I was looking for a small camera I could fit easily in my pocket or purse. This one fits the bill. It only has 3x optical zoom, but with the 8 mp resolution, you can easily manipulate your pictures on the computer and crop in even further. The picture quality is great. It was very easy to learn to use and also has several manual settings for the advanced user. I would recommend the Exelim to anyone looking for a small, easy to carry camera.