Summary: I wanted a camera that wouldn't break the bank that I could take on bike rides, hikes... I wanted good image quality, wide zoom range, and ease of use. This camera fit the bill perfectly. It has a wide range of automatic settings, for landscapes, motion, etc; these usually work great, but I can make adjustments if I like. I've snapped a bunch of photos with it, and I am quite impressed. The case is cheap plastic, but the guts of the camera are great.
Summary: Bought this camera for a trip to Europe. It worked beautifully and took great shots. The zoom was amazing and really expanded the versatility of the camera. Others have commented about the camera housing. I found it not to be an issue and it seems pretty well constructed. I hope to use it for many years to come. P.S. I only paid $150 for it, but looks like Amazon raised the price to $215. While pricey, I still think it is worth it.
Fills the bill with respect to capabilities and price
Jean Klimek, Amazon
9 June 2013
Summary: This camera is exactly what I was looking for as an upgrade to 7 year old Pentax Optio 5z. It is easy to operate (very similar to my old Pentax) and will fill my needs. The pictures I've taken to date accurately capture what I was looking at which, I suspect, is the major reason one takes pictures!