We decided to get a new camera after the Sony DSC-H7 developed a bad pixel. The Sony was a nice camera and had served its purpose over the last 4-5 years quite well. I really liked the "super zooms", as I like to have the ability to frame my shots, but not have to lug around a DSLR. So after some research, I had it narrowed down to the Canon SX50, Sony DSC-HX200V and the Panasonic as titled. One thing I had to have was RAW capability. I take a lot of pics of the fish tank and the lighting really screws with the white balance and frequently needs adjusting post-processing.
I really liked the Canon for the Digic5 processor, the Sony because I liked my Sony and the Panasonic for the high reviews it got. I did most my base research on dpreview.com
. Then looked at several other reviews. The Canon had serveral strikes against it for its aperture. I take a lot of low light images and I didn't want to add anything to that equation. The Sony got a lot of good reviews, but there were some knocks against it in coloration and image quality. The Lumix was a 24x zoom and reviews had it pegged as Panasonic focusing on image quality instead of going for max zoom. The H7 Sont only zoomed to 15x, so the 24x for the Lumix would be fine for me.
I've had it for a few weeks now and I think it's a winner. I will say the menu is not as easy to use as I had hoped, but once you learn your way around, it's not bad.