This camera is great for someone who wants a light and compact camera yet still wants some of the more advanced features. First of all the price: in most stores it will cost about $400 but if you shop around you can find it for about $300. Size and layout: This camera is a great size as well as lightweight the buttons are in all the right places for your fingers to reach. Battery life: The battery life is good but not great (I don't know exactly how long it lasts) I would suggest getting an extra battery. Features: The 4300 is packed with alot of features for the small price tag. There are 12 different scene modes. You can also change it to manual mode and control most features yourself. Image quality: The image quality is amazing (4 megapixels). The camera is able to catch all sorts of details. Other: It has 3x optical zoom. It also has some digital zoom but I would not recommend using digital zoom on any camera. Stores photos on type 1 compact flash.