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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be really good, BUT..., December 29, 2010
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...the quality is completely inconsistent. I have now purchased four, count them: 1, 2, 3, 4 of these cameras.

The first one was returned because every image had a greenish yellow tint that was unnatural and could not be eliminated through white balance adjustment. So, I returned it and ordered camera number two. This one seemed to take great photos all around. However, the glass on the the lcd, within a couple of days, was loose and wobbled around. Strike two. Well, let's call it a foul tip. RMA. I ordered camera number three. This time, I ordered it in white instead of black, hoping maybe they come from different production facilities and may have different revisions of the build components or better quality control. Nope. Camera number three had exactly the same issue as number one - greenish yellow tinted photos. Returned. I just got camera number four. The pictures are outstanding, BUT it has the same issue as camera number two with the loose glass on the back. What gives? Seriously. This is ridiculous.

You'd think I'd just order another brand altogether. However, I've already tried the Canon S95, and this Panasonic blows it away. It's much much faster (what's the point of having a camera if you miss the shot because the camera doesn't react in time), the low light ability is far superior, the macro is wonderful, it can zoom while recording video, and the battery life is excellent. It has the potential to be a great camera, if only it was built better. I have issues spending $400 on a point and shoot in the first place, more or less one that is falling apart right out of the box. Arggghhh!!!
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2010 5:25:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2010 5:26:00 PM PST
Hmmm, there may be a design defect in this model of camera. If I had camera #4, I'd probably get out my trusty silicone glue gun and use it to stabilize the glass on the back, and keep it. After all, it's the pictures it takes that matter, NOT whether the frame of the camera rattles when it is shaken ... this camera is a bargain price, imho, you seem to already realize that because your on instance #4, so maybe you'll have to live with a small compromise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2011 12:02:18 PM PST
My only issue with the loose glass is not the rattling, but the security of the gasket with regard to moisture. I do a lot of traveling, and in humid environments, other cameras I've owned (that have had no build issues) have fogged up internally. So, my concern is that if this gasket is not properly fitted, moisture will ruin not only my photos, but the camera components, as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2011 9:07:42 PM PST
Toan Nguyen says:
You are one patient soul!

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 4:10:50 AM PST
I think what's happening here is generally unlikely but statistically probable. For some reason you keep drawing the short straws and there is no telling when it will end. There is a solution though.
What I suggest you do is explain your problem to your friend/relative and have them place an order for the camera let's say within one week your conversation. Other than allowing the one-week-long window, you must not have any other influence on their decision of when it is appropriate to place in order.
I know this may sound a little crazy, but I can assure you this works and will greatly reduce the chances of you getting another dud. Please let me know how it goes if you do decide to try this method.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 4:12:47 PM PDT
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Posted on May 31, 2011 10:02:43 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 21, 2011 11:33:29 PM PDT
I hope you figured out what the greenish tint in the photos were. I'm guessing you are shooting in jpeg mode. With high noise pictures, there is a noticeable green tint to parts of the picture. Shoot raw, and the problem will go away. I have 4 of these cameras and have never had any of these problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 9:18:24 PM PDT
Obiwan says:
I ve the same issue with ISO abv 1600, is this normal or any settings I should change? I switch off all the i-.... mode. Using Program mode. Any common experience anyone? or mine is a lemon?

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 8:34:49 AM PST
Suzann says:
Shoot RAW and use either the RAW editor or go into photoshop and adjust the overall color with curves. I am NEVER satisfied with the color straight out of ANY digital camera, even shooting RAW the DSLR.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 12:57:45 AM PST
Shooting at ISO 800 and beyond is going to cause a pretty moderate amount of noise or grain in the film days. This camera has a small sensor, no where close to a Crop sensor dslr and obviously a full frame sensor like the Canon 5dmk II. Learn how to shoot at iso 800 or less with this camera in raw, and use something like Lighroom 3 to reduce the noise. Use 1600 only when you have to get a faster shutter speed to stop motion blur. The IS in the camera is amazing, so try shooting in manual mode and experiment with lowering the shutter speed to see how sshort of a shutter speed you can shoot without causing blur from shaking. If you have time and the money, check out the Canon t3i or a Nikon 5100. Both amazing camera for beginners tht will get you much better results. Let me know if you have any questions about anything and I will try to help. Take care, and SHOOT RAW and that will take care of your greenish tint you are experiencing. Good luck.
Stephen
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