Summary: After using this product for a while I can only say that the quality is very very good. I am so pleased with the 14.1MP and 5x Optical Zoom which is perfect for the level of photography that I want. The LCD screen is very easy to view and the whole camera is easy to use - easy to upload to the computer - everything about it is easy - which is perfect for amateurs such as myself! The colour is what I like - no boring black colour in my house.
Summary: This was a present for my partner, who was new to photography, so its ease of use was a factor in the purchase. She is now a keen amateur photographer and, in her hands, this little camera produces photographs to rival those from my expensive Nikon SLR. Lens quality is very good, the construction seems solid and, so far, it has been reliable. The optical zoom allows a good range of composition and a useful feature is the close up facility.
Summary: I bought the Lumix as it seemed a well-priced and compact camera. It was recommended by a friend, but I now find that those friends who swear by their Lumix bought them two or three years ago. Comments from other reviewers seem to confirm that the current Lumix is much inferior. The camera is lightweight and simple to understand, with many different settings for food, pets etc.
Summary: I purchased this product (in pink at a super price!) purely for holiday snaps and also the convenience of being able to slip it into a pocket. It is certainly convenient and, used on auto settings, the results have been most impressive - excellent colour, pin-sharp images and the camera still has so many features that I've not yet tried.