The Panasonic DMCZS8K 14.1MP Digital Camera features high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system which 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 effectively. It also boasts a short total length of lens unit despite its higher versatility with longer zoom range, which is made possible by a development of new mechanism for a structure of lens barrel. The lens system is also compatible with high shutter speed of min.1/4,000 sec.
The 24mm ultra wide-angle lens - rare on a compact camera - gives you a wider range of composition possibilities with approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to that of 35mm camera. The super-high-quality LEICA DC lens minimizes distortion at the wide end. The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the DMC-ZS8 to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology. An advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine VI applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO1600 high sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.
The DMC-ZS8 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The powerful 16x optical zoom is available in movie recording and is designed to suppress noise while zooming. It is ideal for capturing dynamic video clips of sports action or animals in nature. The DMC-ZS8 is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD with 230,000-dot high-resolution. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing you and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.
The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8: Compact, Convenient, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance
Most Liked Positive Review
I love this camera!
I have an expensive SLR, but wanted something smaller that I could pack around in my purse. We took it to Vegas and to a Steve Martin concert. It was awesome! I love the zoom because it can really get up close and personal. There are so many options to use also for the type of pictures you are wanting to take. It took great shots from the airplane, and it took great shots in the concert with no flash. I was amazed when I was able to get the pics developed on how great they looked.
Most Liked Negative Review
I previously had the ZS3 series camera which I LOVED. When I needed to replace it, I naturally went to the ZS8 after reading several reviews about poor image quality on the ZS10. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the ZS8 was, contrary to its specifications, not even as good as my ZS3. I hope that a firmware update comes out which allows me to reduce the compression on the images and turn off the anti-hand shake feature (like my ZS3 could do). Another option would be a RAW format. Overall, ...View full Review
I previously had the ZS3 series camera which I LOVED. When I needed to replace it, I naturally went to the ZS8 after reading several reviews about poor image quality on the ZS10. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the ZS8 was, contrary to its specifications, not even as good as my ZS3. I hope that a firmware update comes out which allows me to reduce the compression on the images and turn off the anti-hand shake feature (like my ZS3 could do). Another option would be a RAW format. Overall, it's still a good camera, but I am disappointed that the newer camera keeps making me long for my old ZS3...
Reviewed by 14 customers
Camera just 2 years old and now ruined because of dust in the sensor which spoils all photos with a bright background .
You would think with a name like ZEISS that would be an indicator of quality. NOT! There are engineering issues with this camera that have been discussed at length on other forums. One being the inherant problem with dirt or some other anomalous debris getting on the platen and inside the lense. It is a recurring issue that affects photo quality regardless if sent in for repair. Maybe they forgot to design an "o" ring or something? Never had this issue with the big three or any other camera. My 1956 Leica runs circles around this thing and it uses FILM. It's a shame, that even my camera phone blows this thing out of the water.
Great outdoor pictures but awful at occasions like weddings where the light may be dim. This is even with the flash on
This is camera is almost perfect one for me, except it is two slow for continuing shots. It seems to take long to get focused on the next shot and even slower if the auto flash light is being powered up.
We use this camera to capture birds that visit our back yard and other fleeting experiences in lift that cry out for a more permanent record. It is great!
A 14 megapixel camera with Leica optics at this price point is a pretty darned good deal! The lens is a little slow, so it's not the greatest for really low light.
once again panasonic didn't disappoint me.
Easy to carry around. Images are fast to download to computer. The battery has been great (aka lasts long) so far.
One of the best user friendly cameras on the market loaded with the most commonly used features rather than a plethora of programs that most people will never use.
this camera is an ideal one for a variety of uses. i've taken photos for publication with this camera, yet it's small enough to fit in my pocket and never be left at home. having a camera with you is the most important ingredient for coming up with exciting new shots.i take it everywhere. no problems ever!the price is amazing for this level of quality and features. buy it!