I am immensely surprised at the quality of photos of this... considering it's a superzoom, on top of that it's a Panasonic, which did not perform that well with their previous generation (FZ40, FZ47)
A bit noisy, but brilliant color reproduction.
Yea, I was leery of going with what is essentially a souped-up point and shoot, but their previous model the FZ150 got very good reviews from cameralabs and dpreviews, so I decided to go with this.
The noise is partially because I was using higher ISOs. I wasn't using tripod and the only light was the aquarium's so I had to keep the shutter speed up a bit.
As for working with RAW files, I've always used Lightroom, it lets you increase the efficiency of your workflow a huge amount. Much much better than say PS or Gimp.
I'll have to take a look at that, thanks!