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This camera is great. I specifically wanted a camera with a large zoom as I'm going to Canada and wanted to be able to photograph animals. The zoom is incredible. 12x digital with total zoom of 48x. The anti-shake function works really well and even on 48x you can still get good pictures. Its light so it makes it fantastic for tourists who don't want to lug a tripod etc with them. It has a straightforward mode so that beginners can start straight away, and so many more advanced options. The graph showing the white balance is brilliant because you can immediately tell where the picture needs improving. The only slightly annoying things are the flash which has to be popped up manually and the fact that you can't have the viewfinder and screen on at the same time. If you buy the camera make sure that you get a big memory card because the one that it comes with is pathetic. I bought a 1GB and it holds about 400 photos. Its also worth investing in a case as the camera doesn't come with one and the LCD could get scratched very easily. Generally a great camera and well worth the money.