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I was given this camera as a present about 4 or 5 years ago and I still absolutely love it. It really could be brand new still today in terms of the technology and it is in excellent working order. My previous camera was a Sony and unfortunately had a manufacturing fault which meant that the display screen died after only a year of use. My Lumix however is a sturdy reliable camera. It is 10 megga pixels which means it has a good level of clarity and it is possible for images to be blown up effectively.
I like taking pictures but am certainly not a camera buff or expert. The Lumix is therefore ideal for me as it is really easy to use and very intuitive and logical in the way that the settings have been laid out. There are not too many confusing buttons to press and the view finding screen is nice and large and produces a high quality image. The camera also has a great night mode setting which produces a really good image, better than some of the other cameras I have seen I think. However in comparison to some of my friend's cameras I do not think the zoom is quite as powerful as some other cameras. Although I have noticed that the quality of some of the zoomed images on other cameras are not as good as the quality on this camera, so I think picture quality is something that Panasonic never compromise on.
There is the usual timer delay mode, and also an autofocus zoom for close range objects and an autofocus that compensates for hand wobble.
The camera can also record video which is a great feature, however it's sound recording quality is good but not great.
Overall I would say that it is a very easy to use, reliable, good quality camera that is also quite versatile and has all of the basic key features that you would want from a digital camera. A very good safe buy in my opinion.
I bought this camera just over a year and a half ago and it has been an excellent camera for most of that time.
The key issues with the camera are battery life (i bought a second battery for about £10 as a spare) and the low light shooting capability. The flash is ok but if you are shooting at dusk or at a party or generally in artificial light indoors the photos get very grainy.
Another problem that has occurred is with the CCD sensor, when i zoom in there is a very obvious crescent shaped black blur visible both on the display and on the end result photographs.
I checked google and apparently this is a "relatively" common issue for this camera.
The camera itself is fairly easy to take apart in order to get to the sensor but this is obviously a contributing factor in how easily the sensor can also be affected by dust etc on it.
Overall I can highly recommend this camera as a 2nd hand purchase on ebay and when it was first released was one of the top cameras. Now however its showing its age and is on its last legs.
A great 2nd hand purchase but be careful that there are no issues with the zoom and sensor.
This camera is a good quality camera, which produces great images, at a low, affordable price. It has an easy interface, so it is easy to get all the settings you want, from a variety of shutter speeds and different modes for each subject. For example, for the 'Sport' mode, the shutter speed is quicker, to reduce blur. The pictures it produces are sharp, colours are good and vibrant. The camera also features 1080p HD video recording, which produces great quality video, which are great for taking videos of friends and things like that. It has a good 25mm wide angle lens, which means your pictures are wider, producing some great photos, particularly of a long subject. There is no viewfinder, however it is quite easy to see in pretty much and light. Also I'd recommend buying a camera case, as the camera once managed to turn on in my coat pocket, and somehow the lens fell out of place and got wedged in between the cameras body. Luckily my father managed to get it back in, and I've had no problems with it so far about that. Overall a good value for money point and shoot camera, which produces great quality pictures.
I bought this camera a couple of years ago to take to China with me. It's been a fantastic buy. The quality of the camera itself means it is sturdy and even if you damage it slightly, it's very durable and doesn't affect the operation or the aesthetics. It's easy to use with the zoom being around the picture taking button meaning that you can easily slide left or right to get a good zoom and then shoot your picture. It has a good battery life and is easy to charge. Another great bonus is that the memory cards are cheap for it meaning the running of it is cheap also. The flash is okay, too, it isn't blinding like some cameras but it doesn't illuminate some images with distance quite as effectively as it could. It isn't a major problem but a minor flaw in an otherwise great camera.
The picture taking itself is a good process with a flick switch to take or review your pictures. It also has a multi delete button meaning you can review your pictures and delete the ones you don't like in bulk on your camera, freeing some space.
The lens is good, a little noisy sometimes when zooming or focusing but it does have a very clear focus. Being a "point and shoot" you can only see what you'll take on the screen and not through a hole. Sometimes, pictures on the screen appear a little clearer than when they're big on the laptop and the ISO is to blame. ISO is the amount of "fuzz" you experience on a photo and at high ISO, this camera produces a bit too much. The other flaw is it's very fiddly to change settings, having to scroll through menus and access them until you find what you want and then exiting only to have to go back and change for the next photo. It gets annoying and, for a point and shoot, is time consuming.
I can't really fault the majority of the picture quality as it far surpassed that of my Sony DSC and again, has great, clear lens focus. The megapixel quality is good, would seem more than 10 sometimes. This means you can have large images of good quality and it tends to look good printed, it doesn't blur lines or make photos too soft, it gives what is there. Realism is a nice quality for a camera. It has the anti-shake option too which is very helpful.
It has different modes for taking your photos and a nifty one for your pet which displays its age and name on the screen. All the modes do what they say in the name, they take decent portraits, take the edge off the sun, etc.
All in all, it's a great and very portable camera. Durable, great quality in its build and photos and easy!
Very impressed by this camera. I dont actually own one, I borrowed one from a friend for my holiday. I found it SO easy to use. There are many different features, including 'party' mode which takes pictures of groups of people, in awkward lighting, and is brill! It detects and sharp focuses each face. There is also a 'Skin tone' setting which enhances your skin tone, amking it look as natural and close to reality as possible.
The features are all clear, menu is easy to follow and picture wuality is excellent.
My personal favourite is 'Super Macro'. This is incredibly clear for a small camera. You can take wonderful, professional looking images of flowers, or whatever you like, at extreme close up, picking up every reflection of light.
The Lumix is also small, slim and easy to caryy in your bag. It doesn't come with a case unfortunately but that is like most cameras, and there are a huge range of small camera cases available cheaply.
Brill little camera!
Was very impressed with this camera. Normally go for cheaper models but this was recommended to me so I thought i'd try it out, I wasn't dissapointed.
Pretty good, the camera has 10 megapixels so even when I zoomed in to the maximum the camera could go, the picture was still very clear.
===Ease of use===
Pretty easy to use in the general sense, I was also surprised to find that it had an intelligient auto mode which meant the camera did most of the work for me.
I've dropped this a few times with no damage to function, I have however managed to cause quite a bit of visual damage such as scratches, so the camera it's self isn't really scratch resistant.
===Size and Weight===
It is pretty compact and fits nicely into pretty much anything. It also only weighs a meagre 125g so is hardly a travel burden.
===Look and design===
It looks pretty cool and is available in silver, black and brown. It is also quite erganomic and nice to hold. I would recommend going for the black or the silver, have found a picture of the brown and it isn't the most attractive of colours.
Value for Money
A tad on the expensive side for my liking but well worth it.