Hi Bill, having had a fz150 previously which was excellent apart from the limitation of the varying lens aperture during zooming which this version overcomes with its constant f2.8 lens and the fact that the screen blanked out for two or three seconds at the start of each shot in movie mode causing real problems with moving subjects. This one does't suffer from any blackout at all. I do quite a lot of movie work so that is important to me. I like the improved viewfinder, I use it a lot more than on the previous camera, the bigger battery gives a longer run time which is quite useful as well. The many other minor tweaks have all helped to create an excellent product. My only disapointment was with the location of the WB & ISO buttons being so prominent and vulnerable to unintentional operation during normal handling, however the modification courtesy of Graham Houghton seems to overcome this quite nicely. Why Pana did not pick up on this with the preproduction samples I will never know. There are limitations imposed by the small sensor of course but that does't bother me to much, the cost of a camera with a significantly bigger one and the extra weight and inconvenience of separate lenses is not something I would consider now. Been there and done that in the past. I think that this camera strikes a good balance between size, weight, and picture quality, features and perfomance. In the end you pays your money and takes your choice!
Edited by Cortinaron - 6/30/13 at 4:18am