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Panasonic Lumix DMC FH-8 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Red)

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  • Powerful 5x z OIS zoom
  • 3" LCD
  • 720p HD Video
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Technical Details

Color: red
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-FH8R
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

Color: red
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728Z8UU
  • Item model number: DMC-FH8R
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,049 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 9, 2012

Product Description

Color: red

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy beautiful photos with this Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 digital camera. The ultra slim and compact 16.1 megapixel Lumix DMC-FH8 features high-quality 24mm wide-angle LEICA DC lenses with a 5x optical zoom. Beyond its capability to shoot high-quality still photos, the DMC-FH8 also records 720p High Definition (HD) video in MP4 format and incorporates a dedicated video button in its design so users can quickly and easily switch from capturing photos to recording video.

Panasonic Lumix FH8 Highlights

The DMC-FH8 incorporates high-quality 24 mm ultra-wide angle LEICA lenses with advanced imaging technologies that help create stunning picture quality with an incredible 5x optical zoom with f2.5 brightness. Offering exceptional optical performance to provide minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations while suppressing ghosting and flare, the advanced lens unit allows for higher shutter speed for stunningly clear images. It excels in shooting dynamic landscapes with wide-angel view and also in capturing moving subjects even in low-lit situations.

5x Optical Zoom and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
The DMC-FH8 offers an incredible 5x optical zoom with f2.5 brightness, all while maintaining a stylish and slim camera body. The 5x optical zoom also increases its power to the equivalent of 10x with the Intelligent Auto Zoom function with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the help of Intelligent Resolution Technology. In iA mode, users can automatically activate a suite of technologies to enhance photos without adjusting settings every time conditions change. As part of iA mode, the DMC-FH8 features AF tracking, making it easy to lock on subjects in a frame and keep them in focus – even as they move. The DMC-FH8 also includes the following features in iA mode: MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

Venus Engine
The multi-tasking image-processing Venus Engine enables beautiful image recording and Sonic Speed Auto Focus combined with a quick camera start-up time to offer a high-speed response time to ensure users can capture even the most spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.

Feature Image Effects
To encourage creative shooting, the DMC-FH8 features image effects that allow users to have fun with their photographic experience. The Panorama Shot makes it possible for users to shoot horizontal or vertical panoramic images by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying for the effect of a panoramic photo. The Beauty Retouch function allows users to give photos a variety of cosmetic effects and Auto Retouch adjust contrast and brightness levels to give photos a different look. The DMC-FH8 also adds Miniature Effect mode where peripherals are defocused and saturation and contrast are emphasized to make the picture look like a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding.*
* Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

3-inch LCD
The DMC-FH8 offers a bright 3-inch LCD screen. The intelligent LCD screen is equipped with automatic backlight adjustment to offer a clear view of photos under any lightning conditions.

Lumix Image Uploader
The DMC-FH8 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. The Lumix Image Uploader lets users instantly share images and videos on Facebook or YouTube via a computer. 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. The DMC-FH8 also allows users to enjoy the new flexibility of USB charging or conventional AC adapter charging methods.

