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Right from the beginning the flash was a bit too aggressive and harsh, but that's something that we could live with. Then we figured that it was difficult to take the video's off it because it stored it in a proprietary that needed special software to convert them into something useful. The only thing that we had that would do that was the iMovie '09 that was on my wife's computer. A major PITA. But still, we worked around it.
Now the "select" button in the middle of d-pad doesn't work. Super annoying, but it's still possible to deal with that (partially). Except I turned it on and the screen seems to be failing. [insert expletives here]. Laura pointed out that it's ironic that the dslr that we've had longer and put through the same crap (minus the swimming) has held out better. And has a better warranty. In fact, my 18-55 mm lens just started to act up, so Nikon replaced it. Cost to me: zero.
It pisses me off that something that's marketed as "durable" has not been. Not compared to something that I'd put more into the "fragile" camp. Would I buy another "tough" camera? Probably, if only for taking to the beach / swimming on vacations. But not from Panasonic.Posted by jim at May 19, 2012 12:02 PM