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Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Panasonic Lumix FZ8

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Panasonic Lumix FZ8

We've given the FZ8 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The Panasonic Lumix FZ8 offers a powerful 12x optical zoom lens in a highly portable and comfortable body. The FZ8 allows for a level of photography that approaches professional-level SLRs without requiring users to fuss with extra lenses and enormous price tags. In short, the FZ8 is great for creative and casual users alike. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization keeps things steady in those long zooms, and the camera also claims to have a shutter lag of only five thousandths of a second.


  • 7.2 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Panasonic MEGA Optical Image Stabilization
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Movie mode
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (27MB internal)
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Part Number: DMCFZ8PK
  • UPC: 037988986163
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2007

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Panasonic Lumix FZ8 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix FZ8 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great first camera (Paul Lanzo — 08/01/2008)

Very good photo's, but not the greatest in low light. Photographs look as good to me as the Nikon D40 I recently purchased. Great camera for travel, and vacations. No extra bag or lenses to carry around. For daylight pictures it's an all in one packageall at the right price. I am still parcial to my Panasonic FZ8 digital.

  • 5.0 out of 5
FZ8 review & info (b — 06/24/2008)

after months of researching ''bridge'' cameras vs. DSLRs, I decided to purchase the Panasonic Lumix FZ8. I was on every site imaginable. Reading every bit of info I could find. The reasons behind my purchase are as follows...

great zoom
great lens
great price
great battery
great features
user friendly

I was see-sawing between the FZ8, the FZ18 and a DSLR. well, because the FZ8 is no longer in production, I was able to purchase this unit for $100 LESS then when it was first available on the market ($260ish). Believe it or not, I purchased this camera BRAND NEW, sealed box, made in Japan for $160. I got it AND a 2 yr. extended warranty at Wal-mart. I cannot BELIEVE amazon is still listing it for over SEVEN hundred dollars! absolutely outrageous!

I figure I can use this unit as my long-zoom camera to take snaps of my kid's baseball games....the optical zoom equivilent on a DSLR would be mega bucks!!! then, with the money I have saved with this purchase I can look at getting a DSLR for more advanced shooting situations. (ie, basketball in a gymnasium)...

reducing the MPs on the FZ8 I can still get 18x zoom, if I want to. the FZ18 is still over $300...and I worried about the ''blue band'' issue...

Theres been MANY discussions regarding NOISE with this camera. Here is my advice.

noise reduction-low

Modes: set everything to maximum 100 ISO

set the intelligent ISO mode to 400(it will not go beyond that)

always raise your flash when works very well. it will go off if it has to.... I have taken pics of rooms that are completely dark, no light whatsover just to test it...and the pictures come out decent...NOW, viewing these pics at 100% on your monitor will show noise. naturally.

set your pixels to 5 for just about everything. you can use the simple mode for numerous pics, it works well...and the camera will default to 7 mps.

i have taken tons of pics.. I REALLY like the auto-bracketing feature. this feature is a real asset. be sure to read up on it in the manual.

the macro mode is good...just be SURE the cameras lens is not extended....

so many people are put off by proprietory batteries. I really do not see the reason behind this. this camera, on a full charge, will take something like 350 shots. you can pick up another battery for something like $15. it only takes an HOUR to charge the thing....

AA batteries do not last NEARLY as long, not to mention they are HORRIBLE for the environment, cluttering up our landfills. just testing this camera, getting used to the settings, etc...i took something like 500 you know how many AAs that would have used?? very wasteful.

this camera is NOT an SLR. It will not take the same quality pics of your kid playing hoops in the gym. at least, not unless you are on the floor under the hoop....people constantly compare this camera's quality to SLRs, esp. when taking photos in poor light. The reviewers constantly say that in low-light conditions this camera struggles. I honestly can say that YES it isnt going to be DSLR quality, BUT, I do NOT view my pics at 100%, nor do I blow my pics up to 8x10s. normal, everyday 4x6 prints will look just fine...IF you use the flash when necessary, or in a well lit room, and keep the ISO to 100...I have even found that pics at ISO 200-250 using the simple mode are totally exceptable.

