Summary: this thing is so easy to use, i'm resolved to carrying it with me everywhere. it does so many little tricks, my photos look professional and i'm inspired to whip it out just about anywhere. i just plug it in my mac and take off from there. i'm the least technologically advanced individual on the planet, so if i can master this camera, anyone can!
Summary: Per the previous review - the specs on the two camera's are ALMOST exactly the same. The FS8S has a weaker apeture range - F3.3-F5.9 vs. F2.8-5.9 for the FS7. Panasonic comparison here: [...].
Summary: I scoured the internet and called Panasonic to determine the difference between this camera and the silver FS7 before buying....to no avail. I went with this one and crossed my fingers. Mostly I'm here to report, you don't need to cross your fingers. The only difference I could find was that the FS7 comes with an AV cable and the FS8 does not.
Summary: This is my 3rd Panasonic Lumix - the other two are SLR digitals and I love both of them. This one is for portable, quick and easy use. It's tiny, light weight, easily portable, and takes great photos ourdoors, especially. The zoom is great plus 10 mpixels are fantastic for such an small inexpensive camera ($119). The Leica lens is a beauty, too. Cons: it does not perform well under 32 degree f - not too big a problem unless you are a skier, which I am not.
Summary: Received the camera today. Charged the battery, installed the CD, took five photos (in darkened conditions}with auto flash. Hooked the camera up to the PC with the USB cable provided, and the photos started downloading. In less than a minute the photos were all viewable at full size on my 20" PC Screen. This camera takes super pictures, and is quite literally very simple to use.
Summary: This is a great product. You must st aside the time to read and understand the excellent manual that comes with the camera. It has tons of features. Hope I can enjoy so very many of them. Good price for this camera.!!!!!
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction