Summary: For the cost it is a good camera. It spends it's life in the cup holder of my 4x4 and in a pack and gets used outdoors almost exclusively. Fine dust will get in the gears and cause the lens to act up but it has some very nice features for the price point.
Summary: It is a small wonder and we are thrilled. Had heard good reports on the LUMIX and they are not exaggerated. Vivid colors, sharp pictures and easy to use. We have always had a Nikon and this is just as good from an amateur point of view.