I've had this camera for a few months now and if I don't soon comment on my impressions they will be obsolete and irrelevant. So, here are my pluses and minuses: + If the mode dial is not in a detent, the camera warns you. + The wrist strap can be attached to either side of the camera. Lefties, take note. + Helpful detail in menus. + The rigid interface connector cover stays open or closed--much nicer than the rubberlike cover on other cameras. + histogram + viewfinder + amazing zoom range - It's much too easy to press the Menu/Set button accidentally, either when trying to press the surrounding ring or when simpling handling the camera. - Short USB cable. In a motel, you may have to set the camera on the floor to charge it. Any old cable with the same connectors won't work. - It's hard to keep fingers away from the flash. - The movie button is close to the on/off and still shoot buttons and similarly recessed, so it's difficult to operate while looking through the viewfinder. I've put a drop of silicone rubber on it so I can find it without looking. - in daylight, the digital viewfinder is not as bright as an optical one would be. o The charge/USB connector is too similar to the HDMI connector. Panasonic warns you to pay attention. I'd rate this a -, but I think the same connectors are used on most P&S cameras today. o 300-page pdf manual.
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