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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

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  • 7.2 Megapixels, up to 3072 x 2304 resolution, 848 x 480 at 30 fps - We recommend purchasing a 1GB SD Memory Card for practical usage
  • 12x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens - 11 elements in 8 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
  • 2.5-inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD (207 K Pixels), 100% Field of View, Turkish language
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-FZ8P-K
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.1 x 2.8 inches ; 10.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MWVMRG
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ8P-K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 17, 2008

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The new long-zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 boasts 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm film camera), coupled with Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function that provides additional magnification up to 18x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution, and also features a 7.2-megapixel CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization system now available in all new Panasonic Lumix models.

The stylish DMC-FZ8 has a large, 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing while monitoring and during image playback and it has been redesigned to include a multi-purpose joystick for improved usability and simplified exposure compensation. The joystick control allows a host of additional settings, such as manual focus and exposure, to make for quick and easy shooting.

Along with easy operation, the DMC-FZ8 also features the Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III, an advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution -- greatly improving noise reduction, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing. With its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III also has outstanding response time with a shutter release time lag as short as 0.005 second, and the shutter interval as short as 0.6 second. This fast response makes it easy for users to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots.

Lumix DMC-FZ8 Highlights

12x Optical Zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens

Featuring a 12x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera), the compact DMC-FZ8 is a great camera to take everywhere you go. Shoot beautiful photos anytime you feel the urge, and be sure to bring the DMC-FZ8 along on family trips. With the 18x extended optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 648mm) feature, you've got the power to shoot remarkable close-ups from a long distance, for uses such as bird watching.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
12x optical zoom in a compact body The DMC-FZ8 features the 12x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens - a small, lightweight lens that packs the same zoom power as a big, clunky 400 mm-class film camera lens. This 12x optical zoom lens is super-bright too, at f/2.8 to f/3.3 with a focal length of 6 to 72 mm (equivalent to 36 mm to 432 mm in a 35 mm film camera). You've got all the power and flexibility you need to take beautiful shots from telephoto to wide angle and macro.

Up to 18x Extended Optical Zoom Designed for uses like bird watching, where you need maximum telephoto capability, the Extended Optical Zoom employs the central of the CCD to further extend the powerful 12x optical zoom when a resolution of less than 7.2-megapixel is used. This lets you extend the zoom ratio to 18x for 3-megapixel or less images.

2-speed zoom This new function allows you to control the zoom operation in two speeds, Low and High, with the zoom lever. Rotate the lever a small amount for slow zooming, and a larger amount for high-speed zooming. This makes it easy to zoom in and out quickly when you need to, or to slow down for finer zooming control.

Zoom Resume Have you ever had this happen? You set the zoom right where you want it and you're waiting to shoot, but the Power Save function suddenly turns the power off. Or, you've made the zoom setting, but the battery runs out and the power is cut. Or perhaps you've just taken a shot and turned off the power, and you decide you want to re-shoot at the same zoom setting. This is when you need Zoom Resume. It stores the zoom position (magnification) in memory, so you can shoot with the same zoom setting once the power is turned on again. This helps make sure you don't miss those great shooting opportunities.

432mm, f/3.1 shots with a beautiful soft focus The CCDs used in most digital cameras have much smaller light-receiving areas than film does, so photos tend to have a high depth of field. This means that everything in the photo -- including objects in the foreground and background -- is in focus. The DMC-FZ8 takes advantage of 12x zoom capability (35mm equivalent: 432mm) and f/2.8 to f/3.3 aperture to a level of expression that you cannot get with conventional digital cameras. You can snap photos that capture the subject in a clear, sharp focus while giving the background a beautiful soft focus.

Tele Macro Even at 12x zoom, it is possible to take as near as 1 meter from the subject when you select the Macro button. You can take macro shot with easy posture and beautifully soft focused background.

