If it is limited photgraphy...
the S3 IS offers a terrific range with its 12x zoom... ranging from an equivalent 36 to 432mm of focal length. That is impressive. Youi can also purchase the 1.5x telephoto lens (which needs an adapter) and get out to 648mm, also. Again... impressive.
There is also a 0.75x wide angle, which will take the focal length back to 28mm. A normal wide angle in anyone's book.
The open aperture is also quite wide... from f/2.7-3.5
To do anywhere near this range with an SLR would require scads of money... for the wide aperture optics and that telephoto... whoa-ho!
Yeah... the bang for the buck is in the S3.
Getting this out of an XT or any other SLR... easily $2000-3000.
Just ask 'Coldrain'... apparently he knows everything. :rolleyes:
'Xailo', here's your link - $6500