Summary: When it comes to one of the latest digital cameras from , beginning photographers will find a lot of features to like, as my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 review shows. The only slightly disappointing features with the FP8 include its $299 MSRP and its 2.7-inch LCD ...
Pros: Nice mix of value, stylish looks, and desireable features, Image quality is outstanding, both indoors and outdoors, Response times are excellent, Macro mode works very well - very sharp text photos with no flash washout, Intelligent Auto button makes FP8 a point and shoot
Cons: Button structure can be a little confusing at first, LCD could be a little larger, LCD blurs as you move the camera, can make it tough to follow moving subjects, Price could be a little lower
Excerpt: If Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FP8 looks a lot like the rugged TS1 the company launched earlier this year, it’s because the two cameras have a lot in common. Although the FP8 won’t survive a dip in the drink or a drop to the floor like its brawnier brother, both use a unique folding-optic design that...
Pros: Quick start-up, autofocus and low shutter lag, Excellent image quality in proper lighting, attractive design
Cons: No lens cover, Initially unintuitive rear controls, Noise at high ISOs hampers indoor shooting
Summary: When Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-FP8 (henceforth the FP8) in late July, a casual glance might impress onlookers that here was another rectangular, standard zoom compact digital with the 12 megapixel sensor resolution that seems to be almost obligatory in this class.
Pros: Fast AF, Very good shutter lag, Nice image quality
Cons: Noise at ISO 400, Limited flash range, LCD blackout in burst mode
Excerpt: Pocket cameras are a boon to photographers. Think about it! For instance, imagine carrying a super zoom or even an SLR whenever you step out. Though they are considered to be a requirement for every shutter bug they don’t quite offer the same kind of portability that compact cameras offer.
Conclusion: Glowing buttons and aluminium build aside the FP8 offers a fairly standard feature set at a premium price. But despite there being little here that’s truly new, Panasonic has introduced another reliable performer to the Lumix range.
Conclusion: Despite our reservations about some aspects of the FP8's functionality, outdoors with plenty of light around the camera is able to pick up a fair amount of detail and deliver crisp, sharply focused results.
Pros: User-friendly set up and operational menus, fast and responsive, for the most part a reliable snapper. Robust mainly metal construction and 4.6x optical zoom range goes some way toward justifying price tag
Cons: Optical zoom disabled when shooting video, not Full HD movies, positioning of lens means that finger tips can creep into shot, noise visible at ISO 400 and above
Summary: The overall impression given by the Panasonic FP8 is that here we have another well built, intuitive to use, reliable performer that further bolsters the already praised Lumix range of compacts. However, that said, there's little about the FP8 that feels new, original or even exciting.
Excerpt: Avec ce FP8, Panasonic est venue se positionner sur un marché où d'autres acteurs avaient déjà quelques références : le compact bijou à zoom périscopique, c'est-à-dire à zoom restant dans la coque ce qui conserve la compacité en fonctionnement et pas seulement à l'arrêt.
Pros: La batterie d\'automatismes, Stabilisation efficace, Mode vidéo HD
Cons: Les défauts optiques propres aux zooms périscopiques, Le bruit en haute sensibilité