In the last ten years or so I have probably gone through twenty digital cameras or so. A year or two ago I decided to make the plunge and get a little bit more of an expensive digital camera that would produce more quality pictures. I researched for what seemed like forever before settling on the Sony Cybershot s700. It was a little more oney than I wanted to spend, but it has well been worth it since I bought it. The thing that got my attention first about this camera when I brought it home is the fact that it has a very slick and attractive design, smooth edges and just fun to look at. I was a little worried that because of the slick and smooth edges that it would slip out of my hand, but that hasn't happened yet. The picture quality is outstanding and, the video is good- not great but it does the job for smaller events like weddings or recitals. The pictures however blow my mind sometimes with how good they are, in low light, at night or action shots they are all great pictures. The battery life is pretty good, so so- not anything outstanding, but better than other cameras that I have used and owned in the past. Overall it was a great purchase and I am glad that I spend the extra money and bought it. I recommend it to others looking to purchase a camera.