I purchased the Lumix Panasonic on the recommendation of the previous reviewers. I can honestly say as cameras go its a really nice piece of equipment. I purchased the unit because of its unique ability to be dust proof, water proof and shock proof, okay to a certain height, but in that case I have no intention of going abseiling. As an archaeologist, I've already broken my old camera a Samsung, which sadly to say was not dust or water proof and died in the last rain storm. This camera however has proven itself to be a winner, I've mislaid it once on site already, overnight in a rain storm amongst the mud, only to find it the next morning thanks to its garish colour. The unit worked straight away after cleaning the lens and body. The only issue I can find with this unit is to ensure the lens is clean prior to taking any images, sounds simple enough but some images do show the specks of dust on a larger screen. Also watch the intelligent focus, while a nice piece of technology, it can focus on the wrong subject. I would recommend this unit to anyone out doorsy.