I was given this camera as a starter camera and it has been the only one I have ever owned. I love the small weight of this camera. I took it on a couple of overseas trips and it fit comfortably in my pocket. The picture quality could be a little better. It is hard to see the pictures a little bit when taking them but when I load them from my memory card to the computer they are always better. It takes excellent videos. The only downfall of mine is that the batteries do not last long but that may be a problem with mine and not all of these models. I wasn't a huge picture person until I got this camera but this has been a great gift. I think it was priced very reasonable also. Call me old fashioned but when something works for me I don't usually like to change. I have had cell phones that take high quality pictures but they aren't as easy to download as the pictures are from a memory stick. If you are looking for a small, dependable camera, this one works great!