This is the best digital camera I have ever owned. I have honestly tried to find a negative about the GE A730 and could only find positives. You do not need directions to use it, as it is very self-explanatory via pictures on the camera itself. The quality of pictures is excellent, The megapixels and resolution is perfect. It has a beautiful appearance and it is very easy to carry due to its light weight. This product has my full endorsement especially for the price. The only slightly negative I could find was the zoom function is your average basic zoom which works fine for my needs but would not work for a professional. Also the storage is fine for me but a professional would have to invest in a sandisk to store more than the 512 megabytes of storage the camera has equiped. Overall I would rate it a 5 and recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent quality camera at an affordable price.