I own this camera, as well as a dslr, and I can tell you it's a fairly good camera, and at this price, is a really good deal.
True, this is a "bridge" camera. It is not a dslr. You cannot change lenses, add filters and it doesn't shoot in "raw", although the people this camera is targeted to won't even know what raw is.
This camera is really for someone wanting a little more oomph than they can get with a point and shoot. The zoom is really, really good on this, and I took some spectacular shots of a full moon. I was actually surprised at how well they came out. The body is lighter and smaller than a dslr, and I purchased this for taking landscape shots while out backpacking, without having to lug around a 3 pound dslr and several lenses.
I disagree that it doesn't take good shots in low light. If you learn just a little bit about the different shooting modes, it can take decent low light shots...you just have to know how to adjust the settings, and take it out of "automatic" mode. I took some shots of Half Dome in Yosemite, just after sunset, and a friend who was a professional photographer couldn't believe that I didn't use a dslr. There are plenty of online classes that will teach the very basics of photography, and just a little knowledge will help get surprisingly good shots from this camera.
If you are wanting to truly learn about photography, you will want a dslr, (and I would recommend the Nikon D3200 for beginners) but if you want a little more flexibility than your point and shoot offers, and would like to play around with something other than "automatic mode" this is a great deal.
The articulating screen comes in very handy, when either taking shots at ground level, or above your head, (as in taking photos over a crowd). The zoom is what really makes this camera stand out from other bridge cameras. Someone into bird watching would really appreciate this, and I was pleasantly surprised at the shots I was able to get at almost full zoom.
If you pick one up, best thing to do is to buy a dedicated battery charger, and an extra battery (you would need the extra battery anyway). I picked one up on Amazon for $30.