So far I have found this camera to be perfect for my needs. I am not particularly good at taking photos being just a point and shoot type but this camera has a way of flattering my photography. Set it on the 'smart' setting and focus, shutter speed etc is all done automatically. It also has a 'scene' setting for night time, beach, backlight, dawn, sunset, text, landscape and even beauty shots! Aperture and shutter priority can be set manually if required. It also takes 720p HD videos which is very useful. You can also link it to your smart phone or TV via wifi or email photos directly to friends or your social network account. I sent mine to facebook with no problems but only send a few at a time. It has a good quality Schneider lens with 18x optical zoom which makes all the difference. Amazon's price was over £50 cheaper than the shop price so all in all recommended.