What a superb little camera! It has just about everything for the traveller/holidayaker. A 28mm equivalent wide angle for group shots and breadth when you have restricted space in front of your scene, to a useful 10x optical zoom to get close up to those objects you cannot approach. You can even get 67X magnification by using the digital zoom in combination (though at cost of image quality at the top end). There is a great, almost automatic, panoramic feature for landscapes and many programmed modes from close-ups of flowers to night shots and landscapes. All this in a trim, slim body which slips easily into a pocket or bag. The print quality some flower shots I took is excellent. You can get it in red, blue and purple as well as black. I got a great looking blue one at an excellent price but I see the price has gone up already - I'm not surprised for the features it offers - even at the higher price, it offers a great deal more than any other compact of similar price in particular the 10x optical zoom where others are offering only 3x or 4x AND it does high definition video with sound at the touch of a button.Thoroughly recommended.