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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS19 Digital Camera- Black by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS19 Digital Camera- Black
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 225 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 8.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Setting5.0   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Price4.7   average
Size4.7   above average
Video4.4   average
Battery4.3   above average
Color4.3   average
Photo4.3   average
Image4.2   average
Lens3.9   above average
Zoom3.7   below average
Light3.6   below average
Focus3.3   above average
Flash3.2   average
Speed3.2   below average
Lumix3.1   mediocre
Screen3.1   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"If you forget to pack the proprietary cable on your trip then you won't be able to charge the battery."
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"This camera should probably not replace your video camera since you won't be able to take long movies due to the battery drain, but it's great for short clips here-and-there, which is pretty much all I take anyway."
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"I just bought this camera and I am disappointed on the battery life."
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"Amazing camera great pictures, lost of functions and comes with a battery pack that you can re-charge, no need for regular batteries."
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"I also love that I can charge the battery while it is in the camera."
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"Its too bad that camera designers are slow to catch on to the fact that people carry many devices and its important to make it as easy as possible to charge the battery."
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"The battery provides power for a long time, which is nice, but you should probably plan to buy a spare so that you aren't caught without juice on that family vacation."
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"Plus:Quick photos for the simple events I don't want to take my DSLR with medecent battery life (I purchased an after market kit that has a charger and two extra batteries)Cons:Would be nice if it were slimmerRidiculous proprietary sized charging cable."
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Charging

Charging:
"If you forget to pack the proprietary cable on your trip then you won't be able to charge the battery."
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"The downside of this camera is that it requires a proprietary cable to charge and connect to the computer."
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"The charger that it comes with is very flimsy and takes forever (the first one shipped with camera came broken) and if going sightseeing all day, one charge may not last you all day if you take a lot of pictures or do videos."
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"I also love that I can charge the battery while it is in the camera."
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"Its too bad that camera designers are slow to catch on to the fact that people carry many devices and its important to make it as easy as possible to charge the battery."
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"Plus:Quick photos for the simple events I don't want to take my DSLR with medecent battery life (I purchased an after market kit that has a charger and two extra batteries)Cons:Would be nice if it were slimmerRidiculous proprietary sized charging cable."
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"Just love it ..Only con - no more external charger."
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Color

Color:
")But more importantly, color is just not as true great as my Canon."
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"I bought a Canon Powershot sx130 and was sorely disappointed- macros were horrible, children blurry, despite some cool color features of it."
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"Good pictures in terms of color and sharpness for this sensor class (1 2.33)."
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"The pictures are crisp, balanced color, and nice balance of features."
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"All looked washed out anemic on IA, even on happy which is supposed to give the colors more punch."
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"I slip this baby in my clutch (purse) and catch whatever I darn well please in living color--swiftly, clearly, and with prints and video that pop."
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"I used it for a two month trip abroad and the photos and colors were just excellent!"
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Fit

Fit:
"Fits perfectly in my hand (inconspicuous for traveling) and pocket."
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"It fits good in the hand."
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"Also, it fits well in hands -- some of the new cameras are so slim and light that they are too small for my hands."
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"The camera has a 20X zoom as well and is more compact than my previous cameras, actually fitting in my sweatshirt pocket."
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"This camera will easily fit in my purse or jacket pocket."
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Flash

Flash:
"(FYI, I also considered it's major competitor, Nikon Coolpix S9700, supposedly got better reviews on picture quality but too many negative reviews on the flash breaking & other glitches problems made me shy away.)"
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"As other reviews have stated, it does better outdoors, not so good indoors & flash is not that strong."
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"It is not perfect and has some annoying quirks (want flash?"
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"This camera probably deserves four+ stars just looking at it as a small, super-zoom camera, but it has two big drawbacks:1) very slow to save to flash, so you can't take several quick shots (hard to understand how it could be so slow)2) proprietary usb cable."
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"The overall picture quality is very good to excelent once you get past the shortcommings of the flash and fussy zoom focusing."
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"I have not yet checked out the flash capability but most of my photos are daytime shots so as long as I can flash fill (in P mode) I'm confident it will perform well for me."
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"It is not perfect and has some annoying quirks (want flash?"
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"Took to Disney for first use and got some pretty amazing pics...played with settings on the scenes...such as through the glass, and night scenery...worked very well...also liked the Auto setting, and easy access to the flash on off button, so those no flash photography rides I could take pics easily and switch back after...also the zoom is the best feature...very happy with this camera, also the sports setting worked awesome for the animals on the safari ride..."
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"The only irritant is that in the playback, you hear when the zoom is being used (Click).I took over 700 photos and videos over 15 days, all on a SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB s. Response time was great!"
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Focus

