It's VERY important to consider the limitations of any camera, however....this is an excellent camera for what it's intended.It will focus and shoot quickly, take excellent pictures in good light.
Like any camera with a smaller sensor it will have low light limitations.The extreme range lens makes it an outstanding all purpose camera...despite having a fleet of higher end cameras, I find myself grabbing this when I'm in a hurry to shoot something because it goes from wide angle to extreme, long telephoto all in one easy to tote package.The video is exceptional.I believe that as a camera, the Sony RX10 is better...but the longer lens on the Panasonic makes it useful in more situations.
If you're looking for a great bridge camera or a great camera in general, you should seriously consider the FZ1000.
With the one-inch sensor on this camera and up to 400 millimeter lens you still have the digital Zoom capability, maybe not as far-reaching as the Nikon but gives you a well extended super zoom with better image quality in this camera.
I bought the Lumix FZ1000 for my back-up camera and have found out I'm using it more and more for my #1 camera.
We brought it to the camera store and they said that they had seen a number of these cameras with this problem and to send it back to Panasonic, When we tried to call them, they wouldn't even talk to you unless you pay a fee since the camera was out of warranty.
When we tried to google it to see the cost of repair, we found out that many people have had this problem on various Lumix camera's for quite a number of years so Panasonic presumably knows about this problem and has not fixed it.
The other camera for comparison is the FZ200.
I put each camera on a tripod, set to the same ISO, same focal length, and aimed at a small area of a black and white art work with some sharp black lines.
I would not buy this Lumix but very highly recommend the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V camera.