This is an excellent camera, having owned a CASIO before and been very pleased with it. I was keen to upgrade to a new model with better zoom. The Zoom / panoramic features are excellent, as good as Sony and Panasonic. Picture quality is sharp, colours are vibrant. You can use it as a point and shoot and get some excellent results. Or use it with the Best shot settings for some stunning effects and photo's. Battery life is excellent, whilst out with friends it out-lasted a Sony and Panasonic. Overall I would recomend this to anyone. I can't find a bad point about it. People swapping from other brands may take a few moments to understand menu's, basic functions the same as other brands.