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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 4.30 mm-68.80 mm - Black DMC-ZS8K Digital Cameras

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  1. Lens cover failed Review by S. Martin

    This is my second Lumix camera, and will be my last. These cameras have great lenses, a nice user interface, excellent features, but for me the reliability has been awful, and it's a hassle to ship them to the repair center. The built-in lens cover failed the third time I turned the camera on. (Posted on 8/19/2012)

  2. Nice camera for the price. Review by Freddylang

    I bought this camera refurbished for around $130 I think. I got it just before an Ireland trip because I was taking an HD Video camera and didn't want to lug around my big ancient Sony Digital XLR also. This camera was a little workhorse on the trip and stood up well to all the travel and rain. I will say you aren't going to get absolutely incredible professional pictures with this camera of course but the lens and zoom were surprisingly good for dirt cheap and I took 1600+ pictures in Ireland that I can be completely content with for the rest of my life. The Lumix DMC - ZS8 was easy to use and has 25 or so automatic, easy-to-navigate settings that I used a lot to switch when I was in sunset, indoor, beach, and portrait situations. They worked solid although you would probably be better served creating your own settings for certain situations so your pics will be more focussed towards your tastes. But it is still nice to have all these preprogrammed settings. The camera can be tweaked a lot also for users with more experience. What really surprised me was the video. There were a few situations I idn't have the Handycam with me and took video and was shocked how good it was. Very good color and clarity you can see here: [...] Like most cheaper cameras it does a lot better in good light and outdoors but I'd give it a C+ indoors. For what I needed it to do on a 12 day vacation it was like my right hand for the entire trip. It is also a great looking camera also and has a solid, well built casing. So far one of the best "For Value" purchases I have ever made. As I said before it is a workhorse. (Posted on 8/18/2012)

  3. Most satisfying Review by Harrycee

    My Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 comes through with flying colors on clarity, color, and a vast variety of shooting modes. Not too sure about the shutter and aperture settings as yet. I tried photographing at very slow shutter speeds on the A setting and the pics came out way overexposed. The exposure should be automatically set at that setting. Also, you can only upload the photos to the computer via the camera itself, which is slow. Trying it with my fast memory reader device didn't work at all. Other than that, it's smooth sailing, and I love that 16:9 aspect ratio option. (Posted on 8/16/2012)

  4. great digital camera, easy to use, and large view Review by cousette copeland "codyhaha"

    I've been using an olympus Optio waterproof camera for 10 years - all around reliability. I wanted to try another digital and got this Lumix. It has a better zoom and better image quality. It's not a professional camera, but I just use this for family and travel photos. I shared it with my nephew and he really enjoyed taking photos and piecing together great panorama shots of Yosemite and the Sierras. Good camera! (Posted on 8/11/2012)

  5. Love this camera... really needs sd card. Review by JH

    This is the best camera I've owned. Takes wonderful pictures in the dark, while things are in motion and nice video. That being said you absolutly need an sd card. You can only take about 5 pictures at the 14 MP setting with the built in memory. Otherwise this camera would get 5 stars. (Posted on 8/7/2012)

  6. Dust on Sensor Review by Harlow Pinson "hpinson2"

    After a little over a year of use this camera is falling apart. Dust on the sensor is a constant problem, and this appears to be a known issue, though Panasonic continues to sell these. As soon as the sensor is contaminated, auto focus stops working, requiring a disassembly and a compressed air cleaning of the CCD. It is not long until the contamination returns. There seems to be a direct path for the dust to enter, through the lens assembly. On initial disassembly for cleaning, I found there is no barrier between the environment and the CCD sensor. Some sort of cost cutting measure? Lens errors are starting now as well, and I expect total failure of the lens drive soon. One year of moderate use before failure is not acceptable for a digital camera. Image quality of the 14.1MP CCD does not seem as good as my old 10MP Canon. Wasted money. (Posted on 8/7/2012)

  7. Panasonic DMC ZX8 Point and Shoot Review by Jeremy Polickey "jlp"

    I bought this as my first 'serious' camera in order to take digital photography classes in school. I have to say it stood up to every challenge that's been thrown at it for that class, and more. With full manual controls it performed just as well as the better 'bridge' cameras that the school had. Detail and clarity is fantastic, and it has a great range of zoom. The operation was easy to learn, or you can throw it on auto and get awesome shots without having to think about it. Particularly impressive was it's video capabilities and the smooth zoom featured within. The only thing I missed about it was the ability to manually focus, otherwise I truly LOVE this camera. I'm moving up into the dslr range now, but refuse to sell off or get rid of this one, as it's a nice, small but powerful member of my equipment roster. I would recommend it to anyone from a beginner to a semi pro as a great camera choice. (Posted on 8/5/2012)

  8. Price kept changing Review by akbearpaw

    I love this camera! In fact, I have purchased two so far. But my review is to call attention to the fact that I bought one in March for 179.99. 5 days ago I wanted another one and the price was 194.99. Seemd strange since electronics prices usually go down, not up. But that was the best I could find on Amazon. So I bought it and 3 days later found the price had dropped to 179.99. I contacted Amazon and to their credit, they refunded to me the 15.00 difference. Two days later, today, I saw an ad for the camera on a news site and it is now 149.99! I love Amazon, they often ship to Alaska for free which others rarely do, but I can't understand why the price keeps changing around. (Posted on 8/2/2012)

  9. good camera with design flaws Review by akroamer

    This is a nice camera from the standpoint that it takes good pictures and is easy to use. However there are lots of cameras out there that are just as good and this one is quite stupidly designed. After 7 months of use dust got on the inside of the lens. The design of the zoom lens is such that it is quite open and the dust gets inside when its just laying in your pocket. The result is smudges and specs on the pictures you take. The problem is that you cannot clean it out without removing and taking apart the lens assembly. That is not a straightforward process if you do not have an electrical engineering degree. Your options are to send it to get cleaned every few months, do it yourself (and risk breaking the thing), or to buy another camera that doesnt have these problems. My recommendation is the latter. (Posted on 7/27/2012)

  10. Best camera I've owned Review by booneperc

    As I was preparing for a trip to Europe I needed a good camera, one that would take sharp, colorful pictures and was small enough to slip into my pocket. I know the bigger cameras take great pictures but didn't want to be burdened with hauling one around. The reviews for the Lumix camera portrayed it to be just what I was looking for. I was not disappointed.
    These are the features I really like about it: It turns on and is ready to take a photo incredibly fast. Sometimes you just can't wait around for your camera to power up. The 16X zoom is what initially got me interested in this camera. It quickly zooms out to cover those distant shots that you want to enlarge. Because of the wide angle lens you don't have to back way up to get an entire building or scene in the photo. I really like the "scene" mode feature that allows for different light settings. There were several places in Europe where the lighting was dim but I didn't want a flash picture. It produced beautiful results. There was even a middle of the night photo of the moon, stars and a few city lights that turned out wonderfully. I have received several compliments on my photos wondering what kind of camera took such great shots. There is also a picture "burst" feature that takes several shots very quickly to capture just that "right" moment. It worked very well when a German friend was demonstrating shooting his muzzleloader rifle. I wanted to have a photo of the moment the smoke and fire shot out the barrel. With the 8 pictures I had taken in the space of about a second I was able to get just the perfect shot and delete the rest.
    The Lumix DMC-ZS8 is an easy to use camera that takes great pictures. One added observation is I noticed a great number of people in Europe, from many countries, taking photos with the exact same model camera. I feel really good about my purchase. (Posted on 7/27/2012)

  11. Does Everything Well... Except... Review by D. Jacobs

    Good camera--produced hundreds of excellent pictures on our trip to SE Asia.
    BUT-and it's a big one because we have two new grand-babies at home--portraits taken indoors with the flash turned off are never sharp. NEVER. And I'm not talking about candle-lit situations; I mean in a an interior in daytime with nice light coming in through windows. And the closer you zoom, the softer the picture. Thus the value of the great 16x zoom is cancelled out. I'll still take it on trips, but after seeing the poor results in my baby pictures, I re-ordered the smaller, less versatile, cheaper Nikon Coolpix I'd given to my daughter when I got the Lumix. Her pictures of the same baby are much crisper and clearer. (Posted on 7/19/2012)

  12. Not living up to expectations Review by Verma S. Walker

    I have had this camera for about 6 weeks now. Overall it's not a bad camera and I'm surprised by the depth of field it gives for a compact. However it always uses slow shutter speeds. Even in bright light when I would expect the minimum shutter speed necessary to be around 1/250 of a second, this camera selects 1/80th. On manual I tried setting the minimum shutter speed to 1/125 but the results were just a dark image of little value. It's not really a problem for taking shots of buildings or other static objects but I spend a lot of time in the woods and frequently see birds and wildlife such as deer, snakes and groundhogs amongst others that I'd like to photo. For this purpose the slow shutter speeds make the camera a poor choice. (Posted on 7/16/2012)

  13. Great little camera Review by Beth Harris

    Great camera for the price. Takes really good pictures when you don't want to or can't carry around a big SLR camera. Has an amazing zoom length. (Posted on 7/12/2012)

  14. Incredible camera - especially for the money. Great optics, long zoom, great image quality Review by Fish

    Can't say enough on this one. Sure - if money is no object, you can get better, but anything past this, you're past the point of diminishing returns.

    The optics are great - pictures are clear, sharp, undistorted, and there is great versatility for lighting. The zoom lens is long - and gives clear shots. The autofocus does a great job of adjusting for a good diversity of scenes - especially very high and low light - and is super fast (except when you have several faces against a background of varying depth). The flash is mediocre - not awful - but definitely uneven.

    The interface is stock panasonic - clear, direct, intuitive. Buttons are where you expect, do what you expect. The rechargeable battery is good for between 250-400 images, depending on your use.

    The screen is good - clear - but in the brightest light - it washes out - especially with sunglasses.

    The macro is great. I compared with similar Canons and Nikons - I'm not sure anything has the combination of strengths this does. Leica lense - great interface - 16x zoom - and terrific build quality. It's the best camera I've had. (Posted on 7/7/2012)

  15. excelent Review by jonathan_barra

    excelente producto!! el zoom es muy bueno; las opciones y funciones que tiene la camara es muy bueno, la relacion precio valor me parecio bastante aceptable (Posted on 7/4/2012)

  16. Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Review by Joseph C. Earnhardt "Simply ME"

    Best POINT and SHOOT camera I have ever used. PERIOD. I have been a Professional photographer since 1972. This camera takes a little getting used to. Once you do you will be in LOVE. YOU will need Chapstick to keep your lips from chapping because of the excessive kissing of the camera out of PURE LOVE for it. (Posted on 7/1/2012)

  17. Why buy this old in the tooth lesser camera??? Review by Victoria "Vikki K."

    The ZS10 was the better of the two --- or supposed to be. Now it's the ZS15 and ZS20. I bought a ZS15 for $179 on amazon. Better sensor. But still a poor low light camera. If you buy a compact superzoom, but the ZS15. Better yet, skip it and buy the FZ150 if you can swing it. A MUCH better camera. If you want to get something cheaper get the Canon SX40 for somewhat less and a 35x zoom (pure optical). Superzoom compacts are not yet good enough. So, if you have to, wait. (Posted on 7/1/2012)

  18. Pretty Good Value Review by Klara B

    I've taken this camera on a few trips, and overall I'm impressed. I liked the zoom, I LOVE the look, and the feel is great too. I've always had a Canon until I got that awful lens error and had to buy this one, and after all is said and done, I think I would still buy canon again. While the specs are all better on the lumix, I didn't find the manual controls to be easy, and the white balance kept throwing me off. The images were crisp enough though, and I like the large lcd screen. I bought this camera for a great price, and it's worth the value when you catch it on sale. (Posted on 6/24/2012)

  19. Great Camera Review by Brpall

    The camera takes great pictures, very clear in all types of light. I had to return my first one since the shutter opening on the camera jammed, I don;t know how, but it is in a case in purse from now on. (Posted on 6/24/2012)

  20. Great camera for about 6 months Review by J. Seckman

    I have been really impressed with the quality of the photos from this camera, especially in macro mode. However, the camera has become useless in about 5 months because of dust inside the camera. Now there are blurry dust spots on all of the photos. (Posted on 6/21/2012)

  21. great photos~wonderful size Review by Spr ite

    This is a replacent camera of the same make~I haven't found it to be the same as the one it is replacing.....have to keep at it. (Posted on 6/13/2012)

  22. A total piece of junk Review by Norman C. Otto "SQ whiz"

    I am on my second DMC-Z58. On the first camera the lcd screen, for absolutely no reason at all, went totally bonkers with lines and spots, making it unusable. Because I had purchased the product replacement plan, I was promptly sent a new camera. Both cameras were not very good. They are terrible in low light, flash or not, the colors in the picture come out looking nothing like the actual colors. I know all point and shoots have this issue to some extent but I have used both the point and shoot Cannons and the Nikons Both in auto mode)and had nowhere near the problems I had on the Panasonic. In addition after less than 700 pictures,the lens cover on the DMC-Z58 continually sticks in a partially open position when the camera is turned on despite many, many efforts to clean and unstick it. Now the camera's zoom won't work, which, as many others have pointed out was the main reason for purchasing this camera in the first place. It starts to zoom, then gets stuck. So all in all, this camera has been a TOTAL PIECE OF JUNK. Thank goodness, I have a real camera (D90) so I don't have to rely on the Panasonic. (Posted on 6/10/2012)

  23. Would Not Buy Panasonic Again Review by Harry

    I bought the ZS8 basically for the 16x zoom in a pocket camera. Although the low light shots were not as good as I would have liked I was mainly pleased with the camera. After having it for a little less than six months it had dust specks inside the camera that were visible in the photos. The camera is usually in its case when not in use and it has never been used in any kind of dusty environment. Even though it supposedly has a 1 year warranty Panasonic said I needed to send it to their repair facility in Texas and pay for the repairs. I'm not going to spend money to fix a problem that should be covered by warranty and that seems to be a recurrent problem according to many posts I've now read about internal dust issues with the ZS8. (Posted on 6/8/2012)

  24. gift for loved one Review by gskat

    My wife damaged her previous Panasonic which she liked so much - replaced it with updated model - she's thrilled with the wide angle and image quality. works for me. (Posted on 6/8/2012)

  25. Small but mighty Review by PeggyC50

    I booked a week long safari to coincide with a business trip. I had a weight limit which included work computer and clothes in addition to the binoculars, camera and safari outfits. This camera was just right. The wide angle lens and 16x optical zoom produced beautiful photos. I didn't even use a tripod or bean bag and the pictures were just as steady. I highly recommend this camera. (Posted on 6/3/2012)

  26. Great quality...and tough as nails Review by Someone

    I'm an outdoor professional. I carried this thing on my belt in a case riding an ATV all summer long. I dropped it, bumped it, completely abused it. Even fell into a creek and submerged it, took out the battery and dried it, and it still worked afterword. Took me about a year to kill it--I imagine the corrosion from the creek finally got to be too much for it. I'm incredibly hard on stuff and a huge cheapskate. It takes a lot to impress me, and I can't say enough good things about this camera.

