"Nice but not without some serious shortcomings."3.5 starson by markgrime
Pros: Nice resolution, great 7x zoom, compact, good video, good point and shoot capability
Cons: Battery must be inside camera to charge with included charger, three steps required to turn on timer mode and all three steps must be performed for each timer shot.
Summary: It is easy to use for the basic functions and has many great features. It is nice that it charges via the USB port but it is very disappointing that the charger doesn't cradle the battery thus requiring the camera to be connected in order to charge the battery. I had to buy an additional charger and extra batteries to make the set feasible for travel and longer functions. All in all it is a nice solid camera that my wife can keep in her purse. In standard mode it is not real good for sneaking a shot of the animals because it makes noises and has pre-flashes that tend to spoil a good pose, but video mode serves that purpose well. I still have much to learn about the unit as I've only had it for a couple of days.