I had a Panasonic camera a while ago and was more than happy with the photos - it took great ones. I was less than impressed with the service of Panasonic though and will never buy another one because of it.
I told them that I would take every opportunity to tell people what I thought of them ... and I have
My camera now is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_cybershot_dsc_hx200v_review/
) which I chose mostly because it has such a high zoom.
My old camera was a an Olympus something or other with as much zoom as you could get at the time. It did have great quality shots and was easy to use. It was getting dodgy to connect it to the computer and the flash died on it so was time to get a new one. I had it for years and years, taken a bazillion photos with it and hadn't treated it too nicely in the later years so I was more than happy with it's durability.
The new camera is lovely. There are lots of manual features on it but I tend to stick to automatic. I really don't know my appertures from my ... elbow.
The Olympus didn't take great flash photos but the Sony does. I am amazed at how much better they are actually.
The Sony will take ten consecutive shots but the Olypmus took heaps .. thirty odd maybe which was great for action situations like my son on his bike or animals on the run. I do miss that it doesn't take as many.
The Sony has panoramic photos which I don't think I'll use all that often but it's cool to have lol. And face detection too which is boggles my mind .. how does it know??
There's my pros and cons but overall I do love the new camera.