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Panasonic FZ8


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

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 Exposure.

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.

Panasonic FZ8
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site  
  Camera Effective Pixels 7.2 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.5", 7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter
11 elements in 8 groups
(3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  Focal Length f = 6 - 72 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 36 - 432 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 12x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 14.4x for 5 Mega, 18x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 / 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 72x combined with Optical Zoom with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8.0 Tele: F3.1 - F8.0  
  Focusing Area P / A / S / M / Intelligent ISO / Motion Picture: Normal: Wide 30 cm (0.98 feet) / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele (except tele end) 200 cm (6.56 feet)- infinity
Tele Macro (at tele end) : 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Simple mode: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) /
Tele (except tele end) 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Tele Macro (at tele end): 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
  AF Metering 1-point / 1-point high speed / 3-point high speed / Multi-point / Spot
(position selectable by joystick except 3-point high speed)
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes  
  Focus AF / AF-Macro / MF Switchable, Manual Focus (joystick), Continuous AF On / Off  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250
(High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set1 / 2
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ± 9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
  Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual  
  Scene Modes Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Simple, SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo),
Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Simple Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed Program AE: 1 - 1/2,000 sec
Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE: 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Manual: 60 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec / 3 images  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 3 sec / zoom  
  Review 1x / 4x / 8x  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast: Low, Standard, High
Sharpness: Low, Standard, High
Saturation: Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format 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
  Image Quality Fine / Standard / Raw  
  Recording Image Size Still Image
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

Motion Picture*
(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, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames / sec or 2 frames / sec
Full-Resolution: Max. 7 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 5 images (Fine Mode)
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume - / Yes  
  Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec  
  Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 27 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Date Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash output Adjustment (1 / 3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV),
0.3 - 6.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto),1.0 - 5.4 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder 0.44" Color EVF (188 K Pixels), Field of View : approx. 100%  
  LCD 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (207 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
  Playback Mode 25 - thumbnail display, 9 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show(duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese  
  Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card  
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2 V, 710 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
  Battery Life (Approx.) 380 pictures (CIPA standard**) / 380 pictures (with EVF)  
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger
- Battery Pack
- Lens Cap
- Lens Hood
- Lens Hood Adaptor
- AV Cable
- USB Connection Cable
- AC Cable
- Strap
- CD-ROM: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio - viewer -
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio
ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker, USB Driver

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm /
4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 in.
  Weight (Approx.) 310 g (0.68 lb)
357 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78 lb)
  MSRP US $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°C–40°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] are simulated.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.
•Availability of models and colors may differ depending on the country.
•Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the LUMIX models, colors, and optional accessories that are available in your market.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

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