Intelligent Image Stabilizer

Panasonic invented the Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images. This system, which takes advantage of Panasonic's outstanding lens technology, has long been incorporated into the Lumix range of cameras. In addition, the DMC-FZ8 compensates for the other major cause of blurry images -- subject movement. The Intelligent ISO Control function, made possible by the Venus Engine III, detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions automatically. Together, they form Intelligent Image Stabilizer, which makes it easy for anybody to take crisp, clear photos in just about any situation. It's automatic, so you can leave everything to the camera.

Mega O.I.S. for preventing blurry shots caused by hand-shake The Mega O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. It is now featured on the entire Lumix range, and is highly popular with users around the world. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images. This is true, of course, for zooming and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, but it also lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination, without a flash, to preserve the mood. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.

Intelligent ISO Control prevents blurry shots caused by moving subjects When the Intelligent ISO Control (I.I.C.) in Lumix cameras detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it lets you take beautifully natural photos with a low ISO setting. Have you ever mistakenly used a high ISO setting to take a photo of a subject standing still? If so, you may remember the noisy, grainy result. Or, if you have tried snapping a moving subject at a low ISO setting, your photo was probably spoiled by motion blur. Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there is no need for complicated settings.

The DMC-FZ8 also makes it easy to select the I.ISO (Intelligent ISO Control) Mode right from its new mode dial. This makes it possible to raise the sensitivity all the way to ISO 1250, or to limit it to ISO 400 or ISO 800. I.ISO Mode gives you exactly the kind of image quality you are looking for.

Blur Indicator Blur Indicator lets you confirm that the camera is precisely detecting hand-shake and motion blur separately.

Venus Engine III

The Venus Engine III in the DMC-FZ8 allows high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 1250 at full resolution. The noise reduction system is also greatly improved while maintaining high resolution. It removes noise at the processing stages in series. First, critical noise is roughly undraped and the chromatic noise and the luminance noise are separated so they can each go through a supplemental noise reduction process that appropriately minimizes the remaining noise.

Super-fast shutter response We slashed the release time lag to 0.005 second minimum by increasing both the circuit speed itself and the point at which the shutter release signal is detected. We also shortened the shutter interval to around 0.6 second (minimum). These improvements help make Lumix an extremely quick, responsive camera that's a pleasure to use.

Long battery life -- up to 380 pictures Despite the significantly increased performance of the camera, the Venus Engine III consumes only 80 percent of the power utilized by the Venus Engine II and is able to achieve a longer battery life of approximately 380 pictures on a single charge.

Full Manual Operation

Adjust the exposure and shutter speed any way you want. On top of full manual control, the DMC-FZ8 gives you a host of functions that make it easy to capture artistic or expressive photos, including a user-friendly joystick, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and Selectable Auto Focus Area.

Full manual control and easy joystick operation The easy-to-use joystick operation and good design, which were part of the highly acclaimed trademarks of the predecessor, are inherited by the DMC-FZ8. The joystick was incorporated to facilitate operational ease and thereby get the best technical advantage of the multitude of functions offered by the camera. With the joystick it is possible to set focus, aperture and shutter speed manually.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
Mode Select with joystick control (P/A/S/M) You can select Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, or Manual Exposure Mode by simply turning the dial. This opens the door to a host of creative possibilities. Move the joystick up or down to easily set the parameter of each item. When you set the dial to manual exposure, move the joystick right or left to select the aperture and shutter speed.

Program Shift You can use Program Shift in Program AE Mode to keep the exposure fixed while changing the combination of shutter speed and aperture. This function lets you choose the exposure setting yourself to capture exactly the image you want.

Direct exposure compensation In Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, and Shutter Speed Priority AE Modes, you can retrieve the exposure compensation value and manually adjust it in the range of -2 EV to +2 EV, in 1/3 EV steps, directly with the joystick.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
Manual Exposure Assist When you choose to set the exposure manually, this function shows how much your setting differs from the setting the camera considers optimal.

Manual Focus Select manual focus with the focus select button on the top of the camera, and use the joystick for super-smooth focusing.

Movable MF Assist The image in the center of the LCD or EVF can be enlarged during manual focus for easier focusing.

