I am a photographer and bought this as a walk around camera. I wanted something that had a good zoom range as I was tired of missing shots out in nature because I had to change lenses. This camera has exceeded my expectations. I dare say some of the images are as good as what comes out of my DSLR. It is very easy to use and produces nice quality pictures. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Don't hesitate to buy this ... you won't be disappointed.