Panasonic Lumix DMC FH-8 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- 3-inch LCD display
- Powerful 5x z OIS zoom
- 720p HD Video
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||260 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG 2.3|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||70|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Forced off, Forced on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.24 x 0.75 x 3.78 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.27 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2,448 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||4 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.5 - F6.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||120 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||70 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens
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.
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)
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.
Read about our customers' top-rated cameras on our review page: Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Top Customer Reviews
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! I can't believe all of this is in such a tiny device.
-intelligent auto mode which will take great pictures for those who don't know what I'm talking about in this review
-No manual shutter speed/aperture control. I won't complain since virtually no small cameras have this, but it would have been nice if Panasonic had added this feature.
-No mode dial that some cameras have. I list this as a con because some people might consider it one. I personally like it the way it is, although sometimes it takes me a while to get it set the way I want it. The controls are simple enough so I'll just have to get used to it.
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. I didn't realize this was a problem until recently, when I had problems turning the camera on. Apparently, the wear and tear has messed up the sensor that indicates the door is closed - so now I have to firmly squeeze the door inward while holding it, otherwise the camera won't turn on.
- separate picture/video button - I really like that these are SEPARATE buttons. Everybody knows that sometimes speed is of the essence when trying to capture a moment. With my Canon, I can't tell you how many times I forgot to switch the slide from video to photo, tried to take a photo, then realized it was still in video mode, and before I was able to switch it back to photo mode, the moment had passed. VERY FRUSTRATING! But the Panasonic's separate buttons prevents this from ever being a problem again.
- panoramic setting - apparently this is a feature in most other cameras, but not with the Canon - but I really like the automatic panorama photo feature! great for beach and scenery pics.
So for anybody with the same complaints about the Canon Powershot ELPH models that I detailed above, this camera definitely addresses those. I have no idea which camera takes better quality photos but I am not able to tell the difference.