The Olympus Evolt E-410 was my first DSLR and the one in which I learned about how much I loved photography and how much I wanted to take great images of my kids. With the Oly I was able to learn about lenses, manual shooting and white balance. My husband loved the live-view that the 410 had which mimics a point and shoot to those less inclined to take to a DSLR camera. Image Quality The images were AMAZING. SO crisp and clear, even when printed out at 8x10. I had many friends and family borrow the 410 for senior pictures and the like because the images it produced were so incredible. Performance I think it performed admirably considering it's limitations of odd flash. Ease of Use If left on auto, it was extremely easy to figure out. Shutter Priority or manual modes were obviously trickier. Durability Mine lasted me for 3 years so far, so very durable, even with curious toddlers who occasionally like to hold it and take a photo or two. Battery Life Battery life was extremely good, only required a charge every few weeks, and I took photos every day. Portability The E-410 is one of the most portable DSLR's due to its' size (dimensions), which made it extremely easy to pop into my bag to take to events or the beach and such to take photos.