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Retired pro photographer: Poor image quality. Returned it after one day of shooting.
on January 18, 2014
My wife and I tested this camera for one day. We tested it thoroughly in various ambient lighting situations and with the flash. The zoom range is amazingly wide but the image quality is amazingly poor. We have a 2009 Canon 8 megapixel camera kicking around and after noticing the consistent softness in the Lumix images and the overly aggressive "smoothing" (that cannot be disabled), we compared images side by side with the old Canon A590IS. The old 8 megapixel Canon, which would today sell on eBay for about $25 bucks, absolutely blew away the Lumix on sharpness, shadow detail and especially on highlight detail. The Lumix images looked washed out, soft and noisy side by side compared to the Canon A590IS images.