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

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  • 3-inch LCD display
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  • 720p HD Video
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Product Description

Color: Black

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.

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 Information

Product Dimensions 3.8 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 4.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Item model number DMC-FH8K
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,120 in Camera & Photo
#1,150 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 9, 2012

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
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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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Color: 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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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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Color: 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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