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