Summary: It was a great price on a nice compact camera. The problem is it started having problems after about 9 months of use. It would do an auto shut down everytime I turned it on after about 15 seconds. I checked for patches and updates to the camera's firmware at the manufacturers website but they didn't have one. I did make sure I had fully charged batteries, etc. If the Camera was in "movie" mode; it would not shut down, only when on "auto" for taking pics.
Summary: Too bad I couldn't give 1 star. I had an older Lumix that lasted two years. When that camera was stolen, I purchased this model from my local B & M. The first time I took it out, I used it 8 times. I put it back in the case and when I checked the camera the next morning, the LCD display was cracked in the back of it. This happened when it was in the padded camera bag I had in my pocket.
Poor focus, slow shutter response, what's the point of using it?
7 January 2009
Summary: I bought this as a pocket camera to complement my D-SLR (there you have it, I know what a good camera should produce), and my expectations were low, as I didn't need this to be a 'great' camera. I used the Panasonic to take about 200 pictures in varying conditions inside and outside. In all environments, about 2/3 of the pictures were out of focus as the camera tried to focus on random things in the field of vision. The shutter response (e.g.
Summary: I was looking for a handy point and shoot digital camera. Even though the MP rating on this camer is high at 10 MP, I was very dissapointed in the image quality produced by this camera. Images were soft (not sharp); contrast was poor. I returned the camera and purchased a Canon 8 MP model instead. Performance of the Canon is far superior. My initial interest in the Panasonic was based on the favorable ratings--my experience was very different.