The Panasonic FZ8K is very simple to use for both amateurs and professionals and offers features that are powerful for advanced photography. The FZ8K is lightweight with easy grip with both hands, though it can be held comfortably with one hand also leaving the other to work upon the adjustments and controls. The size of preview screen is large and well lit with bright and vivid colors. The various settings like the shutter speed, aperture, time and date, changing the focus point etc. can be modified manually to customize with shooting conditions that do not come out nicely on print with auto settings. Manual adjustments with tweaking exposure and white balance can reduce white spots and fringing considerably. The noise reduction works fine when the setting is best set on low and goes on deteriorating with higher ISO settings. The image stabilization eliminates the problem of blurred images to a large extent. The picture quality is great even with the 12x zoom with little noise. The small and playful joystick control lets one select AF points or set exposure compensation. White balance, ISO, AF mode, and image size and quality find their home in the main menu. The various functions such as flash compensation; the five-way touch pad can easily access timer and bracketing. However, the Lumix FZ8K lacks auto flash turn on. It has to manually turn on every time it is required. There are little complaints with battery life, which is fairly long.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8K is well suited for beginners and intermediate photographers. Though, it does offer various advanced photography features it disappoints professional photographers who cannot part away with highest standards of picture quality.
The DMC-FZ8 features the 12x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens that packs the same zoom power as a big, clunky 400 mm-class film camera lens. This 12x optical zoom lens is super-bright at f/2.8 to f/3.3 with a focal length of 6 to 72 mm. Rotate the lever a small amount for slow zooming, and a larger amount for high-speed zooming. This makes it easy to zoom in and out quickly when you need to or to slow down for finer zooming control. Zoom Resume stores your zoom position (magnification) in memory, so you can shoot with the same zoom setting once the power is turned on again. This helps make sure you don’t miss those great shooting opportunities. The CCDs used in most digital cameras have much smaller light-receiving areas than film does, so photos tend to have a high depth of field. You can snap photos that capture the subject in a clear, sharp focus while giving the background a beautiful soft focus. 0.44-inch Viewfinder Color EVF (188 K Pixels), 100% Field of View Image Sensor – 1/2.5-inch AF Assist Lamp ISO Sensitivity – Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1250 (High Sensitivity Mode – 3200)Dial – P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual) Mode, Simple and SCN Scene Mode – Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow and Aerial Photo Shutter Speed Program AE – 1 – 1/2,000 seconds Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE – 8 – 1/2,000 seconds Manual – 60 – 1/2,000 seconds Built-in-Flash – Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync Red-eye Reduction and Forced Off Dimensions – Width 4.43 x Height 2.84 x Depth 3.11 inch (112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm) Weight – 357 grams with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78 pounds)
Includes Accessories – Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Hood Adaptor, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Strap and CD-ROM
7.2 Megapixels, up to 3072 x 2304 resolution, 848 x 480 at 30 fps – We recommend purchasing a 1GB SD Memory Card for practical usage
12x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens – 11 elements in 8 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
2.5-inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD (207 K Pixels), 100% Field of View, Turkish language