Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1MP Digital Camera, 3 inch TFT LCD Monitor, Leica DC Vario-Elmar, 1280x720 HD Video, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (11),Compact (10),Image stabilization (9),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Good image quality (6),Zoom range/performance (6),Convenient (4),Good in low light (4),Large clear LCD (4),Nice body color (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (7),Travel (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Low light (4),Sports/action (3),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Features

  • 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
  • The 16x Optical Zoom Keeps the Subject Sharp While Giving the Background a Soft Focus: The DMC-ZS8 takes advantage of its 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 384mm). You can snap photos that capture the subject in a clear, sharp focus while giving the background a beautiful soft focus
  • 14.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD: The DMC-ZS8 features a 1/2.33-inch CCD with effective 14.1-megapixel high-resolution
  • What You Get with 14.1-megapixel Resolution: Images remain clear and sharp even when they are enlarged to A2 size (594 x 420 mm). An A2 photo is large enough to show a newborn baby or the head and chest of an adult in actual size
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance
  • Short Release Time Lag: The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.006 second, making it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities
  • Venus Engine VI: 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
  • MEGA Burst Consecutive Shooting in Full Resolution: The DMC-ZS8 lets you snap off consecutive shots at approx. 1.9 frames per second in full resolution. You can take a series of shots, then choose the one you like the best and delete the rest
  • 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
  • Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection: When the camera's 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
  • AF Tracking - Subject Detection: Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of an active subject, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus
  • Quick AF: The DMC-ZS8 features the Quick AF. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed half-way, while the Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject
  • Intelligent ISO Control - Motion Detection: The Intelligent ISO Control function in the DMC-ZS8 made possible by the Venus Engine VI, detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions
  • Intelligent Exposure - Light Detection: The Intelligent Exposure function increases the exposure only in under-exposed areas by detecting the brightness level part-by-part in the image
  • Auto Backlight Compensation: When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically
  • Easy Manual Operation - A/S/M Mode: Using the Aperture-priority, which creates a soft-focused background effect or the Shutter-priority that, for example, produces a dynamic rendering of streaming water, you can explore your own creative expression at will
  • Manual Exposure Mode: You can set both the aperture and shutter speed, to take beautiful, artistic photos. In this mode, the Manual Exposure Assist function shows how much your setting differs from the setting the camera considers optimal
  • Panorama Assist Mode: This is a handy function for aligning panorama photos using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 Edition. The afterimage of each previous shot is displayed, so you can use it to precisely line up the second and third shots
  • High-speed Burst Mode: The DMC-ZS8 lets you choose the Speed Priority or Image Priority. In the Speed Priority Mode, it can fire off up to approximately 10 frames per second with 3-megapixel resolution, which is highly sufficient for photo prints
  • Macro Zoom: The DMC-ZS8 lets you get as close as 3cm to your subject. In addition, when using the Macro Zoom function, you can pull subjects even closer than the closest point possible by using 3x digital zoom and capture dramatic close-ups
  • 23-area AF: When using Multi-area AF, the camera automatically determines the most appropriate AF area from the 23 points. This ensures accurate focusing even for difficult compositions
  • Select from 4 Aspect Ratios - Newly Added 1:1 Aspect Mode: In addition to 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9, you can now shoot with a 1:1 aspect ratio. This unique square frame adds to your image expression possibilities
  • Slideshow with Music: The DMC-ZS8 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban. Then, select the transition effect to match your music
  • View Photos on a Large-screen HDTV: The DMC-ZS8 can take 16:9 HD (high-definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0: The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your computer with quick start-up and fast read-in of images

Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Specifications

12 elements in 10 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (On / Off)
Optical: 16x
Extra Optical: 18.9x (4:3 / 10M), 22.5x (4:3 / 7M), 27.0x (4:3 / 5M), 33.8x (4:3 / 3M)
Intelligent: 20x
Digital: 4x
2-Speed Zoom
Focal Length
f = 4.3 - 68.8 mm (24 - 384 mm in 35 mm equiv.) (28 - 448 mm in 35 mm equiv. in movie recording)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto / Movie Recording: Wide 3 cm (0.10 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area / Spot
AF Assist Lamp
Camera Effective Pixels
14.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor
1/2.33", 14.5 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF, AF Tracking, Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode (1600 - 6400)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent Auto Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Mode Switch
[Recording] / [Playback]
Recording Mode (Mode Button)
Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, SCN, My SCN 1, My SCN 2, Movie
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, High-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
Shutter Speed
Still: 60 - 1/4,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
F3.3 - 5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F5.9 - 6.3 (T))
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review
1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / OFF
Quick Menu
Color Mode
Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
Recording Image Size 1
Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,320 x 3,240 pixels (14M), 3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ), 3,072 x 2,304 pixels (7M EZ), 2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,320 x 2,880 pixels (12.5M), 3,648 x 2,432 pixels (9M EZ), 3,072 x 2,048 pixels (6M EZ), 2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ), 640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Recording Image Size 2
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,320 x 2,432 pixels (10.5M), 3,648 x 2,056 pixels (7.5M EZ), 3,072 x 1,728 pixels (5.5M EZ), 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ), 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ), 640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)
1:1 Aspect Ratio: 3,232 x 3,232 pixels (10.5M), 2,736 x 2,736 pixels (7.5M EZ), 2,304 x 2,304 pixels (5.5M EZ), 1,920 x 1,920 pixels (3.5M EZ), 1,536 x 1,536 pixels (2.5M EZ), 480 x 480 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality
Fine / Standard
Motion Picture Recording
4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (QuickTime Motion JPEG)
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 1.9 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority), Approx. 5.5 frames / sec (Image Priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)Approx. 15 - 100 shots
iA Mode Face Recognition
iA Mode Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
iA Mode Intelligent ISO Control
iA Mode Face Detection
iA Mode Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
iA Mode Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
iA Mode AF Tracking
iA Mode Digital Red-eye Correction
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Photo & Movie
Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume
Yes / Yes
Optical Zoom Motion Picture: Yes
Macro Zoom
Composition Guide Line
Yes (2 patterns)
Approx. 70 MB
Orientation Detector
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
7.5 cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High-angle Mode
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display
Set Favorites
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Picture Only / Video Only / Travel / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / Off)
Show Histogram
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping
Yes / Yes
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Wind-cut in Motion Picture
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Yes (Mono)
AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
LUMIX Image Uploader
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
0.006 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
0.7 sec (minimum)
Battery Life (Approx.)
340 images (CIPA Standard)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D)
104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4 mm (4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 inch)
Weight (Approx.)
210 g (0.462 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
188 g (0.414 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card

Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Reviews

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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


Disappointing "Upgrade"

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, ...

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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


Initially loved it


from Boston ma

Camera just 2 years old and now ruined because of dust in the sensor which spoils all photos with a bright background .

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Save Your Money


from WA

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Undisclosed

Great outdoor pictures but awful at occasions like weddings where the light may be dim. This is even with the flash on

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Slow on continue shots


from NJ

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.


Hard to beat.


from Sunny Tucson, Arizona  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!


Very good for the money


from Washington, DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


very nice


from georgia  -  Photo Enthusiast

once again panasonic didn't disappoint me.


I got what I was looking for


from Boston, MA  -  Casual Photographer

Easy to carry around. Images are fast to download to computer. The battery has been great (aka lasts long) so far.


Best overall user frienfdly camera


from Seattle  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Pocket sized full featured winner


from rising sun, maryland  -  Pro Photographer

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!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
EDWARD J. S  Its long zoom range to photograph my grandkids playing soccer.
Shopper  What is the max SD card can I use in this camera?
DONNA N  This camera comes with a manual on a cd and according to the manual, the camera can use the following memory cards: SD 8MB - 2GB SDHC. 4GB - 32GB SDXC. 48GB, 64GB
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