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I have to admit I didn't choose this camera myself, I won it in a competition. As a technophobe I was somewhat intimidated by it at first, but actually it's really not at all difficult to master the basics.
It is 7.2 megapixels, which is quite adequate for a clear, crisp photo and noticeably better than my old camera, which was around 5 megapixels if I recall correctly.
The zoom is 3 x optical. It has one of those zoom lenses that pops out of the front of the camera. To zoom in or out you push the little lever up or down. Very simple! If you zoom too close though the picture does get a bit fuzzy. This isn't designed to be a professional camera after all, just a point and click.
The menus are a little confusing as they're not entirely logical, and they are navigated via touch sensitive buttons. The buttons are small and close together, so someone with large fingers (or long nails like me!) will find that they regularly press the wrong one by mistake. I find deleting items that I don't want to keep can be a little troublesome. However, I also struggle with my smartphone. The more technologically advanced among us would probably have little difficulty.
I don't use many of the options from the menus so I don't find it too much of a hindrance. There are all sorts of settings which no doubt mean something to experienced photographers, but I can take decent photos on this without ever touching those. The ones I do understand are the settings for portrait, landscape, text, night scene, children (I assume that means anything that moves!) and fireworks.
You can also take digital videos of a minute or so in length, also in decent quality for a low price camera.
Also very useful is the anti-shake button, located on the top of the camera. Essential for those of us with unsteady hands!
It was supplied with a rechargeable lithium battery and a lead to upload pictures and videos to your computer. This is also reassuringly simple - quite literally just plug it in, switch it on and follow the prompts on the screen.
No case was supplied but the camera is a standard size and I was able to purchase a generic case very cheaply to fit.
When it was first released this camera cost in the region of £200, but you can pick one up for a fraction of that these days on Ebay.