    P.S. it takes amazing photos, and the zoom is unbelievable for this size camera. I bought one for my mom, and when mine died I bought another for myself. You should absolutely buy this camera. (Posted on 6/3/2012)

  27. A & S manual modes are ok, however Review by Divot

    it takes multiple button pushes to toggle through the available apertures or shutter speeds one at a time. It would be better to list all available settings onscreen, and then just hold an arrow-button to scroll through them. (Posted on 6/2/2012)

  28. Undependable Review by Maldigar

    Takes great pictures for a while... Bought this camera in December, 2011. Took a few good pictures, then it fell victim to the dreaded "System Error (Focus)" problem. Seems like plenty of other customers found the same problem:[...] I paid around $150 to use a camera for about 6 months. If you buy one, good luck. (Posted on 6/2/2012)

  29. Do NOT buy this camera! Review by Cristian

    This camera sucks! I have it for 8 months and I am forced to open it each month to clean the sensor (I learned that from a youtube video). Unfortunately I can't clean the huge amount of dust accumulated inside the lenses (not on the sensor). Panasonic need to recall all these cameras and replace them with new ones for the people who spend over 200 dollars for a camera worst than a $50 one. In few months my camera will be impossible to use because of the dust accumulated between lenses. Do NOT buy this camera! (Posted on 5/30/2012)

  30. Blah Review by S. Marasigan "Sami"

    The camera's photos are just ok. The video images and sound are poor. There isn't a video button on the outside of the camera, which makes it difficult to take a 'quick' movie. (Posted on 5/30/2012)

  31. Camera is good, but unlikely to buy again Review by Pippi

    I have a photo count of less than 1000 on this camera. I have another Panasonic camera, DMC-F3. Its sensor and autofocus deteriorated after reaching a photo count of ~4000. Panasonic customer service is impossible. It refused to repair even though the camera is 6 month old.

    I hope this model will last longer than 4000. (Posted on 5/19/2012)

  32. Awesome little camera Review by PBLoren

    A little camera with lots of functions. I bought this camera for work, I use the camera to take pictures of houses we buy, fix up and sell. The wide angle function is awesome, it allows me to take great pictures of small spaces. So far it's been a great little camera. (Posted on 5/18/2012)

  33. Balances point-and-shoot ease w/ more advanced skills Review by J. Curley

    I researched for about a month before deciding on the Panasonic Lumix. Having been a loyal (and vocal) Canon customer for many years, I was dismayed to realize that not one, but two Canon cameras failed in the same manner after less than two years; that is, the a lens ejection and retraction flaw. My Canon also began taking poor shots, related, I am convinced, to the lens issue. And so I began to conduct a new study into an easy to use camera that could take gorgeous pictures. My search lead me to the Panasonic Lumix.
    With this camera, I can let my kids take pics on the automatic mode, and get a decent photo. Or, I can play around with aperture and exposure to get a more artistic shot. Either way, the huge display assures me that I've gotten something worth a second look (or a delete, as the case may be). I am really impressed with this camera as a bridge between a basic point-and-shoot, and a digital SLR. If you are considering moving up, but aren't quite ready, this is a good compromise. (Posted on 5/17/2012)

  34. Panasonic Lumix camera Review by ladykent

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black
    and , absoulutely works fabulous, i luv them and this dealer. top seller in my books highly recommmend. best camera i've ever owned. (Posted on 5/8/2012)

  35. Great Pocket Camera Review by David Godfrey

    The 16X wide angle optical lens sets this pocket camera apart. The wide angle lens (equivelent to about a 28mm on a 35mm SLR) is great for group pictures, landscapes and interiors. The settings are pretty standard and easy to figure out. The lens really makes this one worth the extra $s. (Posted on 5/8/2012)

  36. Glad I purchased this one Review by OneOldMan

    I have NO complaints so far, and am impressed with it's many features which are not difficult to understand even if I may never use them all. I especially like the 24mm wide angle, which is one of the main reasons I selected this camera. It is just the right (small) size and seems very well made. It apparently will do all I need without the bulk and weight of a SLR. My three old film SLRs can't compare. (Posted on 4/27/2012)

  37. A Perfect Camera Review by Ralph

    This is a terrific little camera. The images are crisp and clear. It is a good size for a pocket camera. Not too small so that it is hard to hold and not too large to stick in my pants pocket. I use it every day. Yesterday I took some pictures of a bald eagle perched high in a pine tree in my yard. The 16X zoom makes it possible for shots like that. I can zoom in even more when viewing the pictures on my laptop without having the pixels break up. I have a Canon S5 IS which has a 12X optical zoom and takes wonderful pictures but it is nearly the size of an SLR camera and is inconvenient for toting around regularly. This Panasonic takes equally good pictures (as far as I can detect) and is so easy to handle. I highly recommend this camera. Buying it through Amazon was so easy and I felt assured that if there were problems with the product, they would take care of me. (Posted on 4/22/2012)

  38. Great camera; easy to use and takes wonderful pictures. Review by michelebel

    I have had this camera for 3 weeks so I am still learning about the bells and whistles. But what I can say so far is that it turns on quickly, short lead-time between shots, the zoom is awesome, and it takes great low-light and night shots. I have used the camera at a wedding and on vacation so far and I am very pleased with the pictures it took. (Posted on 4/15/2012)

  39. Disappointing - Not As Good As Previous Models Review by John Burness "DigitalJack"

    I got the ZS8 to replace a ZS3 which was (and still is) a wonderful camera except for a problem that I'll describe with taking videos. One review that I read said that the ZS8 solved this problem. It didn't.

    First of all let me say that both the ZS3 and the ZS8 are in general very good cameras. They take great pictures most of the time (sharp, good color), are fast in time-between-shots, have a good interface, and an overall good feel when you handle them. And they can fit in my jeans pocket.

    However, if you are taking an HD video, and there are one or more brighter light sources in the background, then you get vertical blue stripes in the video. This is not the typical starburst video effect that you might see, but an apparent bug in their image processing software. It is purely vertical in the y axis of the saved picture, not the down direction as towards the center of the earth. And this stripe is more than a single pixel wide, and is always the same blue color. It really destroys the content of any video you take when this appears. If you had a family scene with people and it would otherwise be a great video, but there are these really pronounced stripes that just become the center of attention. A shame.

    And it doesn't have to be a single point of light. I got the ZS8 and ran some simple test videos. One test I did was inside my house in daylight with an open window in the background. And there was a quite wide blue bar in the video. More than a stripe. The bar that was maybe 1/3 the width of the video. This was the worst instance I've seen of it. I compared it with my existing ZS3 in the same test, and it was more pronounced in the ZS8. In my other tests the blue stripe was also more pronounced in the ZS8. It took me a very short time to determine that whatever Panasonic did, the problem is worse than on the ZS3.

    So I returned the ZS8 to Amazon. (Posted on 4/13/2012)

  40. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA! Review by New York Reader

    I've had this camera for 9 months and I use it only to take pictures of my baby. After 9 months, dust has somehow gotten inside the camera and created spots in all the pictures. I have to have it serviced. For the price, this is ridiculous. I had my old camera for 7 years and never had a single problem like this with it. The shutter speed is also very slow on this camera. If you are trying to take pics of babies or animals, this is not the camera for you. (Posted on 4/11/2012)

  41. dust problem Review by Daniel Night "Do to others as you would have ...

    Easily got dust, a lot of dust, under the lens, when I used a piece of tissue paper to wipe it and blew. If tissue lint can get in it, so can dust. I tried vacuuming it out but that didn't work. The photo quality was ok, macros were okay. A few pics were very good, but not great. Still waiting to be able to afford a camera with easy ISO control, this wasn't one. The zoom was SUPER SLOW and I lost critical pics as a result. Uncomfortably heavy too. It did have this cool high dynamic range setting though, which got an awesome pic, but that was it, no other beautiful ones.

    Overall, hated this camera. (Posted on 3/28/2012)

  42. Great value, quality photos and movies. Review by Paul M. Barth

    I seem to buy a digital point and shoot every year or two. I have owned Sony, Canon, and others but I am finding that Panasonic makes the best low cost camera. This one is no exception. Between the high quality photos in low light, great outdoor shots, incredibly fast auto-focus, and good movies, I could not be happier with this camera.

    Out of 500+ photos taken in the month I have owned it, only one or two have been out of focus and at that only due to low light indoors. This is as compared to more than 10% with the Sony T500 that preceded this one.

    Finally, the camera's controls and user interface is very intuitive. All in all I'm very satisfied with a simple camera that rapidly takes great pictures. (Posted on 3/27/2012)

  43. Excellent camera Review by Squatty

    I bought this one to replace a DMC-ZS3 that met an untimely demise on the rocks on some beach in California. I loved that ZS3. This one appears to be everything I liked about the ZS3 and some great changes. I did a ton of research before I bought the ZS3. The ZS8 is all that camera plus more. The simple things that I like: When I turn the camera on, it is ready to take a picture in 2 seconds. When I take a picture, it is ready to take the next picture in less than 4 seconds. Even at the highest quality settings. It's the same size and shape. Big enough so that it doesn't feel like a toy and the buttons aren't hard to reach. Still a little on the large size that you might not want to carry it in your pocket. But that is a small trade off for the other features. I like the relocation of the mode dial, which is now closer to the middle of the camera. And the added some more resistance to the way it turns, which means I should get way less "mode dial is not in the correct position" warnings. The optical zoom is now up to 16x, and the wide angle is 24mm. And I think the best move is putting the exposure button right where the instant video record button used to be. So when I want to make manual adjustments, it is right there for me. I also love the rapid zoom button. Press once it quickly zooms to max optical, press it again and you go to max digital zoom. One more time and you are back to full wide angle.

    I have only had this camera for a couple weeks, but I have no complaints at all. For less than $180 you are getting a great camera with great features. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 3/24/2012)

  44. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) Review by J. Wade

    I bought this camera to replace a <a href="">Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)</a> that started having a few issues after taking about 10,000 pictures. I've only taken about 200 pictures using this camera so far, and so far they seem to be slightly sharper and clearer than my ZS1.
    So far the pictures I've taken are mostly indoor pictures, and this camera has performed better than I was expecting. With the flash forced off it compensates with the shutter speed and ISO settings, but still takes good pictures. Though for darker indoor pictures I'd suggest using the flash, I've found it to be plenty bright for subjects up to about 20 feet away. The few landscape photos I've taken have turned out great, and the zoom is great for wildlife photos.
    Battery life seems good, I have yet to take enough pictures to have a great idea on exactly how long it lasts, but through 200 photos I haven't had to charge it yet. If you like taking lots of photos while being away for outlets for a while, I'd suggest buying and extra battery or two. You can find a few on Amazon that also come with and extra charger which can be nice if you have a limited time to charge batteries.
    I like carrying extra batteries and SD cards with me which requires a case. I like using the <a href="">Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Case (Black)</a> with this size camera. It has convenient pockets for both extra batteries and memory cards. The card I've been using with this camera is a <a href="">Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card (TS16GSDHC10)</a>, so far it has worked perfectly.
    I took off a star for the feel of this camera compared to my ZS1. This camera is much lighter and feels much less solid, it isn't so bad that I'm expecting any durability issues, I was just expecting less plastic on the camera for a more solid feel.
    All things considered, this is a great camera for a small point and shoot with a large zoom. (Posted on 3/22/2012)

  45. Great Value Review by Bealing

    I am looking for color and sharpness in a photo and I think Panasonic is doing the same. This camera proves it. I agree with all of the good reviews. This is a great value in a small package!

    The wide angle to zoom ratio(and reviews) got me interested in this camera. The price sold me. After the purchase my photos did the talking. Great camera! (Posted on 3/20/2012)

  46. Excellent value: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 Review by J.N.

    Sharp shots; user friendly! The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 (I chose the black color) was a good buy for the price, good weight, size, and impressive depth & color quality for a point-and-shoot ca,era. (Posted on 3/20/2012)

  47. Great pics, easy to use Review by E. Davis

    This is my second Panasonic camera. I've only used it a little so far, but so far the pics are great, it's easy to use, and the construction of the camera is as good or better than my earlier Panasonic.

    I also have a nearly identical predecessor to this camera, a DMC-ZS6, which still works after 2+ years but has dirt inside the lens. I don't like the fact that dirt seems to get into the lens so easily, but in all other respects I love this as a handy point-and-shoot companion, so I bought the new ZS8 and will simply try harder to keep it clean. The first one went everywhere in my shirt pocket unprotected. I had an old Canon that took more abuse for longer and didn't get dirt in the lens so, if ruggedness is important, you may want something other than a Panasonic. Still, I like the Panasonic's auto focus, color balance and awesome zoom capabilities. I haven't found many situations where the iA function setting doesn't work well.

    The battery life is excellent. (Posted on 3/17/2012)

  48. Camera Review by kathyw

    Nice camera--takes excellent sharp pictures. A little heavier than I expected but nothing I can't live with. Good value for the money. (Posted on 3/15/2012)

  49. Worthy Successor to my ZS3 Review by Amit "aj"

    I have bought this as a back up for my 3 years old ZS3 . Overall it is a good value for money as there is jump of 4 megapixels from ZS3 (does not matter much), more zoom. Only gripe is NO HDMI out and Movie format is not mts (which makes smaller file). Overall Good VFM. (Posted on 3/14/2012)

  50. Good for photos, terrible for motion pictures Review by Flavio S. Armony

    I used to have a DMC-ZS3, which was good, but didn't haver a manual mode. The good thing about that is that you could take a motion picture up to the SD card limit. I switched to a ZS8 thinking that, if it's the new camera of the series, it must be better.

    In some ways I was right. But the camera allows only 2Gb each motion picture since it doesn't have the AVCHD Lite mode. It means that where the old camera could film for one hour, the new one can film for 8 minutes!

