In my honest opinion there is nothing like a fuji shot. They have proven themselves time and time again with clear and punchy images right through their range of digital cameras.
I have just purchased a Nikon D70 as fuji were taking too long over the S3. Having used it now... the S2 is far better in image quality and it is almost 2 years older.
Fuji know light like no other company... I used to own a fuji 2800, very like the 3000. Great optical zoom, control of white balance is spot on, movies aren't to bad for web purposes, TTL viewing as well... and the macro is unbelievable with the fantastically placed flash.
Go with the Fuji sir!