Top positive review
Improved Spec. - Reduced Price.
30 November 2012
This was a replacement for a DMC - ZX1 which developed a focus fault and might have been almost as expensive to repair as the cost of the new model. I had been disappointed by the fault on the earlier camera, after only 2 years ! So, with regard to reliability, the jury will be out for some time yet.
The new model has improved specification and the discount price is significantly lower than the original cost of the earlier camera.
The new camera has slightly different dimensions to the earlier one and doesn't feel quite as " solid " but it still fits into the case I bought with the earlier model so that meant no need for the expense of a new case.
The battery charge system is different - the battery remains in the camera for charging - but the charge lead is rather short.
The different systems of taking pictures ( Auto Focus etc.) have to be accessed through the menu or a small, mode button - the new camera design has done away with the "cog" wheel on the top, which the earlier camera had for this purpose and which I found perfectly convenient. The viewing screen is still a pretty good size but, compared with the previous model, I find I have to tilt the camera forward much more, to be able to view taken pictures without them seeming too light in colour.
The camera has behaved fine, so far, and, of course, the relatively wide angled lens is the real plus on this camera, as it was on the earlier one.
PS. I'm only an " Auto Focus - point and click " person so don't make use of the sophisticated menu settings or the video facility. It's the wide angle lens which I wanted to replicate and that is still great.
Hope the camera goes longer than 2 years without failing though !