I can honestly say that this is the first camera, of any sort, that I have bought that I am completely satified with. First of all the 35x zoom is a joy to use. It is perfect for bird photography allowing me to fill the frame from a long way off. Even hand held there is no sign of shake at full zoom (in daylight conditions)the image stabilisation is that good. Navigating around all the available functions is made so much easier with the helpful hints, and builds user confidence to try new things. Photos are clear with the autofocus being spot on, and the colours are natural. SO glad I chose this camera!