Focus:
"One thing that I find most annoying is the focusing."
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"Nikon Coolpix S9100 didn't focus well in low light."
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"The overall picture quality is very good to excelent once you get past the shortcommings of the flash and fussy zoom focusing."
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"The CANON has the best pictures, but is slow to focus, somewhat awkward to handle and has the worst video of the three."
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"Focus very good."
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"But it's great in allowing me to focus with touching."
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"Auto focus works very well."
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"The zoom is powerful, the autofocus very accurate."
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"SEMI-TOUCH SCREEN, GREAT FOR TAKING PICTURES BY TAPPING THE SCREEN AND FOCUSING ON AN EXACT AREA, REVIEWING PICTURES BUT NOT ABLE TO DELETE THEM WITH A TOUCH.2."
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Image

Image:
"I was quite disappointed with the many blurry pics it produced."
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"When the pics were not blurry, they were beautiful, but the blurry pics came often."
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"Again, I bought a refurbished item and that may have something to do with it - but when I took a picture, and went to review it on this camera, the image on the LCD display was so terrible - extremely over sharpened, pixelated and noisy."
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"Because of this, I just can't recommend this camera, even if the images it produces would most likely please the average user - you just have to take a picture and hope it's in focus...You also cannot use the full zoom function unless you are in full auto mode."
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"Love how easy it is to use and the clarity of the pics"
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"I take it everywhere and can get amazing pics."
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"IQ is very good, but pics tend to be a little overexposed."
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"Image quality is decent but canon has better."
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"However, I have checked it enough to know that 1, the stabilizer on this camera is amazing..hand held at 20x with near perfect image clarity."
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Lens

Lens:
"Another problem with the lumix is that the wide angle lens bows the edges of pictures of paintings so that it is impossible to shoot an exact rectangular shape with straight edges."
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"The motorized lens cover broke and it developed lazy eyeL in 1 day, with a total of 12 exposures on the camera."
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"This camera is really nice and I loved it... until I bumped the lens assembly and it broke."
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"I also see the ZS20 , but just for the gps , this one save me around $ 50.UPDATE: After 6 months of use, the camera stop working with SYSTEM ZOOM ERROR, The lens zoom system get stuck."
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"I demanded the camera be returned unfixed because I want to send that camera and the my other Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 purchased in Jan. of 2011 that developed a problem were the lens would not retract, to the head of customer service an inform them what a LOUSY product they represent ."
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"Build quality is top notch, (except for the lens cover thingy, it is very thin and weak, even rattles a little, not a good as I have seen on lower quality cams) The entire camera actually feels a tad on the heavy side, which I like."
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"Lumix Panasonic with Leica lens is an excellent camera for photographing human faces."
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"Yes, the camera has an incredible zoom for a pocket camera, yes, it takes really good pictures, but once the lens locks up you're screwed."
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"I have now owned 4 of these over the past 7 years, have enjoyed passing along 3 of them to my wife and family members, and all have loved the powerful lense and ease of use."
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"The combination of the Leica lens with a 20x optical zoom creates clear photos even at maximum zoom."
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"It isn't as slim and tiny as many other pocket cameras out there, but that it due to its impressive lens system."
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Light

