Brilliant camera for budding photographers.
times 10 optical zoom brilliant, manual or auto focus.
Easy to follow menu routines.
rechargable battery, and changable memmory sticks.
But if your just after a quick shot camera, this is not for you, it's too big for a pocket.
If you do buy one of these, you wont be sorry, capable of very close up work and distant photos. As well as panoramic shots.
Oh buy the way make sure you buy a tripod with this, and all digital cameras with such powerfull zoom lenses.
Mine only came with 16mb memory stick so buy a 64mb stick at least which will store 3.5 min video or 85 very large high res photos.