Pros If you want more than a pocket camera can do and in many cases for less money this is your camera. Smiling children to tripod needed shots of the Moon, and everything in between seems to be covered.
Cons The weak 3-inch display is only adequate and your images will almost always look better then it displays. As with most any bridge camera in low light situations it's best to use the flash.
Summary If you're not a professional photographer or a 'Senior Editor' at CNET and just want something more than a pocket camera the s4250 would be a good and inexpensive choice for real people. With 17 shooting modes and an equivalent 500+mm zoom lens this camera does much more than most people will ever need. It's menu system is easy to understand and use.
The 3-inch display is adequate at best and can not be trusted to show the true quality of the images you've taken. On the other hand if the display looks good to you, you will certainly not be disappointed in your prints or what they look like on your computer.