I had never had a digital camera prior to this and just had the traditional 35mm film camera. So I looked around and originally had my eye on a Canon Rebel, but couldn't afford the price tag at the time. I then noticed this FinePix S3100 4.0 MP by Fujifilm and decided to buy it. It's really not too bad of a camera and fairly easy to use. I actually took some pretty dazzling photos with it. Some of the features this camera has is:* 6x Optical Zoom
* "Point and shoot" capability and Aperture Priority mode
* Video recording Mode (no audio)
* Lens adapter ring and capable of using the zoom lens/ filter attachments
* Uses xD memory cards (16 mb xD card included)
* Instruction book, USB cable (for computer connection), Software, and Video cable ( for direct connection to your tv video jack)
* and a variety of other settings and features
I was very pleased at first with this camera, but over time it's become sluggish (shutter reaction time / focus) and doesn't seem to work as well as it use to. I'm not sure if it's age, considering it's about 4 years old now, or if it's another situation. I take great care of my electronics, so it's not a issue revolving around that. However I am still using it and it's been a great starter camera. Since I purchased this one, prices have dropped considerable on the higher mega pixel cameras, so my focus is on getting a new one. Fortunately for you, if this model is one you'd like to try as a starter camera, you won't pay the price I did. I've seen used ones going for about $60.00, which kind of makes me cringe now considering what I paid. Oh well, I'll still keep it as a back up even after I get a new one, but for me, as far as buying another one of this model for myself, that would be a "no".