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