Summary: Right out of the box, you can tell that the camera is not quality. It feels and looks cheap with a plastic, flimsy body. I started taking test photos around my living room and couldn't believe how awful the photos were. I ordered this so I can take better everyday, casual photos than my outdated phone, but my old cell takes better photos than this camera! I should have known the price was too good to be true and I will be returning this ASAP.
Summary: I have been very pleased with other two Lumix purchases but this camera was a disappointment. The iPhone 5 camera takes far better pictures than this. The lack of a macro mode means that close-up shots will be impossible. My wife was dissatisfied with this gift.
Initially thought it was ok but on closer look, it was not as great as what I thought it was.
Romeo P. Venes, Amazon
9 February 2014
Summary: I bought this to replace a Lumix FS7 which I lost but which met all my expectation for point and shoot camera for the last 3 years. This replacement is much better than the old one I lost. I am updating my review of the SZ3 I got after 2 months of use. The former Lumix which I lost was found and I got to compare the picture quality of the 2 Lumix I have now; i.e., the FS7 with 10MP and the 16MP SZ3.
Summary: I had to switch from a really nice Canon (not a point and shoot) to a compact camera due to extensive traveling. I didn't want to spend more than $200 on one and I wanted one with a fairly good zoom. Everything I researched kept bringing me back to this camera. At the time there were only about 10 ratings on it but they were mostly positive.