I still have a 7 year old stylus 300 that works great. My Stylus 5010 crapped out after 2 years. It began acting up after only 1 year. The lens gears were jamming intermittantly. Took it apart and founmd a lot of debris inside. Still need to take apart the lens assembly to possibly clean and fix it. This was a fantastic camera, with metal body. The VR340 has a plastic body which I consider to be a possible durability issue. Time will tell and that is why I got the $10 no questions asked ext. warranty. The VR340 has a serious zoom on it. 10X is double my previous stylus. I plan not to put this new camera in my pocket unprotected from lint and debris, which is where the 5010 likely got contaminated. That is the only negative on these newer \"pocket\" cameras. The much older better built stylus 300 can't get dirty. All of the Olympus cameras have macro and the VR340 has super macro that out shoots my $600 Nikon DSLR for close ups, hands down. I have only tnkered with the HD viodeo and it appears to work well. The VR340 is not as slim as my 5010, but in a camera socket, would still fit into average pockets. The menus are intuitive and very similar to other recent Olympus cameras s othere is little new to learn. I have not read the manual yet. This camera does utilize yet another different USB cable included. Seems like the industry would standardize. No big deal.