I had bought this Camera after mine was stolen. The 7.1 megapixels is a great level for the new photographer. This camera has all the ability of a Professional camera. I took alot of pictures at the concerts of the band I used to manage and they were some of the best ones ever taken of the guys. I also used this camera to do photography shoots for numerous families and friends. So if your looking for a camera that is not extremely wallet crunching but reliable then this is the camera for you.