Pros Image quality is outstanding. Being lightweight and versatile makie this camera an excellent alternative to dragging around a heavy DSLR.
Cons While build quality is good, plastics make it feel cheap. Program dial mechanism on back seems flimsy but works well. Noisy after ISO 400. Lousy RAW software and fact that user manual is only on disc is not a good feature.
Summary I consider myself a semi pro photographer and I've lugged more than my share of camera equipment around for decades. I've been looking for something that could do almost as much as my DSLR in a smaller, lighter package.
I've tried practically every super zoom out there (Olympus, Nikon, Canon) and the Lumix FZ100 is my favorite by far. While the image quality from my Canon IS20 was good, the Lumix blows it away. I've used this camera for shooting birds and the burst speed keeps up with the birds' movements easily. I've had minor issues with the various menus but that could easily be remedied if there were a physical user manual available.
The flip screen is great and makes those odd angled shotes a lot easier. I've not experienced any difficulty in viewing the screen in bright sunshine. It's been easy to switch scenes and modes on the fly without missing a shot. Thus far battery life has been decent (almost 400 shots) but then I don't use the flash either.
If you're a traveller and don't want to take a boat load of heavy equipment with you, the FZ100 would make an excellent travel companion. Overall I'm quite pleased with this camera and would highly recommend it.
Pros Long zoom
Cons Image clarity is awful. I owned its predecessor, the FZ28 megazoom, and the FZ100 is a serious step down in image quality. The JPEG images are unusable, but even the raw images are worse than those from the FZ28! Panasonic made a mis-step with this camera
Summary You will be disappointed if you're coming from an earlier Panasonic megazoom. Avoid this camera.
Pros Excellent features- burst photos. quick shutter release. Many modes. twist out lcd
Best battery life-all day at a zoo on for 3+ hours and taking 500+ photos.
Impecable image quality.
Short focus range-.04 feet
fast autofocus and very well done manual
Cons zoom length- some megazooms it 36X instead of 24X plus extra optical.
Summary If you are looking for DSLR picture quality and reflex look no further.
great price for product
thousand dollar lens if DSLR
Pros Nice color result, fast shooting, fast focus, accurate
Cons Night shooting ISO is not very good, only ok but not enough
Summary If you are looking for professional camera, want to shoot FullHD video and want EVF but do not want to spend too much money on exchangeable lens, or do not want to carry heavy DSLR camera, FZ100 superzoom is your choice... ^^
Pros So far I have shot some test shots in good light that have impressed my DSLR-toting amateur but very experienced and award winning photographer friend. We blew them up as far as possible with my software and they still looked pretty darn good. The zoom
Cons No Super Zoom will take the same quality low-light shots that a good DSLR will. The FZ100 will, however take very acceptable shots in low light but not in the auto mode. You have to get into the manual and learn the settings.
Summary I bought this camera primarily for outdoor, daytime shooting. I give it a full five stars for that function. For indoor, lower light shots I give it four stars...but only after learning the appropriate lens settings. In other words, if your primary interest is in a camera that takes decent photos without ever having to use manual settings, save some money and buy a regular point and shoot. But if you want excellent zoom/burst/video capabilities and are willing to spend some time with the manual, this camera is a bargain.