I really like this camera. It was a great purchase. It is all about educating yourself... just take the TIME to read the manual, play with the settings, have some patience, do some online research DPreview is one awesome site, read the forums on will figure it out. it is very user friendly. If I can do it, anyone can. I am no genius.

hopefully this review and info helps someone!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent zoom and amazing color (Mystie — 05/27/2008)

I have used this camera as a back-up to the Olympus E-500 for a trip to Europe and for a couple of weddings. I'm still working on the adjustments for indoor shooting, however this camera has amazing color for macro! It completely out works the Olympus when it comes to getting the details. The brides' bouquets came out beautifully. The ablity to shoot in RAW is great when doing large landscapes. Also, the zoom is very impressive. Really no need for a larger lens. I was able to capture the details of the top of the tower of Pisa with no problem. This is an excellent camera with lots of play. Easy to take with you anywhere because of the size and weight.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the final choice (Alene — 05/25/2008)

I knew I wanted (and needed) a camera with a viewfinder and a longer telephoto length than the 110 or so mm available on my little camera, so I researched and checked and researched some more and finally came down to this one.

For me it was the perfect (or as perfect as you can possilbly get) camera for me. The lens is super sharp! There are a lot of ways to "tweak" the camera for each individual user to get the best performance out of it. It's simple but has a plethora of available options when, and if, you need them.

The main complaint I saw in professional reviews about this camera concerned noise. I haven't noticed that yet in my own photos taken in any kind of light. So for me, at least, that isn't apparently an issue.

The viewfinder is excellent, giving you a 100% view of what will be on the frame. It's adjustable, so I don't need to juggle my glasses on and off while photographing—I just don't wear them. BUT it is still usable while wearing sunglasses; a definite plus!

  • 4.0 out of 5
1000 and 1 photos with Panasonic FZ8 (Imyaz Familik — 03/23/2008)

There are no bad cameras. There are cameras that are improperly exploited. Before evaluating advantages and disadvantages, let`s stop for a while and look back – what for we purchase that sort of equipment? The sphere of creativity of Panasonic FZ8 is report-and-art images in daylight, the images of transient moments of the stream of life, when on the one hand a photographer has no more than a minute to get ready his device, and on the other hand high criteria for the quality of the images are required.

Manufactures bundle Panasonic FZ8 with a battery of standard charge capacity, battery charger, cables for connecting camera to either PC or TVset (USB or «bell-wire» cables accordingly), a disc with driver software, a lens hood with an adapter, a strap and a lens cap on a string.

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  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (Vijay — 10/17/2007)

After shooting 1000 pictures, I started loving FZ8. The one I used earlier was Canon A630. Zoom, IS and Full manual controls are the definite plus. But I still have a thought that I could have bought TZ3.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera! (J. Williams — 10/17/2007)

I love my FZ8! A ton of features for the price, and it's lightweight and easy to use. Advanced features for veteran shutterbugs, yet simple to use for the newby. The zoom is incredible, and the photos are beautifu. You can't beat it for the price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
wonderfull camera (upul indika — 09/25/2007)

I am a beginner to photography. I bought this camera with doing several reasearching and several comments of users. Also this camera matches my budget. Honestly this is wonderful camera. I am very very please with performance of this camera. I really love it. Outdoor picture quality is very best. Very easy to maneuver the FZ8 and photo quality is in very best.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Muy buena camara (Pablo — 08/25/2007)

La compre hace tres meses y he sacado unas 1000 fotos, y estoy muy contento con la maquina, tiene un potente zoom. La recomiendo.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Super Zoom Camera (Bobby — 08/18/2007)

This is a brilliant camera. The RAW mode is very useful. I've taken pictures of the night sky with star trails from a 60 sec exposure using Starry Sky mode. Excellent Optical Image Stabilization. The best camera I've ever owned!

