Great Camera - Lousy Wifi
Pros: Beautiful picture and a great zoom. I like the switch on the back to change your mode from view recordings, record video, and take pictures. Each mode gives you its own menu on the lcd. Like I said at the beginning, the picture quality is awesome in video and photos. Microphones appear to work very well even in high volume situations like a busy/loud church music service. Camera is uber-lightweight. Very intuitive interface with a lot of really cool and USEFUL options such as the USTREAM record/no record while streaming and the visual level meter. Automatic shutter protection. Media placement and removal is easy and unobtrusive. If this was simply a camcorder for my family, it would be a 5-star, but that wasn't my primary purpose.
Cons: I bought this to stream church services through USTREAM, and the feature to automatically do this (even though you have to pass through Panasonic's LUMIX web service) made it exactly what we were looking for; mobile, lightweight quality video and sound that could be streamed to members unable to attend. Unfortunately, this thing absolutely refuses to stay connected for any length of time while streaming. Normally it stays connected for 3-5 minutes and then drops the connection forcing me to stop the streaming process, exit that application, restart it and reconnect and hope it'll stay up and running....which it never does (except once when it stayed connected for an incredible 25 minutes before disconnecting). I've tried this on several networks and the result is always the same. I even set it up here in my home where I run a very tight network with good components and it lasts an average of 6 minutes. Quality of the stream makes no difference, nor does audio characteristic of the situation, mobile or stable....flat out, it will not stay connected while streaming.
Other Thoughts: Really love this just as a camera, but there's a serious issue with their streaming capability. Shouldn't be this hard with today's technology.
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