- Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.3 x 6 cm ; 191 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Item model number: DMC-TZ8EB-K
- ASIN: B0031MA10I
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,705 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Panasonic Lumix TZ8 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
- LUMIX super zoom digital camera with simple manual operation
- 25mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom LEICA DC lens in a compact body
- Intelligent resolution technology and 16x intelligent zoom
- iA (Intelligent Auto) mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- HD Movie (Motion JPEG)
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Successor to the hugely popular DMC-TZ6, Panasonic's new DMC-TZ8 with a 25mm ultra wide angle and powerful 12x optical zoom in a compact body continues to push the boundaries, offering consumers the perfect travel companion. This 12.1 megapixel powerhouse performer TZ8 includes a multitude of features, such as Intelligent Resolution Technology and manual exposure, whilst remaining pocket sized to ensure portability and convenience.
Pocket Sized Power
The TZ8 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom. A lens like this, with a range from 25mm to 300mm , is almost inconceivable in such a small, lightweight camera.
The new model has a 14.5-megapixel CCD and shoots with up to 12.1-megapixel resolution. This is because the CCD on the TZ8 is multi-aspect and can reproduce images shot with the lens set from 25mm to 300mm in any of three aspect ratios - 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 - so you can always capture dynamic, richly expressive shots with a wide perspective. The Multi Aspect mode lets you to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously then choose the one that best suits your scene after shooting.
New Intelligent Resolution Technology
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI has been re-engineered to compile the new image processing technology "Intelligent Resolution". It enables the recording of beautiful photos and high-definition movies with higher quality signal processing.
Power O.I.S to Combat Handshake
Following in the footsteps of the award winning TZ6, the TZ8 of course includes Panasonic's iA (Intelligent Auto) mode - a hallmark of Lumix cameras - featuring Face Recognition. AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Additionally, the new model also features new POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) which features a double the suppression power compared to the conventional image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S.
Featuring Manual Exposure
Building on the success of the hugely popular DMC-TZ6, the TZ8 goes one step further to offer manual control for advanced expressive shooting. It has A(Aperture Priority) / S(Shutter Speed Priority) / M(Manual Exposure) modes for step up users to enjoy the creative shots depending on the subject or the scene by controlling the shutter speed and aperture. Each of these modes and iA mode can be quickly set by the mode dial on the top of the camera unit.
Bright and Beautiful Motion Pictures
Not only can you capture beautiful still images - the TZ8 also offers HD movie (1280 x 720) Recording in Motion JPEG at 30 fps - ensuring no matter what your special moment, the TZ8 can capture it.In addition to the conventional SD/SDHC Memory Card, the DMC-TZ8 accepts next-generation SD format SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity), that features high potential in both capacity and data transfer speed. The DMC-TZ8 is compatible with Windows 7 and includes software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 for your convenience.
Perfect for all occasions, the small and stylish sized DMC-TZ8 offers a wealth of features and effortlessly slips into your pocket ensuring you are ready for any photographic occasion. With an extended battery life of approximately 340 pictures (CIPA) you can be sure you'll never miss that perfect shot - truly making the TZ8 your perfect travelling companion.
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Top Customer Reviews
This camera does all the hard work! To keep it short & quick:
- Pocket size
- Simple to use
- Great design/layout/screen size
- Loads of extra features
- Fantastic battery life - I only charged it twice over 4 weeks!
- Simple to move photos on PC
The only thing I regret is not buying it from Amazon as I paid slightly more. I also personally prefer the black (Panasonic Lumix TZ8 Digital Camera (12.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD - Black) as I think it has a slightly more professional look.
The camera is well specced and the user can make the same sort of choices as with a DSLR, aperture priority, shutter priority etc. The optical zoom is much better than most compacts and works particularly well giving none of the blockie effect normally associated with poor zoom ratio cameras which need digital zooming to get real close to the subject.
Battery life is disappointing and be warned the battery life indicator is not accurate and gives a highly optimistic reflection of what life really remains in the battery. My advice is buy a second battery but be careful to select one that is compatible because a lot of non panasonic batteries will not work with this camera.
My other reservation is that it is slightly too large to be a real slip in the pocket camera but on the plus side the size makes it feel it is solidly made .
Once last word of warning. The camera bag offer that comes with this case is a waste of time - the case is far to small to fit this camera. Shame on you Amazon the least you coul do would be to check that the case fits all cameras it is supplied with!
What I was looking for
I wanted a replacement for my Sony DSC H9 which was beginning to fail me. I have an SLR but like to have a smaller camera for the times I don't want to lug a dead weight around with me. I was looking for good image quality, big zoom, manual controls and something that I could put in my pocket rather than carry round my neck.
The ones I didn't buy
I read several reviews and was tempted by the following, but:
TZ7 - Controls poorly designed, no manual settings.
TZ10 - More expensive and has GPS which eats up battery power and apparently has to be switched off every time you switch the camera on if you don't want it!
Both of the above have a better LCD screen and better movie options, but this wasn't a concern for me.
Canon Powershot SX200 - Annoying pop-up flash, no histogram, possibly poorer image quality (depending on which review you read).
What I like about the TZ8
Very nice to handle: quite small, solidly built, pleasing design. The on/off switch moves sideways, rather than being a button, so you won't switch the camera on or off by mistake. I like the record/review switch on the back, too.
Image quality excellent, pictures remain sharp unless you really wobble when taking pictures. Macro shots also sharp and detailed. The high sensitiviy mode produced very natural colours in incandescent light, which can be a problem with some cameras.
Massive zoom seems to work well, even the boosted e-zoom.Read more ›
I fancied something with a decent zoom, HD video, wider angle lens & some control over shutter speeds etc... but also something that would give great point & shoot results in some kind of auto mode.
Prior to my Lumix FX3 I'd owned a Samsung & a Fujifilm, neither of which I particularly liked using, or the images produced. The old Lumix had done us well over it's years, so I had no problems considering another from that line.
But things move on, so first I spoke to the salesman @ our local Jessops to advise that I was possibly looking for a TZ10 (which they didn't stock) & asked for valid alternatives.
The suggestions were the Canon SX210 & the Nikon S8000. I was allowed to play with both & take test pictures inside & outside the store.
The Canon seemed to tick all the features & from what I saw during my play, the zoom was very strong. But for a Camera of that price, it just felt cheap & the image stabilization seemed to be struggling with my shaky hand on anything above 9x or 10x (salesman assured me that IS was turned on??). I just didn't warm to it.
The Nikon actually felt good in my hand, although it's looks are a talking point. Not quite as strong in the zoom dept, but it felt rugged & would stand up to an accidental drop no worries. Didn't seem to have problems with my shaky hand either.
On the verge of buying the Nikon, a frank & honest discussion with the salesman led to him telling me that the Lumix TZ range was pretty much the market leader. He wasn't sure if he'd personally pay an extra £100+ for a TZ10 over the Nikon S8000, but if they were the same price, he'd find it hard to argue against the Panasonic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phenomenal little chap - with Leica optics. What more could you want.Published 1 month ago by EricH
This camera is a crap as the batteries don't hold. Remember when I took it to my cousins wedding, I've put new batteries in and meanaged to take one phone when batteries were gone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kat
First class compact--very convenient camera giving high quality picturesPublished 4 months ago by d'Alton
Bought this for my son as a 'take anywhere' and he loves it. Good pocket size and it has stood quite a few bangs and drops with no issues. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LJT155
Brilliant for money. Would have liked a printed instruction book thoughPublished 10 months ago by sheila spinks