First of all, I am am Olympus lover! I have had Olympus cameras for the last ten years. This camera is great for everday pictures. I have a one year old and it is small enough to keep it in my purse at all times, but powerful enough to take great pictures. I am a picture freak and I love this camera. I have had it for a few years now and probably need to upgrade, but there isn't anything wrong with it. The charge on the battery lasts for a while, I don't ever have to worry about the battery life. It has 8.0 megapixels and that is enough for everyday shooting. It has 5X optical zoom and again, for an everyday camera, that is enough. The trick to using your zoom is to not let it get into the digital zoom area. This camera has been really sturdy as well. It has been dropped ALOT by my daughter and it hasn't hurt it yet. You can also hook it to a tripod to get a group shoot including yourself.