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Panasonic Lumix TZ8 Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

by Panasonic
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

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  • 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) and HDMI compatibility featuring VIERA link
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.3 x 6 cm ; 213 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ8EB-S
  • ASIN: B0031MA10S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,194 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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117 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short & Quick 17 May 2010
By Spike
Colour Name:Silver
I'm an awful photographer, however I've just return from a trip to China and so many people have commented on how professional my photos look!

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.
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598 of 602 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so excellent! 12 April 2010
By V. Tapp
Colour Name:Black
I've had this camera for a couple of weeks now, and have not yet fully explored everything, but thought I'd start a review and then update it at a later date, once I really know the camera.

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.
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707 of 712 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic Lumix TZ8, great all-rounder 21 Jun 2010
Colour Name:Black
After quite a few years, the time had come to replace our old Lumix DMC-FX3.
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.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capable little compact 23 July 2010
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
As someone who has a high end DSR and quality glass I wanted a lightweight compact to throw in my pocket and take out when the DSLR was too large or inconvenient to carry. This fits almost all my needs. The lens produces good quality photos and the pixel size allows some decent enlargements. The only limitations are the same as you would find with all compacts - e.g limited apertures which stops the camera giving decent bokeh effects on portraits.

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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good camera in many ways with an excellent lens spoilt ...
A very good camera in many ways with an excellent lens spoilt only by the need to rely exclusively on the LED screen for viewing.
Published 3 days ago by Mr. A. J. Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars decent quality and performance in its class
for me at time of buying it was the only choice.
I still have it and working
Published 7 days ago by M. E. Wieczorek
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
I would recommend this product to anyone who wants a very good on the go camera which anyone can work. Very simple and effective.
Published 1 month ago by Jazooli
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent versatile little camera
Produces first rate images. Excellent zoom ratio. Excellent image stabilisation. Clear view finder, although all these view finders are rather dim in bright sunlight but no worse... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!
I already had a TZ8 in silver and loved it, so I was upset when I lost it. I have a newer Lumix bridge camera but missed the familiarity and convenience of the TZ8 so resolved to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mince-pie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great camera
Have used this for several years since purchase (a very late review!). Really like this camera - I think the Lumix range is generally good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera - digital
Excellent camera, easy to use. Went on a cruise and it was easy to take out s=as it was pocketable in places where we felt the need not to show our wealth
Published 4 months ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing pictures
Best camera I have ever had. Pocket sized. Durable and the lens makes all the difference. The colours are unbelievable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sofia Hallman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all rounder
Bought this when my faithful old Canon Ixus died. Since then I have taken it all over and it has performed brilliantly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Sleep
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this camera
Bought this after reading the many positive reviews and so happy with it.

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Published 7 months ago by Jenny Wray
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