Excerpt: The Canon S3 IS was hoped to be a great camera for me - an intermediate user and mom of kids in sports. The zoom is great - you can really get close to the action - and the adjustments made for some great pictures on the LCD display. My problem came when I printed the pictures - they are all grainy and a bit fuzzy and don't look anything like the LCD display.
Summary: I spent a lot of time searching for the right camera, and the S3 IS seemed to have it all. I read shining upon shining review, but didn't do a Google search for specific S3 IS defects, problems, etc. Big mistake. I ordered the S3 from Amazon and the problems began as soon as I took it out of the box. There was something loose and moving around inside the camera, I went online and saw that several other S3 owners had the exact same problem.