This was my very first DSLR camera, after only ever using point and shoot cameras, and I love it! It is amazing how much you can do with this camera! The camera is very user friendly and pretty easy to learn. I like that this camera has a relatively low price (for a DSLR) and allows people who want to expand in photography to upgrade without going broke. I started with just the kit lens that came with this camera, and it's a decent lens, fine for someone just starting with a DSLR. This camera can be used for many things, I have used it for macro photography, landscape photography, portraits, engagements, newborns, etc. - The list just goes on! Obviously there are better DSLR's out there and if you are going to be a professional photographer you may want to upgrade - I consider this camera entry level DSLR - but it is perfect for learning! If you're just looking for higher quality pictures, this DSLR would also be fine for you, they are a lot of auto modes that still allow you to take a great picture without knowing anything! Overall great camera, I love mine!