Summary: This camera is fantastic for those who have never known anything other than your cheap, standard 'point and shoot' cameras that don't allow for any customization. This camera offers all of your standard 'point and shoot' options, but it also offers so much more so for those who want to learn this is a great (and affordable) way to do so.
Summary: It's a fine camera to start out with and 99% of us non-pro photographers will be more than satisfied, but having that option of setting up your shot on the screen or through the view finder makes it indispensable to me. Too bright or too dark? It doesn't make any difference, you can see your set up regardless of the ambient light conditions.