Summary: Back when I ordered this product for a few customers it was top of the line, other image stabilized zoom cameras with 7.2MP or better were too expensive to afford, so this was a great inexpensive option. A couple years later I went to a birthday party and my customer loaned me the same camera to take photos and videos, they all came out great, very little photoshop was needed to adjust the contrast, etc for printing.
Pros: Camera nails the expose in iAuto almost 100% of the time. Manual expose with 60sec shutter makes for amazing night shots. My shots fooled the camera store clerk thinking I had taken them with a DSLR... no, just a 75.00 P&S !
Cons: At the long end of the 5x zoom, imaged can look soft. Hit or miss. Adding extra sharp in Picasa fixes the issue. DUST ! This camera seems to be prone to dust on the sensor even though it's a sealed unit?
Summary: This is the best camera for the money. Panasonic teaming up with Leica...what an awesome, awesome camera. I can't say enough good things about it. Everyone always asks what camera I'm using because the pictures are outstanding. I'm discovering the biggest downfall - I keep breaking the lens. When it hibernates, the lens retracts.
This Panasonic camera is the most user friendly and has the best overall quality. The best BANG for my Buck!
31 January 2011
Summary: Of all the cameras I have tried, the Panasonic Lumix LZ8S is by far the best. You get high quality photos with ease of use. The zoom feature makes wildlife photography much easier. The video feature is not grainy like some of the competitors. The large screen and face recognition make taking the perfect shot a piece of cake. I also have found that the camera interfaces well with my computer software and makes any touchup a breeze.
Summary: This review is really not going to say anything that has not already been said about this camera - Panasonic has scored with this line with siblings of the ZS3 now in the market. My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even...
Summary: Although this camera is somewhat dated, I decided to get it on the strength of previous reviews. It takes great pictures and a plus for me is the ergodynamics which allow me to hold it firmly in spite of having rather large hands. It fires up pretty quickly and the LCD is clear, even on a bright day. It has a nice range of options and the different settings are quickly adjusted.