  • MF1: The part of the image in the center of the frame is enlarged. This lets you adjust the focus while composing the entire frame.
  • MF2: The entire frame image is enlarged. This is helpful for macros and other shots that require extra-precise focusing.
  • Movable MF Assist: This lets you move the part that is enlarged by the MF Assist function to any area of the frame you want.

Quick setting with joystick You can quickly shortcut to frequently functions, such as light metering, AF Mode, white balance settings, ISO sensitivity settings, image size settings and compression formats by simply pressing and holding down the joystick, even while monitoring your subject on the LCD.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
Bright, high-resolution LCD The DMC-FZ8 boasts a large, 2.5-inch LCD with full 207,000-pixel resolution for comfortable viewing both while monitoring shots and playing back the results. The pixel-mixed readout method used by the CCD automatically increases the brightness of the live image on the LCD, making it much easier to shoot in low lighting. Thanks to the Power LCD function, which boosts the LCD backlighting by 40 percent, even shooting outdoors in bright sunshine is no longer a problem. The High Angle mode, which can be accessed quickly and easily via a dedicated button, makes the LCD screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as to shoot over a crowd.

Large, high-resolution, electronic viewfinder The viewfinder is also large and clear, with a 0.44inch size and 188,000-pixel resolution. Located directly on top of the lens, it is designed for easy use and fast, accurate framing.

AF Metering To match the shooting situation and subject's position, the user can select from five auto-focusing methods: Multi-point, 3-point high-speed, 1-point high-speed, 1-point normal-speed, and spot.

  • Multi-point AF You can use the joystick or cursor button to quickly select any of six AF area patterns that combine 3 to 5 of the camera's 11 distance metering points.
  • 3-point high-speed AF This mode prevents the system from mistakenly focusing on the area between two subjects in a horizonal composition.
  • 1-point high-speed AF The AF time has been dramatically reduced to achieve outstanding focusing.
  • 1-point AF Although screen-freeze in high-speed AF is now minimized, you can select this mode to totally eliminate it when you are focusing on a fast-moving subject.
  • Spot AF This mode keys the focus to a small area within the frame.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
Selectable AF area While using 1-point, 1-point high speed AF mode and spot AF mode, you can specify a point out of 11 AF points. You can thereby enjoy free framing shooting even with the subject not at the center.

Continuous AF Clear, sharp focus even for moving subjects.

Focus / AE lock The focus and exposure values that were automatically set when the lock button was pressed are maintained. The focus lock can be used even during manual focus in addition to auto focus. This means that there are no more worries about accidentally changing a delicate focus point after you have worked hard to get it just right.

Mode dial -- Mode position display As you operate the dial, large animated icons are displayed. In addition to Macro Mode and Tele-macro Mode, you can choose Simple Mode and let the camera take care of everything, use Playback Mode to view or process the shots you've taken, or select Direct Printing Mode for direct connection to a printer. This single, easy-to-understand mode dial lets you easily switch between shooting, viewing, and printing.

Scene Mode Versatile Scene Modes are another great Lumix feature. And the Scene Mode list display makes them even easier to select. You can choose from a total of 19 situations, including the unique DMC-FZ8 Panning mode, the new Sunset and Pet modes, and the Aerial Photo mode, for settings that match your subject. Animated moving icons make mode selection even easier and more fun.

Two Axis White Balance Adjustment Choose from seven white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Flash, and White Set. When there are several different light sources and it's difficult to get the exact coloration you want, you can also adjust with a reference to the horizontal axis for amber to blue and vertical axis for green to magenta.*
*White Balance Adjustment is not possible in Auto Mode

Mega Burst Consecutive Shooting Just keep the shutter button pressed to fire off consecutive shots of a moving subject or a person's changing facial expression. Then save only the best ones. With a digital camera, you can just delete any shots you don't want. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card is full.

The focus and exposure are fixed at the first frame.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
3-image capturing in self-timer (10sec) Now, the self-timer is able to take three consecutive shots. Never again will you have to reset the self-timer because somebody blinked. Just choose the best one from the three consecutive shots.

