So, when I received this camera I was a little skeptical. It looked like the package had been opened multiple times. And definitely the parts had been taken out at least once since nothing in the box was sealed. There was also a finger print on the camera body hahaha! So needless to say I was freaking out a bit much. Twas the evening before Christmas and I really wanted to get this for my kid. My friend convinced me to try the thing out. I did. And it works perfectly. Lots of pics have already been taken. To off set the cost I have said this is a Christmas and Birthday gift combined. Now given the price point, it definitely does have loads of room for improvement. However, the main selling point was that it looks like a super expensive DSLR camera. Its good for beginners. and I hate to say this. IF it gets misplaced or ruined, it's not like I've plonked down 1L for this. I can cut my losses. CONS definitely quality of the picture. so it's really up to each person. For my 14 year old, it means the world. If you're in a similar conundrum, hope this helps!