Great minds think alike! I used the "effects" quite a bit (filters and greyscale, etc.), as well as the macro feature. The videos also turned out well, but, as is typical with camera's, the sound quality was horrible. I did use the camera's wifi mode to transfer pictures to my iPhone (which is a world phone - thanks to my workplace) and update the folks back home real-time via blog. Much more technology than I intend to use on our 2017 Camino but I'm glad I did it.