Summary: Let me start by saying I own a Canon DSLR and have owned several Canon, Sony, and Kodak point and shoot cameras. This 16MP Panasonic Lumix produces low-quality photos on a par with a Kodak I had nearly 10 years ago. I suspect it's a build problem and something's just wrong with the unit I received. There are far too many good reviews for it to be the camera design alone. Nevertheless, there are also plenty of reviews commenting on bad photo quality.
Summary: In that this is my first point and shoot, I don't have antything to really compare this camera with. I have other cameras, however. I read the reviews on the Panasonic and felt that for the money it was worth a try.(16.1 MP!) I am accustomed to printing my pictures. Those printed using the Panasonic are far less than desirable for me; grainy. They look alright in the camera if that's the only record you are looking for. I guess for the money, I didn't make a big mistake.
Summary: I bought this camera, June 11 of this year. Basically, I had no issue with the camera until Christmas eve when the camera gave a message to turn the camera off. From that point, I had an O.I.S. error and the camera kept shutting down. I could take one picture before I had to shut it off again. I did manage to get all of the pictures taken but it took some extra effort. I called Panasonic and they told me to reset the camera, which did not solve the problem.