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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) (Camera)
I read the other reviews before buying this camera and notwithstanding any negative comments, pitched in with both feet. It arrived just in time for our holiday to the Maldives so what better way to try it out. I am reasonably competent on technology and have had digital compacts, including for scuba and snorkelling, so the controls were relatively easy for me to work out without the manual. Some people have criticised Panasonic for a lack of a detailed paper manual but the pdf is available free of charge, saves paper and you will need a computer to get the best out of your camera anyway.
My veridct ? This camera is BRILLIANT. So easy to use, you don't need a manual. Just point and shoot and experiment with it. The video is also brilliant although most editing software doesn't yet know how to deal with the new HD cameras but you can save and edit your movies in normal resolution and they're still brilliant.
How on earth can they make a camera this good at this price ? Stunning pics, even on max zoom and unless you are a serious photo buff, there is no point buying a Canon or Nikon with interchangeable lenses at twice the price because for most of us, this camera has the "Jewson Lot". It is one of the most stunning pieces of technology we have ever bought - go on treat yourselves. I promise you won' be disappointed !