I sent my old Canon Powershot S3IS to my son, Jon. It's served me well for about 3 years. However, I wanted a better camera for our trip to Yellowstone so I splurged and bought my present Canon Powershot SX30IS This one has a 35X optical zoom. The S3IS had a 12X optical zoom. The newer camera also has a bigger viewer which is great for my failing (ummm... injured) eyes.
When I looked at the photos I took with the newer camera I found that the photos weren't necessarily a WHOLE lot better. I had the worst time using the macro feature. It was just as weak as the older camera. However it did take a wider field of view and the video was HD and much better.
I guess what it boils down to is the photographer. My friend, Dave happens to be a professional photographer and he can use a disposable camera and get an amazing photo. When he uses his expensive cameras, WOW!
So maybe I should read the manual for the camera. Maybe I should learn how to use the proper functions. Maybe I should take a class. Maybe I should go back to Dave for more advice. Sigh...
My old camera is on its way to Jon. I sure hope it serves him well. I sent him the instruction booklet also. I wonder if he'll read it.