UPDATED 23/7/2013 After only 8 months of light use I sometimes have problems with turning it off without taking out the battery. Problems with C1 program, it always defaults to Movie mode, impossible to change it. Similar problems with Zoom, sometimes works sometimes not, when it fails again take out battery then replace. I am in touch with both Panasonic and Amazon about returning it under guarantee. I still have a 7 year old Olympus fortunately no such problem.
UPDATED 2/10/2012 I agree with the other reviewer/writer it has excellent features, too many without a manual to hand, also too many menus. Without actually looking at the rear buttons before shooting it is easy to hit the wrong one/button during use, especially the AF/AF closeup/MF button, sometimes I manage to touch one by mistake in use & I don't have an enormous thumb! The red movie button on the top seems eratic both beginning & stopping a movie, sometimes does not work for me so I prefer to use the main dial for movie mode, also the on/off lever feels as if 1 day it will snap! Since writing the above I have definitely found the buttons on the back a problem, touching them without trying, & the design of the body with a space for your thumb.........you need deformed hands to use it, that's probably why I touch the buttons accidentally, the auto focus does not focus on the object always, sometimes on something in front of it to the side instead, I've tried changing the focus modes to no avail. OTHER GRIPES...............NO MOVABLE SCREEN, also the lens cover..............problems getting off & on! The zoom lens works well in low light, & now have made good movies & shot reasonable photos in Auto mode. The stills are OK but I expected more, especially using the Zoom the camera does not auto-focus well in my opinion. Another big gripe as has been stated in all reviews is the lack of any extended time mode. I used to like shooting the night sky, also movement of speed shots, not possible at all. I have owned 2 Olympus cameras previously & both were better thought out body-wise, also allowed night shots etc. I did think about sending it back but shall continue in my quest for excellence because what else is available? So to sum up.......... GOOD Value for money & features compared with competitors, I spent days researching them all. Has a viewfinder. Some/most photos are good. Movies. Battery life. BAD Stills focusing. On one menu option it has various so-called focus points outlined together, who wants that, I just want to focus on the main object? If I could I would post examples but not sure you can with comments? No extended exposure. Instructions. UGLY Body design & button placement. Panasonic website/sites, although they do respond quickly.
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