I'm not even going to say this is amazing for the money, it's better than some of the higher priced models. We checked out many before making this our final decision. We also bought a $300 Olympus SP800UZ with a 30x optical zoom and 2 gb internal memory, but the Panasonic won out. Here are the features that made this camera our choice: Pictures just amazing at 12 megapixals. Clarity, sharpness, and detail even with digital zoom. Although the optical zoom is 12x the digital adds up to 63.8x zoom. 720p HD video is sharp and clear. The sound is great using stereo microphones.
Just press the video button and you are taking a movie. mini hdmi connection (this lets you plug it into an HD tv) 15 mb built in memory there are 29 scene modes. You've got to check them out. (modes like baby, pet, beauty, starry sky...all I can say is the effects are great) Built in GPS gives you the exact location of where you shot the picture or movie (long and latitude) Very sharp and large screen. Color, without even adjusting, is accurate Image stabilization works very well. Manual modes let you get creative and make more decisions for yourself. But the auto mode is great if you don't want to think. Face recognition and tracking. You won't believe the features. It has a macro setting which allows you to get 3 cm from your subject. These pictures are so detailed. My son took a picture of his jeans and you can see each individual thread. It's incredibly portable. The Olympus was bigger and looked more impressive, it just wasn't better. I love the switch between camera and play back mode because you don't have to go through menus to see your pictures. Also easy to delete pictures. So as you can see, we are thrilled with this purchase and hope you can try it out. Walmart was generous in giving us time to try as we bought which was what we needed. Some stores don't make it easy to return if you are not satisfied. Just for your information:
There is no view finder. I'm not sure if we'll miss it.
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