    I'm really disappointed and I don't recommend a camera that has this limitation. Don't buy it! (Posted on 3/13/2012)

  51. Used Camera but works great. Review by R. Koldenhoven "doodle1800"

    The camera was used, not new as advertised. The box was open, thumb print on the front of the camera, and the date was set. Not happy. Camera takes beautiful pictures but I am returning for replacement. (Posted on 3/6/2012)

  52. Fantastic Review by Cisco

    This is real a fantastic camera. Powerfull Optical Zoom. I like the Shutter and Aperture Priority Program.
    This Compact Camera has everything a Reflex has but in a light weight! (Posted on 3/3/2012)

  53. Panasonic digital camera Review by Kendra

    Unfortunately I had to returned this product, I think it was defective noice pictures when inside or when poor lighting, outside the pictures were simply great, the only thing I liked was the 16x optical zoom.
    I don't know much about cameras but I do know what I want and this was not it. If you are like me with poor knowledge of digital cameras and you are looking for a good digital camera with good zooming feature, high megapixel that takes good video and takes good pictures at night time take a look at the Nikkon s8200 I bought it and I have to say I looooove it the pictures are just amazingly great and trust me the Panasonic DMC-ZS8 was not the only camera I tested. (Posted on 3/2/2012)

  54. Time will tell, but right now, props to Panasonic! Review by Inspector Rejector

    I've had this camera for a few days now and have clicked off around a 100 pictures. I won't get into technical aspects, they have been "done to death" in other reviews but for the price of this camera and the size of this unit, features it processes, weight, quality of photos, ease of use, and optical zoom capability I am impressed. I bought this to replace my Fuji Finepix S5700 which was becoming a chore to tote around and severely outdated. I wanted a "pocketable" super zoom camera, something I didn't have to wear on a strap around my neck. After reading reviews of the ZS8 from all around the internet I felt this was my best choice and right now I am glad I chose it. I do have a concern about the on/off switch, the playback switch and the door over the battery and memory card. They all seem a little flimsy and I'm wondering how long they will last. If you're new to photography or graduating from a simpler camera to use this camera to it's full capacity it will take a little getting use to because of sheer number of features it has (it takes a 132 page manual to explain everything). (Posted on 3/2/2012)

  55. NICE Camera! Review by I4EVRL8

    I purchased this camera to take pictures at my brother-in-law's 50th birthday party and even though I hadn't even tested it out prior to the party, it took BEAUTIFUL pictures! After my teenage son got his hands on it and played around with the various features, the pictures got even better. I was even impressed with the zoom since I took several shots from the back of the room and they even looked sharp & crisp. So I was wondering how well the video feature would do, and I was surprised with how well it recorded children jumping up and down while "dancing". The capability of taking photos while simultaneously video recording is a PLUS! It's lightweight but packed full of nice features and "user-friendly" buttons. I still haven't figured out what else this camera can do but I'm already amazed with what I do know about it. I HIGHLY recommend this camera! (Posted on 2/22/2012)

  56. Excellent quality camera! Review by Brandi

    I bought this camera after buying multiple others which did not meet my expectations. DO NOT BUY A KODAK. They do not stand behind their products! After using this Panasonic, I am very pleased to have finally found my camera. The picture quality is great. When using the zoom, the picture remains very clear. It is very user-friendly. I would recommend this camera for anyone who is looking for a mid-level camera. Spending the little bit more for this one was definately worth it! (Posted on 2/21/2012)

  57. WORST CUSTOMER SUPPORT EVER!!! Review by diamdog88

    I purchased the camera three months ago in the States for my upcoming 6 months of international travel. The camera stopped auto-focusing rendering it as useful as a paperweight. I attempted to use the chat support option which didn't work and then called Panasonic internationally. I was hung up on 30 minutes into this call after they told me they would not be able to support any repair while I am traveling. Panasonic does not care about customer support or standing behind their product once you take it outside the United States. This was the first and last time that I will EVER purchase a Panasonic product!!! (Posted on 2/20/2012)

  58. Great camera Review by L. Wilson "L. Wilson"

    I have taken my ZS8 camera to Canada, Alaska, Bahamas and have loved it! When I put the pics of the mountains on my TV they look awesome. This is my third Lumix camera and I have loved them! (Posted on 2/20/2012)

  59. Panasonic Camera Review by Dan Gilbert

    the camera has preformed to our expectations. The battery life is much better than the camera it replaced. The stabilized zoom function is a must and works great. Need to get a good case for it which I have not been able to find. (Posted on 2/14/2012)

  60. Pro loves it Review by photoyoung

    I was a professional photography instructor for 30 years. Due to back and neck problems my cameras have shrunk from press and view cameras, to medium format Hasselblads and Rolleis and Bronicas and Mamiyas and Pentax 6x7, then to 35mm Canons SLR and finally a Contax G2 rangefinder camera. lWhen Digital rocked the photo world I had retired and shooting for fun I started with SLRs but still needed something lighter with image stablization. My first digital SLR was a Panasonic Lumix so thought I would give this new DMX ZS8 a try. The Leica lens is fantastic. The 14.1 MP is more than my Canon 50D SLR. The wide angle is quite wide, although I would have liked it a bit more for creative use. The zoom is smooth and plenty long. Controls are basic and easy to use. Large viewing screen. Wish it had an anti-glare cover for screen in use in bright sun. The face recognition in depth of field selection is great. The metal face ring around the lens is pretty "tinny" but all in all it is great size for one hand use, superb lovely image enlarged to 8x10, and st 13"x19" wall sizedd enlargement still very acceptable. I love it. Just used it working with professional models and they were very excited about results. Have already recommended it to friends and family. REAL ESTATE professionals should use it for doing their listing photos! (Posted on 2/14/2012)

  61. Nice camera Review by Roger Or Shelly Quail "jon"

    I love this camera! I wanted a good little point and shoot camera that took clear crisp pictures and that is just what I got. I have a new great grandson and getting a clear picture of him was impossible the way he would move. But not anymore with this camera and I want to order one for my grandaughter for her birthday. I have never owned a panasonic camera but after reading many reviews I decided on this one and it was a good choice. (Posted on 2/12/2012)

  62. disappointed Review by capturing

    Purchased in Japan as an international model but I am dissapointed with the lack of quality in pictures which were dull and low lit inside. Screen resolution fuzzy with a yellow tinge. Was after a replacement for the DZ, but this isn't it. Yet after a workout outside today the zoom was impressive, and pictures came out quite sharp. However, I still cant fathom why the indoor shots are extremely dull and the screen gets this nasty yellow tinge, yet outside this doesnt appear to happen. Initially, I was going to return it due to this factor but the lens zoom and the color and quality of the pictures outside today have perhaps changed my mind a little. Ideally, I would like to see the quality of the DZ for both indoors and outdoors reproduced, without many of the gadgets this camera has. Would I buy it again? No, I think I would look at other brands so I dont have to deal with the dull indoor photos. (Posted on 2/7/2012)

  63. Great camera for its price! Review by Universal Living Wisdom

    My old 5 year old Canon Powershot was going out of commission and forced us to look for a new camera. I knew what I wanted, which was the following:

    1. High optical zoom
    2. Fast shutter speed
    3. Good battery life
    4. HD video
    5. Big lcd display
    6. Price under $150

    So far, it's been almost a month and all those criteria were met. Other brands offer something similar, but would not have the optical zoom or the price. Great buy for this price range. This is my first Panasonic camera, but I have a lot of confidence in the company and do enjoy the camera. (Posted on 2/1/2012)

  64. Great Camera !!! Review by RD

    I did not buy this on Amazon but wanted to review it as it is a very good camera. The lens on this camera is very good and pictures come out tack sharp and detailed. The 16 zoom is able to reach anything you are likely to shoot and bring it right into view. The video is very good and you can use the optical zoom which is very nice. I mainly shoot pictures with this and outside or in it takes great photos. I have several other long zooms but when the picture is critical this is the camera I reach for. This is my third Panasonic Travel Zoom and these cameras are well built and work flawlessly. If you need a long zoom and want great picture quality then this is the one for you. Highly Recommended!!! (Posted on 1/31/2012)

  65. not the best picture quality Review by Steve Krebs

    Though the features are amazing and the camera is very easy to navigate, the picture quality leaves a little to be desired. The only area where it excels is Macro. I had an older 10X lumix that hands down took better pictures. Perhaps making a lens this compact AND 16X is a little much to ask. (Posted on 1/29/2012)

  66. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8, Excellent!! Review by GustavoG

    This is a really good camera which allow you to use the ideal function for the ideal event. 100% recommendable. (Posted on 1/29/2012)

  67. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Review by JimmyN

    Everything about this camera works fine, Upgraded from DMC-H20, also a fine camera. Bought from Amazon. Easy to use, no steep learning curve required. (Posted on 1/21/2012)

  68. Great in low light Review by Lohas addict

    I know basically nothing about cameras and photography, so this reviewer is only for casual users like me.
    My last camera was an HP in about the same price range, so that's what I'm comparing this to.

    Excellent low-light photos. I keep the flash turned off almost all the time, and pictures look great even indoors and at night.
    Image stabilization works very well, except at close range.
    Very bright flash.
    Colors come out very well.

    Takes a while to get used to the settings. There seems to be no way to turn off the shutter sound in the otherwise useful "Intelligent Automatic" setting.
    Light objects against a dark background sometimes get washed out, even when they are the focus of the photo. (Posted on 1/20/2012)

  69. digital camera Review by Louis A. Rodriguez

    The camera was just what I expected, price and quality. What impressed me the most was the speed, during the holiday season, that Amazon was able to deliver the package. (Posted on 1/17/2012)

  70. Camera Review by richbot

    Received camera earlier than expected, and all work fine. Will order again
    At the moment I see not problems with it. (Posted on 1/12/2012)

  71. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Review by MTman

    It seems that most pocket digital cameras have limited zoom, in the range of 4-6X. This camera has excellent zoom and with the image stabilization, they take very clear pictures, even of distance objects. The different options for settings are also excellent, particulalrly for low light. These cameras are slightly larger than most pocket digital cameras but the zoom, settings and picture quaility make them an excellent choice. The viewing screen is also large and clear. (Posted on 1/12/2012)

  72. Great camera!!! Review by bdsmolaw

    This camera has a great zoom. I bought it for my mother-in-law who wanted an easy to use camera with a powerful zoom. It is all that and more. Plus Consumer Reports recommended this model. I would recommend this camera to all. (Posted on 1/12/2012)

  73. William Moore Review by Will

    Great Camera love the zoom only one problem make sure you look close at the LCD Monitor mine was crack then finished cracking out. The camera was still a great camera. Sent it back hope they hole up good on replacing it. (Posted on 1/9/2012)

  74. Love the camera!!!! Review by S. Parsons

    Easy to ues
    Great pictures
    Love the zoom quality

    I bought one for my Mom last year and was so impressed I had to buy one for myself!!! (Posted on 1/9/2012)

  75. Unbelieveable Value Review by Blue Toad

    I have bought many cameras over the last few years. Several for myself, a few for grandchildren. This was the latest "gift" purchases for one of the grandkids. After she unwrapped this camera we spent some time learning how to operate it. All I can say is WOW! This unit starts up fast after hitting the on button, is fast to focus and takes exceptional pictures for an inexpensive point and shoot. The 16X zoom is smooth and even works when recording video. I am now considering purchasing one for myself. It is far from perfect, but no camera in this price range will ever meet that description. The ability to shoot aperature priority, shutter priority or even full manual are unusual features for an inexpensive camera. The image stabilization works great and "intelligent auto" feature appears to be a winner. I believe it is an exceptional value for the $150 shipped that I paid. Any negatives are far outweighed by the positives. (Posted on 1/7/2012)

  76. Great purchase Review by Imorante

    I bought it 3 months ago, and I don't stop discovering new functions! This is a really good camera which allow you to use the ideal function for the ideal event. 100% recommendable (Posted on 1/6/2012)

  77. Great camera Review by ibbob500

    I found this to be a very good camera for my needs. It replaces an Olympus 7x Stylus camera I bought a couple of years ago. Features I like on this camera in particular are the wider angle lens (24mm equivalent) and the the 16x optical zoom. It also seems to have decent battery life, although I still bought a spare battery just for convenience. And I bought a memory card too since one isn't included with the camera. For the money and the features and the quality Lumix lens, it's a great buy for the money, especially with the price I got from Amazon. I'd recommend it... in fact, my partner liked mine so much he already bought one too! (Posted on 1/5/2012)

  78. Good value with exception zoom Review by star5

    This camera body is slim and compact. The zoom is really good and the price of $140 made this a great value buy. Good quality and has all the extras a point and shoot needs plus. (Posted on 1/5/2012)

  79. Somewhat fast camera but grainy images! Review by M. Stone

    I wanted to like this camera after reading so many rave reviews about the Panasonic Lumix line. At this point I've tried what seems like every P&S digital camera known to man (except for a Fuji or Nikon). I've had a Kodak, Samsung, several Sonys and 3 Canons.

    I've come to the conclusion that I'm just going to have to keep using my older model Sonys (a DSC-S75 and a DSC-V1) for regular everyday snapshots of people and pets, etc. and use my 2009 model Sony DSC-H20 for videos, since that model has great sound and video quality but can't seem to capture anything that moves in still photos.

    Anyway, the Panasonic ZS8 is a fast camera, it focuses and works well at capturing movement in kids and pets, etc. After letting it sit around for several months after I bought it and used it lightly back in September, I decided to use it at Christmas 2011. I was very disappointed in the image quality.

    When previewing the photos on a PC, they look OK at first until you zoom in at 100% in Photoshop. Indoor photos taken in broad daylight in a brightly lit room had so much noise it looked like a painting! I took a photo of my niece halfway across the room, using the zoom lens only about halfway, and the photo was blurry and grainy. (Not blurry from me moving the camera, just smudgy from noise.) At 100% in Photoshop, I could even see tiny greenish/black specks all over her arms and pink shirt!

    Also the colors seemed slightly washed out. I think my Canon SD1200 takes better photos than this - at least the "noise" on that camera is more of a sandy looking grain, rather than the smudgy looking paint you get with this Panasonic.

    It seems like most of these newer point and shoot models do just fine outdoors in daylight, which is probably why I liked the ZS8 at first, since the only photos I took in September were outdoors in a green yard.

    But the real test is how they do indoors, and this one is not that great. It's really no better than my Canon SD1200. But this seems to be a common problem with all the newer P&S models of the last few years, I keep reading the same thing over and over in the Amazon reviews about many different models and brands of cameras. So I've pretty much stopped looking at any newer P&S model cameras, until these stupid camera manufacturers STOP the megapixel war and start making cameras with fewer MP in a larger sensor. How hard can that be?

    I know an SLR would probably give the best images, but I need something small enough to carry around, not that I expect it to be smaller than a deck of cards or something crazy like that.

