I am a Nikon DSLR user but when looking for a simple but quality point-and-shoot camera, the Canon A720 IS fit the bill. This camera is small but not too compact yet offers quality features. The photo this camera produces are quite nice. At 8 megapixels, you certainly have enough to get nice size photos. However, megapixels can be overrated when optics are a real key. The optics of this Canon camera are very good. It has smart technology that locks on the face of objects and does real good at getting the exposure right. ISO sensitivity goes from 80 to 1600. Shutter speed ranges from 15 to 1/2000 sec. There are special scene modes to set the camera for particular shot situations like fireworks, snow, indoor, etc. Those who know nothing about camera settings can put the camera in one of these modes and generally take beautiful pictures. If you are expecting DSLR quality and features, you are not going to get it with this type of camera, but for a point-and-shoot camera you really can't go wrong with the A720 IS.