This camera is fantastic. It is just as good as the bigger, bulkier cameras except its small and light. Looks great, and works great too! The ridge at the side allows to good grip and controlled and stable shooting. The settings are easy to understand and change, and it offers a wide range of scene settings such as party, night time shooting, shooting moving objects, fireworks, portrait and many more. The 12.5x optical zoom shoots clear and attrractive photos unlike many cameras which blur after a certain amount of zooming. The camera can take a while to focus after zooming or moving the camera suddenly but once it does it is very precise and shows a lot of detail. The HD shooting is great and works well due to it being a 16 megapixel camera, and the 3D photos is amazing too! I've never used anything like it and it is quite simple to use once you get the hang of it. The panoramic shooting mode is great and creates amazing pictures, perfect for sceneic shots. The screen is clear and relatively large so shows an accurate portrayal of the actual photo. Overall this is a fantastic camera and well worth the money, although really, for what you're getting it's relatively cheap.