I bought this to replace an ageing compact camera and haven't been disappointed as it has captured beautiful pictures of my little girl.
Initially, the pictures were slightly out of focus, i discovered that this was because of Continuous Auto Focus (CAF) on this camera as the lens attempted to refocus every 3 seconds. Turn this off!
The pictures that this camera can take is stunning resulting from the full size APS-C sensor you would find in a Digital SLR.
In SMART mode, it's pretty much a point and shoot. Of course in this mode, the camera guesses the lighting conditions and attempts to take the best pictures. So it can be a bit hit and miss.
For those who like a bit more control, this camera can do fully manual/Shutter/Aperture priority too.
A feature that i really really love is the ability to email photos direct from the camera or upload them to facebook or google photos. This saves SOOO much time and ensures that those precious moments can be shared immnediately. Which is useful if most of the time if you, like me, can't be arsed to connect to PC to do the job.
The latest firmware 1.12 seems to have resolved all the issues that people have been talking about. I had no problems with wifi and the like.
The bonus is obviously the free tablet .. the Galaxy Tab 2 can be upgraded to the latest Android Jelly Bean out of the box. I liked this tablet so much i sold my old one on ebay.
At £350 this is one of the best value items you can get for your money. And given the quality of the pictures
If you're on the market for a 'next step up' camera from a compact and not after a 'professional' camera, then look no further. This is for you.