Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Released March, 2011
The Pros:Records to easy to find, affordable, and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash storage. Dual optical/digital image stabilization. Capable of recording quality video in 720p high definition.
The Cons:Low resolution display - measly 230K dot. Slow aperture F/3.3-6.3 - poor in low light, not as capable of isolating a subject from the background. Expensive for what it is.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 is a point-and shoot digital camera released in early 2011 as a step down from the DMC-ZS10. It hosts the same 14.1MP MOS sensor and 24mm ultra-wide angle, 16x optical zoom lens, but it loses 3D compatibility and touchscreen functionality.
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Instead it relies on an intelligent 3” LCD display that automatically adjusts the brightness according to the shooting conditions. The biggest downgrade occurs with film capture, as it drops from 1080p to 720p HD. Despite the losses, the DMC-ZS8 has still impressed many reviewers due to its incorporation of auto scene calibrations, manual controls, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support. The latter allows users to watch their HD content on an SD-compatible HDTV.
- 14.1MP MOS Sensor
- 16x LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens
- 24mm Ultra-Wide Angle
- Full HD JPEG Still Image
- 720p HD AVCHD Videos
- 3" TFT LCD Display
- 6400 ISO
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Expansion
- AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
- USB 2.0
- Stereo Microphone
- Monaural Speaker
- Li-Ion Battery Pack
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8-K | Black
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8-S | Silver
User Reviews (3)
records to easy to find, affordable, and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash storage
dual optical/digital image stabilization
capable of recording quality video in 720p high definition
compact for a camera with a 16x zoom
good battery life - rated for 340 shots on a single charge
large 16x zoom lens (24-384mm equivalent)
low resolution display - measly 230K dot
slow aperture F/3.3-6.3 - poor in low light, not as capable of isolating a subject from the background
not so great next to the ZS10 at only $100 less - slower shooting performance, poorer display, no touchscreen, no GPS
very little improvement over the previous generation ZS5
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