This is very user friendly right out of the box.
My favorite features are the 6X optical zoom--this is great for vacation or for your child's sporting events. Also it has a built in image stabilizer which clears up the focus when you're not steady. This is great when you're moving.
5 megapixels--which is great unless you're planning on enlarging photos to poster size! Auto focus, which I suppose is standard nowdays! Runs on 2 AA batteries; auto shut-off; 14 mb of internal memory, beyond that it records to SD memory card; 2" LCD display. You can also record a bit of video--without sound. It comes with a USB cable so you can download to your computer. It has photo viewing software. Or you can just plug the SD card into your computer.
As I mentioned, it is very user friendly. I never read any of the instruction manual and have been able to figure out most of the features!
The functionality is impressive. I love that is makes my quick snapshots look like I worked at lighting and focusing like a pro! Honestly, there's no effort involved. The camera does all the work for you.
There are even several different settings you can take advantage of to help the camera work better in a particular setting, and this makes you look even more like a genius! Imagine taking gorgeous shots of fireworks! Or artisitc portraits in low lighting. If I had to set the focus and exposure manually on shots like these, I'd miss them all! Experiment with the different settings, and you'll be surprised at what you can create!