I got this point and shoot for Christmas several years ago and I love it. I didn't want to lug around a big DSLR all the time, so this was the perfect solution. It fits in my purse nicely, so I always have a camera available. Image Quality I've gotten so many compliments on pictures I've posted online. Most people are surprised that they're from a point and shoot. Performance Sometimes it takes a second or two for the camera to focus before snapping a picture. Normally it's not a problem at all, but in action shots, it may cause a user to miss a photo opp. Ease of Use Very easy to use right out of the box. Durability It's weathered an 11-year-old boy using it to make Lego stop-action movies, so yeah, it's pretty durable. Battery Life It does a lot better than my last digital camera. I always keep a spare set of rechargeables ready though, just in case. Portability It's a great size to fit in a purse or even a clutch.