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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 351 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good opinions. Reviews about the viewfinder and performance are different, and some have doubts about the memory and energy efficiency.

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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-LZ8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Lumix DMC-LZ8


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 is an 8-megapixel, entry-level point-and-shoot with a budget-friendly $180 price tag. Key features include a 5x optical zoom lens, a well rounded selection of Scene modes, and Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode. While the...

Good manual control options ; Good noise reduction and color scores ; Optical image stabilization ; Budget-friendly

Cheap, plastic design ; Poor resolution scores ; Smallish LCD screen ; Poor flash

The Panasonic Lumix LZ8 is your standard entry-level point-and-shoot with a little twist: manual controls. It has solid basic specs: 8 megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen with clear 230,000-pixel resolution. It handles well for a fairly small...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8


The new LZ-Series models from Panasonic for 2008 feature Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lenses and wide-angle shooting - 30mm on the LZ10 and 32mm on the LZ8. Furthermore, each new LZ-Series model boasts manual controls, convenient AA-battery operation, a 5x...

The LZ8 also offers a 230,000-dot high-resolution Intelligent LCD, meaning the 2.5-inch screen detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether dark or light; indoors or outdoors. The...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 is an 8-megapixel point-and-shoot camera, available for around $180, with some surprising features at the price, including image stabilization and a 5x zoom

The LZ8 isn't the smallest compact camera, weighing in at about five ounces and measuring 2.44 x 3.84 x 1.31 inches. The added size does make it easier to hold than some of the tiny point-and-shoots we've seen. We found the buttons and dials on the LZ8...


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Panasonic DMC LZ8 Review at


As much as I would like to give a glowing review to every camera I test it is not always possible. Although the Panasonic DMC LZ8 has some good features there are other cameras with a similar set of features that I prefer.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Review at Steve's Digicams


Image quality when using 8M Fine mode was average when compared to similar models in this class. When shooting outdoors, the camera produced crisp, clear images with good exposures and colors. The Leica 5x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8


The Panasonic Lumix LZ8 (announced 29 January 2008) is an 8.1 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens (32mm - 160mm equivalent). It features a 2.5 inch LCD, 20 megabytes of internal memory, face detection technology and ISO … Continue...

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ATTN: djcutler ... I need your HELP !


Hey djcutler... if you're getting this, I sure could use your help!

Camera nails the expose in iAuto almost 100% of the time ; Manual expose with 60sec shutter makes for amazing night shots ; My shots fooled the camera store clerk thinking I had taken them with a DSLR... no, just a 75.00 P&S

At the long end of the 5x zoom, imaged can look soft. Hit or miss. Adding extra sharp in Picasa fixes the issue ; DUST ! This camera seems to be prone to dust on the sensor even though it's a sealed unit

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A sweet little camera!


The Panasonic LZ-8 works great detecting settings in auto mode, yet allows a nice range of manual controls should you wish to take control. Conversion lens (tele, wide angle, macro, & filters) from Opteka can be purchased on ebay which attach...

Takes great pictures, feels good in my hand, great all around point and shoot

Might be nice to be able to use lithium-ion rechargables: BUT, I found the Sanyo AA eneloop batteries work wonders. So no con really

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ8


Enjoyable little camera. Great bang for your bucks. Can't think of another camera that gives you so much for the price. I use it as my top pocket carry-at-all-times camera when I go on holidays. It takes great snaps. I can go out, have a few drinks,...

A bit slow to recharge the flash ; No other real issues. Hey, it's a $100 camera

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ8


I agree with demch, 19 May 08 review. I do not think the image quality is very good at all. I am ready to exchange this camera. None of the features matter at all on this camera if the resulting image quality is this bad. When I loaded my vacation...

long time writing to memory card when using flash ; extremely slow and poor focusing ability while taking photos of my kids boogie boarding in the waves. Alot of photos were not in focus. My Nikon L1 camera was very capable of taking in focus photos of...

Product Specifications

With both a 32mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens and a 5x zoom, this is one camera that does it all. You can fit more in the photo than you can with a 35mm lens, so you can get more of a sweeping landscape in a single shot. The 5x zoom is great for capturing dramatic shots of small or distant subjects. There's also an Extra Optical Zoom function that boosts zoom power to 8.9x in 3-megapixel resolution mode. The DMC-LZ8 Lumix digital camera gives you a choice of four exposure modes: Program AE (P), Aperture Priority AE (A), Shutter Priority AE (S) and Manual (M). This gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to capture more expressive shots. You can also fine tune the settings in the Scenery, Portrait, Sports and Night Portrait scene modes on the mode dial to better suit the shooting conditions. This makes it easier to capture the exact image you have in mind. Simply set the LZ8 to iA mode and let the camera do the rest. Intelligent Scene Selector chooses the mode that best fits the situation; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) helps prevent blurring from hand-shake; Intelligent ISO Control helps prevent motion blur; and Face Detection helps produce clear portraits by optimizing the focus and exposure settings. You can easily change settings such as auto focus, light metering, white balance, ISO sensitivity, image size, image quality and so on. There's no need to switch to the menu screen. The brightness and contrast of the large 2.5" diagonal LCD adjust automatically in 10 steps as ambient light conditions change, so images are clear, bright and easy to see day or night, indoors or outdoors.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.9
Max Focal Length:26mm
Min Focal Length:5.2mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None