Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom, QuickTime Motion, 3" LCD, Black - DMC-ZS8K

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Nice picture quality, poor lcd display

by Jacobs on 6/4/2011

I would have give 5 stars if it had a high resolution LCD display. LCD display on this model is horrible. Lousy user interface. Other than these silly concerns, if you are looking for a camera with high picture quality look nowhere, grab this camera at the rock bottom price here at I have 10mp Canon Digital SLR, man this camera blow out canon SLR in picture quality. If you have no professional technical knowledge about exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance etc, don't you worry. Set this thing into iA mode and forget about everything else and start shooting. Believe me, you wont regret this buy.

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Great Camera

by Holly on 7/12/2011

This is a great camera with a long zoom in a small package. It's size makes it easy to carry with you without adding extra weight or bulk. There are many custom settings and features from which to choose or just set it to auto. Any setting will get you clear, sharp pictures. The only custom setting that was not great was the firework custom setting, but if you can live without that you still have a great camera.

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Product Overview

The compact, versatile lens system is the hallmark of LUMIX ZS(TZ) series and now this lens system is totally redeveloped for the DMC-ZS8 in both optical and mechanical design. The new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system is even more versatile with 24mm ultra wide-angle* to powerful 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit suppresses chromatic aberration which tends to occur in telephoto shooting. It also boasts a short total length of lens unit despite its higher versatility with longer zoom range, which is made possible by development of a new mechanism for the structure of lens barrel. The lens system is also compatible with high shutter speed of min.1/4,000 sec.

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZS8 features a powerful 16x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It can also be used for shooting movies, and is designed to suppress noise while zooming. This compact, pocket-sized camera can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

LUMIX Image Uploader
The DMC-ZS8 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. All you have to do is checkmark the photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts by simply following the guidance.* Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube™ for movies. You can join these social networking services without having to install any special software. It's easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends don't have to wait for you to come back home to see them.

POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
Everyone has had an experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. Panasonic has worked on the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection
When the camera is in the iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing and brightness level of the circumstance. You are free adjusting settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results.


Manufacturer Panasonic
Mfg Part# DMC-ZS8K
SKU 219986308
UPC 885170033351
UPC 14 00885170033351
24mm Ultra Wide-angle 16x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
Powerful 16x Optical Zoom
Venus Engine VI
Intelligent Scene Selector Scene Detection
AF Tracking Subject Detection
3.0-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
LUMIX Image Uploader
Tech Specs
Camera Effective Pixels: 14.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter: 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture: F3.3 - 5.9/ Multistage Iris Diagram (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F5.9 - 6.3 (T))
Optical Zoom: 16x
Focal Length: f=4.3-68.8mm (24-384mm in 35mm equiv.)
(28-448mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 18.9x (4:3 / 10M), 22.5x (4:3 / 7M), 27.0x (4:3 / 5M), 33.8x (4:3 / under 3M
Intelligent Zoom: 20x
12 elements in 10 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
2-Speed Zoom: Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer 1 Power O.I.S. (Off / On)
Digital Zoom: 4x(Max. 64.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 135 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area:
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ movie recording: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display: Yes
AF Metering: Face / AF Tracking / 23pt / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed Still: 60 - 1/4000 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Focus Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF, AF Tracking
Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Exposure: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Face Detection: Photo
Still Image Scene Mode:
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst (image priority/speed priority)
Additional Still Image Scene Modes: Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (standard/ art/ B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
Shutter Intervall: approx. 0.7 sec
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
Image Quality Fine/Standard
Motion Picture Recording 4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording HD Movie 1280x 720 pixels, 30fps (Quicktime Motion JPEG)
Aspect Ratio: 1:1 / 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
Real-time Histograms: Yes
Composition Guide Lines: Yes (2 patterns)
Scene Mode Help Screen: No
LCD Monitor: 3.0" TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD mode, AUTO Power LCD mode, High Angle mode
Playback Mode: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Flitering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
OSD Language English, Spanish
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Interface AV Output (NTSC), USB2.0 High speed
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 895mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life 3 340 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Included Software:
Adobe Reader
Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
Standard Accessories: Battery Charger, Battery Pack
AV cable, USB Cable
Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Quick Menu Yes
Continuous Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 1.9 f/s Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 5.5 f/s (image priority) approx. 10 f/s (speed priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Macro Zoom Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Slideshow Mode: All / Picture Only / Video Only / Travel / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Recognition Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3)
Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, SCN, My SCN2, My SCN1, Movie
Still Picture Recording 4:3 4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M) / 3072x2304(7M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M) / 640X480(0.3M)
Still Picture Recording 3:2 4320x2880 (12.5M) / 3648x2432 (9M) / 3072x2048 (6M) / 2560x1712 (4.5M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M)
Still Picture Recording 16:9 4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M) / 3072x1728 (5.5M) / 2560x1440 (3.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M)
Still Picture Recording 1:1 3232x3232 (10.5M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M) / 2304x2304 (5.5M) / 1920x1920 (3.5M) / 1536x1536 (2.5M)/ 480x480 (0.2M)
Color Mode / Color Effect Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume Yes/Yes
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12/30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
Built-in-Memory approx. 70MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
AF Tracking Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo & Movie
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo / Movie
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
LUMIX Image Uploader Yes
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / No
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.13" x 2.27" x 1.31"
Weight Approx. 188g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.414 lb)
Approx. 210g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.462 lb)
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 14.1
Digital Zoom (x) 4
Focus Mode Auto
Image Stabilization Type Optical
LCD Size (in) 3
LCD Size Range 3.0 - 3.4"
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Optical Zoom (x) 16
Optical Zoom Range (x) > 15.0
Product Line Lumix
Resolution 4320 x 3240
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