Panasonic FZ8 highlights
27MB internal memory Take photos even when you don't have an SD/SDHC Memory Card on hand. The built-in memory holds up to 27 MB of image data, which you can later copy to an SD/SDHC Memory Card or PC. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.

Select from 3 aspect ratios The aspect ratio is easily selectable between 16:9 wide, 3:2, and conventional 4:3 to shoot in the framing aspect that best suits the photo's composition or purpose of use. You can shoot images in the wide 16:9 format and save them onto an SD/SDHC Memory Card. Then insert the card into a TV equipped with an SD/SDHC card slot to view them in perfect, wide-screen size. Some TVs will display the images in stunning high definition.

Motion Picture Mode The DMC-FZ8 lets you shoot smooth moving pictures at 30 fps, complete with sound, in WVGA or VGA size. You can also shoot at 10 frames/sec to reduce the file size.

9-cutout images from motion images A motion image can be cut out as a still image in motion image playback. And you can also archive a 9-cutout still image.

Date stamp You can also print the date on your photos. In addition to the ordinary recording date, you can choose Baby or Pet mode from among the Scene Modes to print the age of a child or pet by inputting the birthdate in advance, or use the Travel Date Setting to print which day of the trip each photo was taken on. These dates, which can be helpful when making a photo album, can be stamped on photos whether you print them yourself at home or have a photo shop do them.

RAW format compatible and included software for editing You can get original image data, recording the image directly from the CCD without any image processing. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.0SE software utility lets you develop RAW data files. For example, you can develop RAW data to create an image with the effect you were trying to capture when you took the shot. You get high-level basic image processing abilities that give you control over such things as unnatural edges from saturated color borders, false colors in structures with intricate detail, and chromatic noise in photos taken at high sensitivity settings. This utility provides a unique combination of high resolution and extraordinary color separation performance.

