IMO, the s1 and s2, by far, are reputed to give the best 'out-of-cam' pics which require little or no PS (esp in the hands of pros. heehee... ask or see azure's or clown's pics!). dunno abt the s3 becos i haven't seen it in action.
wats attractive for me is the excellent skin tone reproduction from the cams. others like the rich colours for landscapes (velvia tones, anyone??). dats why this cam is 'red hot', so to speak. not to mention the very attractive pricing! :bsmilie:
basic lens? hmm... a nikon 50mm/f1.8 (used) will set u back mebbe $120?