I bought an Ixus 60 to replace an Ixus V2 which has given me sterling service and produced excellent photographs over the past three years. The new camera is smaller, lighter, has a 300% larger CCD sensor, a 100% bigger LCD screen, a 50% longer zoom and is cheaper than its predecessor. If you want a small, tough, high quality camera that you can rely on then buy one of these. It has an optical viewfinder which is very useful, especially in bright sunshine, when the LCD screen image cannot be seen easily. Buy a 1Gb memory card, a spare battery (there is still no battery meter display - a quirk of the Ixus series) and a case to preserve this beautiful piece of engineering. Highly recommended.