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I took all photos on Manual mode. Finding a photo that is sharp is a actually challenge! I ended up deleting 90% of the photos after uploading them to the computer. Read more ›
It does everything I ever wanted in a camera. My boys are both in sports and the action shots are amazing. It can blur a little after dark sometimes but in daylight, I… Read more ›
We have been very happy with this camera. The picture quality is excellent even in zoom. It is very easy to use and not heavy (which was my only concern with it as I have a… Read more ›
Is the best selection I ever had. The quality of the pictures are terrific and everybody want to have one... I recommend a lot to buy one of this. Get it and you'll… Read more ›
I bought this…Still (non moving) shots were decent, point and shoot shots were okay to but to be honest my old cheap Kodak hundred dollar point and shoot took better shots. Read more ›
Image quality is very good, as long as I stick to the lower ISO settings; especially at the ISO 100 setting, the resultant images are very clean and detailed. As it true… Read more ›
It takes really good pictures, and has a lot of settings to help your picture turn…Even for someone who doesnt know how to use all the features, Simple mode works great! Read more ›
Not really interested in indoor photography. (The long shutter setting is great for night shots, as long as you have a tripod.) Read more ›
I am a novice photographer at best, and this camera makes it easy. The controls are easy to use and well thought out, and I think the picture quality is second to none. Read more ›
This camera is the best, it's light, nice (black), the zoom is very good, I can take the photos to my child with high resolution, All the features are great, and the… Read more ›
The basic mode is very user friendly. LCD and menus are great. I purchased this model primarily due to the 12X optical zoom and have not been disappointed. Read more ›
Maybe it's the "K" designation following the FZ8. Still, if one's going to buy this camera, it's loaded with great features. The stablization feature works very well and… Read more ›
Great shots from an easy to operate nice camera. Good price and I love the quality of this camera Read more ›
tell me about it. and i wanted a carry all around type of camera that…easy to operate, user friendly, a better buy than spending all that money on those compact clones. o… Read more ›
I am not a photographer by any means. I was looking for a simple and easy to use digital camera with a telescopic lens at an inexpensive price. I looked and compared… Read more ›
Some pics have some red-eye, but it is probably one of the better compact cameras on handling red-eye. Its very durable and easy to use. We recently came back from a… Read more ›
Tis is a wonderful camera. It is easy to use and can be used for any level of photography from totally automatic to fully manual. either way you get great results. Read more ›
Built - 3.8/5 Easy to use - 4.5/5 Optical Zoom - 5/5 Read more ›
The zoom is truly amazing. I think it's something like 38-432 in 35mm numbers. Read more ›
Easy to use and takes really good photos. Zoom is good, night photos are good and action photos are ok. Read more ›
I've not had my camera very long, but so far, I'm loving it. The zoom is great! I've not gotten to play with the extra features too much, but everything I've tried so far… Read more ›
Even with my limited skills, I was able to get some great shots. The zoom is amazing, and the image stabilization really helps this novice. The camera is very comfortable… Read more ›
It takes beautiful pictures. The zoom is amazing. It has virtually solved my backlight problems saving me tons of time in Photoshop fixing things. Read more ›
I bought this camera…The 12x zoom works perfectly and the pics are very sharp in every condition and 7 MP are much more than enough, I don't think anyone would need more . Read more ›
Once I started using those the photos were nicer than my previous camera. It is a used camera and accepted that as the price was awesome. Thanks! Read more ›
I've been interested in photography for a couple of…I bought this camera because I was looking for one with a good amount of optical zoom and I found it at a great price. Read more ›
I also want Panasonic to add a hot shoe feature to the camera line so I could use a tilt and swivel flash. I love Panasonic cameras, excellent value and great results. I… Read more ›
For me one that has a couple DSLR I'm very happy with my little Panasonic FZ8K. Also Amazon also had the best price on the net. And they shipped it lighting fast. Read more ›
The camera is pretty nice for the price you get it for. It actually has the option for raw and jpeg format which is a great feature. Read more ›
My previous (different model) camera finally died so we replaced it with this one based on the very reasonable price and high reviews. The camera is larger than a compact… Read more ›
Here's a quick pro and con of the two cameras. Fz8 pros-Higher resolution, much lighter, larger lcd, battery life is great, better view finder. S2 Pros-lcd flips around to… Read more ›
But once you master the controls then whole world is yours to click. The hood provided comes handy in bright sunshine and the battery life is excellent. The user manual is… Read more ›
Clean nice pictures and very easy to use, great bunch of pro features which makes it flexible. Battery life is good enough to shoot whole day. Read more ›
Controls are very intuitive. Unfortunately Panasonic uses a non standard batter, but battery life is very good. Read more ›
I LOVE it!! It comes with a great battery that could lasted a whole trip. I bought it with me with on two of my trips to China. Read more ›
Well built which i don't feel with the Z712 Is. Great pictures and battery life is damm good. In case of my other camera i will spend my whole junk of money on buying… Read more ›
