I recently went to Europe for 2 weeks, with my mother, so I wanted an extra camera, however I only used this one, which was an upgrade from my other digital camera. HOWEVER, my only warning is that it takes a MICRO memory card, not the standard one you have been using for the last 7 years. If you buy this camera, you will need new cards, rendering your old cards useless, just keep that in mind. It did take great pictures, and I loved the screen on the front, as I take about a million self portraits, so you really get the good alignment, similar to a cell phone camera. The pics are great- and I haven't even used the upload technology, which I should have studied before I went.