Great camera for kids. Fits in a shirt pocket, light, the fixed lens is hard for a kid to damage and comes with a slip-on rubber armor "skin". Picture quality is not on par with similar 5MP Kodak or HP cameras, but good enough. There is an unusually long 2 second delay after puching the button before it takes a picture. Get an SD card (1GB MAX), as the 16MB internal memory only holds 6-8 pictures at highest quality setting. Video does have sound. Battery life is very good with Alkaline, excellent with rechargeable AAA's. The flash is bright, but max range is about 10 feet. It features basic picture controls, nothing very advanced. Avoid your left hand getting infront of the IR sensor or by the lens (light will reflect off your hand and wash out the picture).