I bought this digital camera probably about 4 or 5 years ago. Back then 3.1 Megapixels was AWESOME! By todays standards it's not so much. My mother has a more up to date digital camera and she has way more Megapixels. But I still enjoy using this camera. It still take fairly good quality photographs and it's very easy to carry and travel with.
It has a built in Flash that you can manually turn on or off or turn to auto. I've noticed that when you turnt he flash off some of the photos come out very grainy and dark (even outside on a sunny day, they turn grey). And on the other hand when you have the flash on the photos are sometimes washed out by light. So you have to test your environment to see what setting the flash has to be on to get a good quality photograph.
The camera has multiple settings.Most of them I don't even use cuse it's too much of a hassle to switch the setting. It has environment settings on it. Like Florecent lighting, Party, Snow, ect.. I used to use these settings but they didn't seem to change much so I just turned them off. You can also change the size and quality of your photos. The higher the size and quality the more memory space it takes and the fewer photos you can store on your camera or memory card. The camera has a self timer uilt in so you can set up for a family photo with yourself in the photo. You can change the brightness quality depending on what lighting you have. You have to be careful with this setting cause it can ruin a lot of spotanious photos if you change environments and forget to shange the setting.
This camera has a 4x Digital Zoom which I hardly ever use because the image gets so grainy when you zoom in on objects.
It has a video option which I have used on occasion. It takes a lot of memory depending on the quality you want and the size of your memory card. But all and all the video option is pretty good.
Hook up to the computer is a breeze. The camera came with software and a USB cord. I have never installed the software that came with the camera yet I can still upload my photos from my camera to my PC no problem. All I have to do is plug the USB cord into my PC, Turn my camera on (yes the camera has to bo ON or the PC will not read the camera), plug the USB cord into my camera and copy and paste the photos from my camera into a folder on my PC or open the photos in a photo editing program. Takes less then 5 minutes depending on which option I choose. I have even uploaded photos to an online photo hosting site directly from my camera with no problems at all.
The camera also comes with a wrist band for easy carring.