"The reviewer is being brutally honest"3.5 starson by pmaholch
Pros: Exceptional image quality right up there with any midrange DSLR to my eyes. It's very cool looking. Lack of flash is not a negative issue as most built in flashes while convenient are useless anyway. Compatibiltiy with a wide range of 4/3 lenses.
Cons: It would have been nice to incorporate an AF assist lamp into the design. Autofocus speed is not where it should be for a camera of this class. Didn't expect it to be as fast as a DSLR but could be much better. Hope firmware improves this.
Summary: I have to agree with the reviewer that performance issues really hold this camera back from being great. It's the only issue I have with this camera. The value of relatively snappy start up and focus times in photography cannot be underestimated in my subjective opinion. Didn't expect the camera to be as snappy as a DSLR but Panasonic has shown that performance issues can be greatly improved in this type of camera.