I was after a quality little camera to slip in to my pocket where it's just inconvenient to carry around an SLR and a mobile phone camera just doesn't cut it.
The size was a major factor for me as I already have a fantastic old Canon PowerShot which sadly is just a bit bulky for a pocket. However there's no point in getting a cheapo product as I've got one of those built in to my phone already.
Having initially been swayed by the FS7, I chose the FS15 due to the wider angle lens and 5x optical zoom (which is amazing given the camera's size) as I've heard good things about the Lumix range and I'm just not happy with the cheaper Canon PowerShots any more. Fuji was also a contender but dismissed Nikon and Sony pocket cameras as they just don't seem as good, Nikon excel in the SLR arena, perhaps not so in the compact.
I am absolutely delighted with the camera, the picture quality, features and size of the camera fit my requirements perfectly. The many preset modes make it easy to point and shoot in the right mode (although there's no fully manual mode - but few entry consumer cameras have now, shame) and the movie quality is pretty good too.
By no means is it in the same league as a proper SLR but if you're after a great little camera which is small and versatile then this is perfect. I'll certainly be sticking it in my pocket when I'm out and can't wait to take some nice photos with it.
Performs well at low light, there is a little noise particularly without the flash, but it copes well with very low light pics.
Pictures can be a little soft at times, more so in portrait modes which try to be more kind to skin blemishes. Soft skin portrait mode in low light is a little un-natural but then it's designed to be used in daylight!
Overall, far more portable than a chunky PowerShot, looks great, will fit any pocket or purse.
Consider this in your shortlist for a compact camera!