See my original review bellow:
This is my second one of this model, "I broke" my first one in 2011, I was skiing and made the mistake putting in an outside not insulated pocket and the lens motor got frozen=when i turned it on; the screw interface bracket broke. = it was cheaper to buy new; then fix.
Have had this second camera for 2 - 3 years, it still works great. its an all around good camera, Macro is awesome. it's 4x lens power is not as good as the new stuff on the market, however if your comparing a very compact with lens in the body camera, this is recommended.
takes 250-300 pictures with 75 of on the flash.
for people complaining about focus problems, I found there are two manufacturing series of this camera, the original was traditional colors (red / black / silver / orange / ?might be gold). Then a second generation with bright colors (Pink, green, blue, silver, black) the second generation has more of the focus issues. So that's why i went with Orange again. Also Orange make it almost impossible to misplace. Hint: put an email address on your camera.
My Wife has a compact SONY with a high magnification lens that we use on vacation. it's slower then the Panasonic.
also have a go-pro for a video camera and our Cell phones
Hint: put an email address on your camera.
my original review bellow:
May 31, 2010, 5 STARs, great camera-Very fast focus,
I wanted a very compact, lens in the body camera to take backpacking / hiking
Wanted MP range of 10 to 12
Camera works great, open the cover & it's ready to go.
well made metal body & cover slides easy.
Very fast focus, push the take a photo button and it takes the photo = no adjustment time.
I have taken photos driving down the highway = image comes out clear and sharp.
Only bad thing for me at this time (very minor) is camera is heavier then you'd think. Also has small surfaces to hold on to. I have not figured out how to hold it with one hand yet, my hand size is Medium-large golf glove.
*Update: added self stick 1 x 1.5" rubber pad to front body of camera next to lens door to hold onto. or self stick 80-120 grit sand paper works too but can scratch other items - like the face of cell your phone if its in your pocket together.
I've taken 100 shots total so far with flash or with out flash & the battery is still showing 100%.
Macro focus works awesome.
Plus = has a camera stand screw mount on the bottom.
I have only used the camera in default mode, not done anything fancy yet. works great for me.