    Pros of the ZS8:
    * Sturdy build and design
    * Good operation and relatively quick movement and focus

    * Photos are noisy & mediocre quality in low light or indoors
    * Photos are more blurry when using zoom farther out
    * Somewhat strange menu interface (why do the dial options show up with both "Record" and "Setup" menu options on the same screen? In most cameras, the general setup menu is a totally separate menu option.)
    * Rather odd combination of image sizes and aspect ratios. You can't use the 3:2 aspect ratio for all image sizes, for example.
    * Video mode is okay, although I found the image quality to be a little more grainy than on my Sony H20 or even my Canon sd1200. Sound quality seemed okay, but I haven't tested it at a concert or anything that would really challenge it. (Posted on 1/5/2012)

  80. new camera Review by Melinda Massey "garden bookie"

    Since it was a Christmas gift, I am slowly learning how to use it. I love the image stablilized zoom and hope to get great pictures and saved memories. (Posted on 1/4/2012)

  81. Great for an Amateur Review by TheMom50

    I just got this camera in the mail today. I needed something I could slip in my purse easily and take photos on the spur of the moment. We live in a tourist town, and sometimes I see funny things that I like to remember! I have 5 older children, and would like to also record the moments we have together, as rare as they have become these days. I've only played with the camera for a few hours, but am already thrilled with it. I can really point and shoot, very easily, on the automatic setting. The photos are so clear and colorful. It is so much more vivid than the 3 year old digital camera I have. I took a close-up photo of a very colorful Christmas decoration and was pleasantly surprised at all the detail. I even found a tag on it that i had overlooked! I would recommend this camera for those who are like me, just casually taking photos, but desiring to share them with others in good conscience. I want my photos to be good enough to send on to friends and family, and now I'm sure I'll be able to do that. The other reviewers did talk about more in depth abilities of the camera. I hope to be able to explore those capacities, too, over time.

    Thank you, previous reviewers, for your help with choosing this camera. I am very happy with my choice!

    Update: I've had my camera for 2 weeks now. I can't believe the photos it takes. They are all so clear and colorful. I am now impressed with the battery life, seeing that I've had it in and out of my purse for the last 2 weeks, taking photos, and playing with settings. The battery is just now losing a bit of charge. Today I was able to take long distance photos of ducks on a lake, and it actually looks like ducks! I caught some of them flying away, and some still on the surface of the lake. Before, I could only see black dots on the water, and my cameras couldn't focus on a moving subject. I sent my photos to friends just to show off my photography. I'm happy to be able to carry such a compact item and get such good results. Still an A+ for my new Lumix. Stay tuned for more updates! (Posted on 1/4/2012)

  82. Amazon reviewer enabled me to purchase the right camera. Review by

    Before purchasing yet another small camera, I read the reviews about this Lumix. I've been following these cameras for about a year and, on the detailed critique of another patron, I purchased the camera. The earlier critique was spot on. It's easy to use: the common features are intuitively easy to find and to set. The best part of my evalutation must focus on the quality of the photos--exceeding my expectations for quality. If you have been disappointed by other brands with nonsensical menus and sub-standard photos, then this easy-to-use, high quality camerea is for you. (Posted on 1/3/2012)

  83. Lumix Camera Review by RunningFool

    It works well and as expected. Bursts option works great. I caught many good pictures by using that option. The 16x zoom is great, but pictures aren't very clear. The camera is fairly heavy for a handheld, but still fits in my pocket. I like that the zoom can be changed while recording a video, but it takes up lots of space on the memory card. Overall I like the camera. But my 3x kodak camera seemed to take better portrait photos than this camera, despite all the options to make it work. (Posted on 1/2/2012)

  84. Shockingly inferior for Panasonic: Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 Review by Collene

    How totally betrayed I feel by Panasonic!

    If Amazon had a negative star rating, this would get the maximum.

    I'm a real camera junkie - over the past 2 years alone, I've bought (on Amazon) 4 Panasonic's, 2 Leica's, and an assortment of others. That's in ADDITION to all the cameras I've had over the years. Bought my first Nikon in Japan in 1970. I should know what I'm buying? Right?
    Until today, I've never returned a camera or written a negative review. So this is a first.

    What was Panasonic thinking?????
    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black), simply does NOT perform.

    Here is what is disappointing:
    (1) does not focus! Really, DOES NOT FOCUS!!!
    (2) does not take photos quickly
    (3) photos are "grainy"
    (4) color comes out worse than my old Sony's (my apology to Sony - even your most primitive cameras were better)
    (5) just should NOT be sold.

    Perhaps this is a "one off" manufacturing problem. But I take LOTS of photos with LOTS of cameras and this is the absolute worst experience I've ever had! What a shock, too.

    I have several really good Panasonics back at home but left for 2 1/2 weeks in Florence with only this one. THAT"S HOW MUCH I TRUSTED PANASONIC. Did not even charge it up before packing for the trip. Wanted to save space so I only took one camera. Leica, please forgive me for not bringing one of you along! Normally I take one Leica and at least one Panasonic on all trips for photography assignments, but this was pure vacation and I wanted to travel light.

    In the words of Michael Corolone in Godfather II: "Panasonic: 'you disappointed me.' "

    Not only do I urge you NOT to buy this Panasonic model, I suggest any Panasonic camera you purchase should be checked out thoroughly upon receipt to make sure it performs as advertised. And if you also own this model, check it to be sure it is working properly.

    Please forward this review to anyone you know at Panasonic. They need to be responsible for their quality!!! (Posted on 1/2/2012)

  85. Great camera Review by Felten

    This camera is a great camera and user friendly. I have DSLR and had a hard time finding a pocket camera that could compare. This camera is as close as I think to DSLR as you can get for the price! (Posted on 1/1/2012)

  86. Great Camera for the Price Review by John E Greene

    This camera is great for me. It has excellent zoom capabilities. Awesome pictures, not too bulky, still fits in a shirt pocket. Cameras keep getting better, with more features, for less money all the time. (Posted on 1/1/2012)

  87. Good camera with impressive zoom Review by red400

    Great semi-compact point and shoot. Zoom is amazing! Menu options are simple to use after a little practice. The black and white feature looks better than my digital SLR. Shutter lag is very short compared to other cameras I've used. Very pleased with my purchase. My one criticism is image quality is only fair in low light. Camera is a good balance in weight and durability. Found video format compatible with Picasa 3 photo software. For under $200 its a bargin. (Posted on 12/31/2011)

  88. This is the one Review by wß

    If you are looking for a good point-and-shoot camera look no further. I can't speak for the longterm reliablity, as I haven't owned it for long, but for this price it takes outstanding pictures. (Posted on 12/31/2011)

  89. Highly recommended Review by M. Giganti

    So far, after a week of using it over the holidays, I am very happy with this camera. One feature I am thankful for is the ability to zoom while recording video. The only bad thing I can report at this point is the failure of good photos using the automatic scene setting. Several indoor photos turned out grainy and dark. It worked much better when I chose my own scene setting. However, I have heard this is a problem with most cameras. All in all, great photos and great videos. I would highly recommend it... especially for the low price (paid $150) to get 16X optical zoom and wide angle. (Posted on 12/30/2011)

  90. Great Camera! Review by D. Miller

    I had a Samsung PL120 and it was NOT giving me what I wanted. So, this Christmas I asked for a new camera. My mom found this one, and at a great deal yet to boot. On Christmas morning, I opened it and was rather excited to get a new camera! I saw it was Panasonic, and I didn't know what to think about that, for I'd never owned a Panasonic electronic. I took it out of the box, and saw it was, as I refferd to it, a "Granny Camera." It looked thick and clunky...

    Before totally giving up, I decided to turn it on and take a few pictures. The first 5 pictures were really good, so I kept going. Needless to say, ever since Christmas, I haven't put the camera down. It's only been 6 days, but I love it! I haven't had any problems with it, although it's only been a short while. Just a few nights ago, I wanted to get pictures at night outside. I went outside and started taking pictures. They're great! And I didn't even have a tripod :)

    Also, I have VERY shaky hands. I just can't be still.. The image stabilization is amazing, the pictures are still crystal clear. And it's not a "Granny Camera." It's honestly perfect! I love it.

    And on a final note, my mom has a Nikon, not sure what it is, but it's the huge one with interchangeable lenses and it takes amazing pictures. I will say my Panasonic is on the same level as the Nikon. Great buy. (Posted on 12/30/2011)

  91. better than my other one. Review by alexis

    The zoom is great, there's a little "noise" on some pictures, things can be washed out, it takes great action shots, sometime it's slow, it takes great indoor shots, kinda bulky, but light and records videos in HD.. with all that.. it could just be me, it's new so I'm not all the way sure how to work the darn thing. But it's better than the other camera, same brand, I had. (Posted on 12/28/2011)

  92. Easy to use, great pics Review by T. Sharp

    After searching through many different cameras and brands, I decided that the Lumix cameras give much more bang for the buck. It's fairly easy to use, and the pics are great. I haven't read the manual, but if I just put it on the "intelligent auto" function, I can trust that the pics will turn out well. (Posted on 12/27/2011)

  93. lumix camera Review by jill

    very light and small. easy to use. have not had time to figure it all out but the pics i have taken come out clear and sharp. quick reset time. my only complaint is that i assumed it came with a sim chip and it did not (Posted on 12/27/2011)

  94. 5 Star review Review by William Klingbeil

    I love this camera for its long optical and wide angle zoom lense. The 20X including "smart zoom" is awesome. The quick zoom button is very handy. I put this camera in my front pant's pocket and carry it with me always. I now don't need cart around my SLR for quick and easy pics.

    I would highly recommend getting this molded small case for impact protection and to protect the camera from dust. I did have another brand pocket camera zoom malfunction from dust.
    <a href="">Case Logic MSEC-2 EVA Molded Compact Camera Case (Black)</a> (Posted on 12/27/2011)

  95. Panasonic camera Review by Janice Gray "Hip Grandma"

    I got this camera just in time for Christmas pictures. It worked great, is easy to use, with a wide variety of shots. Compared to my older digital Canon, this one is great!! Also love the tele. (Posted on 12/26/2011)

  96. Best point and shoot I have ever owned. Review by Darrin S. Silverman

    Don't listen to the haters of this camera. There is no way this camera deserves 1 star. I think $279 was high but I got it for $149 and couldn't be happier. Where are you going to find a 14mp camera with a 16x Leica lens for under $150. The Nikons and Canons in this range have 4x or 5x zoom lenses. Plus this Panasonic starts at 24mm which makes a big difference over 28mm. Compare it to all the other brands at the $150 level and nothing comes close to this at that price range. (Posted on 12/22/2011)

  97. FAILED AFTER 147 PICTURES Review by David A Nugent


    I purchased a Panasonic Luminx DMC-ZS8 in July 2010. In Aug. 2011 the camera failed after 147 pictures in 13 months. (An internal software program designed to require use of Panosonic Brand Batteries Only, would not recognize its own battery.) Under the extended warranty program BEST BUY sent the camera for repair twice. This took over 60 days. On the last return, they said the camera was unrepairable and they would give me a store credit to purchase another camera. I HAD NO CHOICE! The $80 I had paid for an extended warranty was no longer valid after they gave me a store credit. A loss of 3years warranty or $60. The store credit was for $149.00 for a camera that I paid $299 for AN ADDITIONAL LOSS OF $150.


    I WILL NEVER PURCHASE AT BEST BUY AGAIN (Posted on 12/19/2011)

  98. Love It! Review by Zenmom607

    FIrst of all..... I am a mom, not a photographer. I do not want to read manuals and adjust the settings on my camera every time I move location to get the optimal shot. I just wanted a camera to take great pictures and video of my kiddos in action. After hours of reading product reviews, I bought the Canon PowerShot 3300. 2 weeks later it went back to Best Buy. The Canon did take great video, but the pictures were very disappointing. If there was the slightest bit of motion in my subject, the picture was blurry. And if my kids did happen to be sitting still, picture quality still not that great. So I read some more reviews and chose the Panasonic Lumix DMC-Zs8. I love my new camera. Video is outstanding, you can zoom in/out while in video mode. And the picture quality is outstanding. I have only used the iA mode, i don't really see the need for the others. The camera does a wonderful job of adjusting to the lighting, I've taken pics indoors in low light and outside in the glaring snow, both situations resulted in great pics. Ive probably taken 100 pics and 7 mins of video, and the battery is still going strong. I am very pleased with this camera. (Posted on 12/19/2011)

  99. I thought I would love this camera. Review by Kenneth Gidewall

    After reading all the rave reviews about this camera I thought it might be time to upgrade from my older Casio EX-Z850. I was excited when the DMC-ZS8 arrived and immediately took it outside along with my Casio and started shooting pictures, shooting the same shot from each camera. Then I took it indoors and started shooting with the flash. The indoor pictures were a big disappointment, because the flash did not have the range of my Casio they were darker and grainy. The picture quality outdoors was good but not better than the Casio. I did like the wide angle lens and 16X zoom and the videos were definitely superior. At a family reunion I let my sister in-law use my Casio and I used the DMC-ZS8, after all was said and done the better pictures were from the Casio. The DMC-ZS8 is larger and much heavier, not as easy to slip in your pocket. Another disappointment was the short battery life and the need to charge the battery outside the camera. Also,I never did figured out how to show the dates on the pictures. I wanted to love this camera but I decided to return it and now appreciate my Casio even more. (Posted on 12/18/2011)

  100. Great camera! Review by Katy

    I'm a very frequent concert goer and I had been looking for a small point and shoot camera to use at concerts. I had been researching different ones for a while, but I finally bought this one back in May. I've been using it since then, been to 10+ concerts and this is an excellent camera; I would recommend it again and again. It's small enough to fit in your back pocket, there are tons of different settings that can be used, HD video, the quality of my pictures and videos are fantastic, sound distortion in the videos very rarely occurs, colors are vibrant, and zoom for both picture and video is out of this world. I'm also really impressed with the battery life.. If my battery is fully charged before I go to a concert, it still has quite a bit of juice left even after taking a good amount of pictures and video. Not only have I used it at concerts, but I've used it a few times for taking pictures outdoors. Once again, fantastic quality pictures. Not only is it great at all the things listed above, but it's also super easy to use. Buy this camera and you will not be disappointed! (Posted on 12/18/2011)

  101. Great Purchse Review by J.W.

    The reviews here helped me decide on this camera and I'm glad for the various perspectives.
    The camera has a sweet solid feel about it. Right out of the box,charging the battery was easy, memory card no problem,with such a lg screen I purchased the protective cover.I decided not to install the software and started shooting and uploading to picasa with ease.
    The zoom is great, colors are very true, focus is not a problem.I do not use flash much,however I tried a couple of stills and they were illuminated well.
    I haven't even played with the various settings, just auto function and am impressed.
    I have used Olympus, and Cannon for reference point and shoot work and this camera is a bit smoother in functions.
    Overall this is camera is a good as the reviews state,so that is a good thing. (Posted on 12/17/2011)

  102. Super camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by ivango

    Excellent and amazing camera. Pictures absolutely crisp,perfect in light or darkness. Many features to get any situation or moments in your lens. Easy to use and don't spend your time loking for another point and shot,,,buy this now. (Posted on 12/16/2011)

  103. Where's my user manual!!!!! Review by Moldy in Maryland

    So far so good. I am not a novice camera user. Yes, I could charge the battery, insert it, get a memory card inserted and take a couple of photos without a manual. But PLEASE give me a manual - even if I have to pay extra for it. Sure, I printed it out but what I print on my printer compared to a nice compact user manual doesn't even compare. I've always tucked my user manual into my camera bag for quick reference. "Tuck" hardly describes what I'd have to do with this printout.

