I must point out first that I haven't given this camera a proper use, other than experimenting here and there.
This is my first New dedicated camera for 8 years. I have had various different film cameras over the years, including a cheap Practika SLR and my first digital was a Kodak DX4330, which served me well for a few years.
My interest in photography was re-ignited last year, when I was given an old (4 years !!) Sony Ericsson Phone that surpassed my Kodak in quality.
This was bought on a whim, a Boxing day tradition of going to a shop and looking, but this time I bought something.
Love it. The HD video is a nice touch, and being able to have VGA (640x480), and 320x240 resolution is good too.
For stills,I like the choice between Intelligent Mode (i.e. Auto) and Scene Mode. Scene mode offers a nice selection of preset modes to cover most eventualities, including several low-light settings which I find attractive.
"Normal Mode" seems a little superfluous to me, but it is there to experiment with, except for one minor niggle - whilst you can switch off the flash, and mess around with the exposure, you can't change the shutter speed manually.
Stability control and being able to set the ISO setting as high as 1600 is nice too, and compensates for the lack of shutter control.
However, it is a cheap 12.1Mp point and shoot, and having no real frame of reference, I can't really complain.
The only other criticism I can level at it is that the full user manual is a PDF on the Software CD supplied, and the printed one supplied is a "Quickstart Guide".
I have just scratched the surface so far, I need to get out there and photograph !