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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1415 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and lens are overall positive. The portability and value for money also get good views, but there are mixed reviews on the memory and viewfinder. The water proof and contrast get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

The 7.2-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is an update to the company's FZ7, a former Editors' Choice winner in the budget superzoom category. The camera retains the FZ7's 12X optical zoom lens and 2.5-inch LCD, and adds a unique feature, an...

12X optical zoom. Full manual capabilities. Intelligent ISO mode. Variety of flash settings.

Lacks wide-angle view. Nonarticulating LCD.

Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 offers a powerful 12X optical zoom lens, manual modes, and a wealth of helpful features, its lack of a true wide-angle view prevents it from stripping the older Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 of its Editors' Choice crown.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

Panasonic has added yet another Super-Zoom model to their popular line of Lumix digitalcameras. The new model boasts a 12x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm filmcamera) coupled with Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function that provides...

Along with easy operation, the DMC-FZ8 also features the Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III, anadvanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO1250 with full resolution -- greatly improving noise reduction, with...

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Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

One of the newest additions to the ultra-zoom market is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, which has the same stabilized 12x optical zoom lens as other Lumix cameras but pairs it with 7.2 megapixels, manual to automatic functionality, and an expanded ISO...

Optical image stabilization ; 12x Leica lens ; Good handling ; Records RAW images ; Large viewfinder ; Sturdy, effective flash ; Long-lasting battery ; Quick auto focus

Cheap plastic housing ; No optical zoom in movies ; Zooms slowly ; Limited dynamic range

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 follows the FZ7 in the ultra-zoom line with the same Leica 12x optical zoom lens and Mega O.I.S. The new model offers more resolution than its predecessor with 7.2 megapixels on its image sensor, but is otherwise very...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K (black)

 

Like the FZ7, the FZ8's body design is just what you'd want in a superzoom. Surprisingly compact but still big enough to shoot comfortably with two hands, the FZ8 has all the controls on the right hand side, so one-handed operation is possible if...

Fast 12x optical zoom lens; convenient joystick control; manual exposure controls; optical image stabilization; raw image capture.

Noisy images; so-so image quality; ISO 3,200 hidden away in a scene mode.

A fast, long 12x optical zoom lens and easy-to-use controls help make up a little for the DMC-FZ8's image-quality issues.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

Almost exactly a year after the introduction of the DMC-FZ7, Panasonic's popular compact super-zoom camera, comes its replacement; the Lumix DMC-FZ8. Where the FZ7 was a fairly major upgrade to the camera that came before it (the FZ5), the FZ8 is,...

Excellent resolution & sharp results ; Good, natural color and excellent exposure ; Superb 12x optical zoom ; Smooth, almost stepless 2-speed zoom ; Effective image stabilization ; Small and light, but well built ; Comprehensive range of controls ;...

Some areas of performance actually worse than predecessor ; Noise is, as usual, a bit of a problem at lower ISO settings ; ISO 400+ noise reduction produces color bleeding and loss of low contrast detail ; Default noise reduction too high at all ISO...

Maybe because my expectations have been lowered, maybe because no one else is doing it any better, I ended up liking the FZ8 more than I expected to. The FZ7 was a significant upgrade to the FZ5 (one of the most popular super zoom models ever), and the...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Digital Camera - Full Review

 

The 7.2 megapixel Panasonic DMC-FZ8 may not have the longest zoom on the block, but its 12x image-stabilized optical zoom has more than enough range to meet most photographers' needs. And while the telephoto lens may be the driving force behind your...

Compact and lightweight, Easy to use for beginners, Advanced feature set for enthusiasts, 12x image-stabilized optical zoom lens, RAW mode, White Balance can be fine-tuned, Good speed, Selectable AF points, Exposure bracketing, Live Histogram and...

Noise and noise suppression visible even at low ISO, High ISO image noise and noise reduction degrades image quality, Significant chromatic aberration at telephoto, Digital zoom is soft due to noise suppression, Moderate barrel distortion at wide...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Review

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is a strong contender in the crowded ultra-zoom digital camera field.

SLR style body, fast, improved LCD and EVF, 12X zoom, image stabilization, manual controls, sharp  images

Noisy images, minor chromatic aberration, smearing/blotching at higher ISO sensitivities

I really liked the the super compact and lightweight FZ8.  This snappy little digicam provides an SLR-like level of photographic control and creative flexibility, but without the bulky bag of lenses that would be needed to cover the same (36mm - 432mm)...

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Panasonic`s Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

Panasonic had their hands full trying to improve upon the DMC-FZ7, but they may have done it with the Lumix DMC-FZ8. This camera was released in March of 2007, and on the surface it looks really good. Keep reading to see what we think of it.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

I don't think anyone's going to complain about those new features, except for maybe the Venus III Engine, which has a rather overzealous noise reduction system (to say the least)

Very good photo quality (at lowest ISO setting and in good lighting) ; Superb 12X optical zoom Leica lens; lens can be precisely adjusted with new two speed zoom controller ; Optical image stabilization ; Well built for the price ; Large, sharp 2.5"...

Heavy noise reduction smears/mottles details when ISO is above 100, or in low light ; Some redeye ; Useless high sensitivity mode ; No USB 2.0 High Speed support ; Can't swap memory cards while camera is on tripod ; Manual leaves much to be desired

I pretty much hit on all of the FZ8's negatives in the preceding paragraphs, so now it's time to wrap things up. Do I like the DMC-FZ8 and recommend it to most people? Easily. Do I wish it produced better quality photos when the ISO isn't 100 and the...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is a 7.2 Megapixel super-zoom camera with a 12x stabilised lens. Announced in January 2007, it's the successor to Panasonic's earlier Lumix FZ7.

12x optical zoom with OIS ; Decent quality 2.5in screen ; Quick access to settings ; Good manual control and RAW mode

Noise becomes a problem above 200 ISO ; Wide angle coverage 'only' 36mm ; No flip-out screen ; May be too small and light for some

It’s revealing three-quarters of the cameras we’ve compared the FZ8 against here all cost around 50% more. The simple fact is there’s no real competition for the FZ8 at its price range other than Panasonic’s own Lumix TZ3, which as discussed above is...

Product Specifications

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ8 digital camera features a powerful 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm film camera) with f/2.8 brightness. While the DMC-FZ8 boasts the same high 12x zooming power, it also enhances mobility with its compactness and easy joystick operation. The Venus Engine III image processing engine gives it even higher image quality and speedier processing. The FZ8 also incorporates the Intelligent Image Stabilization system, which Panasonic is including in other Lumix cameras being introduced simultaneously with the FZ8. Effective resolution has been increased to 7.2 megapixels, which supports the FZ8's enhanced functions. For example, Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification - to 18x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution. The resolution of the LCD has also been increased to 207, 000 pixels, and the larger, 0.44-inch EVF (electronic viewfinder) has a resolution of 188, 000 pixels, making it easy to see both when monitoring and playing back images. Other features that improve usability and convenience include enhanced operation with a multi-purpose joystick, which further simplifies exposure compensation. Frequently used functions, such as light metering, AF (auto focus) mode, ISO setting, and white balance adjustment, are quickly and easily handled with the Quick Setting function. The position of the AF area can be selected among the 11 positions in the single point mode, the multi-point mode and the spot mode. When manually focusing, the focus area is automatically magnified and movable for greater control. White balance can be adjusted on two axes to better express the photographer's intended coloring.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.1in
Height:2.8in
Weight:10.9oz
Width:4.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset

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Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FZ8/DMC-FZ8K
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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