This camera is an affordable option for digital photo taking. It has 12.2 mega pixels and a 5x optical zoom. We have owned this camera for over a year and have found that it takes good pictures. The battery life seems good which is handy for trips. I recommend bringing your charger for long trips. When taking pictures of mountains or objects that are far away I recommend not zooming in too much because the pictures can come out blurry. When you take a pictures and load it onto your computer you can then crop it or zoom in so that you can get the desired affect. I have found that to be helpful because blurry pictures can be difficult to sharpen with software features that I have found.