Summary: Purchased this camera for the 6x zoom. Worked well for about a year. It is pretty much impossible to see anything in the LCD outdoors in any kind of daylight. You often have to just point and guess. When it took pictures the quality was very good. After about a year the LCD screen when black. All the menu items would show, even the flash would go, but the pictures were just black. Replacing batteries would sometimes work for a day.
Summary: After doing a bunch of research, I bought two of these for my teenage kids since they were said not to have the defective Sony CCD that late model 2005 point-and-shoots all seem to have had. The first zamera lasted six months before the lcd display began to worsening exhibit dark striations. After a few days of that, the camera dies completely. The second camera made it another two months before falling prey to the same disease. One camera . . . a fluke maybe. But two?