Here's some after market Raynox lenses for the FZ8:

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better then Sony H7; H9; Canon S3; S5; and all bunch of other cameras out there that I personally tryit all !!! (George P. from Seattle, WA — 08/17/2007)

Out of several cameras that I own, this is an excellent camera, no questions about it !!! I will not botter to write a review (lose my time), if this camera wasn't worthit. So hopefully my review will help other customers to make a wise choise in getting a digital camera, without spending their time and money like I was !!! (its allright. I'm still happy)

I own several cameras in the past like Canon SD500,
Kodak CX7430, Casio EXZ 750, Samsung v700, sony dsc70, Kodak z612, I am left with only that ones that I like its pictures quality best, and that is Kodak CX7430, and Canon SD500, the other ones I give it present to friends and relatives. Those two camera that I have are excellent in pictures quality no question ask, however none of it has a fast shutter and frankly I missed lots of good (one time opportunity to get the shot). So I purchase me and try it out the Canon S3, Kodak Z612, Kodak z712, Samsung L74W, Sony DSC W90, Nikon S50, and beliveit or not I Return all of them back to the store regardless the restoking fee or not, I was just not happy either the pictures quality, flash power not strong enough, low light miserable, horrible noise, slow shutter, etc. I did some research on this one and after being satisfied with the Experts/Professionals Reviews, as well as the customers review I decide to try one back at Circuit City. After I try it out for about 10 days I simply was amazed with the picture quality, super fast shutter, very powerfull flash metering, optical image stabilizer, beautiful 2.5 screen, superb battery life, and excellent features, I finally decide to keep this one, I now been its owner for more thatn 3 months and stiil very happy specially after I just try a Sony H7, Sony T100, Canon S5, and a Fuji S700, from a friend of mine purcessing to tryit out and not been fully happy, he return all of it back to store, and decide to go with Panasonic FZ8 as well. Now that there are some reviews up there complaining aboutthe Noise on this camera, but honestly I did not find that to be a problem when you actually print it on and up to 8x10 at ISO 100 / 200, the only time you can actually be able to see the Noise is either you will print a 8x10 at ISO 400 or higher, or youdecide to zoom in on the TV screen at the highest Zoom/In/Level at ISO 400 or higher. As long as you will keep the ISO at the highest 200, I will assure that you will have an excellent pictures quality, the fastest camera up there, (excluding SLR camera), super image stabilizer, excellent movie quality, excellent features, excellent flash power, excellent battery life, easy and comfortable buttons on the camera for enyone to operate and understand its futures including its menu, very light when holding in hand, at a reasonable price compare with some other cameras that are so much expensive and its not even half of this camera in terms that I mentioned above.

Just a small exemple, in the previously months, I was able to take hundreeds of pictures of my childrens as well as other childrens, at their TaeKwonDo Academy when they were braking boards, with their feet or hands, and I have not miis one picture, I got all of it with the boards flying thru the air, pure and clear, something that all the other cameras mentioned above could not get me not even one single shot. With the Panasonic FZ8 I was ablle to take without missing any of all the action shots, amaizingly.

I strongly suggest that you try this camera if you are one of the picky customer like me, who likes to have it all the above mentioned. You will love it !!!


  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera !!!!!!!! (David F — 07/18/2007)

The camera is highly customizable, so if u go in and customize it to how u shoot it produces great photo's I have shot close to 1000 photos already and have been very happy with the results. When I found a test done on the camera it suggested turning the Noise Reduction (NR) to low, the saturation to low, and sharp to low and lastly the contrast to Standard (STD). When I did this it made a great improvement, also I used the (.) mode to equal out exposure and tested histogram on every shot and used the 2 second timer when I could to eliminate shaking when pressing the shutter button. I hope this helps and good shooting

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good value (Daniel — 05/30/2007)

I bought the fz8 about a month ago and have been very satisfied with the purchase. Overall, it is extremely easy to use and for beginners (like me), easy to learn on. I considered the Canon s3 is, but after trying it out, strongly disliked the way it worked/felt. That is more of a personal preference thing—I don't like the way canon configures their cameras with tons of buttons that are scattered over the camera (I guess that's kind of their trademark though, and if I was used to it, probably wouldn't mind it as much as I do now). So, in conclusion, if you are looking for a good camera around 300 bucks that is easy to use and takes exceptional pictures (at least under 400 iso), I would buy it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
please listen, (sudeep — 02/12/2007)

hei,its the best a beginner as well as an advanced user can i strongly recommend to buy this if you are peeping on to its class.