Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 Review



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Datasheet


Sensor CCD sensor 1/2.5″ 5.8 x 4.3 mm (crop factor 6.0
)7.4 megapixels (physical), 7.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 1.9 µm
Photo resolution
3.072 x 1.728 pixels (16:9)
2.048 x 1.536 pixels (4:3)
1.600 x 1.200 pixels (4:3)
1.280 x 960 pixels (4:3)
640 x 480 pixels (4:3)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.2), DCF standard
Video resolution
848 x 480 (16:9) 30 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 30 p
320 x 240 (4:3) 30 p
Video format
MOV (Codec Motion JPEG)


Focal length 36 to 432 mm (35mm equivalent
)12x ZoomDigital zoom
Focus range 30 cm to infinity (wide-angle
)200 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Macro sector 5 cm (wide-angle
)100 cm (telephoto)
Apertures F2.8 to F8 (wide-angle
)F3.3 to F8 (telephoto)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light
Filter threads 52 mm

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 2.5″ TFT LCD monitor with 207,000 pixels
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder available


Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/2,000 to 8 s (automatic
)1/2,000 to 60 s (manual)
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 3 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1 EV
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 1.250 (manual)
Remote access non-existent
Scene modes Baby, various scene mode programs, fireworks, skin, high sensitivity, candlelight, landscape, aerial photography, night landscape, night portrait, party, portrait, sunset, food, sports/action, starry sky, beach/snow, animals.
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, Fine tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Manual
Continuous shooting maximum 7 (standard mode) or 5 (fine mode) consecutive images at a frame rate of either 3 or 2 frames per second in full resolution, unlimited continuous shooting also possible
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Shooting functions Live histogram


Flash built-in flash (hinged)
Flash range 0.3 to 6.0 m for wide angle1
.0 to 5.4 m for telephoto
Flash functions Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction


Image stabilizer optical image stabilizer
Multi Media Card
Internal memory yes (27 MByte)
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x PIXO CGR-S006 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 710 mAh
)380 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Image rotation, playback histogram, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Picture parameters Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Grid can be faded in during recording yes
Special functions Orientation sensor
Ports Data interfaces: USB video output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (type D)
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous Venus Engine III Signal Processor Switchable
Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.)) either permanent or during shutter release11/3/1-point autofocus
with switchable high-speed mode and focus group selection
Single-frame focusing or focus tracking3-step
adjustment of color saturation (natural/standard/strong)
3-step adjustment of camera-internal focus (low/normal/high)

mage Contrast Level Adjustment (Low/Normal/High)
3 Noise Reduction Level Adjustment (Low/Normal/High)
2 Hue Level Adjustment (Cool/Warm)
Single Mode Camera Shake Warning Display Motif Program Help Texts Automatic

Image Alignment Adjustable
Auto Play (1 o.


3 s)
Recording magnifier (1-, 4- or 8x magnification)
Playback zoom (max.

Single image animationCalendar function
for chronological display of captured images in calendar formatPicture copy function
(internal memory <> memory card)
Automatic backlight correction/shadow brightening in single mode”Extra
optical zoom” function with 14.4x and 18x zoom factor (5 MP / <3M)High sensitivity mode
with ISO 3


00 exposure times of
15, 30 or 60 s preselectable in “Starry sky” motif modePower-LCD function
for additional monitor image brightening (140%)
“High Angle” function for image angle extension or

Liquid crystal realignment on LC colour display Intelligent
ISO control I.I.C. (sensitivity level adjustment taking into account camera and/or subject movements)
Single images can be extracted from video recordings Additional
self-timer setting with 3-fold release World time clock
with travel date function Time/date/age stamp Indication of

movement strength (photographer/ subject)
ISO limit function

Size and weight

Weight 357 g (operational)
Dimensions W x H x D 112 x 72 x 79 mm


included accessories PIXO CGR-S006 Special battery chargerUSB connection cableAudio/Video cableLens coverBacklight hood

with adapterCarrying strapPicture editing software

ArcSoft PhotoImpressionPanorama software
ArcSoft PanoramaMakerPicture management software
ArcSoft PhotoBasePicture management software
Lumix Simple Viewer / ArcSoft Photofun Studio

optional accessory Panasonic DMW-LC55E ConverterPIXO
CGR-S006 Special Battery Power SupplyRemovable Memory CardCamera Bag


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