6.0 megapixel - 3x optical zoom - 6.4 cm LCD screen - metal body.
I was given this camera as a present a couple of years ago, and find it excellent for a novice user. I have had a Vivitar digital camera previously and this was an upgrade for me. I wanted a camera with a decent macro feature as I mostly use it for taking pictures of articles for sale on Ebay some of which are small (although beautifully formed).
It has proved to be worth its price, taking consistently good quality photographs, even when I have had a shaky hand day. It has a simple menu and easy to use buttons. The battery life is fairly good and recharging takes a couple of hours, although its best to remember to check the state of the battery in between photo sessions and not find that you are all set up to take lots of photos only to discover that the battery has about 5 minutes of life left.
The menu of features is simple to use, with clear instructions. It warns you if you try to delete all the photos at once and it is easy to go back to a previous stage.
I haven't made very much use of the zoom function, preferring to get up close and use the macro or supermacro settings. The 6.4cm LCD screen is good for viewing your image and adjusting framing and cropping as you go. It also makes viewing your series of images quite easy, and will display 6 images at a time when you want to select those you wish to keep or erase.
A small quibble is that the clip to hold the battery in place is plastic and broke off quite early in use, so the battery now is only held in place by the outer cover, which sometimes means that it can lose connection during a photo session and needs to be fiddled with to re-connect.