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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8K 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

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  • 8.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for photo-quality 16x 22-inch prints
  • 5x wide-angle optical zoom; Mega Optical Image Stabilized
  • 2.5-inch Intelligent LCD screen; Face Detection
  • Intelligent ISO; Intelligent Scene Selector
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Image Stabilization
  • DC in Jack

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 1.3 x 3.9 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0011Z23XK
  • Item model number: DMC-LZ8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,345 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 29, 2008

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The 8-megapixel Panasonic LZ8 is perfect for anyone who expects a digital camera that blends power, performance and quality, helping to maximize the digital photography experience. The LZ-Series’ lenses were developed by Panasonic, passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver an exceptional optical performance for Panasonic Lumix consumers. And with the the LZ8’s 32mm wide-angle lens, you can capture larger group photos or more expansive scenic shots.

To provide digital photographers with added creative elements and performance, the LZ8 sports manual control over aperture and shutter speed, thanks to the camera’s newly-adopted iris. When shooting manually, you can choose from three modes: A-aperture priority, S-shutter speed priority and M-manual and enjoy added control and creativity normally reserved for higher end models. Also new to the LZ8 is Advanced Scene Mode -- a feature that gives you manual control using some of the frequently-used scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Landscape and Night portrait.

While in Advanced Scene Mode, when selecting the Portrait or Sports mode, the consumer is then presented with additional settings, with the option of choosing outdoor or indoor. When selecting Landscape mode, there are options to specify if the shot is nature or architecture. For budding photographers who desire even more artistic freedom, they can choose Creative mode, which adds more manual controls over an aperture or a shutter speed.

For those not quite ready for complete manual control, the LZ8 also features Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode, which is comprised of five distinct technologies designed to provide users with intuitive and automatic camera adjustments, regardless of the shooting condition and without the user having to do anything manually. Intelligent Auto Mode consists of the following features:

Mega O.I.S. Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.

Intelligent ISO Can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.

Intelligent Scene Selector Senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode.

Face Detection Panasonic’s Face Detection detects up to 15 faces anywhere in the frame, even if they are moving, and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp.

Quick AF The Quick AF (auto focus) system starts focus on the subject by just pointing the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

The LZ8 also features new 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD, complete with the new Intelligent LCD, meaning the 2.5-inch LCD screen detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether dark or light; indoors or outdoors. It also includes the popular High Angle mode, which makes the LCD screen easy to view when held high, to shoot over a crowd or a tall object.

Additional highlights of the Panasonic Lumix LZ8 include:

  • Newly-added speaker lets you enjoy a slide show with music, selecting from natural, slow, urban or swing tunes; or add voice to a motion video.
  • Title Edit function which allows the consumer to input text to accompany a photo, for instance, the names of children or travel locations.
  • Ability to record WVGA (848 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second in a 16:9 aspect ratio, ideal for viewing on High Definition televisions, such as Panasonic Viera Plasmas and LCDs.
  • The ability to shoot 1920x1080-pixel High-Definition ready photos, ideal for wide-screen viewing on a 16:9 Viera Plasma or LCD.
  • The DMC-LZ8 shoots 180 images with the included Alkaline batteries and up to 470 images with optional Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (2600mAh).
  • A record/playback mode switch, which lets the photographer switch between recording and playback modes, while always knowing the current mode.

Product Description

Lumix 8.1-Megapixel Compact Digital Camera with 32mm Wide-Angle Lens 5x Optical Zoom Intelligent Auto Mode and 2.5" Diagonal Intelligent LCD Black

