This is the camera I use all the time. I bought it about two years ago and have enjoyed excellent pictures, video (with great sound), and many extra features. I love the feature that allows you to click once and then it takes several pictures, one right after the other. I went on vacation and took pictures of dolphins swimming with this feature. I got some GREAT shots. Also, I love the fast shutter speed. I don't miss important picture-taking opportunities waiting for the shot to register. It has a cool finish on it that allows you to grip the camera easily too. The zoom is extremely steady and very close up. Another feature that I love is the panorama picture option. The only thing I dislike is that the LCD screen has a lip around the edges where dirt and fuzz gets stuck. It would be better to have it flush with the camera so it would be easier to clean. The battery I use are the Ni-MH batteries which are okay but you have to charge them frequently. It is a GREAT camera all in all.