    For now, I would say I like the camera but the documentation leaves lots and lots to be desired. (Posted on 12/14/2011)

  104. Keeps getting smaller, better and cheaper Review by Paul Allaer

    This is my 3rd Panasonic Lumix camera in a row. Six years ago I bought the Lumix LZ5SE, which I loved and used until I lost it at a concert about 3 years ago. I then bought the Lumix TZ5, which was smaller, better and cheaper than the previous one, and I equally loved it. Recently that camera got damaged during a trip (my own fault), so as I was in the market for a new camera, there was zero doubt in my mind that I wanted another Lumix. I looked around and when I saw this camera, I bought it.

    The Panasonis Lumix ZS8 is an amazing camera. First and foremost, it has the same (if not better) user-friendliness that I've gotten used to from the earlier Lumix cameras. Second, it performs even better than the previous model. What used to be a 10x optical zoom is now an incredible 16x optical zoom. WHat used to be 9.1 megapixels is now 14.1 megapixels. Furthermore the size and weight of the ZS8 is more compact than ever before, smaller than a cigarette pack. If these improvements continue, I imagine that in another 3 years or so it'll be the size and weight of my BlackBerry Bold.

    Last but not least, I was really floored when I saw at what an amazingly low price Amazon was selling the ZS8. If my memory serves me right, it was/is about half the price I paid for the TZ5 just 3 years ago. Wow, just wow. In all, I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I am with this camera, and barring unforseen circumstances, I can already tell you that I'm pretty sure I will continue buying a Panasonic Lumix in the future as well. Meanwhile, the Panasonic Lumix ZS8 is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (Posted on 12/13/2011)

  105. WOW this is by far the most bang for the buck........ Review by M. D. Williamson "TCSO1757"

    After many clicks all over this site to find the camera I was looking for to the replace my old Samsung I found the DMC-ZS8. Boy was I impressed when I started taking pictures if your not sure about this camera stop it get it and be happy. No need to tell you all that it can do you can read that on the Panasonic website. Trust me you will be glad you went with this one over the N,C,O, & S brand cameras. (Posted on 12/9/2011)

  106. This ZS8 is an example of profits first, Quality&Customer last! Review by J. Capobianco

    I have owned a TZ3, currently have a TZ4 and Zs5. I did notice a drop in built
    and lens quality with the ZS5 so I was very curious to try the ZS8 today in Best Buy. This camera is a joke! The images have a mushy grainy look to them even at iso200. The contrast is non existent and exposures are about 1/2 stop too bright at all settings. Built quality is toy like. The TZ4/5 are the last (and highest) quality in Panasonics travel zoom line. What the ZS8 represents is putting profits first and the customer and quality last...plain and simple..Avoid this model!! (Posted on 12/8/2011)

  107. Excellent compact Review by Claude

    I have owned a lumix previously and was very happy with it. This is just better! One note - you can zoom in and out when taking video with this one. The range of the lens is great - pictures are great for a camera this size. (Posted on 12/8/2011)

  108. What a difference a few dollars make Review by Morosco

    I didn't anticipate buying a camera in this price range but I'm glad I did. Right out of the box the camera takes the best pictures that I have ever taken. I leave it set on the automatic setting and it makes every picture right. Makes me look like a pro. I'm just thrilled with it. (And I should also note that I'm no camera smartie so folks should know that even though this camera is fairly sophisticated... it's very easy to use if you leave it set on automatic.) (Posted on 12/8/2011)

  109. Love this camera for a second time Review by Anna

    This is the second time I have purchased this camera (I might have had the previous model the first time around, I swear this one is identical, but maybe a bit lighter than I remember). I had the first one for a couple of years and loved it. It takes awesome, crisp pictures and packs a lot of features into a nice pocket size. My cat knocked the camera off of the top of my bookcase, cracking the screen. It IS a durable camera, as I had dropped it a few times myself. But the 6 foot fall onto a hard wood floor was the death of it. Can't really blame the camera (stupid cat).

    I went searching for a new digital and after hours of research and reading user reviews, I bought the Lumix again. Only at a much lower price. I thought this camera was a great buy when I spent almost $300.00 on it years ago. At the $180.00 I just spent on it the second time around - it's a steal!

    An early Christmas gift to myself. Can't wait to put this thing to use over the holidays.

    --- Update - I have been snapping pictures for about a week now. I love this camera. I got some great shots of my lightning-fast 2 year old nephew running around in front of our Christmas tree. Bad lighting, christmas tree lights blinking, and the TV glowing as he runs by, and the shots are still gorgeous. Great color, so sharp. I am no professional photographer, and I don't need to be with this camera. (Posted on 12/7/2011)

  110. Good camera - Panasonic customer service stinks Review by K. Hinrichs "Gadget Geek"

    I love the camera but Panasonic customer service STINKS! After less than six months I had a problem covered by warranty and contacted Panasonic - told to send it back and that it would be returned to me in a few days (10 days total without camera including shipping). Panasonic has now had the camera ten days and is "still waiting for parts" with no idea how long that will take. Really? Your repair facility doesn't stock parts for a very popular camera? Really? To complain I am sent to a customer service number that disconnects after a period of time - their live chat says "well we are getting calls so no problem". Of course, they don't care about the calls that they are not getting.

    I just spent more than $1200 on Panasonic micro 4/3 camera and lenses. Now thinking that I should have chosen a company with better customer service.

    As an up-date I have now been without the camera for four weeks - a promise that it "should be done today" 15 days after they received it in their service center. I have been lied to in this process and have found this to be the worst customer service experience in memory. (Posted on 12/6/2011)

  111. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Review by Patricia Mitchell "Patricia"

    I am a little disappointed in this NEWER Lumix. I bought one last year (unfortunately it broke when dropped on stone). The original could zoom in to 32. This newer model only zooms in to 20.
    I do like the fact that the battery seems to recharge in the camera. I do not have to charge it much and I use it a lot. I do NOT like that the camera is smaller than last years and that battery is now wasted. Why not make a universal battery so the old one could be a back up. (Posted on 12/5/2011)

  112. great for the price Review by xxx

    I read several reviews before purchasing this camera from Amazon. Many reviewers liked the camera but thought it too expensive for the features. When Amazon offered this for over $100 less than many other retailers, I could not resist any longer.

    I've like the Panasonic Lumix DMC cameras for a long time. The look and feel are similar enough to my old camera to seem familiar which is another reason I preferred this camera. I also like that it does not have a pop-up flash where your left finger naturally falls like Nikon and some others.

    While not directly related to the camera, Panasonic offers a 3 year drop/spill add-on warranty that you can purchase from their retail website for about $65. It covers simply dropping the camera in addition to manufacturer's defects. With something this small that you carry around, drops are very likely to happen. The LCD display on my previous camera got cracked inside my wife's purse. With this warranty, they repair or replace it for up to 3 years but you must purchase the warranty within 30 days of purchasing the camera.

    The zoom features are outstanding. It really is amazing. I like framing pictures using the zoom rather than cropping after-the-fact.

    The only feature I would have liked would have been "in camera" panorama images. However, no more often than I take panorama shots, I can live with the PC software they provide. I found it relatively easy to use.

    All in all I'm pleased and Amazon's price was outstanding. (Posted on 12/4/2011)

  113. Powerless and disappointed Review by bummered

    I think that this camera is way over-hyped and over-pitched. I bought it for my wife and we've both been disappointed that the pictures it takes. It isn't *bad*, but it really isn't that good either. I got it to replace her several year old Sony DSC-W150 because I know she is a shutterbug and her Sony is starting to fail. I chose this camera because of the zoom and the image stabilizer. The zoom is pretty good, no doubt, but we still frequently get blurry images, even when not using zoom. Also, it does not take close-up pictures very well (like if you want to take pictures of a plant), and it does not handle low-light conditions very well.

    However, what pushed me over the edge is that getting a second battery for it is turning out to be nightmareish. You see comments and reviews that Panasonic has gone to some length to prevent you from buying a generic battery, but I can't actually find a genuine replacement battery for it, not even from Panasonic themselves. So my only choice seems to be to try and buy a generic and hope that it works for me (some say it does and some say it doesn't).

    To sum up: I deeply regret buying this product for two reasons: 1. Because it's picture quality is no better than a 5 year old Sony, and 2. Because getting a backup battery is such a pain.

    Good luck! (Posted on 12/2/2011)

  114. good camera Review by L. Bui

    this is my second lumix. i really like the zoom power. overall, a good size camera, powerful and affordable. however, the case that Amazon reccommend is smaller than the camera. so not really happy on that. (Posted on 12/1/2011)

  115. nice little camera Review by Larry D. Mann

    Just using in general picture taking and works really well. The long lens is very nice for pictures you would ordinarily not be able to take. Price level is now in an area that is less than than many non long lens cameras. (Posted on 11/30/2011)

  116. why no battery? Review by Jamie Ormond

    thrilled to get my camera, just unclear whether it's supposed to work because it lack the battery component. just not in the box. checked the ad to ensure that i purchased a "camera" and not an "almost working camera." battery won't arrive for 10 days- very sad. but, glad the camera arrived! (Posted on 11/30/2011)

  117. Excellent camera Review by James Kennedy

    After looking at many of the reviews of this camera, I purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 from Amazon. I took it on vacation and it worked fine. The pictures were great! (Posted on 11/27/2011)

  118. Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera Review by Rose Mary Murphy "R.Murphy"

    I am not the greatest photographer in the world but this camera makes me look that good. It is easy to use and compensates for shakiness. I love the compact size and the ease of use. Thanks for the great deal as well. (Posted on 11/27/2011)

  119. out of focus photos Review by Bigwave34

    Returned this camara, we never had a clear telephoto shot. We owned a Lumix camara in the past and liked the product so when we lost it we replaced it with an updated version. Not impressed! I hope we just had a lemon. (Posted on 11/24/2011)

  120. Great pictures Review by Brian O. Remmey

    I am very pleased at the quality of low light photography results. The settings are more intuitive than others and not to difficult to master. I have much more to learn and looking forward towards each trip out. (Posted on 11/24/2011)

  121. well worth the money Review by bear

    just used this camera on a month long trip (as back up to an SLR) and it is everything i wanted! iso control, shutter, aperture and manual control, nice selection of pre-sets too. small enough to fit in the pocket with a good zoon and wide angle... still one of the best in it's size and definitely the best for the money! (Posted on 11/24/2011)

  122. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Review by uphunter94

    Camera has plenty of zoom, I found it very easy to use, There are a lot of modes that you can choose from. (Posted on 11/23/2011)

  123. Awesome Camera Review by Roxie

    I bought this Camera because I wanted something that was powerful to take good picture but small enough to fit in my pocket. It does both. There are some Manual setting, but if your looking for a lot of them this camera is not for you. It has a lot of nice options for Modes. It is fast enough to get pictures of moving objects such as pets and sports. A good zoom for the size. Love the camera so much that and my family does to, they go this Camera too. (Posted on 11/20/2011)

  124. File formats make me sad Review by Mark C. Brueschke

    Panasonic's use of .MTS and Advanced Video Coding High Definition makes converting video captured with this camera a nightmare.

    If you have a Macintosh, be prepared to spend at least $30 to get software that reliably converts the video into something useable, some freeware tools like ffmpeg can convert the video, but will not grab the audio. Panasonic also hides the video files deep inside folders so that Image Capture won't browse to them for easy copy to your computer. (Posted on 11/17/2011)

  125. Would not buy again Review by micheleg57

    I bought this camera about 10 months ago and it took fair pictures. The camera quit working and I returned it to the Mcallen TX service center as directed. The service center indicated I had damaged the camera. Truly, had I dropped the camera and damaged it I would not have gone to the expense of shipping it. I will not buy another Panasonic product. I called Panasonic to see if they would do anything for me and the tech said she was not allowed to transfer me to anyone who could help me. Not a fun experience to say the least. (Posted on 11/13/2011)

  126. Great little camera Review by Frenchmell

    This is a little camera with a great zoom. There are a number of helpful camera settings, but it also lets you set your own. The panorama setting is especially fun & the computer software makes 'stitching' photos together a breeze! (Posted on 11/9/2011)

  127. FAULTY FLASH AND FAIL TO LOAD ALL PIX Review by Joenil L. Jumbas "joenil l. jumbas 'Jiajo"


  128. Improved over the prior Lumix I had Review by S. Jacobson "Kippered Snack"

    I have a Lumix DMC-ZS3 that is 2 1/2 years old. The LCD screen suddenly went mad for no apparent reason, stripes appeared and very little image showed. Have not checked about fixing it yet but decided I'd rather put any money toward a new camera. Shopped and read about Canons (a favorite brand of mine) but ended up with another Lumix because I love the wide angle lens for landscape. The DMC-ZS8 has one major improvement for me, the moved settings dial!

    I loved the other camera and was very unhappy about it's death but that dial drove me nuts. Since it's hard to see the LCD screen outside, I would end up taking 100's of shots (yes, I use overkill with digital cameras because I can) during a day of snowshoeing only to find that I'd bumped the dial and they were useless. The ZS8 is a big improvement on that with the dial away from the shutter. Overall, the controls seem better placed. I also tend to put the camera in my pocket and that could move the dial more easily in the old position. I am 5'3" and so my jean pockets aren't huge but I love the fact that this camera fits easily.

    I have not taken a large amt. of pictures yet but the quality seems the same, the lens is 24mm wide instead of 25mm which I like and the grip and feel is similar but better. Also, I can use my other battery and cables as extras, another reason to stay with the Lumix. Happy so far! And I will note that I paid $400 for the earlier Lumix so this price is great!

