I wasn’t really in the market for a new camera. I had a nice digital SLR that took good pictures, although it was falling behind current technology, being only a 5MP camera. However, after spending a wedding taking pictures with a compact camera, I was hooked. I knew I’d be doing a lot more photography, and having a lot more fun, if I could carry a camera in my pocket, rather than having to strap on a camera bag. I sold my SLR the next day and started reading the reviews for compact cameras. I’ve had the Canon A2100 camera for a month now, and really like it. The images are clear with very little noise or grain, color rendition is stunning, and the camera is exceptionally easy to operate. Face detection works well, as does the i-contrast system for ensuring that faces are appropriately exposed. On Auto mode, the camera almost always selects the correct mode for the shot, but you can always override it and choose the mode you want. Having the Program mode available allows those of us who have been shooting for years more leeway in setting individual parameters for special shots. The camera seems to have an exceptional ability to capture shots without using the flash (which I hate to use unless absolutely necessary). Even shots taken outdoors at night on the special ISO 3200 setting are clear and show almost none of the grain or noise you’d expect at this high an ISO value. Some users have expressed concerns about the battery life with this camera. Admittedly, when I used standard alkalines, I got a low battery alert after about 65 shots. I then switched to Energizer “Ultimate Lithium” batteries, and have taken over 500 shots- and they’re still going. I consider this very good performance for both the battery and the camera. I heartily recommend this camera for those who want an easy to take along, easy to operate camera that produces excellent quality photos.