I have had this camera for over 5 years and love it and all it brings. It has multiple setting for day,night, fast moving and many filters to fix red eye and other things. I do notice it picks up dust particles a bit (orbs-ewwww scary LOL) but I guess that show how good it is. It has two self timer settings that make taking group pictures easy and narcissistic facebook users will love it when they take their 20 selfies a day! one thing I do not likeis the little sound it makes right before it snaps. My dog will blink when he hears it cause he knows there will be a big flash. Ease of Use Because of the many features it took a bit of time to learn it. but you can start taking normal pics right off. my mom has a similar cam and I am still teaching her some of its features. Battery Life battery life is great. It takes 2 double A batteries. Portability it was a bit of a pain finding the right case for it cause it is not as slim as most.