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It was taking pictures and showing things I'd never…I came to find out my pores needed cleansing, which is kind of gross, but the quality of the pictures were outstanding! Read more ›
From the time you switch on you are ready to shoot your photos. Image quality is good, but a little hazy. Outdoor photos are really great. Read more ›
For this price,the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8S is a very worthy product. It's easy to use and the picture is good. The only thing I feel a little bit tough is to review the… Read more ›
Also, it is very sturdy and solid. The picture quality is superb. We did not expect the video quality so great. Read more ›
The zoom is sufficient, picture quality is decent, and arguably the best feature is that it uses only 2 AA batteries. The large LCD reproduces the pictures very well. Read more ›
A couple years later I went to a birthday party and my customer loaned me the same camera to take photos and videos, they all came out great, very little photoshop was… Read more ›
That doesn't seem like a long time until you are waiting to take a picture...and waiting...and…Picture quality is pretty good and some of the other features are good. B… Read more ›
3 The general layout of controls, menus, etc. is very well done. To me (and this is subjective), it is much better done and more intuitive than what you see on the point… Read more ›
When this camera came out it had a good number of features at around $100 price point. The resolution was high enough for the time and it had image stabilization. Read more ›
It has 5X zoom and cost lest…most importantly, it supports aperture priority, shutter priority and fully manual mode along with ability to store 3 custom configurations. Read more ›
This is one of the best camera to learn elementary photography. Good number of features and easy operation. Worthy of purchase specially in the light of a wide angle Leica… Read more ›
I returned this product to get a smaller- more…It appeared to have some really nice features for the money but was just too large to fit comfortably in a shirt pocket. T… Read more ›
Camera is easy to use and takes perfect pictures. I have used it and compared the results to a Sony and Lumix renders pictures that are more realistic and detailed. Read more ›
In fact, I think I use it more since I can put it in a bag for easy portability. It is easy to use. The picture quality is very good with the Leica lens. Read more ›
I bought this camera for someone in family who is new to digital camera. The camera is cool and easy to use. Read more ›
It's great, my daughter cheerleads and I love to take pics of the kids everyday and this camera is perfect. It's easy to operate, the on/off switch is just fabulous. I… Read more ›
I find the menus easy to use and like the many different auto settings it has for situations from dim indoor lighting to bright outdoor snow scenes. Plus it allows some… Read more ›
Camera has a good review at dpreview and was in their short list for low-end cameras. Takes very good pictures, easy to use, has some advanced features for those who care. C… Read more ›
Can use SD chips. The sharpness of the zoom lense is amazing. Read more ›
Seems to be a good camara for the money zoom is really good. Batteries don't last so long in the cold Read more ›
What a great camera at any price and that it was only $99 makes it THE…The 5x zoom is great and Panasonic has extended zoom which goes up to almost 8x on this camera. O… Read more ›
Has a nice point and shoot feature for anyone not into all the details of photography. Extended zoom works very well. Has a lot of other options for someone more into… Read more ›
Flash recharge time - learn how…Focus time - in certain situations, the focus takes longer than I would expect (fast zoom can help with this), overall it is not a big issue Read more ›
does not come with a decent bag it's just a white paper (bad) 5X optical zoom plus 3X digital zoom (good) uses SD cards up to 2GB and HCSD cards class 4 (good) Read more ›
Received Item in one day by FedEx . Shipping was free and price was good. Would again go to Beach Camera. Read more ›
It seemed perfect. We have two small children who get their hands on everything so it was nice to get a good camera for a reasonable price. Having used the camera now… Read more ›
I would recommend this digital camera to anyone that's looking for an inexpensive camera. It was well worth the price and more!!!! :-) Read more ›
All around good camera for the amateur at a good price. Read more ›
It takes great pictures and it's loaded with features. The bonus is that it can be completely manually controlled which is incredible for this price point. It practially… Read more ›
I think the camera is great, On full auto mode it takes great shots but it also allows manual control of aperture and shutter (most compacts in this price range don't do… Read more ›
It takes great pictures and a plus for me is the ergodynamics which allow me to hold it firmly in…It fires up pretty quickly and the LCD is clear, even on a bright day. I… Read more ›
> lots of features and full manual control. > very good LCD display. > good pictures when used in the program mode and the settings tweaked. Read more ›
