Summary: I've had this camera for three years now. I wanted to replace it with a equally compact model having a wider angle lens and a larger zoom range, but frankly none of them out there are a big enough step up to justify upgrading. In fact, it would mean a downgrade in image quality in many cases. It seems that most of today's compacts have sacrificed image quality to the great god "megapixel".
Summary: Really great camera! Some of the pictures I took at an amusement park were unbelievable for a couple of reasons. First, most were clear with fast motion (some were blurry mostly because I don't think it had time to re-focus and I wasn't being as patient as I probably should have been) and also some that I took that I cropped WAY down, were still crystal clear! I am super impressed!
Summary: I bought this camera to replace a large bulky Fuji FinePix. I needed something small, light weight, easy to use, and most importantly it needed to take great looking pictures. But I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I am not a professional photographer but I like a high quality pictures like anyone else. I purchased this camera at Big Lots the day after x-mas for $88.88 (95.10 w/ tax!).
Summary: I am so impressed! I read reviews and compared.... finally I chose this camera and I am not disappointed. I wanted a small camera to fit in a jacket pocket or purse and that would take nice pictures. This camera has proven to work well and is easy to operate.
Summary: I owned a larger Lumix DMC-FZ7 6MP 36-432mm @ f2.8-3.3 that I bought a few years ago and have been very happy with it. I wanted a smaller version to carry in my hiking bag and chose the DMC-FS3 8MP 33-100mm f2.8-f5.1 . I'm delighted with it.. It has the same, intuitive, easy to navigate menus that are even improved over my older model along with an excellent quality Lumix lens.