Manual on CD. Needs carrying case to protect it. Battery takes a long time to charge. Small size light weight aids portability. Very reasonably priced for the quality of the camera. Image Quality The Zeiss lense goes a long way to improve picture over some molded plastic lense. Performance Takes a long time to fully charge. Poor visibility of lcd screen in high light situations. Would be better with viewfinder. Ease of Use No written manual to take with you. Needs computer to download manual from CD. Durability Needs protective case. Battery Life Long time to charge battery. Portability Small size, light weight. fits in shirt pocket.