I have purchased my first digital camera in 2004, and it was Canon Pro1, which was an amazing piece of equipment for amateur photographer like me. It had an articulated screen, L-grade 7x zoom lens, and tons of settings for creativity. I took thousands of great pictures with that camera, and was able to capture very memorable moments. Unfortunately Pro 1 had all the drawbacks of "point and shot" technologies - small sensor, slow processor, any ISO over 200 was not useful due to extensive noise, slow auto focus, etc. I was hoping for Pro2, but it never arrived. Since then I had owned many "point and shot" cameras, but none had the features or image quality of Pro 1, which I loved. My ideal camera should be able to operate in automated modes (with the ability to use manual modes as needed), should have articulated screen for recording videos, should have stereo microphone, should be able to deliver good pictures in low-light, should have sufficient zoom, and should have reasonable size/weight. In a nutshell, my concept of ideal camera is simple - I pay money, I press button ...and camera delivers. How it does it - I do not know, and frankly, do not care. In my "journey" for the ideal camera I had tried Canon D60, G12, G1X, as well as a few non-Canon products, but liked none due to lack of performance, convenience and/or features I was not willing to compromise on. I finally gave up, and computerized on the camera's size by buying Canon T3i, which then I had replaced with T4i. Canon T4i with 18-135 STM lens kit is the perfect for me, and has everything I need. With the 7.5x zoom it is unlikely I will ever need another lens (but it is nice to have options). This camera proved to be perfect for all types of shooting, and my wife loves it. The only true compromise is its size, but I am learning to deal with it. So, if you an amateur photographer, and need a perfect tool that can always deliver perfect quality photos and videos in "point and shot" mode, this kit is no brainier (as long as you can afford it).