Editors Liked

  • Fast operation. Excellent image quality. Superior video recording (1080i60). Large, 3-inch LCD. Clever in-camera software for creating panoramic photos and reducing image noise. Integrated GPS and compass
  • GPS automatically sets the camera's clock depending on the time zone you're traveling in. Intelligent Sweep Panorama captures wide or tall subject matter — think Grand Canyon or the Sears Tower — just by pressing the shutter and sweeping
  • Versatile. Cracking low light performance. Decent optical zoom. Impressive Panorama function. Speedy burst mode
  • Panorama, lowlight, backlight correction modes, GPS receiver and compass for geotagging, Excellent color accuracy and lowlight performance
  • Speedy shooting performance; compact, lightweight design; plenty of fun, useful features; very good low-light photo quality for a compact camera
  • Good photo quality for smaller prints, Modest improvement at middle ISO sensitivities versus conventional sensors, 10X, 25 250 mm lens in a compact body, Optical image stabilization, Limited manual controls, Intelligent Auto mode picks a scene mode for yo
  • Compact and attractive body design, Good quality G lens with a 10x range from 25mm to 250mm, Optical Image Stabilization with "Active" movie mode, Exmor-R back-illuminated CMOS sensor, Bionz processor performs some great tricks (like the foll

Editors Didn't Like

  • Competition offers more zoom in similar body size
  • GPS signal quickly surrendered to buildings or even overhanging trees. Doesn't display nearby place names or points of interest during playback. Confusing menu system makes adjusting GPS setting a chore
  • Rivals have sharper screens. Photos could be more vibrant
  • No aperturepriority or shutterpriority modes, Geotagging requires software on a Windows PC, Images aren't always sharp
  • Soft photos, videos; limited manual controls; GPS can't quickly be powered on and off
  • Heavy noise reduction smudges details, even at lower ISOs; highest sensitivities not really usable, Camera clips highlights easily; occasional (but slight) overexposure, Redeye a problem, though you can remove it in playback mode, Only two apertures to ch
  • Zooming is too jerky for precise composition, Only two apertures, ND filter used, No contrast, sharpness or saturation controls, No Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority modes, Both Dynamic Range Optimization and SteadyShot image stabilization are auto
  • No location names on-screen from GPS, GPS often slower to lock-on than Lumix TZ10 / ZS7, Low noise claims not realised. No better than rivals, Adjustable 'aperture' of very limited use