Summary: As others have said, this camera is small, easy-to-use and takes great pictures. I bought it primarily to have a wide-angle lens for interior shots, but I was so delighted with my results that it quickly became my pants-pocket camera for carrying around, so that I would always have a camera available (since I do not use a cellphone). This turned out to be a big mistake.
Summary: I've had this camera for a year now and it works reasonably well. I had an old Kodak w/ 3MP that finally gave up the ghost. Got this one. Fits well in my pocket. Takes reasonably good photos, but not great ones, even on max MP. Not even as good as my old Kodak, but it's a handy camera and works well for a tag a long pocket camera.
Great Camera for General Use (Traveling, fun, etc)
27 July 2011
Summary: I bought this camera with only 3 days before going on a trip to china. Friend recommended it based on reviews online and it's turned out to be a great general camera for all your needs. I'm not a fancy camera user, but I am active and enjoy spur of the moment shots and action shots, food shots, etc. It has provided good quality photos and other fun "scene" modes for the general user. Good load time, quality photos, and functionality.
Summary: My knowledge of cameras and photography is somewhat less than my knowledge of quantum physics. All the details of pixels, noise, shutter, low-light, etc, get my standard response of "Um, yeah, Ok!" I need a camera that I can turn on, aim it at someone/thing, push the button halfway to focus and the rest of the way to take the picture. And - Oh by the way, I'm a shaky guy, so the camera needs to be smart enough to account for that.
Summary: This is a good camera .. but its a mixed bag. On the good side, it's small, light and tightly built. The LCD panels is pretty clear and bright. The on/off switch is solid. The menu system is simple to use. The sixteen mp is great. In full sunlight this camera rocks. The video quality is alright .. adequate. The price is very good considering the features. The flash is actually really good for the size - few over-exposed spots and not much red-eye. The bad side.
Summary: I am a novice at photography, so I will be writing this review from the perspective of someone who is not an expert at all with the ins and outs of using a camera. I just wanted something that took good quality pictures for this price range, was easy to use, and had a zoom. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 was a massive upgrade from my old Kodak Easyshare C-530. When I took it out of the packaging, I was amazed at how small it was.
Summary: I you are are a novice with digital cameras/taking pictures, or want a camera where you can literally just point and shoot this is the device for you. it's small, easy to hold, has a nice big clear digital viewfinder, relatively fast delay between shots and actual shot time, and is REALLY easy to use. In fact, this is without a doubt the easiest camera to use I have ever seen in my life.
Summary: I wanted to see how well this camera would actually function as a carry-around for quick grabs of interesting things which happen too fast to dig a camera out of a bag. Being very pocketable, it is easy to carry in shirt or pants pockets, provided you take into consideration the delicate nature of the LCD screen and thin lens cover. Anyone who reads my other reviews of cameras and electronics will know that I am no fan of proprietary rechargeable batteries.