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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • The DMC-ZS8 features a powerful 16x optical zoom lens.
  • The 16x Optical Zoom Keeps the Subject Sharp While Giving the Background a Soft focus.
  • The DMC-ZS8 features a 1/2.33-inch CCD with effective 14.1-megapixel high-resolution;displkay size 3.0
  • Images remain clear and sharp even when they are enlarged to A2 size.
  • The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator.
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Battery Charger

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 2.3 inches ; 7.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004KKZ0HE
  • Item model number: DMC-ZS8K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 25, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer


LEICA Lens 24mm Ultra Wide-angle 16x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
The compact, versatile lens system is the hallmark of LUMIX ZS(TZ) series and now this lens system is totally redeveloped for the DMC-ZS8 in both optical and mechanical design. The new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system is even more versatile with 24mm ultra wide-angle* to powerful 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit suppresses chromatic aberration which tends to occur in telephoto shooting. It also boasts a short total length of lens unit despite its higher versatility with longer zoom range, which is made possible by development of a new mechanism for the structure of lens barrel. The lens system is also compatible with high shutter speed of min.1/4,000 sec.

*Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZS8 features a powerful 16x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It can also be used for shooting movies, and is designed to suppress noise while zooming. This compact, pocket-sized camera can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

16x Optical Zoom

Venus Engine VIVenus Engine VI
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the DMC-ZS8 to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology. An advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine VI applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO1600 high sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.

Intelligent Scene SelectorIntelligent Scene Selector Scene Detection
When the camera is in the iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait*1, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing and brightness level of the circumstance*2. You are free adjusting settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results.

*1 In the iA Mode, the Night Portrait is not identified when the flash is turned off.
*2 With some subject and shooting conditions, it is just not possible to judge the best shooting details. When this happens, it is recommended that you shoot with the Scene Mode that best suits your purpose.

Scene Modes

AF TrackingAF Tracking Subject Detection
Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of an active subject, like children or pets, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus. The AF Tracking makes sure you don't miss those once-in-a-lifetime shooting opportunities

AF Tracking Sample Image

3.0-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD
The DMC-ZS8 is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD with 230,000-dot high-resolution. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a photo and video viewer, allowing you and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

3-inch LCD

iA Mode iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to change any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose the iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. Seven detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time. In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA Mode which results in clearer and higher image quality in every photo with extended zoom range equivalent to 20x by the Intelligent Zoom.

POWER O.I.S.POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
Everyone has had an experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. Panasonic has worked on the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.

*The POWER O.I.S. is automatically turned on in the iA Mode and can be turned on or off in the P/A/S/M Mode or some Scene Modes.

Image Uploader LUMIX Image Uploader
The DMC-ZS8 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. All you have to do is checkmark the photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts by simply following the guidance.* Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube™ for movies. You can join these social networking services without having to install any special software. It's easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends don't have to wait for you to come back home to see them.

Easy Computer Connection
Select "Upload Set" from the playback menu, and then select the photos and movies.

Upload Photos and Movies
The software is launched after connecting the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer.*

Share with Your Friends
You can share the URL by e-mail right after the upload!

Image Uploader Process

* LUMIX Image Uploader starts up automatically on the computer the supplied software "PHOTOfunSTUDIO Ver. 6.0" or later is installed.
In other case, start up the menu by double-clicking the file "LUMIXUP.EXE" in the folder below:
[My Computer] > [Removable Disk] > DCIM > AD_LUMIX (Windows)
* YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
* Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.

What's in the box
Lumix ZS8 digital camera, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Product Description

