It takes good pictures and I enjoy using its zoom - compared to my previous TZ5. However recently dust got in behind the lens - leaving a little blob/stain on all my photos - and I had to have it removed by Panasonic Horley. They were very helpful and explained that a longer zoom when retracting can suck in dust - much like a bellow. However I have never used my camera in a particularly dusty environment. I am told it could happen again..... I have never experienced this problem with my TZ5 - which I had for about 3 years..