Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K Fixed Lens Digital SLR Camera, 7.2 MP, 12x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, High Sensitivity Mode, Black


About Panasonic

• The new DMC-FZ8 camera boasts of 12x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 36-432 mm on a 35 mm film camera) coupled with Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function. It provides additional magnification of up to 18x while taking photos with 3-Megapixel resolution. The new camera also features a 7.2 Megapixel CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization system.

This camera also features a MEGA Optical Image Stabilization MEGA O.I.S. technology that compensates for both hand-shake and motion blur, making it easier than ever to capture clear, sharp, and beautiful images. The Lumix DMC-FZ8 features a large 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing while monitoring and during image playback. It also features the Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III, an advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. This greatly improves noise reduction, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing.

The Venus Engine III also has outstanding response time with a shutter release time lag as short as 0.005 seconds, and the shutter interval as short as 0.6 seconds. This camera accommodates large-capacity SDHC Memory cards and boasts of approximately 27 MB built-in memory. The Lumix DMC-FZ8 allows approximately 380 shots to be taken on a single charge.

Panasonic Features

  • Large-screen Photo Viewing
  • Viewing Photos on HDTV
  • Direct Printing Mode (PictBridge-compatible)
  • Full Manual Control and Easy Joystick Operation
  • Mode Select with Joystick Control (P/A/S/M) P: Program AE Mode, A: Aperture Priority AE Mode, S: Shutter Speed Priority AE Mode, M: Manual Exposure Mode
  • Program Shift
  • Direct Exposure Compensation
  • Manual Exposure Assist
  • Manual Focus
  • Movable MF Assist
  • Quick Setting with Joystick
  • Bright, High-resolution LCD
  • MEGA O.I.S. for Preventing Blurry Shots Caused by Hand-shake
  • Intelligent ISO Control Prevents Blurry Shots Caused by Moving Subjects
  • Blur Indicator
  • High Sensitivity Mode ISO 3200
  • Super-fast Shutter Response
  • Long Battery Life Up to 380 Pictures
  • 12x Optical Zoom in a Compact Body
  • Up to 18x Extra Optical Zoom
  • 2-speed Zoom
  • Zoom Resume
  • 432mm, f/3.1 Shots with a Beautiful Soft Focus
  • Tele Macro

Panasonic Specifications

11 elements in 8 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)
Optical: 12x
Extra Optical: 4: 3 Aspect Ratio: 14.4x for 5 Mega, 18x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 / 0.3 Mega
3: 2 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2.5 Mega
16: 9 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2 Mega
Digital: 4x
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 72x combined with Optical Zoom with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance
f = 6 - 72 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 36 - 432 mm)
Focusing Area
P / A / S / M / Intelligent ISO / Motion Picture: Normal: Wide 30 cm (0.98 feet) / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele (except tele end) 200 cm (6.56 feet)- infinity
Tele Macro (at tele end): 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Simple mode: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele (except tele end) 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Tele Macro (at tele end): 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
AF Metering
1-point / 1-point high speed / 3-point high speed / Multi-point / Spot (position selectable by joystick except 3-point high speed)
AF Assist Lamp
Conversion lens Compatibility
Camera Effective Pixels
7.2 Megapixels
Image Sensor
1/2.5", 7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD Primary Color Filter
AF / AF-Macro / MF Switchable, Manual Focus (joystick), Continuous AF On / Off
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set1 / 2
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ± 9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (at Simple Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Scene Mode
Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Simple, SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo), Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO
Shutter Speed
Program AE: 1 - 1/2, 000 sec
Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE: 8 - 1/2, 000 sec
Manual: 60 - 1/2, 000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Wide: f/2.8 - f/8.0 Tele: f/3.1 - f/8.0
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec / 3 images
Auto Review
1 sec / 3 sec / zoom
1x / 4x / 8x
Picture Adjustment
Contrast: Low, Standard, High
Sharpness: Low, Standard, High
Saturation: Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High
Color Effect Mode
Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Recording Format
Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + Quick Time
Motion Images: Quick Time Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size
Still Image
4: 3 Aspect Ratio: 3, 072 x 2, 304 pixels, 2, 560 x 1, 920 pixels, 2, 048 x 1, 536 pixels, 1, 600 x 1, 200 pixels, 1, 280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
3: 2 Aspect Ratio: 3, 072 x 2, 048 pixels, 2, 048 x 1, 360 pixels
16: 9 Aspect Ratio: 3, 072 x 1, 728 pixels, 1, 920 x 1, 080 pixels
Image Quality
Fine / Standard / Raw
Motion Picture
4: 3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
16: 9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps (Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
Burst Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames / sec or 2 frames / sec
Full-Resolution: Max. 7 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 5 images (Fine Mode)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
Zoom Resume
Still Image Rec. with Audio
5 sec
Audio Dubbing
Max. 10 sec
Real-time Histogram
Composition Guide Lines
Yes (2 patterns)
27 MB
Scene Mode Help Screen
Auto Angle Detection
Flip Animation
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Date Stamp
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Flash output Adjustment (1 / 3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV), 0.3 - 6.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.4 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
0.44" Color EVF (188 K Pixels), Field of View: approx. 100%
2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (207 K Pixels)
Field of View: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
Playback Mode
25 - thumbnail display, 9 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show(duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card
DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB
Direct Print
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2 V, 710 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life (Approx.)
380 pictures (CIPA standard) / 380 pictures (with EVF)
Included Software
LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio - viewer, SILKYPIX Developer Studio, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker, USB Driver
Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D)
112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm (4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 inch)
Weight (Approx.)
310 g (0.68 lb)
357 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78 lb)

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 2 customers


The movie mode is great


from Brooklyn  -  Professional

The dial jog stick is hard to learn and hard to remember when you use a lot of different cameras like I do. The best thing about this camera is the lens. It's really sharp and the long side of the zoom is just amazing. Wish it went wider at the other end, but it's okay for what it is and great for the price. The movie mode is just wonderful. I made an entire film with this camera and it looked great projected huge. Just wish you could zoom while recording in the movie mode. Also the 52mm lens filter thread is a blessing. It lets me use all my old filters without annoying adapters.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera, great lens


from Netherlands  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Used the camera only for a short period now. Anyway enthousiasic about the features, the possibilities to manually set the camera and the results using the complete zoom. Perfect camera for the investment.

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