The things I was looking for in buying this were pretty basic. I wanted something that was able to take pictures fairly quickly to be able to capture my kids in action. check I wanted something that had a good battery life. check I wanted to be able to point and click and have it turn out well. check I know nothing about lens speed or exposure or anything else like that. I am very amatuer when it comes to taking pictures, but I didn't want to sacrifice quality. I believe this camera does the trick. It might not be a good camera for those more experienced or trained, but for me, it's just fine. I am able to capture pictures of the family without worrying about the battery or missing the moment because it was too busy thinking. One con is that whenever you want to change modes, you do have to go into the menu. My old camera had a turnie knob on top that made it easy to go back and forth from photo to video. This one has more steps.