I received this camera as a gift about 4 or so years ago. It is a lot nicer than I expected. Previous cameras I have owned, both film and digital, have broken after a few years or gone down in quality of photos. Other than being a little greedy on battery power (it does run down the AA batteries fairly quick, and does not have the option of a wall charger), this camera has been excellent for taking pictures that can have a professional quality look without high prices for a professional model. However, although the pictures are excellent, the video taking capabilities do leave somewhat to be desired. Videos on this model tend to come out rather rough and jumpy rather than smooth. Portability is a plus with this model. It's just the right size for a coat pocket, removing the need for a camera bag. It has survived (in excellent condition) every environment from college to family get-togethers.