This camera takes amazing pictures. It would be considered a bridge camera, something in between a point and shoot and DSLR. It has many functions that DSLR's have, without the hassle of extra lenses. The zoom lens gives a good usable range of picture taking options. There is an auto setting for those who just want to take pictures without thinking. This camera has excellent low light response. A little on the slow side, and sometimes focusing can be a bit of a problem, but overall I highly recommend it.