Summary: This camera's pretty good, but does not shoot well in low light, and the macro does not have a very good depth of field. For the amateur photographer that's just looking for a decent but inexpensive camera, this is the one.
Summary: I took this camera on a trip to Europe, where I spent a lot of time in castles and cathedrals. Outdoors, the camera was great. Indoors, especially in large rooms, the camera was not really satisfactory. The shutter speed was too slow, and so most of the pictures were blurry. I also got the impression that the resolution of the camera was too high for its optics. At large magnifications, even the best pictures showed some blurriness in the details.
Summary: I used to have a somewhat larger Lumix that I lost. I would have happily bought the same camera again, but they don't sell it anymore. This one does okay except that the pictures are not nearly as well focused as the older version that I used to like so much.
Summary: This camera has fantastic features for its size and price point and takes wonderful photos but mine is already broken and needs to be repaired. The entire mechanism for operating the zoom and shooting pictures disintegrated in my pocket and I could not get it back together. I found all the parts in my pocket but ultimately lost the tiny spring that is part of this mechanism. I actually have 2 of these cameras. My wife has not used hers much yet. We'll see how that goes.
Summary: I am no photographer, but I didn't want to lug around my Canon digital SLR or whatever the initials are at Disney World. That one I had paid $1200 for so I just wanted a lighter camera, and Good Housekeeping raved about this. However, I have a toddler so the camera is not good and too slow so most of the photos were blurry. I am sure it's fine when you're taking a picture of an immobile statue, but not candid shots of people moving.
Summary: I'm not a camera nut - my wife wanted a good point and shoot camera that didn't require constant tweaking to settings. I had high hopes - but this fell short. We took this camera to Disney. We took over 400 pictures - and maybe got 50 to 75 usable ones and those were all set in the daylight hours. Anything at night looked horrible - basically grainy and unfocused.