I've had this camera for a little over 4 years now. It has always been a solid performer. I've taken it to concerts, outdoor events, family gatherings, and sporting events. The settings are easy to change and simple to use. It allows you to control everything in manual mode, or switch to fully automatic. I think it zooms quickly and I don't have problems with autofocus as compared to my friend's and family's point and shoot cameras. I wish the flash was faster to recharge using rechargeable batteries. I'm only stopping use of this camera because I'm planning to upgrade to a Canon dSLR.