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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.13 (out of 10)
Review: "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, perhaps inevitably, more evolutionary. The body design and operation is almost identical - no bad thing, given the huge improvements made over the FZ5 - and the only really big news is the inclusion of Raw shooting and a much better electronic viewfinder.

In summary the FZ8 is a welcome upgrade to one of the best 'super zoom' cameras on the market, even if it doesn't address some of the fundamental issues we had with its predecessor (namely the inability of the sensor/processor to deliver results to match the lens). But it's a very well-priced, very well-designed, wonderfully versatile, fast and responsive photographic tool that offers SLR features - and an effective image stabilization system - in a very compact package."

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DCResource 9.00  06-13-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is a full-featured ultra zoom camera that offers robust performance, tons of features, and a solid design, all for under $350. It's kept from greatness only by its overaggressive noise reduction, which noticeably reduces image quality, especially in low light, or if the ISO is higher than 100. ...

... The most important feature on a camera is its image quality, and its here where the FZ8 stumbles a bit. Set the ISO to 100 and give the camera plenty of light, and the results are very good. You'll get nice, saturated color, perfect sharpness, and no purple fringing. While you'll see a bit of noise reduction artifacts in these situations, it's nowhere near as bad as when the ISO hits 200 or above, or when light levels drop. ..."

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Digital Camera Info 8.67  05-16-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "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 range. With its $349 price tag, the FZ8 sits in the middle of Panasonic's ultra-zoom line between the 6-megapixel FZ7 and the 10-megapixel FZ50. ...

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. ..."

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Digital Camera Review 8.60  06-22-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Announced on the 31st of January 2007, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is one of the latest Panasonic digital cameras and features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, a 2.5" screen, and a Leica 12x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The 12x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 36 – 432 mm on a 35mm camera. ...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is an excellent ultra zoom digital camera - image quality is very good with great color and detail although noise and lack of detail at the higher ISO settings causes some concern. The camera offers an excellent Leica 12x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, helping you get sharp, crisp, blur free images even in low light. ..."

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Megapixel.net 8.60  04-27-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic DMC-FZ8 is the iteration of the FZ camera, replacing last year's FZ7. Outwardly, the changes are modest consisting of minor, mostly cosmetic changes, while inwardly the FZ8 offers an extra million pixels, and higher resolutions for both monitor and EVF.

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."

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CNET Reviews 8.33  04-11-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Almost identical in body design to last year's DMC-FZ7, Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-FZ8 carries the torch as the smaller of the company's superzooms, not counting the even smaller DMC-TZ3, which doesn't include manual exposure controls and is targeted at a different audience. The FZ8 brings with it a handful of updates over the FZ7.

While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 has problems with noise, in many other ways it is a very nice camera. Its controls make it easy to use, and it packs a very impressive feature set. If you're not persnickety about noise or image quality, it makes a nice camera for beginner and intermediate photographers to learn on. Advanced shooters who want pristine image quality should look elsewhere.'

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LetsGoDigital 8.19  05-30-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic Lumix FZ8 is a compactly made Megazoom camera with enough setting options to delight even experienced creative photographers. Compared to its predecessor, the FZ7, the main improvements and innovations in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 have been made to the interior. There is the increase in resolution, a new Venus III processor, the same format 2.5-inch screen but with a higher resolution, a larger electronic viewfinder with a higher resolution, RAW and JPEG support, SDHC flash memory card support, some extra pre-programmed modes including an ISO 3200 option and an internal memory of 27MB. ...

... the new features provide so much extra value that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is entitled to call itself the king of the Megazoom cameras. With the improved and enlarged electronic viewfinder, the higher resolution of the LCD screen and the RAW option, Panasonic has shown that they have a serious alternative to an entry-level digital SLR camera. ..."

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DCViews 7.83  03-15-07 Read Full Review
Head-to-Head Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is smaller than expected. Compared to its competitor SP-550, our silver version of the FZ8 is lighter, less solid and less appealing. Its ergonomics are not as good as the Olympus.

Olympus has a long history of ultra-zoom compact cameras and the SP-550 sets a new standard with its 18x optical zoom (28 to 504 mm). A big zoom lens extends from a very solid body. It is made of polycarbonate, but because of its surface structure, matte gray back and matte rubber front, it looks very durable.

Although the two cameras have almost similar specifications, they do differ. The SP-550 is better built with very good ergonomics and many features. The FZ8, though, is faster and has a slight advantage in image quality with less distortion, color noise, chromatic aberration and workable RAW..."

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Photolife 7.80  03-05-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Although Panasonic announced eleven new Lumix cameras on Jan. 31, 2007, the DMC-FZ8 was the first model to become available for testing. Because of its fast (wide aperture) 12x optical zoom lens, this one is substantially larger than the other five and is the only one with an electronic viewfinder or EVF. That’s a useful amenity because it provides an accurate view of the subject on a bright, crisp high resolution LCD finder.

Serious photo enthusiasts usually want a DSLR camera - plus several lenses and accessory flash unit—and that's certainly understandable. Still, this relatively compact all-in-one camera would be a fine choice for anyone whose children are involved in sporting events or as a backup to a D SLR system. Easy to use in Scene modes, it’s loaded with advanced features too, while the superb Leica DC 36-432 mm f/2.8-3.1 zoom with stabilizer is a real bonus..."

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Imaging-Resource 5.80  08-17-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Following in the footsteps of the FZ7, the updated 7.2 megapixel Panasonic DMC-FZ8 is equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens that delivers a 36mm-432mm equivalent focal length. Unlike many Panasonic cameras, the FZ8's lens starts at 36mm, which about average for long zoom digital cameras. The FZ8 is equipped with Panasonic's signature MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) to help balance the lens's super zoom capabilities. ...

The Panasonic DMC-FZ8 is one of those cameras that looks good on paper and, for the most part, delivers on its promises - especially on paper, in terms of printed output. Its image stabilized zoom is the Panasonic FZ8's big attraction, but that shouldn't overshadow its long list of features that surprisingly cater to both advanced users and less experienced snapshooters. ..."

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