Excerpt: I have been involved with photography, both in a professional capacity and as an interested armature, for well over a decade now. I have used countless different types of equipment, hundreds of different cameras, not to mention tripods, lenses and other associated pieces of kit.
Summary: I'm very happy with this little camera and most importantly for me found it easy and simple to understand the controls. Excellent value for the performance to be had as it takes crystal clear pictures with an auto "macro" mode for up-close detail shots of the things I build. As with all things Panasonic, I didn't find much not to like about it.
Summary: I bought this camera when I was in Anchorage, AK in the middle of winter to take along to the Iditarod race. I didn't want to take my Nikon DSLR as I was going to be volunteering, therefore I didn't know what to expect as far as accommodations for my things. I was glad I made the purchase, let me tell you. It has a compact design, but it is weighty and lacks protrusions other than the feature knob at the top. This is key to keep from things breaking off with normal use.
Summary: I've been using a Canon A550 point and shoot for two years now. It takes amazing pictures but is finicky about batteries. I decided to try the Panasonic DMC-LS80S after reading good reviews on this website. I returned the Panasonic this morning. The pictures were blurry, noisy, and dull. I am amazed that Canon could get it so right and that Panasonic could get it so wrong.
Summary: Bought this camera for simple Point and Shoot ability. Very, very pleased with pictures. Used Intelligent Mode for recent trip and only 1 picture out of 90+ came out blurry. All others were perfect including motion and low light situations. Battery life is awesome, even with flash. Power-on to shoot time less than 3 seconds. Couldn't ask for more.
Summary: I just bought this camera on March 25, 2009, so I am still learning its functionality. I wanted a camera which could reproduce fairly accurately, the colors on a watercolor painting. Myprevious digital camera had just a few settings for close-ups and distance photos. This camera has a lot more options. Yesterday,the 26th, I was experimenting with the different scene modes. I randomly took pictures of one of my paintings using 6 different scene modes.
Summary: picked one up at Fry's but getting 2 more here since it's much less $. I take a lot of photos for work up to 2000 per day on some days .. so I go through a few cameras a year and I've tried many. So far Canons were my favorite until I came across this one. This is a very well though through camera since almost all budget cameras out there take good photos it really comes down to comfort & functionality. This is where it shines GOODS: -IMAGE STABILIZATION !!!!
Summary: Nice camera at a good price. As someone who needs a camera for leisure/personal purposes, this takes nice pictures and is easy to use. Also, we were able to get a memory card from another Amazon.com seller for around $10, which was well below the retail price...am guessing that this has to do with the camera and accessories being just barely out the "new" model range, but something from a season or two ago.
Summary: I own two of these and both work great. I bought one 3 yrs ago on my younger brother's advice, but my wife started to monopolize it so got 1 for her for x-mas. Can't compare to others cause haven't owned any. If mine dies I will get another.