"Dont be fooled"2.5 starson by finetooth
Pros: Fast Shooting speeds, Good menu structure, Flip-out Screen, Great auto-focus, Lots of manual control
Cons: Batt life, Picture Quailty, Noise at anything above 100 iso, Price, Cheap Housing
Summary: I am not a professional photographer or even an enthusiast. I am very much an amateur and I believe that is who this camera is targeted for. Even though I am not a professional, I can certainly tell the difference between a good picture and a bad one. This camera misses on so many levels. I bought this direct from Panasonic ($500) where it went from overnight shipping to 6-8 weeks. Fortunately the unit shipped within 3 weeks and I couldn't wait to start getting to know this camera. After looking at the "professional" review on Cnet and looking into the specs, I was sure this camera would be a winner. My love affair started to fracture the moment I saw the first picture shot in "Auto" mode. Granted it wasn't taken in full sun but a camera in this price range should at least be able to produce decent results in less than full sun. I was completely shocked by the image quality it produced. I have taken better pictures with a cell phone. I wasn't completely turned off knowing that this camera has a full range of manual controls and thinking I could get a good picture after some tinkering with iso's etc. Wow was I wrong. I used this camera for 3 weeks getting to know all the ins and outs and have managed only a couple of shots that I could consider even remotely ok. I have a canon S95 and it will beat out the image from this camera every time even though the S95 is 10 mega pixels and the Panasonic is 14. I really tried very hard to like this camera being that it has a very high burst speed, flip out screen, full manual controls etc. But this camera falls short on the only thing that is important when you by a camera, The image. I will be sending it back and possibly look into getting the GH-2. Its more money but I don't think you can cheap out when you want all the benefits this camera promises and Image quality too.