Excerpt: Wanted something smaller and lighter than an SLR. This fits the bill. Takes great pictures. 60x lens great for taking pictures of birds, and other wildlife. Foldout LCD handy for taking shots at difficult angles. And also like the way it protects the screen, when not in use. And, of course, great for viewing your pictures. Viewfinder was a must for me. I use it 99% of the time to take shots. Not only does it help you steady the camera, it also saves battery life.