When I was hospitalized, my husband accidentally dropped our Nikon Coolpix and its lens part went straight to the floor. Needless to say, the lens would not work anymore, as the lens shutter got stuck. My husband tried to fix it, but to no avail. So it was good as gone.
But we needed a camera because I was giving birth about a couple of months after that. I didn't want my baby to be deprived of photos in this digital age, yet we did not have the money to spare, as I was hospitalized twice before I gave birth. Thankfully, a friend of ours selling cameras offered us this affordable alternative on installment. Olympus is a good brand and I was told that their newer models are very good.
And indeed it is. For its price range, the 8 megapixel lens is already quite good. There are also different settings available for different scenarios, like museums, fireworks, nightime, cuisine etc...kind of photography. It is easy to use as well. Of course, its quality is not like the higher end cams of Canon, but it works just fine for us. But just like any other digital camera that is not SLR, its pictures are quite grainy when taken during nightime indoors. But its outdoor, naturally lighted photos are impeccable.
The video quality though leaves much to be desired. It is like taking videos using a cellphone video. Ugh...videos turn out dark and very small.
But well, until we can afford a better camera, this will do. After all, we got it affordably. And my baby has her photos. :D