Product Description

Panasonic Lumix FH8 incorporates high-quality LEICA lens with advanced imaging technologies that help create stunning picture quality in an extremely compact camera size. Equipped with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens, the LUMIX FH8 offers an incredible 5x optical zoom with f2.5 brightness, all while maintaining a stylish, and slim camera body. For users looking for a large screen, the LUMIX FH8 offers a bright 3-inch LCD screen.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a small camera and fits in a purse or tote. The picture quality is outstanding and it was a good buy for me. Read more ›
The quaity of the pictures is good. Read more ›
Indoor photos are rather poor....I'm guessing because of a weak flash. Outdoor photos are decent, but you get what you pay for. I bought this camera as a backup to my… Read more ›
This camera takes good pictures, is fairly straightforward to use, and is very small and lightweight for carrying. I recommend it. Read more ›
Nice quality and feel (metal not plastic) good pictures and the zoom pictures are fantastic and soooo easy to use mentally and physically. Read more ›
The reason I love it though is because of how quickly you can shoot pictures. There is so little downtown between shots, which is a huge deal if you have little ones! My… Read more ›
I purchased this model because Consumer Reports gave it a good rating. It seems simple to use and from what I have seen, the photos look great. Read more ›
Very lightweight and compact. Simple to use. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
good value for the money, easy to use. easy to transfer pictures. Read more ›
i think i like the canon n sony better cuz its easier to use. i hardly use it cuz it takes a lot of time to switch between mode Read more ›
This is wonderfully small, exceptionally easy to use and takes great pictures. It also has a fast recovery time so I can take the second picture quite soon after the first. Read more ›
Love this camera. Very easy to operate and down load pics to my computer. For a small light weight camera it takes great pictures. Read more ›
I love all of the modes (especially the sunset mode, the food mode, the baby1 and baby 2 modes), and the video is pretty great quality and easy to use. I also love that the… Read more ›
My wife uses this camera and has had a great experience with it. The photos are very clear and the camera takes good video. Very pleased. Read more ›
Picture does fine ..but very bad videos. Just terrible ...cant make any good videos. pictures is ok but also not so great Read more ›
It's very user friendly and takes great pictures. It also does good with the video. It was a great buy. Read more ›
I think the photos are ok, but not good for videos - you see lips move and seconds later hear the words Read more ›
Received this camera today, and I gotta say, I am impressed, it takes photos equal to my Nikon D80, plus the video's are great. Also I tried the panorama setting and WOW Read more ›
I regularly use an Olympus E-300 DSLR, but my wife wanted something small, compact and…This camera meets those expectations; the size is great and it weighs nothing. I… Read more ›
Gives digital photos with sharp images and well defined borders and…Camera is the perfect size: not too big and bulky and small enough to fit in pockets and small purses. Read more ›
It also would be helpful if it showed all the possible screen symbols in one…I would be willing to pay a little more for a professionally printed pocket size manual. Read more ›
I love it! It's the perfect size and even has tilt shift focus. One thing that is annoying is that the cd-rom with the owner's manual is only formatted for PCs and I have a… Read more ›
This camera is amazing for its size. I am a independent filmmaker and a dedicated panasonic customer. Read more ›
Has a lot it can do but also can be set on Auto and be very easy to use. Love the size. Read more ›
Bought this for my son's wedding, but the camera is not as easy to use as my old one, price is good but the photos did not match my cheaper camera! Read more ›
Plus it has advanced features (wide angle, panning, self timing, etc.) that I have found useful. The price was excellent. Read more ›
Last but not least, I was really floored when I saw at what an amazingly low price Amazon was selling the FH-8. If my memory serves me right, this was/is about half the… Read more ›
I got the camera, a case and a 16GB SDHC Flash Memory Card for $179.00. Great value!!! Read more ›
Great camera, easy to use and great price. Arrived fast and works great no problems so far, ahppy with purchase. Read more ›
Of course AMAZON had the best price and because I have a Prime Membership, the free shipping and ease of RETURN was an issue too. Read more ›
It is easy to use, both for still shots and movies. Its zoom function is convenient and simple. It is stylish and fits easily in a pocket. Read more ›
I never read documentation unless I have…The settings are simple and easy and some even have a little scrolling marquee banner with additional info that displays with it. Read more ›
The photo's taken with this camera outside were superb! The panorama setting was outstanding! The only thing that I did not care for with the camera was indoor pictures -… Read more ›
