This is a great quality camera. However, it is fairly complicated and not the easiest to use, so this might not be the best camera for someone who is just starting out in photography. I would try something a little simpler first. I do like the flip-around screen. It's much safer to store the camera with the screen hidden so it doesn't get scratched or cracked. Image Quality Image quality is excellent, especially for fast motion shots in bright light. Low light could be better but is okay. Performance I've used this camera for a lot of different types of photos, and the image quality has been great. Ease of Use This camera isn't the easiest to use. The menus are a bit difficult to navigate, and the buttons are sometimes in the way. It can be very easy to accidentally hit a button on the back of the camera and change a setting without even realizing it. Durability This camera seems very durable. I've never had a problem with it. Battery Life The battery life is fine. It takes 4 AA batteries, but I can get a lot of pictures out of that set of batteries. Portability This camera is not very portable. It's pretty heavy, and you will need a large camera bag for it. I wouldn't recommend it for travel unless very high quality pictures are very important to you.