Summary: Probably the best online buy I've ever made. The camera does everything I'd ever want in a non-dslr camera and then some. Yes, there is some noise in low-light situations but, with a price under $250 including a 2 gig memory chip and a 35mm lens equivalent of 36mm-432mm, along with image stabilization and a Leica lens it's a winner all the way round. Best of all, it's lightweight!
Summary: 0) Value for money. (Important to me) 1) It is an excellent DSLR "LIKE" camera, but it is not a DSLR. So there is some noise at ISO 400 and above, expect this. 2) Very solid build quality and ergonomics is very good. 3) Nice list of features with superb 12x optical zoom. 4) Effective image stabilization (Mega OIS). 5) Bright, clear, high resolution LCD and excellent EVF. 6) Super useful Extended Zoom with no lose in image quality.
Summary: I bought this camera about a month ago and have been using it in my digital photography class. It had all the options I needed to be able to learn all I needed to know about manually adjusting your ISO,f stops, shutter speeds, and all that good stuff. It allows you to become an artist in the process and not just a button pusher, so it's better than a basic point and shoot. Also, it has RAW format which conserves more of the data for later use in Photoshop editing.
Summary: I just got this last week and the quality of the photos are excellent! The videos are really good as well! No complaints so far. This is perfect for point-and-shoot folks but then the camera features a whole a lot more if you want to get creative. Just be careful in buying SD cards larger than 2Gb, but just make sure the SD card has 'SDHC' stamped on it. I made the mistake of buying a regular 4Gb SD card and it did not work on the camera.
Summary: I have owned the Panasonic FZ7 for 1 year and was excited to purchase the FZ8. There are so many excellent qualities this camera offers. It is very simple to use for a beginner and offers features to suit a professional. The preview screen is a perfect size with its bright and vivid colors. Settings are easy to change,Including: shutter speed, aperture, time and date, changing the focus point, and many other awesome features!
Summary: I bought this camera from Amazon, but returned it two weeks later. Everything about this camera is good value except the lens, which is excellent. There is a lot of noise even at the lowest ISO (100). I had a beautiful picture of my backyard in which noise was really visible in a shadow, thus making the picture appear grainy in that area...and this was in good light.
Summary: Bottom line - This is an excellent camera. Not just an excellent compact or point and shoot but an excellent camera period. While not a complete replacement for an dSLR, the FZ8 is pretty darn close. Given the current price in the low $200s, it is one of the best values in digital camera available. Details: This is my 5th digital camera - 2 Nikons, a Minolta, and a Kodak. Of all, the Nikons have the best picture quality but the Panasonic is not far behind.
Summary: My first impression of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8K was it is a small camera. After playing around with some of the features I was impressed with this camera. The FZ-8K takes fantastic pictures that are truly very sharp. What I'm most surprised with is the feature for close ups or macro. I was taking pictures of coins that were as good as my Canon D20. So small but packed with so many features that blows your mind.
Summary: I use a Sony A700 with "G" class professional lenses and use the Panasonic LX1 for quick shots. I gave this to my girlfriend in Tallinn to take pictures as she is not one for manuals and technical details but has a good "eye" for pictures. It is even more useful and versital than the LX1 and sometimes frustrates me as I am trying to change lenses (even with professional zooms) and she already has the images I wanted It is tiny and light compared to a DSLR but very easy...