Retired pro photographer: Poor image quality. Returned it after one day of shooting.
18 January 2014
Summary: My wife and I tested this camera for one day. We tested it thoroughly in various ambient lighting situations and with the flash. The zoom range is amazingly wide but the image quality is amazingly poor. We have a 2009 Canon 8 megapixel camera kicking around and after noticing the consistent softness in the Lumix images and the overly aggressive "smoothing" (that cannot be disabled), we compared images side by side with the old Canon A590IS.
Summary: I ordered this camera because of the wonderful online reviews, but am VERY disappointed with the quality of the pictures! Pictures taken outside are pretty good, but I haven't had a single indoor picture...especially of people...turn out well. Faces are never clear and it doesn't matter if I take it up close, farther away, with the zoom, without the zoom, with a flash, or without a flash! I am returning it and resuming my search for a camera.