Summary: I bought this camera for the summer, because I spend lots of time in and around the water. I used it before, though, for taping and taking pictures around the house, never getting it wet. It worked great, with excellent picture quality and was very convenient to have in my hand. In June, I took it to the pool for the first time. I pressed the underwater button, started the video, and then put it in the water about 3 inches under for about 5 seconds.
Summary: This was one of the biggest head ache's I have ever had. This camera fogged up the first time i got it wet. I did everything right too. With in one week of the fog issue the camera was dead. I bought extra insurence with the camera from panasonic, they got my camera, lost it and now refuse to give me a new one. I have been on the phone with them for hours.
Summary: The camcorder worked great, just as expected. My girlfriend used it for 3 weeks in Ireland with no problems, but once we entered the ocean with it just 1 month after purchasing the camecorder never turned on again. We didn't knock it, bump it, drop it, go in above our heads and it just quit. I tried to dry it, no luck. Even took it apart and then saw the corrosion. To add insult to injury the broken camcorder was stolen at an African airport by the airport security.
Summary: The software is will not run on a Mac. Instruction manual tells how to get still pictures onto Mac, nothing about video and I cannot figure it out. Does anyone know? Panasonic absolutely useless with help on the phone, spent 1.5 hours on hold between 2 calls, never spoke to anyone.
Summary: After 3 days in switzerland in rain spoilt. gurantee not covers that . can not be repaired according customer service of panasonic. But can be raplaced for that i should pay the value of 550 swiss franks the real price in store was only 440 swiss frank
Summary: When moisture mysteriously entered this unit and shut it down, Panasonic service wanted 80 bucks to tell me it was unfixable and "corroded". I put it in the cuboard for a few months then plugged it in again. It turned on then had broken images for about an hour. No sound recorded. Then it came good and the images fixed themselves up. Still no sound - Maybe the "waterproof" microphone got water in it and, "corroded".
Summary: I can only reiterate the negative experiences above with this camera. The only difference is that I have not gone through the repair process which sounds like it will only end with a bad ending. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. If you want a real waterproof camera, just get the Go Pro Hero camera.
Pros: When it works it's fine
Cons: Leaked water after few months - at snorkel depth
Excerpt: ...dovrebbe anche resistere alle cadute. Sconsiglio Panasonic sia per la scarsa assistenza sia per la mancanza di affidabilità. Notare che si è guastata mentre stavo nel deserto e che all'assistenza mi hanno detto che era entrata dell'umidità. E' imperdonabile inoltre che la risposta si debba avere dopo oltre due mesi. Infine per compeltare mi hanno fatto pagare anche 60 euro per fare il preventivo di riparazione!! ...