I have owned Olympus cameras since the OM1 became available in the early 1970's. The SP-560 does everything expected of it and more, and completely matches the quality of earlier models. The 18x zoom is incredible and using the image stabiliser gives a pin sharp result. I have found the colour reproduction excellent, battery life good and the video mode of 640x480 @ 30fps, a higher quality than my previous C-8080, is a bonus. I'm not bothered about the fact that you can't zoom when in that mode as I prefer to stop filming, zoom, and then start again. One point to know is get a type H xd card (Sandisk or Fuji are currently available) as you then have no limit on the length of the video clip other than the size of the card - the 40 secs referred to in the manual is with an Olympus type M card, although they are good for the panoramic function with stills. Rear screen and viewfinder are clear and bright. The number of options/modes on the controls are almost overwhelming, but the manual does a good job of explaining them. All in all, I'm delighted.