    I also bought screen covers to use this time and they are reported to be non-glare. The jury's out on how much that helps with the LCD screen outside. (Posted on 11/5/2011)

  129. Hard to beat for the price Review by A Customer

    I bought this camera for its size and telephoto features and I have not been disappointed. I am a longtime SLR photographer with long, heavy telephoto lens that I no longer want to carry around when I am travelling. Since buying this camera I have been on two trips for a total of 60 days. One month in the Rocky Mountains with wildlife photos and one month in Europe with a wide variety of picture taking, including no flash, low light pictures in churches and night time shots of lit up buildings. It worked well in all the situations and I have thousands of photos to prove it. Some of the photos will be entered into photo contests in the next few months. I have discovered that the telephoto feature and small size of the camera allow for easy un-posed photos of people. After a recent photo shoot of an indoor event, I was asked to take a series of photos of older volunteers working with children for an exhibit. I have had no trouble enlarging to 11X14. I have not tried to go larger. The battery and chip door is a bit delicate and needs to be treated with care, but I have had no problem with it. The battery has held up well, even when using the flash. While it is not the smallest camera on the market, I can carry it everywhere in my pocket and it takes much better pictures then a cell phone.
    I have recommended this camera to several friends and will be buying one for my wife. (Posted on 11/5/2011)

  130. Easy to take photos Review by gvguru

    I have had this camera for a few months. Takes excellent photos. Many settings for a camera of this type. Light weight and easy to hold. down side is there is no view finder. Highly recommend this camera. (Posted on 11/1/2011)

  131. Best point and shoot ever! Review by Jodie A. Erikson "woodswoman"

    This was a replacement of another Lumix camera. Loved it so much that I wanted another one. I use this all the time--much better than my VERY expensive digital SLR and the quality is outstanding! (Posted on 10/30/2011)

  132. Great pictures for a decent price Review by Janina625

    I purchased this camera to go to a Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park in NYC. It is fairly small and easy to handle, and it took GREAT pictures of the concert! Given that it was relatively inexpensive (in the realm of decent point and shoot cameras with added features), I was very pleased with it. I would say that we were approximately 50 feet or so from the stage (maybe farther). It has a zoom feature which allowed me to focus-in, and the video recording feature produced very good quality, both for clips at the concert, and at an after party, as well. I was very, very pleased with this camera, all in all. I would recommend this camera to someone looking for easy-to-use camera with some nice added features that you don't get in a cheap model. (Posted on 10/29/2011)

  133. Nice and easy but a lot to learn Review by Kat Peters "Kat Peters"

    There's still a lot to learn about this camera. So many features. It will take awhile for me to know how to use it properly. (Posted on 10/26/2011)

  134. Another excellent Panasonic from Amazon... Review by D Skopp "Shadows Walking"

    I have had three Panasonic digitals--my FZ5 from 2003 still works beautifully, but is too large to carry in my pocket and only works on a 1 mg SD car; I dropped my pocketable TZ5 and my LZ7 was lost in a snowbank until Spring. So I bought this ZS8. I am entirely satisfied; if I am careful--and I plan to be--I won't drop it or lose it in a snowbank. Best features: 16x zoom; easy, fully intuitive and accessible controls; long-lived lithium, rechargeable battery; convenient size; video mode; excellent playback. What I wish were even better: sharper images (I'm not complaining; with a bit of tweaking on Picasa, almost every picture can become better, and I have taken many without any tweaking that are excellent); even more powerful flash. At $190 when I bought it on, this camera was a great buy and serves me very well! (Posted on 10/26/2011)

  135. Wonderful replacement Review by Rosemary Driver

    These compact lumix camera's are the best! This one is a replacement for the one that my husband had stolen in Ecuador! It is a slight upgrade from his last one, and is perfect for travel and every day use. (Posted on 10/23/2011)

  136. can't be beat for the price Review by chard

    i was eager to try panasonic and bought this when i had to send my canon sx-130 for repair. wow, i was impressed right off the bat. the lens is incredibly sharp, focus is fast, and the controls all seem to be in the right place. it has its limitations like all point and shoots, (particularly low light), but for a camera that will fit in my pocket i can live with that. it feels right in my hand.....sturdy. i now have my canon back, but use the lumix more often because of the way it feels. they both take good pictures, and each can outdo the other at some things. (Posted on 10/22/2011)

  137. A very nice camera Review by Gustavo Muñoz

    The camera takes excellent pictures! The zoom is really good, and it captures colors just beautifully. The only thing I would improve is the battery, would be nice if it lasted longer. (Posted on 10/17/2011)

  138. worse than the zs3 Review by user of the zs8

    i own the zs3 and am very happy with the pic quality but when i started using the zs8
    side by side i saw that the indoor quality of the zs3 was a lot better with the zs8 producing a crummy low quality picture (Posted on 10/14/2011)

  139. La mejor compra Review by miriam

    Excelente cámara. He tenido otras marcas como Sony , Canon, y no he tenido suerte con ellas. Con esta cámara estoy muy satisfecha, buen zoom y estabilización de la imagen (Posted on 10/10/2011)

  140. great! Review by Shannon Dixon

    I had a Kodak easy share for years and loved it- but I could not get photos of my kids on stage at there performances without the being dark or blurry. With this camera I can get those shots! I also love the zoom- very crisp and clear even on the high zoom setting (I have not used the digital zoom- but haven't needed it due to the high optical zoom).
    my only complaint is when taking close ups - a few inches away- there is often a dark shadow in one coroner of the photo unless taken in a LOT of light. (Posted on 10/9/2011)

  141. Great camera for the price Review by Jennifer Adrien

    Got this for our office after having had an earlier version at home for years. I can't believe how quickly this camera takes pics when you push the button! Wonder if my boss would notice if I switched them... :) (Posted on 10/6/2011)

  142. Too Bulky For Me Review by Mama27

    I ordered this camera bc of the great zoom and high mp, but in the end it was just too big and bulky and the picture quality wasn't that great. When comparing it's pictures with some pics taken with my friend's Canon 300HS, the canon's quality were better by far. Plus it is much more compact. Perhaps I just couldn't figure out how to get the best shots with the panasonic but even having it in the auto mode didn't produce great pics. They seemed a little grainy and the the color was flat. (Posted on 10/3/2011)

  143. Outstanding Underwater Review by SnowBird "Internet Shopper"

    Coupled with the [ASIN:B004TLK8GM Panasonic DMW-MCTZ20 Underwater Marine Case for Lumix DMC TZ20 Digital Camera]], the ZS8 is great dive camera for less than $500 complete. That's crazy.

    I've taken several thousand exposures with this camera underwater. The results are stunning. (See the images.) The built-in flash is ready to be used to trigger an external strobe. You get through-the-lens exposure control with no fuss.

    When the dive is over, the ZS8 comes out of the u/w housing to become a great pocket camera again. So much versatility, portability, and image quality for so little expense. (Posted on 9/25/2011)

  144. Great for a Point and Shoot Review by mvcrez

    I bought this camera as a backup to my DSLR and for those instances when I just want to travel light. So far, it hasn't disappointed.

    First for the cons: Just like most (if not all) point and shoots, indoor pics and flash pics suffer a little. The flash leaves a hard, metallic tone on the images and redeye is common. The camera has a reduction mode, but I never use it, I find the 'double flash' confuses posing subjects and results in movement and akward facial expressions. I also don't like that the proprietary battery has to be removed from the camera for charging. So far, battery life is excellent, but I haven't kept track of how many pictures/flashes/image reviews I can do between plug ins. Lastly, the camera is a bit thicker than I would have hoped for. Some of the comparable products on the market are considerably thinner.

    As for the pros: the camera takes great, high resolution outdoor shots. I've had good luck with automatic mode as well as Av, Sv and the various scene modes it offers. Color balance is very accurate with WB set to automatic, although images captured with chosen WB settings neon, indoor) came out well also. I also like that the advanced user can dial up or dial down exposure by fractions of stops, and I believe the camera can autobracket as well, although I haven't tried it yet. Lastly, the menus and the user interface is very intuitive and easy to understand. If you've been around digital cameras for any length of time, you should be able to figure this one out without reading the users' manual. Digital zoom and image stabilization, both big selling points for this camera don't figure much into my shooting style, so I can't provide intelligent commentary on either.

    Although I much prefer my big, bulky DSLR to ANY point and shoot pocket camera, I know that on days I bring this one along, at least I'll get clean, crisp, high quality pictures of my unforgettable moments. (Posted on 9/22/2011)

  145. Good point and shoot like a pro Review by Web Ranger

    This is a replacement for another Panasonic camera with 10X zoom. I bought this one because it has even longer zoom. I found the swithc for shoot and view on the back of the camera is a bit not convenient. The old one you just turn the dial to select shoot or review. All in all, it's a great camera.
    By the way, my old one was soaked in water on the beach for a short time. It stopped working in a few days. However, just on the day this new one arrived, the old one went back to work again. This make me believe the quality of the Panasonic camera is great. (Posted on 9/21/2011)

  146. Amazing camera for a point and shoot Review by Rachel H.

    What a great camera is all I can say. After having a little point and shoot camera for the last few years we decided it was time for me to upgrade. We have a nice big DSLR for occasions and my husband always got to use it and my pictures always looked, well, must worse than his (Facebook worthy but that's about it!). Now with this new camera my pictures come out almost as good as the DSLR and defiantly as good as a DSR and much easier to figure out! I can even zoom farther then his! The camera is fairly easy to use but has a lot of different options if you really want to get into it. It took a couple hours of playing around to get the majority of the stuff I would ever use. The quality of photos are just plain awesome for a point and shoot. We mostly use it for outdoor trips (hiking, national parks etc.), theme parks and around town. My only problem with it is I wish it was a little smaller. It is technically pocket sized but is just a little too big to fit comfortably in your pocket. But for all the amazing stuff this little camera can do, we just overlook that! It still fits into a small camera case which is how I carry it around. The best point and shoot camera you can buy and really does compare with a DSR and literally is 1/3 the size! (Posted on 9/19/2011)

  147. GrandmaBonnie Review by Grandma Bonnie

    DMC-ZS8 replaces a DMC-TZ3. It is nice having very similar settings...with some extra features on the newer model. The extra zoom is wonderful! Only disappointment is what seems to be an even longer delay from picture snap to clearing of the LCD screen to capture the next picture. I'm still hoping there will be info somewhere to determine if there is a setting to shorten that delay. Otherwise, this camera is everything one could want in a compact zoom point-and-shoot camera for travels and active grandchildren! (Posted on 9/19/2011)

  148. nice little pocket camera Review by George A. Dapsevicius "George D"

    Great little pocket camera. I have a 5 year old lx2 and used the same sd card and the pictures taken with the dmc-zs8 are virtually identical. The real difference is that the display monitor of the zs8 is oustandingly superior. There in nothig wrong with the lx2 but the zx8 is easyer and much simpler to use. But I miss the RAW feature of the lx2. YOU REALLY DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. (Posted on 9/18/2011)

  149. Can buy a better one with that amount!! Review by petsy

    Not that satisfied with the amount of money i put in it... It can do much better... especially, i am not happy with the auto shot. (Posted on 9/18/2011)

  150. great camera Review by pacifichiker

    Love this camera, no delay when pressing shutter, great zoom, almost bought a dslr but purchased this instead and I am glad. Best compact I have owned , took over 400 pictures on one charge (Posted on 9/17/2011)

  151. So, so picture quality... Review by R. A. Knight "EvilWoman"

    I bought this camera as an upgrade to my Lumix ZS-3. I believed that with the upgrade; I would get better pictures using the zoom, and an improvement in low-light situations. I believe that the photo quality is the same as my old camera. The zoom in lower light situations, i.e. cloudy days causes the pictures to appear "grainy" I end up deleting those. The zoom on my new ZS-8 is poor in quality, even in good lighting, and while stabilized; sitting on top of a table. I may have a defective camera, and I have no way of knowing. I bought it from one of Amazon's merchants, so as far as returns go; it may cause me more of a headache than anything else. I should have bought directly from Amazon. :( (Posted on 9/17/2011)

  152. Terrific camera Review by Jan

    My husband and I recently purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 camera and are totally satisfied with our purchase. It is the best small camera we have ever owned. The options for taking pictures are easily understood; it was so easy to catch my 3 year old grandson speeding down the driveway on his tricycle using the sports adjustment: absolutely no blurring! The 16x zoom is very satisfying when you want to catch something at some distance away. The burst adjustment allowed me to photo a rabbit in the yard who might move any second by taking 4 photos in quick succession: we caught him perfectly! I'm looking forward to trying out some of the other options! (Posted on 9/16/2011)

  153. excellent camera Review by Benito Flores

    I bought this camera because my TZ3 broke down after 3 years of use. So far I still have to discover it but I'm quitehappy with it. The zoom is magnificent! (Posted on 9/15/2011)

  154. Love Panasonic Lumix Cameras Review by J. Nicks

    This is a great little camera! It will fit in your pocket or purse. Lumix takes excellent pictures, and the DMC-ZS8 has a great zoom! In my opinion, there is no better point and shoot camera! (Posted on 9/12/2011)

  155. A GREAT camera to consider! Review by J. M.

    I was on a trip with friends in June and saw first hand the capability of this camera. The zoom enables many photo ops that other "hand-held" cameras didn't offer to me before. I was able to get pics in situations that I wouldn't have considered getting with my other cameras.
    The camera is light weight and fits in the shirt pocket easily, but it feels substantial, not cheap. Good directions are provided. I needed them to help locate how to use the MANY features that are available. (For the first time, I successfully took pictures of last 4th of July fireworks!) I'm now a believer in Panasonic products after being a Canon user for years. (Posted on 9/11/2011)

  156. Great Photos/Easy To Use Camera Review by R. Fudge "Ron"

    I wanted a camera that would let me take great photos but didn't require much knowledge about complicated cameras, I needed one that was also light to carry because of the amount of traveling that I do. I've had good cameras before that have had so many functions that because of simplicity, I stuck to only using the basics of them. (This camera fits all of the bills and at a very reasonable price with this seller who offers a good deal!) Funny thing was, a month ago while on vacation touring Romania and the Baltics, not only a couple, but many people on my tour had Lumix cameras, this very model and some older models. I really liked it and will purchase another one in the future. If you are on the fence, give it a try. I think the photos will prove your decision to be a very positive one. (Posted on 9/9/2011)

  157. Nice camera with amazing optical zoom. Review by davidgev

    I have used Panasonic Lumix TZ3 for several years and wanted to upgrade to a newer version.
    Don't want to write too much, will just make it clear - this is a nice camera to have for daily use.
    You will not be disappointed. Just go and get it! :)))) (Posted on 9/9/2011)

  158. OK for a digital camera but not fully satisfied. Review by Giovanna C. Policastro "GC Poli"

    I purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 a month ago in a rush since I was leaving to go on vacation in a day and a half. I had the camera sent to Wildwood NJ so I had a camera while away. Did not do the research but read the reviews and decided to order. This was my 3rd digital camera, I had a Sony purchased in 2007 (Sony Cybershot DSCW55 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver) and a Nikon purchased in 2010 (Nikon Coolpix S8000 14.2 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 3.0-Inch)both were damaged due to my children throwing them in the pool.My first impression was that it was not easy to use and pictures did not come out as clear as my other 2 cameras. I had to take several shots and adjust so the picture could come out good. After 2 days of using the camera, there was a error message (zoom error) that did not allow me to use the camera, I removed the battery closed it several times. Did not want to take a chance, when I returned from vacation I had to return it and will most likely go with a NIKON, need to do the research before I decide on the model. Amazon is amazing and so customer focused, more companies should be like this. (Posted on 9/5/2011)

  159. Chamber of excellent quality and good price Review by TONI

    This is an excellent camera where photos and videos taken by a tourist and become very easily amateur in a professional quality photos, simply knowing how to use all its excellent and easy to operate for the particular time and she plows the remaining work. I recommend it for its small size, powerful and very lightweight zoom lens for your leisure or just to have it at home and have memories of those special events to save. Sending this seller was very fast and safe, 100% recommended. (Posted on 9/4/2011)

  160. Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8 Review by Al Barby

    As advertised and a great camera. This is our 2nd Lumix and for the price point it's terrific.

