Summary: I am not going to go into an in-depth review as that has been done here at Amazon and at DPReview dot com. Settings/Menu navigation is average. Focus and shutter response are pretty quick. Strong feature set, esp. the 16x optical zoom, Leica lens (hopefully better than average), and good image stabilization inside a compact/pocket-size package.
Summary: I don't know how many cameras I looked at before buying this but to make a long story short, dollar for dollar, this was the best for the money. It's been years since I used my Nikon 35mm for anything, not that it isn't a great camera, I'm just a really crummy photographer. It didn't seem prudent to continue to pay for processing photo's to line my trash can with, so it was time to go digital.
My third camera in this series, and the best so far
8 July 2012
Summary: I first saw one of these small Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot digicams, on vacation in 2007. Our professional tour guide owned it, along with a larger "bridge" superzoom Panasonic camera. He took some fabulous photographs with those cameras. When I got home, I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 , which at the time had the widest lens of any consumer point and shoot digicam on the market.
Panasonic hits a home run (& then captures the image)!
4 June 2012
Summary: This unit replaced a Kodak 12 Mp unit. The picture is MUCH better and it's NOT a result of 2 MP more resolution. The electronics are FAST to respond and intelligent to the context of your images. And the battery life is absolutely stunning! My last camera ATE batteries. This camera uses a Li-ion battery that keeps a charge for a LONG time between uses and then goes & goes! Panasonic is awesome!
Summary: With the zoom, all the features and the picture quality in situations that could be considered poor for photography I am more than happy with this product! I got it as a birthday present and from that day forward it has taken great pictures no matter the lighting, movement or angle of my shot. Overall, I am very pleased with it and the quality of shots more than makes up for the battery-which has to be charged, but lasts a long time.
Summary: I purchased this camera because I am in commercial real estate and need a workhorse that is easy to use. I use the autofocus, and it takes great pictures both inside and out - very rarely do I need to do any adjusting to the photos. The camera is not the smallest - but I like the size and also the heft - it feels like a quality product. Again, it's easy to use, and I can't believe the battery life.
Summary: I bought this from Amazon for $129.99 and it the best camera I have ever owned and that includes units up into the $700. range. I recently went to the Middle East and wanted something small and easy to carry. I wasn't looking for the best resolution but just something to get the sites with. This unit blows all the others away. First you can use 120or 220-its automatic on the charger. The battery lasts FOREVER-never needed a second although I took one.
Summary: I've read some of the other reviews here and I cannot imagine anyone not being happy with the performance of this camera. Any negative feedback must be from people who got the very odd bad one, or they simply don't know how to take a picture. This has amazing low light performance, even at distance. Pictures from inside the Vatican on a recent trip are amazing.
Summary: Two words, BUY IT!!!! I have had several point and shoot cameras for back up to my SLR and have been disapointed. my recent was a fuji fx70exr and it was terrible. The overall picture quality of the panasonic is great. As others have reviewed it lacks a little in low light but not bad at all. Video is great for a point and shoot, no noise from shutter or zoom and the ability to zoom in video mode is great. The 16 power zoom does amazingly well.
Summary: My impression is the older CCD sensors for point and shoot cameras deliver better, sharper image quality than the newer CMOS cameras (though CMOS is said to perform better in low light). Two examples are the Canon S100 and Lumix ZS10 -- both newer P&S models with CMOS sensors, they have been subject of many complaints re poor image quality i.e. smeary, smudgy not crisp. Last year I bought a CMOS point and shoot camera -- a Canon Elph 300.