I am sorry that I had offended you in any any way, and that the admin felt that I had started a flame war, and hence they had me removed from the userlist. But please believe me thats not what I had in mind. I merely wanted to point out, that by saying
"I wouldn't suggest to get a Panasonic."
you are indicating to others that Panasonic cameras are not good. Thats why I had suggested that you keep up with the times. Really go online and check their reviews. Go to Amazon as well and check the user reviews.
As for the Aperture range being F3.3 in some Panasonic cams, well the Panasonic FS3 and it is 2.8 - 5.1. As compare to Canon A590 (F2.6-5.1) the Panasonic is much cheaper in the market, and thats my entire point, the money factor. A normal consumer like leo-hai doesn't need manual controls, or has enough time to edit pics on Photo editing software. people like him need a camera that works for him(Both have great (IA)IntelligentAutomatic).
Please don't take this the wrong way, next time do provide us with proper examples, by taking name of the products and not just the company.
In the end when last you said is true:
"At the end it comes down to the consumer and what they are looking for, and how they will be using their camera."