This camera is a basic digital camera. It takes 20 photos at a time and has two formats to take photos on. It has several problems though: It eats batteries, we had it for about 2 days before the batteries ran out and we had to use the cable joined to the mains. This cable is very short and restricts you from taking photographs very far away from a socket, if you wanted to you would have to get an extension. The camera itself doesn't have a flash so I have found that it will only take pictures outside in bright light, not inside or on dull days. I can only take pictures just outside my back door as it has to be joined to the socket there and it is light. I am not sure how much it costs as I got it as part of my computer package. I have used it a lot to take pictures of my family and friends to send via e-mail. If your photo is just to do with the subject and the background doesn't matter, then this is an ok camera, and you can always change the background on a photo editing program.