Summary: Let me start by saying I loved,loved,loved my old Panasonic Lumix FMDX 6mp camera. We were on a pub crawl we handed it to a drunk chick to take our picture and down it went crashing to the ground bending the lens. I thought well I will just get a new one and upgrade to a higher pixel count and be all the better for it. Here is my big beef and I almost returned the camera because of it.
Summary: Let me start by stating that I am an amateur photographer. I use a Canon DSLR mostly but also own a Panasonic DMC-LZ7 that I carry along at times. The LZ7 is a large camera and has many lens issues but the quality of the photos it takes often surprises me for a camera I paid $126 for. The optical image stabilization is great and the macro mode is as good as any p&s I have used. Now to the F3. I needed a camera for work.
Summary: I bought this as an automatic box for unexpected moments and very basic video recordings that don't demand lugging around my DSLR. The performance has been mixed and averages sub-par. I've chosen to stay away from mind-numbing numbers for the most part and just get to the gist of it. The manual is very sketchy, failing to detail a rather large feature set among four modes: NORMAL offers the most user exposure setups with size, format and ISO from 80-1600.
Summary: I had this camera for 3 weeks and was very happy with the image quality. The video was so-so but did the trick. Unfortunately the lens stopped focusing after 3 weeks of use. Returning and might buy another...maybe.
Great camera, figured it out quickly, quality fantastic!
3 November 2010
Summary: I hadn't owned a digital camera for years. But an upcoming vacation prompted me to buy one. A friend had this same model, and I could see the quality of photos she got from me. It's soooooooo easy to use, I briefly scanned the directions and off I went. And it's so small, it's a fun camera, with fantastic quality photos. I have photo'd many of my pets -- and the quick flash and response gets the shot on the first try! And the red eye reduction was simply to figure out.