Summary: I have had this camera for 3 years and it has been just great. The battery/sd card door broke after about 18 months and I just tape it on and it works fine. I owned two Canon point and shoot cameras before this Lumix unit and they both failed me within 2 years.
Summary: We were completely surprised we got so much bang for the buck. At first I was very sceptical and was about to return the camera because it is true that when you review the photos on the camera's display, that it's like looking through a smoke screen as one reviewer said.
Summary: Easy to hold, built in lens cover, excellent HD video, great photos, reliable, and inexpensive enough to take places without worrying about it. What keeps it from being perfect? Two things: 1) The microphone for video recording cannot handle low frequency sounds.
Summary: The two main reasons I purchased this camera is because of its zoom capabilities, and that the lens doesn't jut out of the camera when you turn it on like most models (this is the part that always seems to break). You slide the lens cover down and you're good to go. No moving parts.
Summary: This camera is the best "thin" camera I have ever used. It has great optical zoom, and really takes nice pictures. Obviously the tiny flash makes night pictures not the best, but with night portrait mode takes ok image quality. Takes good portraits.
Summary: So far I like it, but need more experience with ie..photos are sharp and the completely auto feature is very good except in low light conditions where I see the camera shake warning and have to go to a more manual mode...but as I said I need more time with it.
Summary: Very happy with this camera. Very handy and small enough for the shirt pocket. Easy menu, but takes time to go from normal scenery pictures to where the double flash is for red eye reduction on people's faces. (Not too much of a problem after getting used to it.