I picked this up literally a week ago. It actually is a lot larger than the pic. My thoughts were exactly like yours and I wanted a new one. So far I managed to cook a pot roast meal and bake bread. Food came out excellent so far. This is the deep 12" DO with 8 qt capacity. I got the camp oven because it's versatile and good enough for my family and as a tester. I'm def going to add on more CI cookware from Lodge and I'm already eyeing the 14" deep 10qt oven.
Quality is awesome. I was torn between the Chinese made Camp Chef 14" 10 qt oven but I went with Lodge because its made in USA and quality is superb. Glad I went with Lodge. You won't be disappointed.