I will start out by saying that HP's Photosmart R725 is NOT. It is not a digital-SLR camera. It is not intended for professional photography. It is not going to make masterpieces. With all of that out of the way, I can now tell you that this digital point-and-shoot camera is a solid piece of machinery. It is ultra-compact and will likely fit into your back pocket (just don't sit down!). This 6.2-megapixel camera has a large 2" image display on the back and a 3X optical zoom and 8X digital zoom for an impressive overall 24X zoom. I have taken scenic photographs and blown them up to 11" x 14" for framing in my home and was quite pleased with the results. The battery life is fairly decent, although beware a pretty touchy & sensitive power button that likes to turn the camera on while it's in your purse or bag - draining the battery while you're not looking. Another plus of this camera is the HP Design Gallery built-in software that include in-camera red eye removal as well as artistic effects and borders before you ever transfer a single image to your computer. Bottom line - the HP Photosmart R725 is great at its intended uses.