the included charger would not work. in talking with ...
Michael Gold, Amazon
24 September 2014
Summary: the included charger would not work. in talking with Panasonic tech. support, they indicated the equipment was probably not produced for the US market. Also, the model number for the charger was not the number for the charger that Panasonic supplies with the camera. This is the second purchase of this camera and neither of them would charge from the wall socket but would from a PC.
Powerful features in a small but frustrating package
Star Skye-Hutch, Amazon
27 August 2014
Summary: I bought this to replace an older and larger Sony digital camera that always takes beautiful pictures. I like the compactness of this Panasonic camera, and it does have the "theoretical" ability to take excellent photos. But poor mechanical and software design make the camera hard, complicated, and frustrating to use. Besides the poor placement and softness of the on/off button, there are too many contriols that are cluttered close together.
I'm not happy this is happening to a brand new camera
Dave Harned, Amazon
6 August 2014
Summary: I have had the camera for 5 days, and have already had problems with using the charactors to sign into WIfI. They have referred me to an expert. If this problem can't be fixed I will send it back for a refund. I'm not happy this is happening to a brand new camera!!!
Summary: I have had this camera for 5 1/2 months and it's broken already. The spring inside the battery compartment is keeping the battery from going in. I love Lumix cameras but I am not at all happy with the quality of this camera. I am travelling so I can't even get the camera fixed under the warranty until I get back in October as the boxing material is not available to me. So now I have no camera to take pictures with.
Summary: The battery lasted less than half of my original battery. Considering the price, may be it was expected. I would put 1 star, but since I was able to use the charger for the original battery and priced low - making this 2 stars.
Summary: I bought this for my wife for a trip abroad. We are dismayed by the poor quality image. She is shooting at ISO 80, Aperture priority, and processing the RAW images (JPEG Fine is lousy) with Silkypix or PhotoDirector, converting to TIFF, and doing further editing with PhotoStudio 6. The RAW images even at the best settings have significant noise and are "soft" at any focal length even prior to any processing.
Summary: The batteries fit great and the external charger seems to be made well. So far the batteries seem to last just as long as the OEM battery. I can't attest to the longevity of these batteries yet which is why I am giving it only 4 stars. If they last at least a year without losing charge or getting swollen then I will revisit and give it 5 stars. EDIT: Downgrading to 2 stars because the batteries last only around 50% of the endurance of the OEM battery.
Summary: Ich hab lange nach einer Kamera gesucht: kompakt, gutes Lichtverhältnis (<F2.0), Brennweit > 200mm, gute Videoaufnahmequalität im Raum, usw. Diese Kamera wäre meine einzige Wahl, die die meisten Kriterien erfüllt. Die Kamera liefert sehr gute Bilder und Video, leider die Mikrophon funktioniert so schlecht, dass beim Klavieraufnahme zusätzliche Rausche wie zzzzzzz bei ganze Melodie auftaucht, egal in welcher Richtung, ob es um einzelne Töne oder Akkord geht.