Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (18 August’07)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is the successor of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 which was released exactly a year ago. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is now featuring 7.2 million effective pixel, a huge 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 36-432mm) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens, Mega O.I.S (antishake), High Sensitivity mode ISO 3200, and a 2.5″ TFT LCD Screen. The camera’s measuring in at 112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm (4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 in) with weight at around 310 g (0.68lb) and it’s running on Li-ion battery pack. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 will ship in February 2007 with a MSRP of $349.95.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic DMC-FZ8 Price Comparison

Panasonic DMC-FZ8 Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“There’s a lot to like about the Panasonic DMC-FZ8, and with few exceptions it won’t disappoint. Its advanced feature set, ease of use, good performance and 12x image-stabilized optical zoom make for a nice photographic package…The biggest drawback is its propensity for image noise and an overly aggressive noise reduction system than can turn high ISO shots from a sharply focused picture to a soft and fuzzy painterly image.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“Overall, this is a great camera for those who like the flexibility that manual modes can offer. It works very well for both close-up shots and capturing the action from afar…For those seeking a more full-featured superzoom, the pricier FZ50, which has an articulating LCD and a focus and zoom ring, is worth looking at. The FZ8 is a capable camera with handy features and a good price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“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) focal length range with a dSLR. I used the camera heavily for a month, under a variety of conditions (I even shot some product photos for a friend) and the camera never let me down. ”
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TakeGreatPictures reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“I know many amateur photographers who are very talented but struggle with pocket-size digital cameras. They don’t realize how much they could improve their photos—and their overall picture-taking enjoyment—by stepping up to a more richly featured camera. They resist digital SLRs because of cost, complexity or both. The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 is the perfect camera for them. It offers tremendous value for money—in terms of feature set as well as image quality.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The Panasonic FZ8 may have one less Megapixel than the Sony H9, but the crops below reveal a great deal about the actual differences between the cameras in real-life… So while the FZ8 is far from perfect, and indeed shows noise speckles at 100 ISO, it still delivers superior image quality to the Sony H9 under ideal conditions like these – and it’s comfortably cheaper too.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

DigicamReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The camera speed is very good, with a very good switch on time, rapid focusing time, quick shutter response, quick playback mode, quick menus, and excellent continuous shooting modes. The camera offers slightly more than most digital cameras, by providing a 12x Leica lens, built in optical image stabilisation, a wide range of image options such as contrast, sharpness, saturation, noise reduction, and a number of custom white balance modes. The electronic viewfinder is good, and the screen is better than most offering a “bright” mode and a “high angle” mode. Battery life is good for an ultra zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The image quality is mediocre, you certainly won’t be printing anything larger than A4, but at least colour fringing is kept under control. There is plenty of manual control and it’s good to see that exposure compensation can still be used in the scene modes, unlike, for example, most of the Samsung range. What’s good about the camera is that it’s easy to use and the controls are all right where you want them, so making adjustments is fast and enjoyable. That, I think, is a key point to this camera, that besides the lure of the superzoom, it’s genuinely fun to use. Yes, the image quality isn’t great, but it isn’t awful either, so if you’re looking for a camera with that extra reach then this one should be considered.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“Camera performance is one of the FZ8’s strongest assets. While it’s startup speed isn’t the fastest out there, just about everything else is top-notch. That includes focusing times (especially with the high speed modes), shot-to-shot speeds (which are fast, even in RAW mode or with the flash), and menu operation…. 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 lighting isn’t perfect? Absolutely. The FZ8 is a great choice for the typical digital camera buyer, but enthusiasts who put image quality first may want to consider other options. ”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“Our image quality results when using the 7-megapixel Fine mode were very pleasing. the majority of our sample images are sharp, from edge to edge, and show good overall exposure and rich colors… Battery life was surprisingly good, especially considering that you always have either the EVF or LCD turned on when using the camera….the DMC-FZ8 is one awesome digicam. With excellent image quality, blazing fast performance, generous 12x zoom range, MEGA O.I.S, and wealth of user-friendly/advanced exposure modes, the FZ8 is hard to beat in the “ultra-zoom” category. ”
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Let’sGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The operation of the camera is friendly and I don’t think that users will need to refer to the instruction manual very often. Despite the extensive settings options, it’s all very easy to oversee. The image quality is very good with great resolution and brilliant sharpness. Colour reproduction is natural and lively and is accompanied by excellent exposure. The large, clear LCD screen provides photographers with a great tool for judging the quality of pictures even in daylight. When you add the new possibility to record in RAW, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 is nearing perfection.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“When the Panasonic FZ8 is up against other ultra-zoomed competition, it still does well. It has manual modes, RAW shooting, and plenty of included software to play with the images. It caters to advanced photographers in this way, but is still very easy to use with its 20 scene modes and intuitive interface… In the end, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 still provides a lot of good features for its $349 price but isn’t a good hybrid ultra-zoom model.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CamerasUK reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“When looking at the picture quality, price and features of the Panasonic DMC LZ8 I would say it offers very good value for money. There are more expensive super zoom digital cameras, but there is not that much that sets them apart from this one… The Panasonic DMC FZ8 is one of the best super zoom digital cameras I have tested. It is also available at a very reasonable price. Picture quality is very good indeed. There are a wide range of features, but Panasonic have still managed to make the DMC FZ8 easy to use.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The 2.5-in monitor screen is nice and bright, and with 207,000 pixels quite sharp too. Its side-to-side viewing angle is good, but in standard mode the vertical viewing angle, important if you want to hold the camera above your head, is relatively poor… The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is a well-made and sensibly designed camera with a range of features well suited to the enthusiast photographer. Its performance is a bit on the slow side, but the excellent lens and brilliant image stabilisation system more than make up for that. Unfortunately however its potentially first-class photographic results are let down by an inferior sensor and poor image processing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Megapixel reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
“The FZ8 is equipped with a pop-up flash that works well. At 100 ISO it lights up to 2 meters (6.5 ft). Used as fill-in light to overcome a backlit subject, the flash is effective and in combination with the metering, produces evenly lit images… Clearly, the DMC-FZ8 seems to be a bit more prone to noise than we would like. It does offer, however, a RAW format that makes it possible to circumvent most of the problem with minimal effort using the software included with the camera. Moreover, an adjustment to the camera’s default settings — as long as the camera is used in the more advanced modes — usually produces good images, and will allow users to take full advantage of a good and powerful lens and and an effective stabilization system.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Unbeatable.UK reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
We were particularly impressed with the overall image quality produced from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8. Colours were reproduced brilliantly, and were sharp with fine details… In comparison to its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 is a very welcome upgrade with some great features for a very competitive price. Along with fast operation, great battery life and the bonus of a very effective image stabilisation, the FZ8 should be very seriously considered.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
The Lumix DMC-FZ8’s image quality isn’t quite equal to its performance. But, while its ISO noise was probably its worst point, it wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in the past from other Panasonic models. On the other hand, while the lens is plenty fast with its f/2.8 maximum aperture at its widest angle, it also showed more distortion than we’d like at that same 35mm-equivalent setting, so some straight lines may appear a bit bent when shooting wide. Of course, some photographers like that effect, so it’s not always bad, but it also shouldn’t be this pronounced at 35mm, though we were pleased that we saw almost no fringing. The bottom line: 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.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and writes;
Aesthetically, the unit is quite nice. It is difficult to make comfortable, attractive ultra zoom cameras and while the FZ8 is far from the prettiest camera on the market it looks good. Constructed largely of matte black plastic, it isn’t as sturdy as we’d like, but the jutting, rubber right hand grip is comfortable and makes the unit easy to grip. It is well weighted and all the controls are easily accessible. Overall, the FZ8 is a decent but not noteworthy addition to the advanced camera market from Panasonic. It = could have been a very impressive unit, boasting a speedy shot-to-shot time, big zoom and nice design. But the soft edges and strongly oversaturated reds mean the pictures it produces aren’t on par with those from competing models.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Panasonic DMC-FZ8 Samples

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Panasonic DMC-FZ8 User Manuals (PDF)

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Panasonic DMC-FZ8 Press Release

SECAUCUS, N.J., January 31, 2007 — Panasonic today introduced another addition to its expanding Lumix digital still camera line, the long-zoom Lumix DMC-FZ8. The new model boasts 12x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm film camera) coupled with Panasonic’s Extra Optical Zoom function that provides additional magnification up to 18x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution. The new camera also features a 7.2-megapixel CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization system now available in all new Panasonic Lumix models.

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