I purchased the Fujifilm FinePix Z20 fd Digital Camera back in 2008 when I became interested in photography, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. Right out of the box this camera didn't take great pictures. The images were very grainy and out of focus on every image I took. I started to tinker around with the settings until I was able to take the best quality pictures possible with this camera. In order to take a great picture with this camera I had to put it in manual mode and tweak the color settings until it produced an image to my liking. Despite all of my adjustments shooting video was another story. I shot several videos under different lighting setups and all of my footage came out extremely pixelated. There was also serious choppiness in the frame rate of my videos. Even though the Fujifilm FinePix Z20 has a lot of flaws I would still recommend it for first time photographers because I was able to learn the basics of photography and apply them to a better camera down the road.