Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / DMC-ZS5
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12 October 2010
Excerpt: I know I'm a bit behind the curve with this one, but the Lumix TZ8 / ZS5 is still available for a bargain price, so I thought I'd write a quick review on it. If you're in the market for a very good compact with the creative controls to boot, why not take a look at this little Panasonic.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / ZS5 is a 12 Megapixel pocket super-zoom camera. Released in January 2010, alongside the higher-end TZ10 / ZS7, they're the most recent models in Panasonic's enormously popular TZ series which introduced the 'travel zoom' classification.
Pros: Fully manual PASM exposure modes., Effective optical image stabilization., Quiet 12x optical video zoom., 340 shots from a fully charged battery.
Cons: 'Fixed' playback mode., No direct movie button., Limited continuous shooting., Mono mic susceptible to wind noise.
Summary: The TZ8 offers a lot for a relatively low price point. The 12x optical zoom provides a great 25mm wideangle starting point through to 300mm telephoto that will see a variety of images easily achieved from what’s essentially an easy to carry small and light compact.
Summary: We were excited to see if Panasonic could improve on last year's excellent Travel Zoom camera, the LUMIX DMC-TZ7, but alas the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ8 falls short. The only improvements over its predecessor are a higher megapixel count and better placement of the shutter button.
Pros: Compact, 14x zoom, good focusing, high-definition video recording in ACHD Lite
Cons: Poor mid-to-high ISO performance, soft image quality at smallest aperture, E.Zoom button is redundant, changing shooting modes alters the lens position, no dedicated video recording button
Excerpt: The TZ8 is a cut-down version of the Panasonic TZ10 , and costs around £75 less. The two models are very similar and their photo-taking abilities are identical. What you don’t get here is the TZ10’s GPS tagging, its 3in, 460,000-dot screen and its ability to record video in AVCHD Lite format.
Conclusion: There have been some compromises made on this model to differentiate it from other cameras in this range which offer pretty much identical operation and performance. The TZ10, of course, is more fully featured and more expensive at £349, the TZ7 gives you less control and a lower price, giving...
Pros: Little distortion off the 12x lens, manual controls, focus lock works well
Cons: No HDMI, menus not the most user friendly, mono mic, HD video format not the best
Summary: The Lumix DMC-TZ8 is a solid addition to Panasonic's travel-zoom camera lineup, but we'd rather save up some extra pennies for its more accomplished bigger brother, the TZ10, which additionally offers GPS tracking, a better LCD screen and AVCHD movies with stereo sound.