I really needed a new camera for casual use... for parties with my friends, family gatherings, etc. I am certainly no professional photographer, but I like having recent and many photos of the people in my life. My old camera only had a 3x zoom because I bought it in 2006 when I knew nothing about anything. It was a Sony though, so it lasted a long time. I was looking for something else that would be as durable. I obsessed over customer review online (mostly here and Amazon) for months and still had no clue what kind of camera to buy. Canon is a great brand, but I didn't like the design of their smaller cameras. I also wanted something with at leave 7x zoom and good digital zoom as well. Eventually it came down to this camera or the Panasonic Lumix. It was a last minute decision to go with this one, and I'm glad I did it. This came with a memory card, a case, all the plugs, everything I needed. There was also no sign of why it might be considered "refurbished." No scratches or anything - it looked brand new. I bought the blue one and my sisters thought it was really cool too. There are a bunch of great settings on here and it was easy to play around with and learn how to use. I took about 120 pictures the first time I brought it to an event and they turned out great. I definitely recommend this camera, especially in blue!