This would be a difficult decision.
The obvious differences are:
The Canon has image stabilization, the Fujifilm does not.
The Fujifilm will perform better in low light situations, and it has more megapixels.
Image quality is just about equal.
So it gets down to what is important to you.
Here is a comparison of specifications side-by-side
There is one error in the specs....the LCD on the Fujifilm can swivel and tilt too.
looking for personal opinions on which might be better for pics of children and some outdoor activities like zoo and such.
looking at canon s3 is and fuji s9000. so what do you think is best other than price between the 2.
Thanks for your input.