The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
features a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 12x
optical zoom (equivalent to 36 mm to 432 mm in
a 35 mm film camera) to bring far subjects close.
The zoom has 2 speed and a handy resume function
that saves your current zoom position in memory.
Tele macro allows you to take close up shots from
a safe distance. Optional 0.7x wide and 1.7x tele
conversion lenses further extend the lens capability
to a wide 25.2 mm and 734 mm, respectively (both
requires lens adaptor DMW-LA2 for attachment).
The FZ8 features the MEGA O.I.S.
(Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against
hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images.
In addition, the FZ8 compensates for the other
major cause of blurry images --subject movement
-- with the Intelligent ISO Control function which
detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting
and shutter speed to best suit the movement and
light conditions automatically. Together, they
form Intelligent Image Stabilizer.
Full exposure flexibility is provided
with a Joystick to easily set focus, aperture,
shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Choose
from Program AE (with Program Shift), Aperture
Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, or Manual
Venus Engine III in the FZ8 allows
high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 1250 at full
resolution with an improved noise reduction system
which maintains high resolution.
New is Selectable AF Area with 11
AF points for easy off-center shooting. Also,
if your subjects are always laughing after the
shot, you can now capture 3 consecuitive shots
using the self-timer so you can choose from the
best. Other practical features include composition
guidelines and a real-time histogram.
For the advanced photographer, RAW
file format is available and SILKYPIX® Developer
Studio 2.0SE software utility is included to let
you develop and edit RAW data files.
Battery life is approximately 380
pictures on a single charge (CIPA standard).
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
offers a great package and should appeal to those
desiring a long zoom with image stabilization
and full exposure flexibility.
Contrast: Low, Standard, High
Sharpness: Low, Standard, High
Saturation: Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High
Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Still Image: JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system, based
on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera
File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)
+ Quick Time
Motion Images: Quick Time Motion JPEG
Fine / Standard
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x
240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps,
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card
Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
- Battery Charger
- Battery Pack
- Lens Cap
- Lens Hood
- Lens Hood Adaptor
- AV Cable
- USB Connection Cable
- AC Cable
- CD-ROM: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio
- viewer -
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio
ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker,
(W x H x D)
112.5 x 72.2 x
79.0 mm /
4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 in.
310 g (0.68 lb)
357 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78
$349.95 / CDN $499.99
* In Motion Picture Mode, when you
set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend
using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10
MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with
50 % humidity; LCD on; using Panasonic SD/SHDC Memory
Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning
on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with
the flash in full operation for every other shot;
changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide,
or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily
turning the power off after each 10 shots (long
enough to lower the battery temperature).
The battery life differs
depending on the condition stored or used or environment.
The number of recordable pictures varies
depending on the recording interval time. If the
recording interval time becomes longer, the number
of recordable pictures decreases. Operating
Temperature:32 °F 104 °F(0°C40°C)
Operating Humidity: 10%40%
Weight and dimensions
shown are approximate.
Design, functions, and specifications are
subject to change without notice.
Some sample images [on the Panasonic website]
Some accessories are not available in some
Availability of models
and colors may differ depending on the country.
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that are available in your market.
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