If you're only ever going to buy one digital camera in your entire life, then this is the one to buy. The camera offers an excellent wide angle 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, all in a relatively compact body that will fit in your pocket. Image quality is also excellent, and despite more noise than average, detail is very good. The camera provides an abundance of features, and has an impressive 3" screen. The camera features a very clever "Intelligent Auto" mode and makes using the camera easy, and fun, and provides an abundance of scene modes for beginners. For those looking for more creativity the camera features manual white balance, exposure bracketing, rapid continuous shooting, a histogram, and other image options. Add in an impressive widescreen HD video mode (1280x720 at 30fps) that lets you use the optical zoom whilst filming and you have a very impressive all-round package, all squeezed into a stylish, metal camera. Battery life is also good - I was able to take 275 shots on one charge. Highly Recommended.