Summary: I bought this camera new back in 2008. The camera worked fine for the most part. My only complaint with the camera while it worked was slowness and poor color quality for indoor shots. The main problem with the camera overall was that it just didn't last. Within two years it stopped working entirely. I sent it in to Panasonic for repair. They said it couldn't be repaired. They charged me $90 and sent me an inexpensive reconditioned FS7 as a replacement.
Summary: the camera is fine. the lens cover which is supposed to open and close is a total, miserable failure. after having the camera a month or two, it doesn't close well enough to store safely, nor open enough to take a picture. i have to use toothpicks or my pocketknife to move the cover when it gets stuck. do a little googling to see more commentary on this issue, which is also present in other panasonic models.
Summary: AWESOME. Best camera I have ever come across for its size. It takes awesome pictures and amazing video. I spend three months on researching digital cameras. I purchased it for $130 with shipping refurbished. This camera was rated one of the best of 2008 The only parts that you have to remember: 1. Press down as you are going through pictures cause I deleted some sweet video because I thought it was a bad picture. 2.
Summary: I bought this camera just over a year ago for my fiance', as an egangement gift. At first, we were both pleased, the camera was easy to use, and photo quality was good - not outrageous, but good. Then things started to go wrong. First, the LCD viewing frame cracked. His fault, as he did not have a case yet, but the screen is so large that this is bound to happen; it took about 3 days. Secondly, the lens case started sticking.
Summary: This product would have had 5 stars if it hadnt stopped working withing a month of getting it. Thankfully Panasonic fixed it right up, but they never did tell me exactly what was wrong. I had to be without it for two weeks. One day it just couldnt open the lens cover and kept telling me to restart... That aside, this camera is easy to use. The Auto features are great. And its intuitive. Its thin. It has good battery life. The face recognition works well.
Summary: I am a professional photographer, and bought this camera for what it is: A good, solid, pocket-sized point and shoot camera that can be used to take good quality photos on the run. I typically use it for informal photos of friends and family, outdoor photos, and even took photos of food at a restaurant with surprisingly great results. No, it is not for school plays and sporting events. For that, buy yourself a Digital SLR (DSLR).
Summary: This is the best camera I have ever owned. The wide angle lens is a definite advantage when shooting larger groups from close range. It takes great pictures inside in low light, which many small cameras fail to do. And the controls are easily understood. Can't go wrong with this one.
Summary: I've owned this camera for a year now. I'm not a "photographer" but I know what I like. This little camera takes great pictures all of the time. Stylish blue metal body attracts attention. picture stabilization is the best I've ever used, way better than the other canon or sony cameras of this price range. a good picture must start with a sharp picture. this camera does just that, hands down. battery life is great.