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.