Excerpt: I purchased this camera after much research and was looking forward to having a great camera. I take hundreds of pictures a week - mostly of children and events they participate in, as well as crafting and such to put on my blog. My old point and shoot finally died, so I figured this would be a great time to move a step up. Paying two and a half times more than I paid for my point and shoot, I figured having clear, beautiful pictures would be a given. It wasn't.