Cute camera takes great pics, when it works properly
19 March 2013
Summary: This camera is the perfect size and had really great reviews on consumer reports so I bought one off ebay. An open box model. Unfortunately this particular camera has issues. The lens will not retract back into the camera and continuously displays the same message on the screen 'turn the camera off and then back on again'. Nothing seems to fix it. I also spent much time trying to get the wifi hook up to my printer, laptop, phone, etc. I was never successful.
Pros: On paper, this looks like a great camera and may be, but software ruined the experience for me. I am an experienced digital camera user and also own a Sony Mavica.
Cons: There is required Pannasonic software to be used with this camera. I am not sure why. In any case, I installed the required Panasonic software on my computer and took a couple of pics, then hooked up the cable to download pics to my desktop computer. The software interface is confusing and somehow I deleted all of the digital images on the hard drive of my computer, and this was using the Panasonic software. For some reason, the Panasonic software organized all of the...
Pros: I liked the remote function which I just got going, Bought a small WiFi Samsung android tablet and just took a few remote pics. 14M pixels rather than the 16 but it's still great. Actually it gets X20 zoom which is more than plenty.
Cons: I was able to buy at a reduced price which enabled me to purchase the remote, people with a smart phone or tablet would not have to spend the addition money. Need a bit of tech knowledge to WiFi connect and install the remote app in the remote device.