As my first point and shoot "digital" camera I can honestly say this camera rocks! The only major con in my book is that there is no zoom while actively recording. Also, the red eye features don't work at all while taking the shots. This seems to be a big con that I have read on other reviews. However, you can manually fix this with the camera in menu settings before downloading to your computer. Or just use photoshop, but the menu setting canon has set up works great. I took this camera and my DSLR to New York for a recent trip and ended up using the point and shoot a lot more. I had a photo competition I needed to submit some shots for and a lot of the photos I submitted ended up being from what I shot with the Canon. The night shots are great, but read the manual! There are a lot of things this camera will happily do for you if you take the time to read the manual. Otherwise, just set it to auto mode and click away. The color accent feature still blows everyone away when I show them my shots. For the price of the camera you literally get a mini photoshop/ corelphotopaint built into the camera. I'm still on the original battery which doesn't run out of juice too early like other manufacturers. I now have a second camera to add to my arsenal when going out.