Watch the zoom as it may only be a digital zoom not optical so the results won't be that good. (edit: looks like it is optical zoom)
I agree for close up shots it is good. Very clear and bright.
I have just got an Olympus SZ-30MR and waiting to give it a try out. It can be fully auto or with lots of manual over-rides. 24x optical zoom.
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