Very cool look...althought digital has a vintage feel to it. Nice big screen in the back. Easy to figure out without reading instructions. Read more ›
I took 250 pix on my brand new Sony 2700 mah rechargeable batteries and still have 50% of juice left. *Excellent LCD--high resolution & brightness. *5x optical zoom can be… Read more ›
Pros: Intuitive interface, small package, nice LCD Read more ›
I've read 1000s of reviews on digicams on the net, I finally settled on the LZ8 because it had full auto, manual (aperture & shutter), a great 2.5" screen, nice video… Read more ›
Helps a great deal, especially in the cold winter and being outside at times. The battery life is above average but not amazing. Low light pictures are great and there is… Read more ›
"IA" mode works very well, and I usually use it. Battery life is good. Almost wide-angle: Field of view is noticeably wider than the average budget compact camera, as is… Read more ›
It takes very vibrant , and sharp 8 megapixel pictures, which is…Battery life is not great, don't expect to get more than a day out of your batteries with moderate use. T… Read more ›
It cannot focus. It takes up to 10 seconds to recycle to shoot another image--even on full battery life. Spend the money to get a better version (the DMC-TZ25 is great,… Read more ›
I bought the LZ8K as a…On the plus side, it's small, easy to operate, the lens is very sharp, and battery life (I'm using rechargeable AA Lithium batteries) is quite good. Read more ›
Received in a timely manner. Camera works well, has decent battery life with AA rechargables. Pictures came out alittle dark, but need to play with the settings. Read more ›
The auto functions work well, the video recording is far better than I expected, and using AA batteries is a plus if you are out in the boondocks where the nearest battery… Read more ›
The new function of easy zoom its outstanding,…For the price I paid for this panasonic I got a smaller size, nice, easy to handle and great pics & video digital camera... Read more ›
I've read 1000s of reviews on digicams on the net, I finally settled on the LZ8 because it had full auto, manual (aperture & shutter), a great 2.5" screen, nice video… Read more ›
I like the mode dial rather then going Thur a menu & also a separate battery slot. Also takes very nice videos. LCD screen is bright and easy to see outside. Read more ›
This is a great little camera, especially considering the price. It takes wonderful pictures and I was really impressed with the video and audio. It is also much more user… Read more ›
This camera bettered my expectations in clarity and color. I was happy with the macro, video quality, quick focus and zoom. Read more ›
Image stabilizer works wonders with my shaky hands. Zoom is great, colors are just the way I like them (not too lively to make it look unreal). The only downside is the flash. Read more ›
Amazon's shipping was quick and the…Easy to use, wonderful colors, lots of extra settings, and we like the added little bit of wide angle as well as the 5x optical zoom. Read more ›
So far I really like this camera and am still experimenting with it. The photos are really crisp and the color is excellant. It is easy to set up and operate for a first… Read more ›
The "low light king" Fuji F30 has the most vivid colors among all the five with the corresponding Finepix color setting of F-Chrome, and is a notch ahead of the Sony DSC… Read more ›
I find this feature to be very handy. The LZ8's wide angle lens is nice, and because of this it's easier to use in small spaces than most other point and shoots I've owned. I… Read more ›
Often I use it with the 3 mp option with excellent results. The Leica lens is as good as I expected it to be and outshines my Fuji that cost almost 3X as much. The 5 X… Read more ›
Here are some drawbacks which Panasonic probably fixed in their subsequent iterations - The software Panasonic gives with the camera can be improved, lens takes a little to… Read more ›
The other good thing is that you can change the scenery…The picture mode is also available through the menu option but the separate turnstyle button is a great feature. T… Read more ›
Unlike the FX33, the down button on the four-way controller no longer acts as a quick review button while in recording mode. But, also unlike the FX33, you can enter the… Read more ›
The zoom is relatively fast for a camera in this class, and it has a neat little E.zoom button next to the shutter that very quickly takes you from whatever zoom setting… Read more ›
I guess this is…It is a nice little camera, feels good to hold, and I would recommend it for everyone who is not in a hurry to take a lot of flash pictures in a short time. Read more ›
On paper, this camera sounds great. It looks good, the black body is slick and it feels good to hold. It takes AA batteries and has a 5x zoom. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Hyun Yu VINE VOICE on March 7, 2008
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I've been wanting something like the Canon PowerShot A series camera for a while. Another hobby of mine involves photographing small objects in a mini-studio settings (not unlike jewel photography, but less demanding/sophisticated). I wanted something that:

- has aperture/shutter priority modes, and manual mode;
- can set custom white balance
- shows live histogram in recording mode.

The Canon PowerShot A720IS and A570IS looked great, but neither had all three features I wanted. A query here on a photography forum last month led to a reply that pointed me to the then-just-announced Panasonic DMC-LZ8. On paper, it looked GREAT: All the features I wanted, 2.5" LCD with 230K pixels (the Canon ones, while having large screens, have low pixel counts), and priced well under $200 to boot. It seemed so perfect that I preordered it, which I normally don't do--I usually prefer the manufacturers to go through a few production batches and iron out all the bugs before buying a camera.

The camera came today from, and I had a chance to take a few quick shots and get an initial feel for the camera. Here are my observation and thoughts. I also have the DMC-FX33, so a bit of the review will be comparing the two. Not that they are in the same category, but the FX33 represents last year's Panasonic design trends and philosophies, and LZ8 this year's, so I thought it'd be interesting to note the contrasts.

The camera feels GREAT in my hand. I'm 6' tall and have I guess about average hand-size for my height, and the protruding grip felt very comfortable. The thumb naturally rests right above the Record/Review switch, which provides a nice counter-pressure point to the grip.

The LZ8 uses two AA sized batteries and SD/SDHC cards.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jason Rodgers on June 28, 2008
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I've only owned one other digital camera, a Canon a60. Although it was only 2mp it took some great photos (still does even after 7,000 shots). However, I wanted a new one and did research for about 3 months before deciding which one to buy. I was looking for a pocketable camera that preferably ran off AA's instead of a proprietary li-ion, and could use a SDHC card. I was also looking for a camera that had a nice wide-angle lens and took true widescreen (16:9) photos - which really narrowed it down. I really liked the TZ5 w/ the 720p video, but the twice-as-much price and extra heft and battery steered me towards this little guy. Here are my pro's and con's:

- 5x optical at full resolution, 8x at 2mp (which still takes decent pics, just not as good as my canon at 2mp). There's also an easy-zoom button that auto zooms to 5x then 8x with just one press each time. The third press will put back to the wide-angle.
- size (very pocketable - much better than my a60 which was pocketed itself for the longest time)
- lightweight
- Runs off 2 aa's - in fact... I swear I've taken over 800 shots on my new set of Sony Ni-MH's (2600 or 2700 mah), but I'll just have to test that out again in case I did switch them at some point.
- Venus IV engine vs the older Venus III for better images
- Optical image stabilizer
- boot-up time (from off to shot taken)
- looks and price (both subjective)
- great video (including the ability to do it in 16:9)
- As mentioned above - ability to take true 16:9 images (all the way up to 7mp I believe)
- full manual control, minus focus (something even the TZ5 doesn't have!
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. Singh on May 8, 2008
Color Name: Black
I bought the LZ8 for $162 from Amazon, but u can get it now for $152 from Amazon. I can say without reservation: THIS IS A GREAT CAMERA! I've read 1000s of reviews on digicams on the net, I finally settled on the LZ8 because it had full auto, manual (aperture & shutter), a great 2.5" screen, nice video capabilities and was under $[...]. Many websites complain about digicam's low light capabilities, given my experience with this camera using it's manual controls and a tripod, frankly I got excellent results.

If want to see this camera's capability, then goto: steves-digicams, and under "Photo Contest" look at my entry for 20 May 2008.

Take it from a user with who can make up his mind without fear of upsetting sponsors etc. There is no problem with start up speed, if there is any lag when taking flash photos, the question is what do u expect? This is an 8M camera using AA batteries. If u want a fast 8M camera using LiOn batteries (that might take faster flash photos) then spend $[...] or more and just u might just get that, or buy a DSLR. The bottomline is: if u want Porsche performance then buy a Porsche.

The LZ8 is a honest to excellent $150 camera that will produce great photos and has options that can be only found in more expensive cameras. Read the manual, don't be afraid to experiment, trawl the net for tips on how to take photos and u will have fun with this camera.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on January 6, 2009
Color Name: Black
I purchased this camera after reading reviews that said it's image quality was among the best of budget digital cameras. After using the camera for several months, I would be willing to sacrifice some image quality for speed. This camera is insufferably slow. The moment I was hoping to capture is usually passed by the time the camera focuses on it's subject to the time the camera has snapped the picture. And if you're using flash forget about it. After taking a picture with the flash, it will be 10 seconds before you are able to fire off a second shot.
Do not buy this camera unless you are only using it for landscape shots or pictures where the subject will be sitting perfectly still for long periods of time.
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