Light:
"I got the System Error (Zoom) message after only a year of extremely light use while on an important trip, and the camera lens refuses to open or zoom."
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"Low light is a bit of a challenge, but no camera in this class can really do it well."
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"Adjusting the zoom can be fiddly, and it isn't easy to see in bright light without a view finder, but overall this camera and the earlier version have been great every day and travel cameras."
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"Low light is still a bit of a problem, but there's a simple fix, Live option on the dial, where you can make adjustments for 3 things - light vividness of color cool vs warm color."
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"While under warrantee the light meter failed."
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"My only complaints with the earlier Lumix cameras was low light shots and the speed."
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"I wish it had a viewfinder... Light and easy to conceal in a pocket."
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"I like the lumix, it takes good pictures and often can also get good ones in low light situations such as museums, where you are not allowed to use flash."
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"Low light photos are pretty good too, again for this price range."
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"This camera takes great pictures and video in low light."
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"it takes great picture in low light."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"Another problem with the lumix is that the wide angle lens bows the edges of pictures of paintings so that it is impossible to shoot an exact rectangular shape with straight edges."
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"My first 3+ year old Lumix broke when dropped, so ordered the exact same model."
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"I am very disappointed with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS19."
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"My only complaints with the earlier Lumix cameras was low light shots and the speed."
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"I dropped my first Panasonic Lumix in Paris last fall and broke it."
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"I demanded the camera be returned unfixed because I want to send that camera and the my other Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 purchased in Jan. of 2011 that developed a problem were the lens would not retract, to the head of customer service an inform them what a LOUSY product they represent ."
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"Lumix Panasonic with Leica lens is an excellent camera for photographing human faces."
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"I had the same Panasonic Lumix ZS19 Camera for 5 years it was the best camera I ever had, great picture and had best zoom for its size."
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"The Panasonic Lumix DMC series is the ONLY POCKET CAMERA I recommend to all family and friends."
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"I like the lumix, it takes good pictures and often can also get good ones in low light situations such as museums, where you are not allowed to use flash."
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"I owned previous Lumix ZX4 that did not have this problem."
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Photo

Photo:
"Major problem though - when I try to take photos in the sun light I can not see any image in the camera screen?"
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"I had purchased a Nikon which took very poor photos and their customer service basically said that it was my fault."
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"Samsung WB750 had a defective screen coating, an annoying processing delay before photos got saved and lousy customer service."
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"I was happy with the photos I took with both my broken Lumix cameras but don't bother to send in your camera for a warranty repair."
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"I recently bought the ZS19 TZ30 and was disappointed in how fuzzy the photos looked."
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"The photos also were not as good as the CANON's, but they were close and very close in low light."
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"Easy to use, convenient size and takes great photos."
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"The combination of the Leica lens with a 20x optical zoom creates clear photos even at maximum zoom."
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"This is a nice camera that is easy to use and takes good quality photos."
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"Up until a week ago, I would have given this camera four stars because it took wonderful photos and I enjoyed the features."
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"Low light photos are pretty good too, again for this price range."
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Price

Price:
"Also the control dial especially & other parts of the camera seemed cheap flimsy for an otherwise good camera."
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"Tried other brands that say they outperform it, THEY DON'T this is the best for the amount of money , Really it's a super great camera."
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"If the camera was cheaper I wouldn't mind as much, but for the price I paid I'm pretty miffed."
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"Great quality at a great price."
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"Perfect for my fast moving little ones for the price anyways."
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"It is a good value for the price."
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"Great camera for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"(FYI, I also considered it's major competitor, Nikon Coolpix S9700, supposedly got better reviews on picture quality but too many negative reviews on the flash breaking & other glitches problems made me shy away.)"
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"Build quality is top notch, (except for the lens cover thingy, it is very thin and weak, even rattles a little, not a good as I have seen on lower quality cams) The entire camera actually feels a tad on the heavy side, which I like."
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"Great quality at a great price."
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"Great camera, quality pix, easy to use! "
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"This is a nice camera that is easy to use and takes good quality photos."
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"Very pleased with its operation, zoom, and quality of pictures."
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"I also use it to take movies and I get very good quality with it."
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Screen

Screen:
"I would prefer it if this camera did not have a touch screen, as I ruined my first one when the screen cracked (amazon replaced it for free as it was under warranty.)"
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"Samsung WB750 had a defective screen coating, an annoying processing delay before photos got saved and lousy customer service."
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"So I kept locking onto points in the far-bottom-right of the screen, which was really annoying."
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"I get a system error (zoom) message on the display screen."
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"I decided in spite of the outstanding zoom, the problem I was having in using the touch screen LCD, and the fewer scene modes, made it a disappointing choice."
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"The controls are well laid out and there is good feedback on the screen to ensure you have the right settings for the situation."
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"Also, on the screen, if the exposure looks perfect, however, when I look at it on my computer screen, it's a bit too dark."
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"We do like the separate buttons for video and still shots and appreciate the big screen."
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"SEMI-TOUCH SCREEN, GREAT FOR TAKING PICTURES BY TAPPING THE SCREEN AND FOCUSING ON AN EXACT AREA, REVIEWING PICTURES BUT NOT ABLE TO DELETE THEM WITH A TOUCH.2."
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Setting

