This camera takes professional looking pictures even when used by a beginner. It is extremely easy to use in automatic mode and it is not difficult to set up in manual mode. If you are not a professional photographer but want to learn to take manual pictures, this camera is very good for that. Even in low light this camera takes good pictures. It has a very good flash on it also. They are crisp and clear. It has a nice zoom too. It is compact enough that it is easy to take with me where ever I go. You can't change lenses or use filters on this camera so you can't get some of the special effects you could get with a DSLR but it still takes super pictures and I can always edit and digitally add special effects. I can blow these pictures up to 14" x 20" and they are still crystal clear. The battery life is very good but when it starts to go dead, it goes dead quickly. I recommend having a spare on hand.