    Highly recommend it for the average user that's looking for an excellent point and shoot with a few extra features, should you want to use them. We find the stabilization feature one of the best on the market. We choose Lumix again after reviewing everything out there in the product category. Can't go wrong! (Posted on 9/4/2011)

  161. Great Camera Review by Donna Osborne

    While on a long vacation, our previous Lumix camera failed, and we never considered replacing it with anything but another Lumix. We love the compact size, the great optical zoom, and the wide-angle lens. And it takes great pictures. It's a fantastic camera for the price! (Posted on 9/4/2011)

  162. A lot of features and good pictures but a few hiccups Review by Nicolas

    I was the happy owner of the precent model called TZ8 in Europe (while this one would be the TZ18) but I had to replace it because dust had collected inside the lenses and black dots where appearing on every pictures. So far I found everything I liked from the precious version plus a few more useless stuff and a more durable battery.

    The good point is that its autonomy is VERY long. In Yellowstone National Park, I probably took a good 700-800 pictures before it died off, which is remarkable (also, the batteries from the previous model are compatible). It's also very easy to use and quite faster than the previous generation. It does quite a good job both as a point and shoot and as a SLR-like with its manual mode, like extended expositions and a tripod (I took some awesome pictures of lightning bolts very easily with it).

    On the other side, I also see a few small things I don't like about this model. First, the iA mode (fully automatic) is often really off balance, and by that I mean that it doesn't convey something that looks natural. Often, everything is too bright or too dark and the colors are either de-saturated of too contrasted. Either way, it's not very handy to use because you often have to try multiple shots at different variations of contrast to get the best picture or aim for the sky and lower your aim while maintaining the focus to get more crisp colors. It still does a decent job, but I kinda prefer to use it in full manual mode to get what I need.

    Second, pictures are more often blurry or poorly sharpened using this model than the previous one. I often get some bad artefacts and post-processing glitches... nothing that can't be eased out by resizing the picture down and sharpening it a bit, but it still bothers me a bit.

    Finally, what REALLY bothers me about this camera is the same as with its predecessor: the lenses/objective/zoom is NOT SEALED or AIR TIGHT at all! Which means that dust can and will easily collect inside the lenses and make all your future pictures bad. After one week of extensive (more than 5000 pictures) but careful use (putting it back in its little bag after every use) in a dusty environment (desert of Arizona and Utah), dust had already collected in the lenses. This is very unfortunate and can happen after one single mistake. Mine was to let it turned on a few minutes while hiking (which means with the lenses exposed). I usually ALWAYS and CONSTANTLY turn it off after I take a picture to avoid this situation, but I forgot once and got bitten immediately.

    So yes, all in all a very good camera, but it had its flaws, as minor as they might be. (Posted on 8/31/2011)

  163. Exactly What I Wanted! Review by Optimist

    Extremely happy with this very small, easy to use camera. I shoot wedding photos at my B & B and this camera does a great job and photos can be blown up without any grain to 8 1/2 x 11 without any problem. I have already purchased another for my mom because it is very easy to use. (Posted on 8/29/2011)

  164. Camera is OK, shipping is horrible Review by ben

    the camera is OK for the price, and the long zoom is amazing, but:

    1. low light performance just so-so, due to a 1/2.33 CCD, which is too small;
    2. it would have been better if it had an option of smaller size of pic., e.g., 1600x1200, or 1280x960;
    3. the video is with a .mov extension and it is a quicktime format, this make me crazy since I've been trying weeks for a player for it. And I don't want to install a useless player (like the apple quicktime) specifically for video from this camera. What is more, many players which claim to be able to run quicktime failed to do it, and I don't know it is because of the camera, or those players

    The main reason I rated it with one star is the shipping experience: last time I used amazon to shop, the on-line system misled me to put the wrong address----I got it right at first but amazon suggested me to omit my apartment #, and this made the UPS not able to deliver it. And when I updated my address with UPS, they delivered it one day later than they promise and I need to wait in my apt for extra days (it should arrive on Thr. stated by amazon, but I got it 6 PM on the following TUE.) (Posted on 8/28/2011)

  165. SIMPLY MARVELOUS!!!1 Review by JMORG


  166. Very Good Camara Review by Henry Lamb ( "Affinity"

    I have had several camaras dating back to the 60's. My last camara was a Canon sureshot 3.5 pixels. Actually quite modern except for the 3.5 pixels. To update I did a lot of research (based on reviews) and settled on the Lumix Z-s8. It is super. Better than the Canon for videos and simplicity. I have large hands and the Canon can be a little too little for me. If I have one compaint it is this. The viewing screen is so big and perfect that it can't be beat at night or in the shade. But in broad daylight, I can't see what I am aiming at. Probably a single lens reflex would be the only solution to that or maybe a little direct viewer next to the screen. Aside from that, it a perfect little camara. (Posted on 8/26/2011)

  167. Loving this camera! Review by SChiasson

    This is a great little camera. I went on to a butterfly house and the pictures of the butterflies came out gorgeous. The detail of each one was so amazing. I have larger, more expensive cameras, but this is the one I find myself going to more and more. It is especially great on walks and sightseeing as it is so light to carry. LOVE IT!!! (Posted on 8/25/2011)

  168. Good camera but charging is strange Review by Quayquai "filmsforme"

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera is nice enough for a small inexpensive camera. However charging it is not easy. Most things you just attach the charger plug to the camera, and the other end to the electrical outlet, or to a computer. This one does not charge when you connect it to the computer. It does not charge when you connect it to an outlet. You MUST OPEN UP THE CAMERA AND REMOVE THE BATTERY, every time you need to charge the battery! Then you MUST place the battery into a little compartment/charger and plug that into the electrical outlet. Then when the battery is charged you take it out of the little compartment and open up the camera again, put the battery into the camera, close and lock the cover. What a pain. And if you are out and about you must make sure you brought that little compartment to charge the battery, you can't just bring the plug and plug in the camera to the computer or to the wall. You must always take out the battery completely. I don't like it at all. The pictures on the Sony Cyber Shot are better, clearer, more detailed, but that one never held a charge for more than 12 photos! So it went back to Amazon and I bought the Panasonic Lumix. Since I'm tired of calling, requesting, sending back, doing without a camera while waiting for them to mail it, I will keep this one. But I truly believe that during our new trip, going to Austria, we will necessarily have to buy one of those disposable cameras when this battery needs charging during the middle of a sight seeing trip. Other than this, it's an OK camera. (Posted on 8/25/2011)

  169. ¡¡Excellent!! Review by Dan T. Lewis

    I used a Panasonic DMC ZR-1 for two years at work, pasted it on to my assistant, and purchased this DMC AS-10 two months ago for my work. It is only slightly heavier and a bit thicker than the 8X zoom ZR-1. It performs wonderfully. I was able to photograph a Red Tailed Hawk with its prey without disturbing the bird and the resulting photos are outstanding. Oh yes, I did purchase it for work but it is convenient to use and I carry it everywhere. Pre-set "scenes" make unusual lighting situations automatic to the extreme and I can manually adjust the exposure with complete control when I want to. The rapid fire feature allows me to take five exposures rapidly and I can choose the best one afterwards. Easy on battery life and the controls come to hand without fumbling about. I highly recommend this camera. (Posted on 8/24/2011)

  170. Great Camera Review by D. E. Smith

    Just love this camera. It takes great pictures and the image stabilization feature helps a lot, particularly when taking photos using the zoom. The zoom lens is great. You can get in very close and indoor shots are very clear even without the flash. Best digital camera I've ever bought. (Posted on 8/24/2011)

  171. WOW! Review by R. HOOVER "real life movie critic"

    I love this camera! I am taking more and better photos than I ever have before. I haven't found anything negative to say about this camera yet. The only way to make it any better for would be to sell it cheaper. The HD video is stunningly good, easy to use and the zoom operates in HD movie mode. The big zoom allows me to get close, and the high resolution allows me use the editing software to zoom in even more with amazingly good results. Only a professional photographer could find this camera lacking. The battery life is very good, I have never come close to running the battery down. If you want a camera that you can just power up and shoot, set this one to Intelligent Auto and start shooting. Even the auto timer works well. The menu system is easy to use. The video quality is better than any camcorder I have ever owned. This camera is a winner. (Posted on 8/21/2011)

  172. Big disappointment all around. Review by Marilyn Armstrong

    After USPS lost the first one of these I ordered, I finally got it. Maybe it was the poor excuse for packing (rattling around in a bigger box without so much as a piece of bubble pack) or maybe it's just a bad copy of an otherwise good camera. But mine took really bad pictures, on full auto, on semi auto, and full manual. In good light, in medium light AND on flash. Every picture was soft and grainy. Washed out color too. I actually couldn't find any redeeming features and I returned it. Was it my particular unit or the design? I don't know and past a certain point, I don't care. Maybe it's a quality control issue. With Leica optics, it ought to be good. Great specs. Just not even the minimum quality I can accept. (Posted on 8/20/2011)

  173. Not Mac Compatible Review by L. Washburn "lwashbur"

    I looked online to find out if this was Mac compatible and could not find out. I previously owned a Lumix FS15 which I loved until it got dust inside. It was Mac compatible. Although Amazon doesn't list compatibility requirements for the camera, the box clearly says Windows 7. I will probably be sending it back unless I want to buy a card reader. This is a big disappointment. I will not be taking the camera out of the box. (Posted on 8/19/2011)

  174. Capturing a perfect moment of a whale up in the air Review by Hernan

    The first time we used the DMC-ZS8 was on the Pacific coast of Colombia. We used the burst option and took a wonderful picture of a whale up in the air that was very satisfying for us. (Posted on 8/16/2011)

  175. AWESOME POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA Review by iyaucyas

    I did a lot of research for a point and shoot camera with a powerful optical zoom. I looked at the Sony, Nikon and Fuji as well as this Panasonic. I read reviews on Amazon, Best Buy and other sites. I was most impressed with what others said about the Panasonic ZS8 over all the others. This is just a great camera and I can't say enough good things about it. I am very happy with my purchase and I know you will be happy with your purchase of the Panasonic Lumix DMX-ZS8 over any other point and shoot camera. (Posted on 8/14/2011)

  176. Great decision Review by Nurse Bill

    While I have a little experience with photography, I am far from a good amateur. We own two digital cameras. We had been on two trips this year and the pictures taken on both were frustratingly affected by our camera's abilities (composure is very different from exposure and focus when those are supposed to be automatic). I was looking for a good camera that would take clear pictures (no matter what light), speedy on start-up and picture to picture, allow me a little flexibility, good battery life, but be easy for my wife (full auto mode). I decided on this ZS8 (I consider a moderately priced camera).

    A week after getting it (very quickly with free shipping), we went to Niagara Falls. What a great decision! The camera starts up very quickly, there is very little lag between shots, and 99.9% of the pictures had focus that was sharp as a tack. The very few times the focus was poor, it was because of the situation and my impatience with allowing the second or two for the camera to focus. The stabilization system is spectacular! I was taking pictures of fireworks through a hotel window; the focus was sharp and the exposure was perfect. In the butterfly conservatory (a really fantastic place), my nature photographs - auto macro mode and exposure - were perfect. I bought an extra battery with this camera and was sure to have it charged and ready to go if necessary (I did not have to press it into service until the end of the trip - 300 pictures, some with flash).

    Nice size that fits my ham-hands without being large or impossible to carry/store. I had considered a similarly priced Canon and Sony and tried them in a local Best Buy with surprising results: Both of these cameras felt tiny in my hands. Both cameras had issues with taking focused pictures in less than perfect lighting (zoom to max on close object). The Panasonic was also available for my comparison and was really comfortable to use.

    Great camera. This is going to be a camera we will keep for years. (Posted on 8/13/2011)

  177. Very nice camara Review by J. Barta

    I just purchased this camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8, and after shooting just a few pictures, I think that it is a winner. The only problem I have found to date has to do with the LCD screen. It is too reflective. At the beach on a sunny day, facing toward the sun, all I could see was my own refelection in the LCD. Shading the screen with my hand did not help. The camera needs a non-refective add on screen cover or some type of hood. If anyone has any suggestions, I would like to hear about them. (Posted on 8/12/2011)

  178. Excellent Point N Shoot! Review by TJustice

    I had been a believer in Canon point & shoot products until my last purchase of a Canon Powershot SD780 IS Elph 12MP. I also owned the previous Canon Powershot Elph in 8MP which was much faster, great auto mode, superb video even in night shooting. I was completely disappointed with the SD780 not being user friendly needing tweaks here and there, video specially at night was bad which the prior 8MP Canon did without problem. Hence, my switch to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 which has none of these problems! The auto mode takes wonderful pictures and the flash at night is much better not washing out the entire photo or taking away color. Even without the flash in low light the photos are great and the stabilization helps to not blurr the photos! The night video is better than the SD780 and comparable to the prior Canon 8MP. I have a friend who is a professional photographer who suggested the Lumix and I couldn't be happier. I'm using a Duracell High Speed Card 32 GB Class 10 Card. There is very little lag time between shots even in burst mode. The 16x wide angle Lieca lens takes much fuller photos. The Lumix gets a better background photo and much more depth. What stood out in the Canon Elphs were the vivid colors and crisp photos but so does the Lumix. The only negatives so far are with the zoom lens at distance. It seems to take longer to acquire autofocus because of the distance. So if you wanted to take a photo quick that requires long zoom, you might miss the shot because the autofocus will take a few seconds to acquire. Battery life is also comparable to the Canon. I can only assume Canon got cheap with their processor on the latest Elph series. (Posted on 8/11/2011)

  179. Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8 Review by CWH

    Great camera and very compact for its features. Zoom is excellent and very stable when at maximum zoom. Plenty of options for manual override. (Posted on 8/4/2011)

  180. great camera lousy instructions Review by cc

    I love this camera. It takes great pictures and movies,which of course was my main objective. What I do not like is the instructions. The owners manual is very difficult to read and not user friendly. This camera has a great many features that would make custom picture taking possible but I am not a camera expert and have no idea how to use the many features. I really wish it came with a video tutorial. I don't even know where I could go to find better instructions. So five stars for the camera, no stars for the owners manual. (Posted on 8/4/2011)

  181. Great pix. Easy to use. Broke in 4 months. Review by Jay

    We loved this camera for the short 4 month lifespan it had. One day it just froze up with the zoom out and open. We tried everything to get it to work again. Thankfully it was under warranty...or so we thought. After having it professionally wrapped and shipped, Panasonic let us know they received the camera. Over 2 weeks after they received it, they called us to say we owe them $175 to repair the camera. They said the camera is "damaged" and therefore not under warranty. This was after they sat on the camera for 2 weeks.

