True, a cheap dSLR will provide better performance, and a moderately priced one will deliver better photo quality. But the Canon PowerShot S3 IS's combination of features, performance and relatively compact design certainly gives superzoom fans a compelling alternative.
(Seconds; shorter bars indicate better performance)
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Additional editing by Nick Hide