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. So let’s move on and find out if the Panasonic DMC-FP8 is really worth spending your money on.
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 eliminates moving parts outside the camera. And priced at $300, this stripped-down, classed-up model is $80 cheaper.
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 I reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 back in March 2008 I was impressed enough with that camera's overall performance to buy one for my sister. Subsequent Panasonic offerings that have crossed my path for review purposes didn't produce the same warm and fuzzy feelings as the FX35, but the FP8 has reversed that trend.
Pros: Very good AF performance, Very good shutter lag, Good image quality, largely defect free, Good flash recycle times
Cons: ISO noise performance below average at 400 and up, Minimal flash range at low ISO
Excerpt: The FP8’s aluminium body is slim, stylish and reassuringly tough. We love the red finish, but it’s also available in black or silver. It’s remarkably well equipped for such aa cheap camera. Battery life is great at 380 shots, and the optical stabilisation system is exceptionally effective, keeping around 80 per cent of shots sharp when zoomed right in and using a 1/8-second shutter speed.
Excerpt: In something of a design departure, Panasonic has introduced the flat fronted, square-edged 12.1 megapixel FP8 to the Lumix range of beginner-friendly, pocket-sized point-and-shoot compacts. It recalls similarly slender Sony Cyber-shots to an extent, yet even more closely apes older Konica Minolta Dimage X series digital snapshots, not just in looks but also because it features folded optics - here Leica branded - that ensure that at no point does its internally stacked...
Summary: The durable and compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 point-and-shoot camera offers an ultraquiet, recessed lens that focuses very quickly, but you'll need to make sure that its design works for you.
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. Indoors, switch off the flash to avoid giving your subjects that rabbit-in-the-headlights look and soft images are the inevitable result, even with OIS activated.
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