Excerpt: Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 I have had this product for just about a week now, and having paid less than a hundred dollars for it at Staples Business Depot, I am very impressed with the amount of features this camera has for such a cheap price. Pictures are crisp and clear, and the video is very impressive; the quality is excellent and the sound is out of this world; clear, picking up the sound of birds singing and even subtle sounds can be heard.
Summary: This camera is no longer made by Panasonic. The shutter would no longer open after about 35 days of ownership. Had to jump through hoops, but finally got this replaced under warranty with a newer model.
Summary: The 1800 number was of no help. I could successfully set up the app to use WiFi for the Samsung Galaxy (so I DO know how to correctly get this to work on a phone), but when using the same app for iPhone, it simply will not work - it gets "hung up" on the Login screen. When you call the 800 number about Lumix Link, the app that is supposed to upload photos via your phone, the techs have NO KNOWLEDGE of Lumix Link, even though Lumix Link is repeatedly referenced in the...
Summary: I have a not quite 2 yr old Lumix DMC-SZ5 with a Panasonic lens. I loved it UNTIL I developed spots on my photos, which apparently are from dust inside . Researching, I found Panasonic seems to have a problem with this but they will do nothing for me. I can have it cleaned here for $75-$100 but I think I'll just get a new camera. Maybe go back to Canon. If I get it cleaned they tell me I would need to wipe it every time I zoom in/out or it'll happen again. Ridiculous!
Summary: The only reason this review has one star is because Amazon does not allow no stars!! The camera as a camera, taking pictures and video is awesome, however Panasonic should be ashamed to have included such perfectly awful software. The software appears to have been written by a brain dead high school computer science student. The software will NOT run on Windows 7 64bit Ultimate, PHOTOfunStudio 8.4 SE is definitely NOT fun!!!
Summary: So far it has fulfilled my expectations, the panorama shot, night scene, and taking backlit photos works. The controls are easy to follow. it is small, but capable , very good price and the I received it on time.