I purchased this camera for my classroom as a techer. I needed to be able to tape the children;s music/dance class for the parents to see at parent's night. I used to have a larger camera that required tapes. I bought this as it was not so obvious that I was taping as I wanted the children to be natural. I lfell in love! It was easy to use even for someone as technologically challenged as I am. It is light so one does not get tired when taping for extended periods. It did want a longer battery life, but that problem was solved by purchasing the extended battery. I did try the still picture setting and it was not great. My cell phone is better than it was but the video part is wonderful. I did not do much taping prior to this purchase but now I am having fun. It was a good value for the cost.