It's very light for its size and easy to hold. The LCD is very bright and sharp. To top it off, Consumer Reports rates Panasonic highest in camera reliability. Read more ›
The camera size is right between a DSLR and point and shoot. The grip and LCD are excellent. The camera is a bargain at this price, but make no mistake it is not dSLR. Read more ›
I bought this as an upgrade to a DMC FZ5. The LCD viewer is crisp, bright and big. The controls are intuitive. Read more ›
No issues with the interaction. The view screen is nice and large and of nice quality. The optical zoom is amazing. Read more ›
The sensor seems to be on the par with all the other major players - ISO>200 becomes kind of ugly for decent size photographs or full computer screen. (but this is the rule… Read more ›
Likes: Great pictures, lots of manual controls to play with if you are learning how to use them, light weight, good macro mode, easy to see lcd, RAW mode, image stabilizer… Read more ›
Not heavy as you see in picture comparing to the size Lens cover is not good( broke on the same day) Read more ›
The fact of the matter is that the lens is amazing, and in low light you can't expect too much more than what you'll get from this camera...at least not for anywhere near… Read more ›
I use a Sony A700 with "G" class professional lenses and use the Panasonic LX1 for quick shots. I gave this to my girlfriend in Tallinn to take pictures as she is not one… Read more ›
Some…This is a great camera for the beginner who wants an outstanding telephoto lens or a novice who wants more creative control but also likes point and shoot capability. Read more ›
This camera offers all the controls you would ever need to take awesome pictures yet is very easy to use. Very good battery life, Good lenses. At higher ISO it is a bit… Read more ›
I just set the camera on Auto and let it figure out the other details. The photos come excellent, thanks to the exceptionally good lens on the camera. The color depth and… Read more ›
I must say the videos are reasonably good too... good sound quality....... so , thats my take on this camera... a very good camera that will last...takes good pics in low… Read more ›
I go to beaches often, so this item is a must for me. I think video is pretty good, too. Very clear. Read more ›
The videos are great--much better than those I took with the Sony W5. The bad thing is that they are .MOV and can't be read directly into Movie Maker without converting. Read more ›
I just got this last week and the quality of the photos are excellent! The videos are really good as well! No complaints so far. Read more ›
The zoom is the best part. And it does great videos also. Read more ›
i still have alot to…and this camera is so inexpensive also , so if are looking for a great , inexpensive , professional grade digital camera plus video camera get this one Read more ›
I live near mountains and the shots I have taken are oustanding compared to what I have used in the past. The flash is powerful, the menu is easy to use. I'm in no way… Read more ›
Problem solved. The built in flash is reasonably powerful. One drawback of the camera is the lack of a hot shoe or flash sync. Read more ›
The flash is strong and charges relatively quickly. Read more ›
I like inspecting pictures on my screen, so I got frustrated when details like grass or foliage would be muddied up due to…The flash is nice, although it loses power quick. Read more ›
image quality is generally superb flash works great nearly perfect veiwfinder Read more ›
You can always shoot in RAW, you couldn't do that with the FX7. Recycle time for the flash is good thanks to the powerful Lithium-Ion battery, get a spare if you don't want… Read more ›
Even if you want to…The auto-focus is very fast during daylight and as fast as any I have used in low light conditions (as long as you don't cover the focus assist light!). Read more ›
macro setting is great auto focus is great all the settings and options work well Read more ›
Examples: not fast enough autofocus for fast-moving subjects (birds in flight); shutter lag, while not terrible I still got the back of my child's head rather than the… Read more ›
superb optic stabilization system (it is necessary to super-zoom unless you take with tripod) fast focus RAW support (I think it is biggest improvement over FZ7) Read more ›
Being farsighted, I hate that most simple digitals no longer have adjustible view finders. The 12x is zoom I need and I like the manual focus option. Earlier versions of… Read more ›
(many options and modes + raw format) Nice zoom, nice and fast processing, excellent colors, AWB, normal high iso noise Very durable - it worked well after being dropped in… Read more ›
For those consumers, like myself, this is a terrific option. The pictures are clear and the colors bright. What more does the average person need? Read more ›
The autofocus is smart and fast. The standard settings for sharpness, contrast, and color intensity work well for me. On previous cameras I had to use "vivid color" to get… Read more ›
The standard settings for sharpness, contrast, and color intensity work well for me. On previous cameras I had to use "vivid color" to get shots that I liked. Read more ›
It is very simple to use for a beginner and offers features to suit a professional. The preview screen is a perfect size with its bright and vivid colors. Settings are easy… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Scott Pointon VINE VOICE on August 17, 2007
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I have used quite a variety of point and shoot digital cameras over the years and for not much more money this camera is infinitely better than all of them. I really appreciate the size and quality feel of this camera's construction, the intuitive controls, and all of the included accessories (Leica lens, lens adapter, lens hood, etc). I was able to figure out the controls and start taking great pictures within a half hour of opening the box.