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 4.30 mm-68.80 mm - Black DMC-ZS8K Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's rugged enough to take everywhere and the 16x zoom really helps in distance travel situations. Photo quality is good. Read more ›
Great camera with a multitude of settings and advantages. The picture quality is exceptional, and the telephoto aspects are super Read more ›
In Africa it spent 10 days in the bush on a hunt. My pictures were beautiful, much better than our PH with a high-end Nikon. In China it survived the Great Wall, Shanghai… Read more ›
It doesn't have as many cool options as other cameras like picking just one color to stand out in pictures but it has a bunch to choose from. The picture quality is great. Read more ›
Not to intimidating for someone uninitiated. So far, quality is wonderful. The price is right and she's very blown away. Read more ›
This little camera's wide angle lense includes much more than most small cameras I've seen, and the picture color is vivid and appears near true. Really like. Read more ›
This is not advertised as a water proof camera. The zoom is amazing! It is fast and stable. Read more ›
This is great for us old folks. The zoom power is amazing. I have taken pictures from 50 yards away that make it look like I was standing nearby. Read more ›
I had several other cameras, sold…I have not used it a lot, but have taken lots of photos of birds eating from my feeders out the kitchen window and the zoom is wonderful. Read more ›
I have had this…But what I can say so far is that it turns on quickly, short lead-time between shots, the zoom is awesome, and it takes great low-light and night shots. I… Read more ›
Though for darker indoor pictures I'd suggest using the flash, I've…The few landscape photos I've taken have turned out great, and the zoom is great for wildlife photos. Read more ›
This camera body is slim and compact. The zoom is really good and the price of $140 made this a great value buy. Good quality and has all the extras a point and shoot needs… Read more ›
This new features can help you take better pictures! This year new features are fantastic. The DMC-z58 is packed with new features. Read more ›
It has taken great…The option to use the manual controls are a nice feature on a point and shoot if in extreme situations where auto does not produce the photo you want. Read more ›
I expected this to be a step up. Technically speaking it may be, but functionally it is a huge disappointment. I find the logic utterly confounding, so it takes me forever… Read more ›
I bought this camera for work, I use the camera to take pictures of houses we buy,…The wide angle function is awesome, it allows me to take great pictures of small spaces. Read more ›
Though the features are amazing and the camera is very easy to navigate, the picture quality leaves a little to be desired. The only area where it excels is Macro. Read more ›
This camera has excellent zoom and with the image stabilization, they take very clear…The different options for settings are also excellent, particulalrly for low light. Read more ›
This camera makes amazing pictures. It is simple to use and the quality is excellent. I am sold on the Lumix. Read more ›
Simple enough to use by even the most digitally challenged. Takes the best photos. Read more ›
The camera performed beautifully, very versatile, capable and easy to use. However, it lasted barely longer than a year. Read more ›
This is a nice camera and takes great photos. Very easy to operate with simple instructions.. I would recommend it to friends. Read more ›
I love this camera. It's easy to use and has all necessary functions. The photos are rather good, the video is very high quality, It meets all my expectations. Read more ›
This Panasonic Lumix camera works great. Easy to use with lots of features. Zoom works great and the camera takes great pictures. Read more ›
People who are professional photographers have even been grudgingly impressed with the wide angle capability of this camera. The video is nice quality as well. I have used… Read more ›
So I was wondering how well the video feature would do, and I was surprised with how well it…The capability of taking photos while simultaneously video recording is a PLUS! Read more ›
The 16 zoom is able to reach anything you are likely to shoot and bring it right into view. The video is very good and you can use the optical zoom which is very nice. I… Read more ›
I love my new camera. Video is outstanding, you can zoom in/out while in video mode. And the picture quality is outstanding. Read more ›
It is tiny and light, operates quickly, the video is very nice, and the image stabilization works very well, which is good because it's hard to hold such tiny cameras… Read more ›
An Amazing Camera!!! It takes great pictures and amazing video! I love my camera it was just what I was looking for. Read more ›
This was a gift for my college age daughter. The price point is great and it takes very nice pictures Read more ›
Great camera, easy to use, awesome pictures! The price was amazing, much cheaper than Best Buy! Read more ›
My wife and I could not be happier with this camera. The price was good, and the quality of the images are excellent. Read more ›
All in all I'm pleased and Amazon's price was outstanding. Read more ›
Happy so far! And I will note that I paid $400 for the earlier Lumix so this price is great! Read more ›
It is exactly what I need for my snapshot needs. It was well worth the price that I paid for it... Read more ›
Many good features to explore and test out. Haven't blown up any photos into 16x20 or greater, but so far all standard sizes are good. Read more ›
