For your average family traveler, this is a good choice.
5 August 2012
Summary: If you're interested in more artful photography or any macro work, this is not your best choice. Outdoor photos are great, especially with all the scene settings available. The weight and size are great for vacation - especially if you're sight seeing outdoors. I prefer as much natural light - even indoors, and this model doesn't quite keep up. You'll have to use the flash if you don't want a grainy photo.
Summary: Execllent zoom, AA batteries convenient, Reliable, Optical zoom. An perfect choice for the outdoors person. Our last one traveled many miles --- giving many fine closeups of moose, bighorn, etc--- until it was dropped lens extended on a boulder.
Summary: i needed a new better digital camera that i could use on jobs, that looked and performed profesionaly, and this one fit the bill. no need to carry around a bag full of different lenses. its a great camera and very affordable, compared to regular dslrs.olympus rocks!!!
Summary: I've had the camera for just 2 weeks. I went to Alaska and took pictures of zoo animals with great results, especially the bald eagle where the cage wires disappeared in front of his face. I also zoom in for closeup shots of my cats, catching them unguarded. Shots are wonderful. The zoom, the movie, and the sequential shots are my favorites.