I was able to pick this camera out as a graduation gift. Unfortunately I did not look at many reviews before getting the camera. Although it has served me pretty good, there have been plenty of times that I wished I had shopped around longer.
I was looking for some certain specifications when I picked this one out. I wanted a camera that could take high resolution pictures and video, one with lots of zoom, and one that used AA rechareable batteries. Here's some specs:
*10.1 Mega Pixels
*HD video capability (1280x720 pizels) as well as HQ and VGA (two smaller sizes)
Overall the camera has done its job, and I have taken over 7, 500 photos and videos during the past 13 months that I have used it. It has a good number of features to satisfy the beginner.The photo and video quality is good. As long as you know how to take a good picture this camera will be fine. I don't recommend it if you take lots of action shots, I think it runs too slow for that.
Unfortunately I have several complaints about the camera. First, it sucks the life out of the two AA batteries it uses faster than you can charge them. Rechargeable batteries is an absolute must with this camera. I have also had the camera freeze up numerous times. I have to then reset it by cutting the power. Another problem involves the mode. When it is in the standard Smart Capture mode, it often flickers between that mode and the Action mode. This is a real annoyance. I've also been disappointed with how slow the focus is. I've missed many a good picture because of this.
Another issue, at least for PC users, is that the video is in MPEG format. I have not found a good program to do much editing with the videos on Windows.
Despite all my complaints I still use it regularly and have no plans to get rid of it. I do look forward to buying my next camera, but I will still use this one even as a secondary camera as long as it works.