For the cost and its features, this camera cannot be beat. Pictures are sharp, videos clear, and zoom is fantastic for its size. Read more ›
This is in my purse at all times and takes the best photos. So convenient and perfect size. It is the easiest small camera to take on hikes, etc. Read more ›
P.S. it takes amazing photos, and the zoom is unbelievable for this size camera. I bought one for my mom, and when mine died I bought another for myself. Read more ›
The images are crisp and clear. It is a good size for a pocket camera. Not too small so that it is hard to hold and not too large to stick in my pants pocket. Read more ›
I had the first one for a couple of years and loved it. It takes awesome, crisp pictures and packs a lot of features into a nice pocket size. My cat knocked the camera off… Read more ›
Battery life is excellent and loads of pictures and videos will fit on 8GB card. Read more ›
The battery life is excellent. Read more ›
I'm also really…If my battery is fully charged before I go to a concert, it still has quite a bit of juice left even after taking a good amount of pictures and video. N… Read more ›
I also don't like that the proprietary…So far, battery life is excellent, but I haven't kept track of how many pictures/flashes/image reviews I can do between plug ins. L… Read more ›
Only a professional photographer could find this camera lacking. The battery life is very good, I have never come close to running the battery down. If you want a camera… Read more ›
2. Fast shutter speed 3. Good battery life 4. HD video Read more ›
Very nice bright viewfinder. The larger than most Leica lens is extremely sharp throughout the zoom range. Image stabilization allowed me to get the monkey in the tree,… Read more ›
My first digital SLR was a Panasonic Lumix so thought I would give this new DMX ZS8 a try. The Leica lens is fantastic. The 14.1 MP is more than my Canon 50D SLR. Read more ›
One note - you can zoom in and out when taking video with this one. The range of the lens is great - pictures are great for a camera this size. Read more ›
Just using in general picture taking and works really well. The long lens is very nice for pictures you would ordinarily not be able to take. Price level is now in an area… Read more ›
not an easy camera to take good pictures without some effort. It does have the ability for a lot of adjustments, has a great lens, but overall, seems difficult to use. Read more ›
Great zoom lens. Ease of use. Read more ›
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 (I chose the black color) was a good buy for the price, good weight, size, and impressive depth & color quality for a point-and-shoot ca,era. Read more ›
The zoom is awesome you get really close and the pictures still turn out…The colors are nice too really colorful, I made pictures of fireworks and they look incredible! V… Read more ›
There were a few…Very good color and clarity you can see here: [...] Like most cheaper cameras it does a lot better in good light and outdoors but I'd give it a C+ indoors. Read more ›
First…They take great pictures most of the time (sharp, good color), are fast in time-between-shots, have a good interface, and an overall good feel when you handle them. Read more ›
I can really point and shoot, very easily, on the automatic setting. The photos are so clear and colorful. It is so much more vivid than the 3 year old digital camera I have. Read more ›
I decided not to install the software and started shooting and uploading to picasa with ease. The zoom is great, colors are very true, focus is not a problem. I do not use… Read more ›
Anyway, the Panasonic ZS8 is a fast camera, it focuses and works well at capturing movement in kids and pets, etc. After letting it sit around for several months after I… Read more ›
What a great decision! The camera starts up very quickly, there is very little lag between shots, and 99.9% of the pictures had focus that was sharp as a tack. The very few… Read more ›
We were looking…This has WAY too many functions for me to figure out, but it has an intelligent auto that works great and the fast focus gets the pictures we used to miss. Read more ›
Positive things: Lightweight & great zoom for size, just would love more magnification and quicker auto focus ability. Auto mode and image stabilizer are awesome. Read more ›
All I can say is WOW! This unit starts up fast after hitting the on button, is fast to focus and takes exceptional pictures for an inexpensive point and shoot. The 16X zoom… Read more ›
wow, i was impressed right off the bat. the lens is incredibly sharp, focus is fast, and the controls all seem to be in the right place. it has its limitations like all… Read more ›
The pictures are so sharp and clear, it is so light to carry, and most of all, the on-screen instructions are so easy to understand; so much better than having to look… Read more ›
The screen is good - clear - but in the brightest light - it washes out - especially with sunglasses. Read more ›
Also, it feels solid and heavier than it looks. LCD screen is clear but a little hard to see in sunlight. Read more ›
-Features are good: good automatic mode, plenty of scene modes and manual modes, serviceable image stabilization, a reasonably good flash, a clear imaging screen, good… Read more ›
Or, I can play around with aperture and exposure…Either way, the huge display assures me that I've gotten something worth a second look (or a delete, as the case may be). Read more ›
The extra zoom is wonderful! Only disappointment is what seems to be an even longer delay from picture snap to clearing of the LCD screen to capture the next picture. I'm… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

