This camera was my very first ever digital camera. I got it about 6 years ago. I asked my dad for a digital camera for Christmas and this is the one he picked for me. It was a great camera although I have since upgraded to a new Cannon. This camera is great for beginners. It's pretty bulky since it takes 2 AA batteries. Don't try to cram it into your pocket. The nice thing about it taking 2 AA batteries is that you never have to worry about charging batteries (or forgetting to bring your charger with you). If you're on vacation and your camera batteries die all you have to do is buy 2 AA batteries and you're good to go. The batteries don't last as long as I would have liked though. I do wish the LCD screen on this camera was a bit bigger. But overall it's pretty durable, takes good pics (for the price), and is easy to use. It doesn't take fantastic action shots but otherwise the pictures usually turn out nicely.