Summary: I have owned three versions of this same camera. I bought this one a few months ago to replace the 7mp version and was surprised when it showed up and is physically larger than the old version. Used it on a several week international trip and here's what I noticed: PRO- The zoom is very good. I can take pictures that come out very good from very far away. Has many different settings, that allow you to adjust for different settings like sunset, fireworks, flowers, etc.
Summary: I liked mine so much that I purchased this now hard to find camera for my dad's retirement gift. It has clear crips shots, and great Optical Zoom, easy to understand control panel, and a comfortable design. I dinged it a star for being a little slow on the sports/action shots, even with prefocusing the lense and the fact that the card in in the same compartment with the batteries, and the battery compartment is placed in such a way as to be blocked by a speed mount on...
Summary: The camera has the posibility to add a better flash, if you need to take some difficult scene in darkness, also has multiple functions to take many kind of photos. I think the best is the battery, because with the rechargeable battery I don't need to buy any alkaline expensive batteries and it lasts many hours.
Summary: I really, really like this camera. I use it primarily for taking pictures of automobiles for a car website. The pictures are not the sole content, they just accompany the articles I write, so my focus isn't on taking artistic shots. It does it's job well and has a look that doesn't leave you mistaken for an amateur. I particularly like the 30x zoom and wide angle lens.
Summary: I love my new camera. Still learning all the settings. I take pictures in a dark club, so some pictures are coming out blurry. Not sure if it's the camera setting or the camera. My small Kodak Easy Share took better club pics. But....with that all being said, this camera takes beautiful pictures at home and outside!! Closeups are perfect. I would recommend this camera to people who take every day photos...family, scenery, etc. I'm happy!
Summary: This is not a high end camera but for amateurs like us it has much of the feel and all the features of compact cameras with a great zoom. It is easy to use with the automatic features working well and the buttons well positioned for the user. It is attractive and has a few manual features, as well as automatic features, that should keep the new photographer happy.