This is my second Sony HX camera. My first was a Sony HX-50 that died after several years of use (lens motor stopped working). This version is improved in a couple of important ways. Most importantly, the popup viewfinder is tremendously useful in daylight conditions. The viewscreen is often hard to see in sunlight, but that is never a problem with the viewfinder. Opening the viewfinder is a little clunky, but you get used to it. The viewfinder does have a focus lever so using it with glasses is no problem. I also like that the GPS locks on much more quickly than older cameras (that often had GPS that were too slow to be useful). Despite the features, this camera is slimmer than my old HX-50.The main downside to this camera (and probably all compact big-zoom cameras) is that the image sensor is very small, which limits the quality of your images. Even in bright sunlight conditions, my photos are always grainy when viewed on a large screen. They may look fine on a cell phone screen or a low quality viewer (like Facebook or Instagram), but when viewed full-screen on a computer screen, the image quality is noticeably more grainy and less dynamic than photos from a better camera. Photos are still much better than any cell phone camera, of course.A big zoom camera is great for sports and wildlife and if you want a big zoom in a pocket sized camera, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better than this. For sports and wildlife photos, getting closer to your subject is often not possible. I've taken usable wildlife and sports photos from hundreds of yards away, even miles away for landscape photos. If you don't need the big zoom or can tolerate a bigger camera (like a one-inch or micro-4/3 or APS-sized sensor), however, you can do much better than this (for a bigger price).