I write for a magazine, which requires me to take technical photos, and so I buy a new point and shoot camera every couple years. This is bar none the best camera of its type that I've ever owned. It has two rings (one around the lens and another around the 'func set' button that can be used for anything from manual focus to shutter speed to white balance, etc. It takes blu ray quality video and very rich pictures - in manual mode as you adjust your rings (I have mine set for ISO and aperture) you can make the photo look exactly the way you want to before even snapping the shutter. This is particularly helpful in taking sunrise and sunset photos and technical shots where lighting may not be optimum and a flash washes things out. I couldn't ask for a better camera and I've owned a LOT of point and shoot models. Nobody does it like Canon.