Summary: This is an older model, but I love it. I just purchased a second one as a back up. It may only have 2.0 MP, but has done a great job of taking pictures for me. I have had mine for over 10 years and never a problem. It is an easy to use camera with enough options to keep me learning and enjoying the art of photography. I have found that as an investment, Panasonic LUMIX seem to hold their value, as a reliable, dependable old friend.
Summary: I want to just let you know that I am definetely not a pro, but an average person, so that is how I'm writing my review. I got this camera 2 years ago because I wanted a superzoom. Well, with the picture stabilization and the 12X zoom, I got what I wanted, but not much more. If you want to take nature photos, this camera is terrific.
Summary: After several (mostly outdoor) shots with this camera, I was pleased with the overall performance but puzzled as to why the colors were off. The reason seems to be that the so-called "auto" white balance doesn't really compensate for the available lighting. My guess is that it is simply a fixed setting based on all possible lighting available on Planet Earth, ergo, only passable for any particular situation.
Summary: I've had my camera for over a year after picking one up on eBay, and it is the best digital camera I've ever used (and I've used a lot). First of all, I totally agree with other reviewers here about how this camera quells the notion that more megapixels is better. I wouldn't know what to do with them if I had them. This camera consistently produces "film quality" prints. Color saturation and tone are excellent, as well as is sharpness.
Summary: I have had this camera for two years now. I have taken many, many great photos with this camera, it's unbelievable. It seems to do well in almost all conditions. I uploaded a photo I took of my daughter just last week. The original picture was in color and was fantastic all by itself. I used virtual photographer to improve on it just a little bit by changing it to black and white and putting a soft focus on it.
Summary: I'll be brief. Megapixels should not be your sole consideration. I have made 8x10 prints of pictures taken (macro and regular settings) with this camera and they are gorgeous and very detailed (I posted the full zoom photo of the truck with the dent and the macro pic of the devil ducks). For family and vacation pix this is exactly what I need.
Summary: This is the worst digital camera I have ever owned! The night pictures are terrible especially of dark clothing. The Macro Zoom is very poor. PANASONIC should stick to VCR's and TV's! Very Poor Quality! I called Panasonic and they couldn't tell me the problem. Neither tech could answer my questions and on the rude side also. I like Panasonic products but the camera doesn't deserve one star. If you want a good quality digital camera, don't buy Panasonic!!
Summary: My partner and I decided we like snapping photos so much, that we wanted one each. We already owned a 3.2 Megapixel Sony Cybershot (with a 3x zoom), and wanted something that could zoom in - without sacrificing the quality. We didn't see the need in buying a hugely expensive camera - as we would prefer to buy a new camera every few years to keep up with the new releases in the market.
Summary: Dumbfounded by the deluge of digicams? Spending more time obsessing on which digicam to buy, more than you did buying your house? Like the fact the users seem to fall in love with this little wonder but are put off by the fact it's only a 2 megapixel camera? Don't worry about the megapixels.