"Excellent, completely tuneable"4.5 starson by ltesta
Pros: Small size, 6x zoom, manual controls, Av, Tv, big display. optical finder
Cons: Slow flash recharge cycle, some Image Quality issues
Summary: This camera is small and powerfull, has a great zoom, optical viewfinder, an incredible macro and has full manual controls.
It only uses two AA batteries so it makes it perfect for a jacket pocket and it is not heavy at all.
The display is big but lacks some resolution and washes out in bright light, but that is the reason for having the optical viewfinder (it moves with the zoom).
The main problem is the slow flash recharge cycle (4 to 5 secs) and some noise issues at higher ISO levels. You can modify all settings in P mode so this it not really an issue.
It has Av and Tv, so there is plenty of room to play and learn advance photography skills.
I am happy with it and if I feel like is going out of my hands I just go to Auto mode or any of the pre-set scene modes and will do just fine.