Pros: It can be point and shoot, some automated settings for certain situations or manual settings to your liking..
Cons: It met all my expectations for cameras in the class/price range. I don't feel limited by this camera, batt life is good.
I bought this for my wife for Christmas 2009 and we both love it. My brother in law got my sister one and my dad got my mom one. My wife photographs little league baseball, cross country, basketball, volleyball and wrestling. She has done engagement and wedding pictures. We do a lot of events and share on Facebook so people can see their kids, people love and expect great pictures from us. I do night photography and landscape photos. I love the lens that came with it and use it for all of my night shots, I got some great northern lights and star pictures as well as moon rise and moon setting pictures. We got the 55-300mm lens, it is great for outdoors and good lighting. The speedlite SB900 lets you do some indoor shooting with that lens but needs constant tweaking for different distances. We finally got a Sigma 50-155 with a 2.8 aperture and don't even use a flash for events anymore. The flash let us do some great Senior portraits, great bounce flash. No complaints or problems with this camera. The pictures I included with this review were shot with the 18-55 kit lens.