Excerpt: I bought this digital camera in December 2010 as a Christmas gift to myself. I found the best deal in Amazon.com for $139. It features a 14.1 megapixel and 8x optical zoom which attracted me to buy the camera in the first place.
Summary: This camera is incredible for it's size! It shoots amazing pictures and the battery lasts forever! I bought a super fast 16gb memory card for it off Amazon at a steal of a price also. The pictures come out great with the flash ON OR OFF!! Only small complaint, and its minor...Is the videos cut off at like 8 minutes I think and you have to start a new clip.
Summary: Perfect camera great pictures and video and sound quality. Only lacking a panorama shot. Blah Blah Blah ebay wants a 100 characters but I summed it up in just a few because reviews should be short and to the point its sturdy and doesn't break I used it at a music fest and it even got rained on and still works.
Summary: For the money, this is the best camera you can get. I am a sculptor of miniature fairies and needed a high-res camera for extreme macro shots. But I only had $180 in my budget. I paid quite a bit less than that for this Lumix. With a little learning curve, I am able to change exposure times, white settings, lighting, focus, etc.
Summary: This is a great camera in its' price range...clear, crisp pics and enough settings that are easy to use...the frames setting was a lot of fun on a recent family vacation. The video setting with sound has good quality. 60 second open lens was lots of fun during the latest meteor shower! A good, solid beginners' digital.
Panasonic DOES NOT WANT to honor their warranty! Good luck!
7 July 2011
Summary: Paid $165 plus for this camera new. Camera is fairly nice, but not very durable. Many parts on this camera break easily. My experience with this model of Panasonic camera was terrible. Camera broke less than 9 months after purchase, and Panasonic refused to honor the warranty for the camera, suggesting I could buy a new or refurbished one from them.
Summary: Great camera all around. Fantastic picture quality and great video. The 8x optical zoom was also exactly as I had imagined. The only dislikes I had were the camera's inability to take good motion shots (okay not terrible)and the camera took a little while to adjust to different levels of zoom (about 3 sec.)Overall great buy.