I bought this camera in May of 2007 to replace my ancient 3.0-megapixel Kodak Easyshare that was four years old. This camera is available in eight different colors, and it has a 2.5 inch LCD screen. It's an 8.0-megapixel camera and has a 3X optical and 4X digital lens with a zoom range of 12X. When you turn the camera on the lenses come out from the camera, and when you turn it off they retract back so that they are flush with the front of the camera. I like this feature because the lens is completely covered, so I don't have to worry about scratching it when it's turned off.
The flash control is actually a button on the back of the camera, which is an improvement over my previous camera in which you had to scroll through a bunch of menus to adjust the flash. There are four flash settings: auto, fill, red-eye and off/no flash.
I have to admit that I don't use many of this camera's features. It can take short videos, and it has a scene mode which supposedly lets you take panaramic photos or even pictures at night.
I have a Mac computer, and it came with the iPhoto picture software application. All I have to do to upload my pictures from my camera is plug the USB cable into my computer, plug the other end into the camera, turn on the camera, and press the "Import" button in my iPhoto software. My computer even launches the iPhoto application automatically when it detects that a camera has been connected. This is my favorite feature of this camera; it truly is easy to share your photos.
I have watched friends go through the hassle of having to run camera software to get their photos onto their computers, and it looks like a confusing and arduous process. I'm glad I don't have to bother with it. My camera also detects if a photo I'm importing is a duplicate, and it asks me if I want to import it or not. That is nice because I don't end up with a bunch of duplicate pictures if I've forgotten to delete a picture from the camera's memory card.
The best feature is the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. I don't have to spend a ton of money on batteries anymore: all I have to do is connect the cord to the camera and connect the other end to a power outlet. This is a great camera if you are a novice like me and simply want to take pictures for your own personal use.