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If this camera was made by Carlsberg........
on 21 June 2015
A superb camera for amateur use. Not compact by any means, about the size of a DSLR, but with a 16x zoom, there is no need to carry several lenses as well as the camera. Photos are generally pin sharp, even when taking a quick impromptu one. Focusing has several options from spot to multi-point and about everything between.
The built in flash is not brilliant (no pun intended) but useful for indoor shots when you have forgotten your main flash unit. There are a selection of buttons on the camera, some of which are programmable to your preferences. I did find that I sometimes accidentally pressed the ones on the rear of the camera, particularly when I was putting away/taking out the camera from my camera bag.
The special effects are interesting although probably frowned upon by a purist. I found experimenting with them was fun anyway.
The main dials operate the functions (intelligent auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 2 setting for entering your own options, artistic mode, scene choice, movies, you get the idea). Another dial does the normal photo, burst (variable rate up to 50fps), EV bracket (adjustable), time delay (adjustable).
Add on a stabilizer, time lapse, face recognition, red eye removal and a few hundred other options and you have a camera that will keep you busy for years if you want to play.
Look up the details on Panasonic's web page or, better still, download a copy of the basic operating instructions (basic???, it's 95 pages long!) if you want to know everything about this camera.