A bargin to be had,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix FZ45 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 25mm Wide-angle and 24x Optical Zoom) (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
The FZ 45 is getting outdated -it is 2 years old!- so from an original price of £350 you can find them well under £200- I bought mine for £161. I bought it to shoot video and the quality is excellent, the odd format it stores video in can be a problem but Final Cut imports it and converts to quicktime for easy editing and uploading. The single biggest drawback is the microphone and the lack of a usb port to use an external mic, the latest version of the camera corrects this. In a quiet environment you can get excellent results but requires editing to get rid of hiss- the free audacity software works a treat- noisier environments can be a problem but setting the zoom mic mode and using a little lens zoom will reduce some noise.Works surprising well in low light. On top the purchase you will need a class 10 sd card- 16gb is fine. Recording is limited to 30 mins but it simply requires to press the record button. All in all, light, cheap, effective and a professional result.