What captured my attention to this camera had been the huge zoom in such a tiny frame (lens excepted, just a little bigger than a pocket P&S), a singular achievement compare to the recent and announced super zooms.
Testing it I've discovered other qualities but also drawbacks. The zoom was rewarding, but of course some rules had to be obeyed at its maximum. The Fine Zoom gives you a plus in performance at the price of the image size (8M maximum). I liked the menu also (mainly the classical selection wheel transfered within the display). I'd liked to mention some other nice features (photo "paraphernalia" if you wish) like the auto-mode panorama and the drawing mode.
At the beginning I've been rather upset by the absence of the manual mode (the lack of the viewfinder had not been a problem for me); then I've discovered I could emulate the desired configurations by the settings in the menu, admittedly a more complicated way.
When shooting movies you have to decide if you want to use the optical zoom variation and no sound recording, or to choose the sound and the digital zoom variation only. I think this is because the zooming in being rather noisy.
As drawbacks besides the ones in the list I'd like to mention the battery charging through the camera, so blocking any activity during the action. I'm advising for a spare and a charger.
All in all I believe it is an interesting and rewarding camera, but don't buy it if you're not ready to make some effort to learn a new operating way.
Great Zoom, Night landscape, Image quality, Menu navigation, Good image stabilization, Good in low light
Short battery life, No optical zoom in movies with sound, No manual aperture priority and shutter priority, Non-standard usb interface