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Decent and uncomplicated
on August 25, 2011
I got this camera because I wanted to have an extra point and shoot around when my other point and shoot was being used by someone else. I was looking for something casual, cheap and easy. This camera fits them all.
There really isn't much to say about this camera, it's a standard digital camera with a reduced feature set. For the technologically clueless the features missing wont be missed. You turn it on, push the button, it takes a picture, you turn it off.
It only has 4 real modes.
The intelligent mode where the camera decides on the settings.
The scene mode where you pick the condition to optimize the picture (sports, night shot, portrait etc). It gives some good explanation of each selection in the camera. Some of the scenes are iffy at best (like the pano feature).
Then "normal" mode where no optimization is done except getting good exposure. Then there is the card eating video mode, a 2G card lasts less than 10 minutes.
That's about it for the feature set, not a lot of choices or controls, but for casual use it's not a problem.
The pictures are huge and contain all the flaws that any other point and shoot has, no surprises there. Its output is unremarkable from other cameras of its generation. Understand though that the output IS better than Point and shoots from yesteryear. If you have one that is several years old this will be an upgrade.
Battery life seems to be ok, a few hundred shots but I seldom push it.
Its small and handy which is what counts, I can take a picture while I'm riding my bike or throw it in my pocket. Can do that with my DSLR.
Who should buy this camera?
If you want a simple camera not to complicated and don't care about controls
Its cheap and you get what you pay for.
Why should you buy this camera vs another?
You like the Panasonic brand.
There isn't really anything to distinguish it from competing products.