Summary: This camera takes good pictures, I have owned it for over a year. There is a lot of noise if you use the ISO over 100, but upping the ISO doesn't add any more light either. It just makes more noise. That and the lack of a hot shoe were the only problems I've ever had with it. That being said, I am now selling mine because I purchased an SLR, but it is a really great camera for an advanced amateur.
Summary: At this point, you may be better off buying Panasonics FZ5, FZ20, or FZ4 instead... That being said, all of Panasonics FZ series cameras are similar. Specifically, you'll find the FZ15 is nearly identical to the FZ20. The big differences are that the FZ15 is 4MP, does not record sound, and does not have a hot shoe while the FZ20 has those features and 5MP capability. That being said, the FZ15 is still an excellent camera.
Summary: I just received my FZ-15 camera and I have to say it is better than I imagined. I compared it with the Canon S1 IS, Olympus 760 and 765. I valued the 4MP and the 12x zoom over the 3.2MP and 10x zoom Canon as the panasonic also came bundled with the filter adapter, lens shroud, and ac charging system. It also has a manual focus ring.
Summary: Very nice. I have owned the camera for a little over a month now. It is my first digital. It's easy to use. Fabulous optical zoom. I especially like the many different settings you can use for overriding the auto functions (aperature, white balance, focus, shutter). I used to have a Canon AE1 many years ago and this camera is an absolute joy, especially for the price.
Summary: Let me start by saying I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my camera. I didn't even know Panasonic made digital cameras until I started researching. After comparing this camera with all the others in this price range, and reading the many positive reviews, I felt like I had no other choice but to buy this camera. I'm glad I did. First, the zoom capablilities on the Panasonic FZ15 are amazing. No other camera in this price range has a 12x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom.
Summary: I've had mine for six months and am amazed at the quality of the pictures, especially considering the 12x zoom. Thanks to an impressive image stabilization system, it takes nice sharp shots. Color is great and you can dial in more or less saturation. The pict-bridge feature lets you print directly from the camera - a nice touch, but it prints only one image at a time and you have to wait until it's done to select another image.
Summary: After researching high magnification digital cameras for quite a while, I finally settled on the Panasonic FZ15K mostly because of it's features, and the good user ratings that I was able to find online. The features I wanted were high zoom, image stabilization, a burst mode, and low shutter lag (the time it takes for the picture to be taken after you press the shutter). I've taken pictures with the FZ15K for two weeks now and couldn't be more impressed with this camera.