I got my camera from my husband for Christmas last year and we took it on our trip to Yellowstone and talk about not only a great camera for pictures, but the zoom was awesome! We took pictures of Buffalo and they looked like they were right next to us. I can appreciate a digital camera that has functions, if you read the book, are more than easy to understand. I am not a reader of books on how to, but this camera was very easy to learn and just messing around with the different things you learn very fast. This is a great camera although a bit expensive, I'm sure its gone down in price with the new ones that keep coming out. I highly reccommend this camera for the person that likes to take tons of photos and wants an easy way to print them out as it has a hookup to your computer which is another aspect that I had to learn, but printing your own photos is a real treat. The other thing I like about digital although it took me a bit to make the switch from a regular camera is the fact you can delete a photo if it turns out bad, so I was sold after that. Reccommended most definately! Image Quality I love my camera that my husband bought for me, it takes the very best of pictures as I like to take tons of pics and it has zoom as well. Performance Fantastic, I take it everywhere, but mostly vacations so I can get the best pics. Ease of Use The reason I didn't give this an excellent rating is because I'm not a direction reader and I still need to learn a bit more on the night time pics, but most people will have no problem using this camera its worth the money. Durability Never had a problem Battery Life Only had to change batteries twice and that was on a 10 day trip of taking pics constantly Portability Has a cord to hang on your arm or around your neck no problems here.