I bought this for my wife, as I had seen one similar used at a bird sanctuary and saw the results and clarity of the pictures produced. I was not disapointed at all, in fact I was very impressed. The level of zoom on it too is very impressive, that you definitely need a tripod to give stability. What she enjoys about it too is the very clear display screen, which is bright and easy to see even in sunlight. Also, the simplicity of point and shoot. The camera has many aspects that suit those that require manual settings etc. So it is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone.