Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8



Playback Modes & Screens




Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

The playback screen with information display enabled. The key icon indicates that the image has been protected (not shown), and the musical note icon indicates that audio has been recorded (not shown). Upper right corner has the image size 8-megapixel, image quality Fine, battery half charged, folder name (101) and image number. The current image 40 total 41 of images. Time and date is on the bottom status line. Pressing the DISPLAY button will put the extended exposure information over the image and includes a histogram, the exposure mode, aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and flash mode. Pressing it again removes all information from the screen.





Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Toggling the zoom lever to the Wide angle position brings up the thumbnail index mode. You can bring up 12 or even 30 images per page, allowing you to quickly sort though saved images. There is also a calendar mode that allows you to select groups of images based on the date they were taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Toggling the zoom lever to Telephoto allows you to enlarge the current image up to 16X in four steps. At any point you can use the 4-way selector to scroll around inside of the enlarged image.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Pressing the Menu button in playback mode brings you to this screen. It gives you three playback options as well as access to the playback menu and camera settings.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Playback Menu options:

    Calendar - Takes you to the Calendar index
    Title Edit - Give the photo or movie a title
    Text Stamp - Add shooting date, age, travel date, or title to the picture
    Resize - Make the image smaller inside the camera
    Trimming - Allows you to crop your photos inside the camera
    Aspect Conversion - 3:2, 4:3
    Rotate - Change the orientation of the images inside the camera
    Rotate Display - On or Off
    Favorite - On or Off
    DPOF Print - Single or Multi
    Protect - Single or Multi
    Copy - Copy images back and forth from the memory card to the internal memory




Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

The Rotate option lets you easily rotate portrait mode images for proper display on the camera LCD and/or TV set. Rotation is in 90° increments, either CW or CCW direction.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

The Resize option lets you "down size" larger images.





Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Movies are played back full screen on the LCD or a television set if the audio-visual cable is connected. The 4-way controller works the same as VCR functions, making video playback easy.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

Setup Menu (same in record or play mode):

    Clock Set - Set the time and date
    World Time - Set Home and Destination (if traveling) time zones
    Monitor - Adjust the EVF brightness
    LCD Mode - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle
    Beep - Changes the volume of several of the camera settings
    Volume - Internal speaker volume control
    Guide Line - Set Rec. Info (On/Off), Histogram (On/Off), and grid lines pattern
    Travel Date - Set date of travel
    Economy - Reduces the brightness of LCD to save battery power (Level 1 or 2)
    Auto Review - Auto review after capture (off, 1s, 3s, Zoom)
    No. Reset - Reset file numbering counter
    Reset - Reset all settings to factory default
    USB Mode - PC Mass Storage / PictBridge
    Video Out - Video output signal format, NTSC or PAL
    TV Aspect - Choose 4:3 or 16:9
    m/ft - Choose your preferred measurements
    Scene Menu - Display scene menu Automatically when selected or never
    Format - Format the memory card
    Language - Menu language; English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
    Demo Mode - See demo of camera movement, or the auto demo




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