Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is a 7 megapixel superzoom bridge digital camera made by Panasonic. As with most Panasonic Lumix cameras, it uses a Venus Engine, in this case, the Venus Engine III. It supports the Raw image format and has the same sensor size and zoom level as its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7.
|Type||Bridge digital camera|
|Lens||36-432 mm equiv., F2.8-3.1|
|Maximum resolution||3072×2304 (7 megapixels)|
|Film speed||ISO 100-3200|
|Storage media||MMC, SD, SDHC|
|Focus modes||Automatic or Manual|
|Focus bracketing||±2.0 EV in ⅓ EV steps|
|Exposure modes||Bulb, Manual, Program, Automatic, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority|
|Metering modes||Matrix, center weighted, spot|
|Flash||Built-in pop up; Range: 1-19.7 feet|
|Flash bracketing||±2.0 EV in ⅓ EV steps|
|Shutter speed range||60-1/2000 sec|
|Continuous shooting||limited by write speed of SD card, 2-shot burst, 3-shot burst, unlimited burst frame/s|
|Viewfinder||0.44 in color LCD (188,000 pixels)|
|White balance||2 custom modes|
|Battery||Li-Ion 7.2 V, 710 mAh|
|Weight||10.9 oz (310 g)|
The DMC-FZ8 became available in the United States in February 2007.
Improvements over DMC-FZ7Edit
The DMC-FZ8 has several improvements.
- Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) in the lens
- Intelligent ISO Control
- Extra Optical Zoom (digital zoom)
- VGA movie mode in both normal and wide aspect ratio
In a review, CNET gave the camera 7.5/10 stars, praising the camera's fast zoom lens; joystick and manual controls; optical image stabilization system; compact size; and raw image format. However, they criticized its image quality, misleading optical zoom labeling, and noise issues, as well as the ISO 3200 option being hidden in a specific usage mode, though they noted that may be beneficial to users as the manual specifies that the ISO 3200 would blur much useful detail. Overall, it was described as a decent camera for beginners or intermediate users.
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