I personally like it the way it is, although sometimes it takes me a while to get it set the way I want…The controls are simple enough so I'll just have to get used to it. Read more ›
Great pictures, easy to use, small and great for traveling. Not having to change batteries is one of the best features. Read more ›
But this is not an issue for me. I did just read the three reviews that were uhappy with this model camera. I'm thinking they may have faulty cameras. Read more ›
The FH8 does give the user the ability to adjust the…The quality of the "Leica" lense is adequate and the digital zoom is good (amazing for a camera at this price point!). Read more ›
it is lightweight and compact, excellent resolution and easy to use. I would like to see an easier zoom control. Read more ›
I…Only thing I don't like is, It doesn't have a great big zoom, but it's so small, I might be able to find a camera with a nice long zoom and take that one along with me too. Read more ›
We took 278 pictures in 3 days without a charge and thats including 3…Used it in all lighting conditions, decent zoom, it captured every moment we were hoping it would. I… Read more ›
This is the 6th pocket-sized digital camera I've owned, and it's definitely the best. It's super small and light-weight, and yet it has an awesome zoom. It also takes great… Read more ›
The flash…I especially like the analog zoom feature near the shutter button, fast response, and will use the digital settings to make your photo the best it can be. Read more ›
I don't like lugging my Canon Rebel when I'm sightseeing but do want decent pictures. This camera was easy to carry and easy to keep away from pickpockets in Paris. I was… Read more ›
We have just used our new camera on a couple trips where I took pictures indoors,…It was so light and compact to carry in a pocket or side compartment in my purse. The… Read more ›
Does many of the things that my much larger SLR camera does, including a very good macro. Overall a great camera that is easy to carry. Read more ›
With 16.1 megapixel…I would recommend this to you, because the pictures look more than great, battery life is exceptional, it's easy to carry around and it looks damn good! Read more ›
Great little camera that takes big pictures! Easy to carry and fits in any pocket, in any purse, and comes out ready to shoot. Read more ›
Once it arrived, didn't have time to read manual and was still able to take great pictures. Small size works great for carrying and is very user-friendly. Have always been… Read more ›
I must say, after using it for several hundred shots that the camera excels in its picture quality. The lens is simply fantastic, amazingly sharp. Noise is not a problem if… Read more ›
Light weight and excellent photos and easy to use. Excellent wide angle lens and very compact and fast speed and pocket use. Should have come with a case, used previous… Read more ›
very compact. Sharp lens. Wonderful HD video. Read more ›
Neither…There is also a fast lens sports photography setting for pictures you need to take in quick sequence, which is particularly good if you have toddlers on the move. Read more ›
They are now enjoying them. The Leica lens is a very good lens and this camera just like its bigger siblings takes very good pictures in low level lighting. I have taken… Read more ›
With 16.1 megapixel…I would recommend this to you, because the pictures look more than great, battery life is exceptional, it's easy to carry around and it looks damn good! Read more ›
The camera works very well. Battery life is very good, and it's easy to figure out without needing to refer to the manual. Highly recommend. Read more ›
The Panasonic takes beautiful pictures and the battery life is good. The Panasonic doesn't come with a separate charger, so you have to charge the battery in the camera. Read more ›
I would never bring a camera on trips cause it was too much trouble to carry it…Also its able to zoom in 5x, picture quality is good and the battery lasts a very long time. Read more ›
Overall picture quality could be a little better. Easy to use, good battery life. Excellent video. Read more ›
Noise is not a problem if you restrain the use up to ISO 400. The rear screen is very good, big and sharp with excellent luminosity. And the most important fact is that you… Read more ›
The LCD screen is very bright and clear, and viewable outside on a bright sunny day. The shutter response is excellent. Read more ›
also another loose junky button on…benefits , many features ,yea it will take time to get use to as much as this little camera packs in but its a great hd lcd camera !!! Read more ›
I carry this camera in my pocket, but do put in…Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case for Camera - Black Since I'm a gardener I don't want to get it dirty. Read more ›
I am sorry that you didn't receive the package yet. Case Logic TBC-302 FFP Compact Camera Case (Black) Me:Sorry Murai, not interested in the case, you have cancelled the… Read more ›
All you have to do is flip it over and go with the language you want. Well, in this case, the entire instructions booklet was Spanish only. It's not that difficult to… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

