A camera is a camera is a camera. I've owned a million of them, and really only picked this one up since I'd washed mine in a pair of pants the week before and was about to pet zebras. No seriously. You want pictures of that. So I was on a tight budget at the time, and only had about 200 to blow, so I picked this one for one reason and one reason alone. There's not a whole lot of differences that I've cared about in the $200 camera range, and this one was weatherproof and I was going to the beach later that day too.
Sometimes things just work out in your favor. The "Dual IS" (image stabilization) really helps you take the quick shots, you can speed the shutter up to take almost 10 (low quality) pictures in a second, and the weatherproofing has saved this from distruction after accidentally being left out in the rain.
I'm not saying it's the best thing on the planet--but honestly at this point you don't need half the megapixels that more expensive cameras are offering anymore (it's 7.1 btw), it's not that expensive, it's durable, and it takes great pictures. The only downside is that the Olympus takes outdated (but cheaper!!!) XD memory only. And I mean aside from the fact that XD looks like a stupid smiley face and won't work in anything else you own, I got a 2 gig card on sale for $20. How you gonna argue with all that?