I got this camera to replace my older one that was showing its age. I love this camera! it is great for taking clear sharp pictures in many different situations. I would say that it takes a second to go from camera to video mode, but that is not that important. The pictures and videos it takes are high quality. The camera battery does last a long time and the charging cable doubles as the one to hook the camera to your computer (if you don't use a card reader) so that is convenient. One thing I noticed is that it takes AWESOME videos, BUT the file size is so big, even on my 4gb card it will only hold around 20 minutes of video. Also, when zooming, the microphone cuts out in the video so you have to be prepared for that. Other than that, I haven't had any issues with this camera!