Summary: My first camera (decades ago) was an all-manual Olympus OM-1, and now I've returned to the fold with this essentially all-automatic Olympus model. In the intervening years, I made do with various Fuji and Canon point 'n' clicks, but was never really satisfied with the picture quality or zoom ranges. Convenient, but compromised. I'm quite happy with this camera's image quality, short shutter lag, image stabilization, user interface and general feature set.
Summary: I don't know of any other camera in this price range that has the features of this Olympus model, especially the 40X zoom lens. My wife and I have another Olympus camera that we love--great pictures and easy to use--but she does a lot of international travel with her job, and she was wishing she had a stronger zoom lens a few months ago when she was trying to get closeup photos of Koalas in the wild. This new camera will solve that problem for her.
Summary: Very good camera. Only problem is the battery type (AAA) versus "flat" battery type (which I had a charger). This now requires me to purchase recyclable batteries. I may have missed this in the specs.
Summary: I had not owned a camera in a while and was looking to get a fairly uncomplicated one that will last a while. I think I have found what I need. I still haven't read the instruction after almost a month(I know I could get so much more out of it just by doing that) but have been very pleased by the photos I've taken so far.
Summary: Great lowlight performance, very active autofocus target, simple controls. Bosses at Nikon and Olympus told Bloomberg they expect camera market to take a dive this next year to less than half, then fall that much again. Cell phones and high-end cameras are expected to be the only tools for snaps and video in the foreseeable. This 820 replaced a 5-year-old model in my work truck. I am very pleased with it. I leave the DSLR with the thousand-dollar lens at the office.