With a feature list that's nearly endless, it's hard not to consider buying this camera. I can tell you, that it does not disappoint! With an incredible 12x zoom, which if used to capture 3MP photos jumps to 19.1x! The sensor does pickup considerable noise because 8MP are crammed in, but for any similar camera on the market, this is a problem and it is to be expected. The only way to eliminate this problem, is to buy a digital SLR and that is costly.
Picture quality is sharp and accurate. Out-performing many competitors! It is helped by optical image stabilization to eliminate hand shake blur.
The controls are all very well laid out and easy to use with full manual controls. Automatic shooting modes are also available. A great flip screen, and mechanical zoom!
Camera perforamce is very good, with good startup times and shot-to-shot times being fast too. I have found the battery life is good.
The camera also supports RAW format, but can be alittle slow when using this mode, but again that is to be expected.
Build quality is very good indeed, it feels rock solid. it also supports 55mm filters and conversion lenses!
I have taken some amazing photographs using this camera, and Panasonic have impressed me so much, I've already got my name down for the next camera in this series!
This is like a pro's camera, at the fraction of a price!