Summary: I have owned two Panasonic Lumix cameras. The first one developed black spots on the screen. After returning for repair for the same problem three times, and more than 5 total hours on hold and talking with worthless customer service representatives, they finally replaced it. All work was under warranty, but each time I was without a camera for a month. The replacement camera was a different model Lumix. It failed within a year.
Summary: I bought this camera as a replacement for my much loved DMC-FH20 when it suffered a scrached lens. I thought with the higher resolution, more powerful optical zoom, and Leica lens this would be an worthy sucessor. Boy was I ever wrong. You cannot take closeups with this camera, and forget about macro. I have a beast of a time even getting a decent picture of my hamster! The picture quality does not reflect the supposedly better resolution.
Summary: I ordered a camera from them and it quickly had a system error and would not function. They sent a refurbished one, same error, and a another refurb, same error. Basically just sent junk refurbished items until it was out of warranty. Happened again when it was out of warranty by a couple of weeks and then said too bad despite the fact we'd only had the replacement for about two months. Horrible product, even worse customer service!
Summary: Terrible camera. I purchased this camera based on the reviews given on Amazon. It seemed to have alot of positive reviews, so I went forward and purchased the item. I have owned a Panasonic lumix point and shoot, for many years now, and decided to upgrade. I currently have a 7mp camera, (from 2006) and wanted to upgrade to 16 mp or higher.
Summary: Sent this back after my first time out with it,bad screen hard to see what you are taking a picture of,plastic body and just a overall bad camera, the only neat thing was the art work button, I don't think this camera is worth the price! Electronics basket listed it as they had it in stock which they did not and sent me another camera without checking with me first, not good, got the camera I wanted but this is not a good camera, Electronics Basket not a good company to...
Summary: While a new model this is not an update to the SZ1. Price points be what price points are Panasonic cheapened this model line to meet the new price point. Out of the box the rear lcd was bad. Had shadows. Hard to explain but looked sorta like plasma TV screen burn in. Exchanged without question, thanks Amazon, but still.