This camera has crisp clear images, very good optical zoom, and tough enough to stand up to weather, sandy beaches, and drops. I would buy this camera again. This camera is an excellent choice if you are looking for a camera that takes great pictures without having to take a class to learn how to use it. As great as SLR cameras sound, I know that, as a busy mom, I wouldn't have time to learn to properly use one. This camera, however, was super easy to use and took wonderful quality pictures. I love the various settings it has for museums, snow pictures, beaches, etc.