I got this camera one year as A gift and it's been one of my favorites for a long time. The battery life is nice and the picture quality is to die for. I've not had many cameras, but I love the picture clarity with the nikon coolpix s9100. Everyone loves the pictures that've come from me using this camera and I'm super grateful I received it. I love the zoom and fast and responsive shutter speed as well. The price is fairly reasonable and I just love the convenience of carrying and using it. I'd definitely recommend it to any casual photographer s out there, but it might not be your cup of tea if you're looking to lean towards experience for serious photography. I'd only recommend it for the casual camera user like myself, not for professionally trained individuals as it won't meet your needs. Otherwise though it's a fabulous device and I enjoy using it every chance I get!