I bought the camera for my son to take on a mission trip to Nicaragua. He said it was taking excellent pictures, had beautiful color and clarity, and he couldn't wait to get home and see larger images of the pictures. He said it was light to carry (he kept it with him in his pocket always). It was easy to set up and learn. The perfect camera he said for a beginner or a professional. He really misses one picture of him on top of a volcano.\nIt was a great camera while he had it until someone liked it better.
Do not buy this camera. First let me say I don't expect much from a camera. I use it close up and as long as pictures are not blurry I am fine. I used this one only 3 times. The first 2 times it worked fine. Pictures looked great. They 3rd time I used it, I had only owned it 5 days. Every picture I took was far to the left. I tested it several times. I made sure the item was centered, clicked, and when the picture showed up the item was way to the left. Loaded pics on my computer, and sure enough every picture was way to the left. Also the battery dies very fast. Took it right back to the store.
I have owned 2 Olympus cameras prior to this one and loved them both, so I specifically bought this one because it was an Olympus camera. It takes beautiful shots of still objects, but once there is motion you have about a 50\/50 chance of getting clear shots. The zoom is fantastic, but you'd have to have the camera mounted in order to get clear shots at maximum zoom. Because we have very small kids I wanted a camera that has a fast response (which this camera does), as well as good autofocus. I could tell quickly that I could \"capture the moment\" when taking pictures of the kids, but about half of the time they came out blurry. I ended up taking back the camera after 1 week and buying instead an entry level SLR. If you plan to take mostly stills then you would probably love this camera. If you want something for kids...I'd keep looking.