My husband and I are decided to buy our first digital camera for an upcoming trip to Germany. After doing some research, we decided on the Canon - PowerSHot SD800 IS Digital Camera because it got good reviews, is a quality camera and was in our price range. We took it on our trip, and it turned out to be a great investment. The Canon PowerShot is easy to use, has a variety of features, and takes quality pictures. My husband uses the camera regularly when he takes our yellow lab to the pond or woods, I used this camera on a trip to Costa Rica, and we recently used it on a trip to Maine. I will be taking the camera on an upcoming trip to Spain. Image Quality Excellent. Performance Works well. No complaints. Ease of Use Very straightforward. This is a good camera for amateurs, but also has features for people who want to be more creative. Durability We use the carrying case, and have had not problems. Battery Life Lasts a long time before it needs to be recharged. Portability Light and easy to carry.