Summary: I had an earlier version of this same camera and loved it. Unfortunately, it got knocked off a table and the zoom broke. I bought this one thinking it would work the same and for the most part it does. The shutter speed is fast enough and the light is good. My only complaint is that the panoramic feature is a joke. It worked on the older model and I used it a lot of work, but on this model everything bends.
Summary: I have been using a Fujifilm Finepix A-900 for years and I am used to that size and weight so to me the S-4800 is a bit cumbersome. I recently bought it for myself because of the 30X. I wanted to take some macro shots of jewelry for insurance purposes. I found the manual easy to read and understand (it comes in 3 manuals in 3 different languages)and the camera easy to set up and use.