The Nikon D3000 is an easy-to-use, versatile camera that makes taking great pictures a snap. I've gotten wonderful pictures of birds and other hard-to-capture creatures with my D3000. I also like the versatility of this camera, giving me the option of lighting, flash, manual settings, as well as 'auto' of course for those moments when I haven't figured out what is needed. The other lenses, zoom, macro, wide-angle, etc. are easy to switch out and use. Once the lens is switched, it fits securely on the camera with no chance of it falling off or being damaged. The telephoto lens I bought makes it possible to take pictures of birds in the treetops and to glimpse nature from a distance without disturbing it. The built-in flash is handy for low light situations and the strap is sturdy and reliable. Image Quality I have sold several photos that I have taken with this camera. Performance I almost always get clear, sharp photos with this camera. Ease of Use Very easy to use. I mostly use 'auto' but the other settings aren't difficult to master either. Durability This is a durable camera but I am sure to carry it in a case unless I'm in the process of taking pictures. Battery Life The battery needs to be charged about once a month as I use it, but would be several times a week if I used it heavily. Thankfully there is a battery charger so I have never had to buy a new battery. Portability The strap makes it easy to carry and I also have a camera case, so this camera is very portable.