Conclusion: Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 offers a powerful 12X optical zoom lens, manual modes, and a wealth of helpful features, its lack of a true wide-angle view prevents it from stripping the older Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 of its Editors' Choice crown.
Pros: 12X optical zoom. Full manual capabilities. Intelligent ISO mode. Variety of flash settings.
Conclusion: Maybe because my expectations have been lowered, maybe because no one else is doing it any better, I ended up liking the FZ8 more than I expected to. The FZ7 was a significant upgrade to the FZ5 (one of the most popular super zoom models ever), and the design, control and interface changes lifted it head and shoulders over most of its direct competitors. But the issue of noise (and Panasonic's 'watercolor' Venus II noise reduction) was hard to ignore.
Pros: Excellent resolution & sharp results, Good, natural color and excellent exposure, Superb 12x optical zoom, Smooth, almost stepless 2-speed zoom, Effective image stabilization, Small and light, but well built, Comprehensive range of controls, Very fast operation, Fast (and accurate) focus using 'High Speed' option, Well designed menu system, Nice handling and improved controls, Easy to use, Bright, clear, high resolution LCD screen, Excellent EVF, big improvement, Dece...
Cons: Some areas of performance actually worse than predecessor, Noise is, as usual, a bit of a problem at lower ISO settings, ISO 400+ noise reduction produces color bleeding and loss of low contrast detail, Default noise reduction too high at all ISO settings (use low NR setting), Limited dynamic range, highlight clipping in JPEGs, Default contrast a bit on the high side, Occasional (mild) fringing, Occasional focus hunting at long end of zoom in low light and in macro mo...
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 Megazoom digital camera Panasonic set the tone for the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 when it won an international DIWA Gold Award for its predecessor. The results from our practical test soon showed that the Panasonic FZ8 is a worthy successor. Although there is still room for improvement, it looks as if the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 Megazoom camera has grown up. By providing RAW format, Panasonic is showing that it takes digital photography seriously.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ8 is one of the best value super-zoom cameras around right now, boasting a range of features comparable to models costing comfortably more. On the plus side you get a good quality 12x optical zoom with stabilisation, composition using either a great-looking 2.5in screen or decent electronic viewfinder, quick and easy control over all settings, and even RAW recording facilities, all in small, light and affordable form factor.
Pros: 12x optical zoom with OIS., Decent quality 2.5in screen., Quick access to settings., Good manual control and RAW mode.
Cons: Noise becomes a problem above 200 ISO., Wide angle coverage 'only' 36mm., No flip-out screen., May be too small and light for some.
Excerpt: The cameras in this month's group test are great if you want something compact and easy to use, but if you'd prefer to get arty with your photography, you can't beat a big zoom and proper manual controls. So-called super-zoom cameras are something of a speciality for Panasonic, with the DMC-FZ50 setting the standard, albeit for around £350.
Excerpt: Panasonic's DMC-FZ7 impressed us enough to give it four stars in our group test of ultra-zoom cameras (Labs, Shopper March 2007), despite being fairly long in the tooth compared with the others on test. Therefore, it was with some excitement that we unpacked its successor, the DMC-FZ8.
Conclusion: De wijzigingen ten opzichte van zijn voorganger zijn niet eens zo heel groot. Toch zijn de nieuwe en verbeterde kenmerken dusdanig waardevol dat de Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 zonder twijfel zichzelf de koning onder de Megazoom camera's mag noemen. Door de verbeterde en grotere elektronische zoeker, de hogere resolutie van de LCD monitor en de mogelijkheid van RAW laat Panasonic zien dat zij wel degelijk een serieus alternatief tegenover een instap digitale...
Conclusion: Cámara digital megazoom Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 Panasonic marcó el tono de la Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 cuando su predecesora ganó un premio internacional DIWA Gold Award. Los resultados de nuestro test práctico mostraron inmediatamente que la Panasonic FZ8 es una digna sucesora. Aunque aún queda espacio para mejorarla, es evidente que la Panasonic Lumix FZ8 ha crecido. Al proporcionar formato RAW, Panasonic muestra que se toma la fotografía digital en serio.