I absolutely love, love, love this camera! I really wanted a DSLR, but it's not practical when you're already toting around a stroller, diaper bag, etc. I needed a new point and shoot that I could take everywhere with me. This camera takes beautiful shots, and has all of the features I needed. The burst mode is great for taking pictures of active kids, the defocus makes for interesting shots (I have a neat one of a cake topper on a first birthday cake), and the quality of pictures taken in low light is exceptional considering it's just a point and shoot. I don't know that this would be a good camera for a professional, but for the average amateur it's great. My only complaint is that the battery life is horrible, especially when taking video. If you're on vacation, you have to charge it every night and even then you have to be selective with your usage. I am going to invest in a second battery. However, I love this camera so much that the poor battery life doesn't even bother me.