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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8


Review posted 5/24/2007

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Panasonic has added yet another Super-Zoom model to their popular line of Lumix digital cameras. The new model boasts a 12x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm film camera) coupled with Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function that provides additional magnification up to 18x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution. The new camera also features a 7.2-megapixel CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization system now available in all new Panasonic Lumix models.

Panasonic’s proprietary MEGA O.I.S. technology has earned high praise from users around the world, and has become a standard feature of all Lumix digital cameras. Today, Panasonic is merging this technology with Intelligent ISO Control to create the Intelligent Image Stabilization system which compensates for both hand-shake and motion blur, making it easier than ever to capture clear, sharp, beautiful images.

The stylish Lumix DMC-FZ8 features a large, 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing while monitoring and during image playback and it has been redesigned to include a multi-purpose joystick for improved usability and simplified exposure compensation. The joystick control allows a host of additional settings, such as manual focus and exposure, to make for quick and easy shooting.

Along with easy operation, the DMC-FZ8 also features the Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III, an advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution -- greatly improving noise reduction, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing. With its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III also has outstanding response time with a shutter release time lag as short as 0.005 second, and the shutter interval as short as 0.6 second. This fast response makes it easy for users to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots.

In addition, The DMC_FZ8 includes various other features, like:

  • Date Stamp: Allows users to utilize the Lumix date stamp feature in three ways: (1) Simply stamp the date on photos, (2) Stamp the day of a trip or event on the photos, and (3) For those precious baby photos, stamp the child’s age in months on the image itself.

  • Added Scene Modes: Offers a total of 18 scene modes, including the new Pet and Sunset modes, making it easy to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations.

  • The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.0SE Software Application: Gives users the ability to edit and develop images in the RAW file format by freely adjusting RAW data settings such as exposure bias and white balance even after shooting.

  • Long-lasting Battery Life: Allows approximately 380 shots to be taken on a single charge (CIPA.)

  • Increased Memory: Accommodates large-capacity SDHC Memory Cards and boasts approximately 27 MB of built-in memory.



Major DMC-FZ8 Features:

  • 7.2-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 3072 x 2304 pixels
  • Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT 12x zoom, equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to help prevent camera shake and blurring
  • Venus Engine III LSI for robust camera operations
  • Full-Resolution Burst capture at 3fps or 2fps (total of 5 images in Fine mode)
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 1.9 inches
  • 2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor with 207K pixels of resolution
  • Eye level color electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual and 18 Scene modes
  • High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • QuickTime movies HDTV/VGA 30fps or 10fps w/audio
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds in Shutter priority, (up to 60 secs. in Manual/Starry Sky modes)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • Approx. 27MB of internal memory, plus SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and rapid charger included


The DMC-FZ8 is available now with a suggested retail price of US$349.95. Check our Buy box below for current pricing at various online vendors.





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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

The DMC-FZ8 compared in size to a standard CD disc.




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Lumix DMC-FZ8 Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm (4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 inch)

Weight

Approx. 310g. (0.68lb)

 

Approx.357g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78lb)

Camera Effective Pixels

7.2 Mega pixels

Image Sensor

1/2.5",  7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD

 

Primary Color Filter

Optical Zoom

12 x

Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio 14.4x for 5Mega, 18x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 1Mega, 0.3Mega

 

3:2 Aspect Ratio 18x for 2.5Mega

 

16:9 Aspect Ratio 18x for 2Mega

Digital Zoom

4 x

 

( Max. 48 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )

 

(Max. 72 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Length

f=6-72mm (35mm Equiv.: 36-432mm)

 

Lens

 

LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT

 

11 elements in 8 groups

 

(3 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)

Aperture

Wide: F2.8 - F8 Tele:F3.1 - F8

Optical Image Stabilizer

MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)

Conversion lens Compatibility

Yes

Focusing Area

P / A / S / M / Intelligent ISO / Motion picture:

 

Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity

 

Macr Wide 5cm/Tele(except tele end) 200cm - infinity

 

Tele Macro (at tele end) : 100cm - infinity

 

MF/Simple mode : Wide 5cm/Tele(except tele end) 200cm – infinity, At tele end : 100cm - 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)

Focus

AF/AF-Macro/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), Continuous AF On/Off

AF Assist Lamp

 Yes

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, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)

Exposure

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Exposure Compensation

 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV

Backlight Compensation

 Yes (at simple mode)

Auto (AE) Bracketing

+/- 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames

Light Metering

Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot

Scene Mode

Dial:   P(Program) mode, A(AperturePriority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) mode, Simple

SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Panning, Food,

Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Baby1, Baby2, Snow, High sensitivity, Beach, Aerial photo

 

Sunset, pet ),

 

Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO

Shutter Speed

Program AE  : 1-1/2000 sec
Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE : 8-1/2000 sec
Manual : 60-1/2000sec.
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec

Self Timer

2sec / 10sec / 10sec/3images

Auto Review

1sec, 3sec, 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)+ QuickTime

 

Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Recording Image Size

4:3 Aspect Ratio 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels,

 

1600 x 1200 pixels , 1280 x960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels

 

3:2 Aspect Ratio 3072 x 2048 pixels , 2048 x 1360 pixels

 

16:9 Aspect Rati 3072 x 1728 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels

Image Quality

Fine / Standard / Raw

Motion Picture

4:3 Aspect Rati 640 x 480 pixels,  320 x 240 pixels   30 fps, 10 fps

 

16:9 Aspect Ratio 848 x 480 pixels   30 fps, 10 fps

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. 10sec

Real-time histogram

Yes

Composition Guide line

Yes (2 patterns)

Built-in-Memory

27MB

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  (1/3EV step, -2 - +2 EV)

 

0.3 - 6.0m (Wide/ISO Auto),  1.0 - 5.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)

Viewfinder

0.44" Color EVF (188K Pixels),Field of View : approx. 100%

LCD Monitor

2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207K 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 conv. DPOF print setting

OSD language

English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese

Recording Media

Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Microphone

Yes

Speaker

Yes

Interface

DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB

Direct Print

PictBridge

Power

Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710mAh) (Included)

 

AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)

Battery life (approx.)

380 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1 / 380 pictures (with EVF)

Included Software

LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-

 

SILKYPIX Developer Studio

 

ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker

 

USB Driver

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)




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