I bought this camera on the recommendation of a photographer. I told him I wanted an easy to use camera for once in a lifetime photos on a European vacation plus those once in a lifetime photos at home. This camera was my first digital and I love it. I have had it for 8 years and have barely used all the settings, mostly just use auto. Everyone comments on my great photos, I credit the camera. I love that I can put the camera in my coat pocket or small bag with out toting around a camera case. I did buy a bigger longer zoom camera for a trip this spring. I bought it on recommendations on Amazon and it was a waste of too much money. Terrible photos, hard to hold, bulky. This Panasonic is far, far better. I did drop it in a parking lot this summer, it is still working but has a black spot on the screen. I will use it till it quits and then buy another. LOVE IT!
This camera takes excellent pictures and the zoom clarity is also excellent BUT it only lasts a couple of years before the focus wears out with or without the zoom and it is VERY expensive to have it fixed. So if you buy this camera, do NOT forget to purchase the warranty because you ARE going to need it.