178 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Yasaka on April 16, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Length: 4:25 Mins
I've been a photographer for several years now and am very familiar with cameras and doing manual photography. This is my 4th high-end camera, and my previous cameras were Panasonic, Canon, and Fujifilm. This is my first high-end compact camera, however.
I like this camera for pretty much the very reasons that drew me to it. I wanted a quality camera that I could carry around as an alternative to my bulky canon, since I found myself not taking pictures often just because I never had a camera on me. I did a lot of research and I liked this one because of its wide-angle, 5x zoom lens, optical image stabilizer (which is featured on all Lumix's), Panasonic brand name (I had a good experience with my first Panasonic, until I lost it), and incredibly small size. This camera does essentially everything my big cameras did, except without as much zoom and the ability to manually set aperture and shutter speed. It may even do some things better.
Additional features are its HD video recording, 16 megapixel resolution (which in my opinion is more than necessary), and intelligent auto which really is quite intelligent. Now it apparently has two modes of capturing videos, one in HD and another in motion J-peg or something like that... I don't know. I honestly don't care, but I have taken some videos and they turned out fantastic.

-Wide angle lens (hard to find on compact cameras) which can create more depth of field
-optical image stabilizer
-plenty, but not too many, scene modes to give me a sense of control in taking the picture (not nearly as good as manual, but sufficient for a compact)
-5x zoom, not bad for a small camera
-trademark Panasonic picture quality, with good exposure and balanced colors (see my customer pics)
-amazingly small!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By L. Doong on July 24, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This review will not focus on the quality of the photos - I am NOT a photography expert, and I'm okay with that. I'm just an average guy who wants a small camera that fits in my pocket and takes decent photos wherever I may be. The main reason I was looking for a new camera is because my previous camera (Canon PowerShot SD1300IS) stopped working consistently, and it had some usability issues that really got on my nerves.

Again, I am NOT an expert, just trying to offer my opinion as an average everyday user. As far as I'm concerned, most compact point & shoot cameras take decent photos, or at least I can't tell a huge difference between them.

OVERALL: I've only had it a week, but I really like this camera so far. The main reasons are some HUGE design/usability differences between the Panasonic Lumix and the Canon ELPH camera families, which are detailed below.

- power switch - I really like that this camera has a SWITCH instead of a button. Here's what I wrote in the review for the Canon SD1300IS - "as some people have already mentioned, the on/off button is WAY too easy to accidentally push. For anybody like me who wants a subcompact camera specifically for the ease of carrying it around (in their hip or jacket pocket), this is a HUGE annoyance - almost reason enough to look for a different camera. I am constantly afraid that I will continue to accidentally push the ON button while it's in my pocket and damage the lens motor. I purchased this as a replacement for a broken SD1200, and I never had this problem with that model."
- battery release door - I like that the battery release door has a locking switch. To open the battery release door on the Canon SD1300IS, you slide the entire door laterally.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Friedlander on June 22, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I never liked cameras until I bought this little gem from Amazon.. I love this camera.. I felt comfortable with it from the word go.. If I have any questions beyond the manual and helpful tutorial CD I simply call Panasonic at the phone number printed in the manual with any further questions.. I did that once and I received top notch tech support immediately by a professional who knew every angle of the camera... I am enjoying this camera immensely. Great Product at an amazingly low price. Keep up the good work Panasonic and Amazon!!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Faith on August 1, 2012
Color Name: Violet Verified Purchase
I purchased this camera (in the purple/violet shade, as shown) this spring, when my trusty six-year-old digital Samsung tired out and the lens kept sticking. At the same time, I purchased a DSLR. I've been quite pleased with both my DSLR AND this camera-- but as far as value for the money, this Panasonic Lumic DMC FH-8 really goes the distance.

I love all of the modes (especially the sunset mode, the food mode, the baby1 and baby 2 modes), and the video is pretty great quality and easy to use. I also love that the on/off button and the switch for switching between shooting mode and viewing photos already taken are so easy to operate.

The main advantage of this camera is its lightweight body. The main reason I purchased this camera (after researching for months, reading reviews both online and off, and surveying many friends and students about cameras) is that it combined a compact body with a higher MP count. The photos from this camera are excellent, especially for a compact camera. It's also great for travel-- which was my second requirement for a new camera, as I was making a trip across the country to visit and to take pictures of my new niece. :)

An extra perk is that the flash on this camera works well but doesn't tend to make my loved ones blink, as (unfortunately) the more powerful DSLR flash tends to do.

This digital camera also does well in low-light situations.

One of the very few drawbacks of this camera is that it tends to need recharged quite often-- although I must admit that my old compact digital camera was only 8.1 MP, so "quite often" might be a relative statement. It's easy to recharge, but if you travel quite a bit, I'd say to either pack the charger with you or to take an extra, charged battery.
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