736 of 754 people found the following review helpful By Captain Zoom on April 14, 2011
Color Name: Black
For the majority of people looking for a "pocket" camera - they can stop looking. This will honestly do for pretty much everything you really need. It's the newly released little brother to the more expensive ZS10/TZ20.

It is not perfect, of course, but even if you take a "money no object" approach to picking an upper premium compact camera - there is currently nothing on the market that is head and shoulders better than this - although there can always be a case made for different qualities.

Big Zoom - check

Good "glass" on the front - yep, Leica

Optical Image Stabilisation - uh huh, works quietly and efficiently in the background making your shots less blurry.

Good quality photos - sure - but with the caveat that a "full on" digital SLR will always do better. The photos come out are a nice colour (not too vivid - but also not too washed out) and they don't come out a funny colour under artificial lighting (some cameras can struggle and give you a funny tint under striplights or old fashioned tungsten bulbs).

Noise levels - the "speckly" bits on photos that you sometimes get in dark conditions - is definitely there - especially at higher ISO's - but you get this problem in dim lighting conditions even with all compact cameras to a greater or lesser degree. Even if you get an SLR camera - even up to a year or so ago - you'll find that they aren't infallible to this either.

HD Video - check, but in MPEG format. I think that this takes up more space than the newer AVCHD format on the SZ10/TZ18 - but I would be wary of getting a camera that uses this format if you have an older PC or laptop and especially if you have a netbook - in case the hardware can't cope.
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256 of 260 people found the following review helpful By K. Gehrke on June 23, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I purchased this camera (in black) a few weeks ago with the Lowepro Ridge30 case Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Case (Black) and Transcend 8GB Class 10 SDHC card Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC10E. I was tired of my old cameras not getting the right shot because they were never fast enough. That was my main criteria for purchasing this camera. After UPS dropped off the camera on a Friday, I took the kids to the park to see what it could do. The camera's ability to capture fast action shots is amazing. Kids coming down slides, crossing the monkey bars, or spinning on the merry-go-round...this captured them all crystal clear. Keep in mind, I did have to do some experimental shots first, but on fast action, set it to sports mode and fire away. Saturday was off to an outdoor Graduation. Again, the colors, ease of use, and quality of the shots was better than I was expecting. Sunday, we were off to the amusement park. I wore cargo shorts and the camera was in the side pocket all day wrapped in a napkin in a ziplock bag to protect it from rain and water rides. It took abuse from roller coasters to bumper cars. This is where I was stunned by the photos. I was able to take pictures of the kids on the roller coasters with their screaming, eyes wide open, hair blown back, "I'm going to kill you dad for making me ride this" expressions. See my pictures in the zs8-black photo's. BEAS62 has included some photos of closeups and the quality of the zoom. I have taken similar photos and had the same results. In my opinion, this is a great everyday-general use camera.Read more ›
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212 of 215 people found the following review helpful By texasbbj on March 28, 2011
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I upgraded from the Z3 and this is my 3rd Lumix camera. I am a insurance adjuster and take over 300 pictures per day and these cameras get alot of heavy work and is constantly used in conditions that is not the average user. What I wanted most from a work camera, was the ability to zoom in and the wide angle. I take alot of photos on roofs where damages have occured and the ability of this camera to do those things, is unsurpassed. The old one had a 12x zoom which I thought was great, until I used this 16x zoom. Quite amazing to say the least. With your typical camera of this size, you might get a 5 zoom and you will just not believe the difference with this 16 zoom. Next would be the 24 wide angle aspect. Again, quite amazing. I can stand 25 feet in front of a house and get the whole house in the photo. With typical cameras, you would have to stand across the street.
Next would be the picture quaility. Absolutely great as well. Clear, crisp,perfect lighting and on and on.
Easy to use and set the settings as well.
Although a little more pricey than most, it is soooo worth it!!!
Take a chance on this one, if you are unsure. You will NOT be dissapointed!! Love it! Love it!
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Tom D VINE VOICE on April 16, 2011
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
First and foremost, this is easy to use and takes great pictures.

I've carried a predecessor to this camera, the TZ5, regularly including while running. That's moving to a dedicated application and I wanted to take advantage of the additional zoom Panasonic offers for my "daily" camera. There are smaller, lighter cameras but this is the best combination with the longer zoom, everything smaller stops at about 5X. This has an optical 16X and a very effective 20X. The macro mode gives crisp,incredible close ups.

A friend recently took his digital SLR and three lenses on a trip to Hawaii and ended up taking pictures with his cell phone because he didn't want to haul any of the photo gear on his touring. "The best camera is the one you have with you." This is easy to carry, even in a back pocket. It is too heavy for a front shirt pocket, but it's OK in a jacket pocket. I keep mine in an Amphipod model 670 Ballistic Trail Pouch which also has a belt loop if I want to use it and is large enough to hold a spare battery, though the battery life is fine in normal use.

This isn't quite a "point and shoot" but it's close enough when the dial is set to "i" or "intelligent" mode where it figures out everything for you. You just have to know to set it to the "i" setting if that's how you want it to work.

My only beef with all these non SLR digitals is that even when set to scenery mode, where a fixed "infinite" focus would be fine, they still work to focus and there's no manual override. A small concern and only occasionally problematic, such as when trying to take a picture of the moon. You have to keep in mind that the flash falls off rapidly at about 10', but the images are good in limited light.
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