I am a teacher who requires high quality photos for educational and artistic use. After years of expensive developing costs and technical headaches, I finally made the transition from my 35 mm Olympia to this DX80 Cybershot.
I find the camera easy to use, but the quality of photos to be exceptional. What attracted me to camera was the CMOS Image sensor which normally, I would have paid much more for, but has now been made available in this small compact camera. The night shots are incredible. I have never had to use a tripod either at night or day, the camera does have capacity built in to reduce some blur and noise, and automatic exposure, where conditions may not be great, especially outdoors. I was also attracted to the zoom function, which is also exceptional value. Capturing a more detailed blow up or image from even as far away as 15-20 feet works very well. It's the next best thing to a micro photo lense when I take detailed shots of plants.
There are a few drawbacks to the camera:
You only have about 1.5 hours of charge capability, so if you plan to use it on vacation, you will need to have a charger with you. However the camera comes with a USB charger that can be hooked up to the computer, or to an electric outlet. I have even been able to use my cellphone car recharger. As long as you keep some recharger nearby, you'll be fine. Second, I find the movie button in a very awkward place-it is right beside the shutter button. I have hit it so many times accidentally and turned on the movie recorder, that I would call this a design flaw in the camera. Again, a small inconvenience for all the benefits I have received. The Pros definitely outweigh the Cons.