Setting:
"The controls are well laid out and there is good feedback on the screen to ensure you have the right settings for the situation."
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"I recommend setting the f-stop down a bit as your standard setting."
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"I primarily use the iA setting, which lets the camera do the thinking while I'm enjoying shooting."
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"Took to Disney for first use and got some pretty amazing pics...played with settings on the scenes...such as through the glass, and night scenery...worked very well...also liked the Auto setting, and easy access to the flash on off button, so those no flash photography rides I could take pics easily and switch back after...also the zoom is the best feature...very happy with this camera, also the sports setting worked awesome for the animals on the safari ride..."
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Size

Size:
"I do love the small size & many features & great zoom, but disappointed with overall pictures."
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"This camera probably deserves four+ stars just looking at it as a small, super-zoom camera, but it has two big drawbacks:1) very slow to save to flash, so you can't take several quick shots (hard to understand how it could be so slow)2) proprietary usb cable."
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"Best small camera ever made."
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"I had the same Panasonic Lumix ZS19 Camera for 5 years it was the best camera I ever had, great picture and had best zoom for its size."
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"Best small digital camera ever made! "
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"Easy to use, convenient size and takes great photos."
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"excllent product, the best of his size"
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Speed

Speed:
"(It still doesn't do well on shutter priority, so the best option is the sports mode, which still isn't perfect not always fast enuf to catch the pic w o blur."
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"This camera probably deserves four+ stars just looking at it as a small, super-zoom camera, but it has two big drawbacks:1) very slow to save to flash, so you can't take several quick shots (hard to understand how it could be so slow)2) proprietary usb cable."
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"Shutter speed is blazing fast - the Fuijifilm in comparison was so painfully slow - had to wait forever to see what you took a picture of, and then wait some more to try again!"
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"The CANON has the best pictures, but is slow to focus, somewhat awkward to handle and has the worst video of the three."
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"Perfect for my fast moving little ones for the price anyways."
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"great pictures freaky fast awesome in low light."
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"However, that said, when using intelligent auto (I'm not a true' camera person & don't want to do my own settings all the time), the shutter speed is still too slow to do well with pets moving objects."
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"Works great takes pictures fast and has a great battery life."
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Video

Video:
"The video is not a well known format and has to be converted to something more popular."
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"On the plus side, a previous comment about being incompatible with iPhoto, especially for movies, isn't true."
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"As noted above, the PANASONIC's videos were good, perhaps not as good as the SONY, but the PANASONIC was certainly capable of capturing some nice video, even in low light."
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"The CANON has the best pictures, but is slow to focus, somewhat awkward to handle and has the worst video of the three."
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"This camera should probably not replace your video camera since you won't be able to take long movies due to the battery drain, but it's great for short clips here-and-there, which is pretty much all I take anyway."
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"I really liked the pictures and video it took."
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"This camera has excellent video and mic."
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"Takes beautiful pictures & video."
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"This camera has an amazing zoom, a good video function, and I really like the intelligent focus."
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"Camera has lot of other features like 60p full HD (you can also take stills while taking video), HDR, night shots that work very good, etc."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Recently, it suddenly had a System Error (Zoom) come up."
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"I got the System Error (Zoom) message after only a year of extremely light use while on an important trip, and the camera lens refuses to open or zoom."
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"I loved this camera while it was working, It now has the System error Zoom that is common to this camera."
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"System error Zoom - error message, when the camera was around two months out of warranty."
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"Now I am receiving a system error zoom."
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"I have owned the camera almost two years and I have absolutely loved this camera, until I received a System Error (zoom) problem, as described by many customers."
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"I had the same Panasonic Lumix ZS19 Camera for 5 years it was the best camera I ever had, great picture and had best zoom for its size."
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"The combination of the Leica lens with a 20x optical zoom creates clear photos even at maximum zoom."
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"This camera has an amazing zoom, a good video function, and I really like the intelligent focus."
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"Love the zoom however it began not saving after filming short videos."
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