I had this camera for a little over 5 years before it stopped working. The primary reason I bought this camera was for the special features, or the "scene" capabilities. However, the camera worked so well on "intelligent auto" that I rarely used these other than beach or sunset pictures. I carried it around with me everywhere, and used in many different lighting situations. Dark actually came out better that some more expensive cameras - very little blurring and good capture! Fast action could stand to use some improvement - though I never bought high capability sd cards to go in it, so I don't know if that would improve it. But I prefer a fast shutter, with continuous taking, and the DMC-LZ7 didn't have that. You also can't take pictures while shooting in movie mode, but you can zoom, which is fantastic. Battery life wasn't the best, but it's AA batteries, which is great if you have rechargeables. I liked it so much, I bought the next model up for a replacement (which I actually don't like as much, but it's higher zoom & megapixels).