The poor rating is a result of the following:
Unacceptable noise above 100 ISO setting and using even the optical zoom.
Camera autofocus--rates poor, it will miss under many situations. On my camera, using any zoom setting, the autofocus fails. Manual must be used.
Exposure--rates fair, you can take multiple shots of a scene, one may be grossly over exposed, the next just fine. The problem tends to over exposure.
Auto white balance--best to set yourself.
Positives--when exposure and focus are correct, the pictures are above average, requiring minor adjustments for color saturation.
It is a shame that even with optical zoom, the tendency is to require the use of manual focus and for there to be noise more expected from digital zoom.