The Fujifilm F20 is known for its low noise at higher ISO. This is very important because for most compact cameras, at high ISO, the pictures because pixelated and starts having a watercolor effect. For those that are not aware, having more megapixels is not better for compact cameras because the camera sensor is too small to take advantage of more megapixels. 6-8 megapixels should be fine. If you want really high quality pictures, then purchase a DSLR. The Fujifilm F20 has decently fast shutter and focusing speed. However, when focusing, it can be quite noisy and loud. The battery life is very good. It includes a recharable battery with an external charge that is connected to the camera. You do not have to remove the battery to charge it. The camera can easily fit into your pocket or purse. I have dropped the camera before and it is still working fine so it is decently durable. Although the camera is old, it still a very good camera. The camera also used xD picture card that is getting phased out. Instead SD memory card is more reliable and cheaper. Therefore if you use the Fujiflm F20, the cards may be expensive.