As a novice but "improving" photographer, I love the adaptability of this camera. Many light conditions can be overcome with just a few tweaks to the settings. The shutter speed is also a godsend as compared to the Canon point-and-shoot models. Just hold the button down and the rapid-fire shots pour into this camera. I am also absolutely thrilled with the battery life - hundreds of pics on one charge! This is a crucial improvement over the older cameras that absolutely devoured AA batteries.

On the downside, this camera is bigger than a point and shoot so carrying it can be an issue. Also, the internal memory is a joke, so I recommend that you buy a 2 gig memory card immediately. With that card installed I can store well over 500 high quality shots.

Basically if you are a no-fuss user, set it on simple mode and take a lot of great pics. If you are more advanced and take the time to figure out ISO seetings, you can set up some VERY good shots with this camera. I would never call it the be-all end-all digital camera but you will not find an equally good set of features without spending hundreds more. Highly recommended!
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By ksuwildkat on October 19, 2007
Color Name: Black
Bottom line - This is an excellent camera. Not just an excellent compact or point and shoot but an excellent camera period. While not a complete replacement for an dSLR, the FZ8 is pretty darn close. Given the current price in the low $200s, it is one of the best values in digital camera available.

Details: This is my 5th digital camera - 2 Nikons, a Minolta, and a Kodak. Of all, the Nikons have the best picture quality but the Panasonic is not far behind. The FZ8, besides being my newest is my new favorite for an overall camera.

Physically its very easy to hold. The shutter button is large and the zoom toggle can be worked easily without moving your hand much. The mode selection dial is large, easy to read and easy to use. Two minor issues with handling - I have a tendency to put my left hand over the auto focus assist light. Only a big deal at night and something that I will eventually adjust to. Second is on the opposite side. I have managed to press some of the navigation buttons on the back of the camera with the palm of my had. Again, not a big deal since Panasonic wisely choose to make the shutter button override any selection on the back panel. One factor on handling - I have the lens hood adapter attached all the time. It makes the "lens" longer and I think easier to hold. More on this later.

Picture taking is very easy in Program mode. 90% of what you will want to do is covered by Program. Even if you want to use the Aperture, Shutter or Manual modes, you can use Program to pre-shoot to get "default" speed and aperture information which is displayed on screen. The auto-focus is very fast during daylight and as fast as any I have used in low light conditions (as long as you don't cover the focus assist light!).
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By M. Buenaventura on March 22, 2007
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I just got this last week and the quality of the photos are excellent! The videos are really good as well! No complaints so far. This is perfect for point-and-shoot folks but then the camera features a whole a lot more if you want to get creative. Just be careful in buying SD cards larger than 2Gb, but just make sure the SD card has 'SDHC' stamped on it. I made the mistake of buying a regular 4Gb SD card and it did not work on the camera. Good thing the SD card worked on my Nikon D50. Live and learn!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By jj on June 13, 2007
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Leica makes the lens for this fine camera and it shows, yes if your looking for something to pick on noise
is a small issue up in the lower ISO settings but this won't be a problem for most who buy this camera.
You can always shoot in RAW, you couldn't do that with the FX7. Recycle time for the flash is good thanks
to the powerful Lithium-Ion battery, get a spare if you don't want to gat caught with a dead battery that
takes 2-3 hrs. to charge. Battery life is excellent! The noise reduction setting is best set on low, default too much.
All in all this is an excellent value, it's fast with a decent image stabilizer system, the 12X lens is top in it's class.
It comes with a lens hood that other brands sell as an option. The feel and finish makes my canon look cheap.
Take your time and read some reviews, most rate this model as excellent and after living with it I agree.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Rudman on April 14, 2007
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I have owned the Panasonic FZ7 for 1 year and was excited to purchase the FZ8. There are so many excellent qualities this camera offers.

It is very simple to use for a beginner and offers features to suit a professional. The preview screen is a perfect size with its bright and vivid colors. Settings are easy to change,Including: shutter speed, aperture, time and date, changing the focus point, and many other awesome features! The picture quality is awesome, even with the 12x zoom, my prints do not turn out grainy. Nice light weight and easy grip.

Now, the dislikes....only one. This camera does not offer an automatic pop-up flash. I have to remember to open it.

I cannot comment on the video of this camera, I use a Sony Handycam for all my video needs.

Overall, I would highly recommend this camera and even the FZ7 to anyone interested in starting out with a simple to use camera.
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