I received this camera as a Christmas gift and am very pleased with it. Overall, it takes wonderful pictures. I love that it has an auto setting where the camera will detect which mode should be used and then automatically selects the best mode for the situation you are in. You can also choose on your own. I've had a lot of fun experimenting with different settings in different places where I am taking pictures. It is great for quick and fun shots of things like family parties, but you can also get great nature shots, distance shots and even great shots with odd lighting (such as with low lighting environments like rock concerts). Overall this is a great camera if you want high quality semi professional quality without spending a fortune. Battery Life The only thing I don't like about this camera is that it seems to eat batteries faster then anything I've used before. When I was on our honeymoon, I had three sets of batteries with us on one of our day trips. I know I took a lot of pictures, but I went through all three sets and ended up buying another set. Even with the higher quality batteries that are supposed to have a longer live span, these seemed to still drain life very quickly. Portability It is easy to carry around with you, but not as portable as some models of similar price point and quality. It was also a little bit of a challenge to find a decent case that I liked that worked well with the camera.