    They have yet to define what the "damage" is, but they are adament that there was no way one of their workers dropped/damaged the camera in the 2+ weeks they had the camera in their possession. We know the camera had no damage when we sent it in. Oh, well I guess we need to buy a new camera and it won't be Panasonic because we aren't paying it.

    So in a nutshell, it does a great job. But if you have problems with your camera, be ready to have to pay for a repair. Some warranty. BUYER BEWARE! (Posted on 7/31/2011)

  182. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera Review by dome01

    After using the camera on a trip and have only taken about 100 shots the LCD screen goes on and off - I am going to get it replaced. (Posted on 7/25/2011)

  183. Great Camera Review by P. Knedler "PCK"

    I bought this after returning my Nikon s9100 due to it freezing a number of times. I chose this over the zs10 because of price (amazon's price was 50$ cheaper than Best Buy) and because I didn't care about GPS or the video button on top of the camera as I don't use cameras for video. This camera is simple to use. I was really surprised at the clarity and detail in the pictures that I have taken. I thought they turned out better than the ones I took with the Nikon. The zoom is more than enough. I wish that the Lumix had more effects, like on the Nikon, but I'll take the picture quality over effects any day. If you're looking for a quality P&S then definitely check this one out. (Posted on 7/24/2011)

  184. perfection for the price! Review by Jorge L. Vazquez "jorgboy1"

    quite frankly and most likely the best point and shoot you will find. Take into consideration the price ($243) and it's a hands down, no brainer.
    Took this to Colorado and was able to catch some beautiful shots both close ups with the wide angle and zooms with the 16x zoom. Did not think it was possible to get the quality resolution with a camera that does it all. Usually one virtue outweighs another but this is the best all arounder out there.
    Read other reviews on Amazon as well as cnet and other sited. This camera gets great reviews. BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT! Oh and the video quality was unreal as was the battery life. I used an 8gig sd/hc card and was able to put well over a hundred photo's a day with short movies with hardly putting a dent on the memory. I downloaded the card daily but could have gone my whole trip 7days on one card I believe. (Posted on 7/22/2011)

  185. Good adjunct to SLR Review by D. Christman

    I purchased this camera to use on travel when I didn't want to lug around my SLR. So far I've been very happy with the results, especially the ease of use. The dials are intuitive and the menus state what each option will do. I actually bought the Canon SX 230 HS first and sent it back, even though I've loved all my Canons and the quality of their photos is excellent. It was just too slow and very difficult to use. I couldn't even get the exposure compensation to work. With this camera, I was able to use all the features right away. I also like how quickly it takes the picture and how easy it is to see on the screen. I was worried about shooting in direct sunlight, but as long as I looked over the top of my sunglasses, everything was clear.

    My only concern, and it would be a big one if I didn't have my SLR, is that this camera is not good in low light. The camera uses ISO 1600 to get the picture, and there is way too much noise. You do get the picture, though, which is probably what most people want. I'm just very fussy because I'm used to gorgeous pictures with my Canon T1i in any kind of light. Granted, though, you have to set up those low light photos, and if people or objects are moving, you may not get the shot.

    I can't say anything about the video, as I haven't used it yet. (Video is not important to me.) (Posted on 7/20/2011)

  186. Getting rave reviews in Paris for capturing large buildings with high quality Review by HFluffyBuff

    Purchase date: July 2011.
    I have two children overseas at the moment, my daughter working in Paris and my son is visiting her. She had asked him to bring over her 35MM digital camera, zoom lens, etc., and meanwhile I had been extolling to him the virtues of traveling extra-light. I purchased this as a gift for their travels. I hoped to find a camera that did not force one to go through screens to change settings-not my idea of a good camera design. Interface excellent. It's intuitive, there's a revolving knob on the top a la old 35MM cameras with various settings, and it takes very clear pictures. It simultaneously displays the action on the screen, so each icon on the knob becomes foolproof to navigate. If the camera user is not one for reading instructions, it takes amazing pictures out of the box. My son, who has expressed little interest in photography, and therefore never read the manual intended for his sister, is raving about photos he's taken on his own while she is working, and comments that great photos of (massive) buildings of interest in old cities, cathedrals, etc. are possible without having to back up like the others around him. As she would typically be taking pictures, this endorsement from my son indicates the camera is exactly what I had hoped it would be. Point and shoot, with a wide-angle lens and large optical zoom. People new to taking pictures will love this camera. All the fussing we used to do to get a great shot the first time, can happen without intervention.

    Some camera and camera line develops a reputation for 'tending to blue' or slow time-between-pictures. or something else. I only used this model a week before it was put into the suitcase, but based on my brief experience, followed by the breathtaking pictures sent from Paris, my vote on this camera is a resounding "Excellent". It also has very quick recovery time from either standard or burst shooting. I recommend the Sandisk 16GB memory card for it. IF you have been agonizing over 'which camera' after going through all the comments, and need to make a decision, this is a good one. For a better detailed review, read Captain Zoom's excellent and accurate detailed review. I also agree with Captain or whoever commented that the GPS function was not worth the potential battery drain.
    We got this camera without that feature. My daughter has now had a chance to use it, and has a similar positive experience with this camera. Best wishes. (Posted on 7/20/2011)

  187. New camera Review by S. Nelson

    I really like the camera. I needed a camera that was easy to use and this one fits the bill. I was a little disappointed in two things: It didn't have a manual...I had to print it on line and in the zoom. The zoom disappointment might be user error tho'. I would recommend the camera ... for sure (Posted on 7/17/2011)

  188. Great Point and Shoot Review by hastep

    Just got back from vacation and had purchased this camera a month prior to replace an older Lumix my daughter had accidentally broken. I won't go into all the technical details since it seems all this has been covered sufficiently by others. I will say that this camera took excellent quality pictures and was easy to use. I love the 16x zoom and was able to get clear shots of houses at the top of mountains while standing at the bottom. Pictures are clear, colors are nice, and the automatice setting is all I used. I should have used the night setting on a couple of shots, but for the most part it wasn't neccessary. I recommend this camera! (Posted on 7/17/2011)

  189. frustrated Review by John Hulen "vacation guy"

    This camera is garbage and so is the customer service. I bought the camera for Christmas and it was broken by April. The lens kept sticking and then we got an error message. SO I had to send it back and they sent me a refurbished model. Here it is three months later and the same thing happened. Now they want me to send it in again! I am so disappointed with the product. (Posted on 7/17/2011)

  190. great but has a problem Review by karlsklar

    An amazing piece of camera technology. Took it with us on a cruise. It made terrific images, both still and moving under all sorts of conditions - great sound capture too. All this from a pocket-able camera? Wow!

    Wow, indeed. Three months after purchase a darkish fuzzy, nearly transparent rectangle has appeared just above the middle of the screen, is recorded in both still and video modes at most zoom settings. Am about to contact Panasonic about it. Stay tuned.

    2 months later:

    Sent the camera to Texas for repair, it was repaired and then returned the slowest possible way, UPS Ground 5 business days. All told it was gone for nearly a month.

    As for the problem.. It's fixed... yeaa. But there's no accompanying explanation to tell me what caused the problem, what I shouldn't do so it - the ghost image - will not recurn, only Cryptic statements: "replaced lense unit", "replaced ccd".

    There were, of course, no charges. But clearly if this mysterious problem returns after the camera goes out of warranty, the cost to repeat this repair will be well above it's market value. So his remarkable little camera despite kid-glove handling, is very vulnerable to mysterious spontaneous damage to the lense unit and ccd, and is essentially an expensive disposable.

    I'm trying to get a fuller description of the problem from Panasonic. If I do it will appear here.

    Has anyone else experienced a similar problem? (Posted on 7/14/2011)

  191. Lumix-ZS8 Review by Alan

    Excellent pictures and videos. Great zoom feature
    A little complicated to use when not on automatic features. I wish that Panasonic included a printed manual in the box instead of having to go to the disk

    A little more expensive then its competitors but well worth it. (Posted on 7/13/2011)

  192. Amazing! Review by TheToneys

    I really like the camera! The zoom is awesome you get really close and the pictures still turn out great. The colors are nice too really colorful, I made pictures of fireworks and they look incredible! Video is also really nice not blurry at all!
    The only thing I wish is that the camera would be a little smaller, but in the end the pictures cound and it's not that its way too big just a little;)
    I haven't installed the software wish was the main critic factor of many other rewies I've read, but I don't really need the software anyway you can do basic correctins of the pics with your own software and for me thats enough!
    Have fun with the camera! I certainly do! (Posted on 7/12/2011)

  193. Wow - a great camera Review by D. Ebben

    I've had a few digital cameras, but I wanted one with more zoom - and this one has it. Great zoom.
    BUT I underestimated how useful the 'wide-angle' lens is - Had I known how much better many photos can be with a wide angle lens, I would have gotten one sooner. With both a great zoom and a wide-angle, this camera does it all for me. And for all that it does, it's still small enough to be easy to carry. My wife liked it so much, that she bought one too - she's a realtor and says it takes great indoor wide-angle photos that are as good as another realtor's $5000 camera. (Posted on 7/9/2011)

  194. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 camera Review by lroberts1228

    Amazon ships very quickly. Bought this brand because of reviews and am not dissatisfied. Haven't used it a lot up to now, but have no problems with it and pictures are very good. (Posted on 7/8/2011)

  195. Happy Customer Review by Joanie

    Just came back from out west using our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 camera for the first time. The zoom quality was excellent & the camera was very easy to use. We got great pictures. The only negative thing I have to say is the problem with the sun glare on the screen. It was impossible to see what you were filming. Have ordered glare shields but haven't received yet. Hope this solves the problem. Other than that I have no complaints. (Posted on 7/7/2011)

  196. Happy with the purchase Review by Shiva

    All pictures taken in broad daylight comes perfect. Pictures taken in dim light looses its sharpness if your hands shake a bit - in that way, I'm not sure whether the image stabilization is doing its best or not. Anyways, I'm very happy with this camera. (Posted on 7/4/2011)

  197. Awesome Camera Review by John D. Schuman "Just a Guy"

    I have purchased many products from Amazon but this is my first review. I have had this camera for about 3 months now and it has not disappointed me on any level. I'm not a professional photographer but I do enjoy taking pictures. I was looking for a Point-and-Shoot camera with a good zoom and macro capability. I spent a lot of time looking for just the right one. But, in the end every camera review had some negative comment or two and that concerned me. I found the reviews for this camera to be all very positive. So, I took a chance. -- I'm glad I did! This camera has so much capability built into it that it is amazing. And yet, it gives you the flexibility to be creative. Very nifty indeed. The picture quality is great - the zoom is great -- the macro capabilities are great! -

    I highly recommend this product -- Great Job Panasonic!! (Posted on 7/4/2011)

  198. Love this camera! Review by Sheila N. Smith

    I love this camera. The pictures are clear, colors good and the size just right for my purse. I'm very pleased with it.<a href="">Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)</a>

    I bought the case <a href="">Case Logic TBC-302 Ultra Compact Camera Case with Storage (Black)</a> to protect the camera. It's a tight fit but does hold the camera. There is no room for anything else even though there's a side zipper. It serves the purpose of protecting the camera and for the price, not a bad deal. (Posted on 6/26/2011)

  199. Look No Further! Review by fishfootball

    Before purchasing this camera I shopped around quite a bit, comparing reviews and critiques and such, and even after reading about how good this line of cameras (and this one in particular) is, I was still amazed at how great it is.

    On a trip to Kentucky this summer I used this camera to take a crystal clear picture from about 600 yards away with the digital zoom all the way in. SLR users might disagree on this point, but I honestly can't tell the difference between the clarity of this shot and ones taken without using any zoom at all. Further, another shot I took was of a motorcycle going down the road at around 45mph, and with just the intelligent auto it came out only a little blurry. I have since been impressed by the sports setting (which allows multiple shots to be taken in quick succession and with a shorter shutter speed, so you can get those split second shots) so I can only imagine what that bike would have looked like with the sports setting.

    The software that comes with the camera is also fairly impressive. It's nothing compared to Photoshop, for example, but for an application that is included with the camera it does very well. I've used it several times to clean up shots or enhance particular colors in a shot. Another point of note is that the software comes with its own panorama stitching option and does a marvelous job with it. There's also a panorama assist setting on the camera itself, which really helps when trying to make a panorama shot.

    Granted, this is the first digital camera I've owned, and granted that I am very much an amateur at this, but this is one of the best cameras I've ever seen and have been complimented several times by people more experienced in photography. (Posted on 6/24/2011)

  200. Read 100's of reviews and settled for this one and love it. Review by K. Gehrke

    I purchased this camera (in black) a few weeks ago with the Lowepro Ridge30 case <a href="">Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Case (Black)</a> and Transcend 8GB Class 10 SDHC card <a href="">Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC10E</a>. I was tired of my old cameras not getting the right shot because they were never fast enough. That was my main criteria for purchasing this camera. After UPS dropped off the camera on a Friday, I took the kids to the park to see what it could do. The camera's ability to capture fast action shots is amazing. Kids coming down slides, crossing the monkey bars, or spinning on the merry-go-round...this captured them all crystal clear. Keep in mind, I did have to do some experimental shots first, but on fast action, set it to sports mode and fire away. Saturday was off to an outdoor Graduation. Again, the colors, ease of use, and quality of the shots was better than I was expecting. Sunday, we were off to the amusement park. I wore cargo shorts and the camera was in the side pocket all day wrapped in a napkin in a ziplock bag to protect it from rain and water rides. It took abuse from roller coasters to bumper cars. This is where I was stunned by the photos. I was able to take pictures of the kids on the roller coasters with their screaming, eyes wide open, hair blown back, "I'm going to kill you dad for making me ride this" expressions. See my pictures in the zs8-black photo's. BEAS62 has included some photos of closeups and the quality of the zoom. I have taken similar photos and had the same results. In my opinion, this is a great everyday-general use camera. As for the battery, I took 300 pictures between two weekends before it went to 'low battery'. Most shots (80%) were outdoor with no flash and most shots were turning the camera on and off to take 1-5 shots at a time.

    When I began this journey of trying to find a camera to take fast action shots, I was in the mindset that only a DSLR could achieve this. I have had, and used many others, in the past and have been let down. Finally I accepted that nothing was going to take these action shots without shelling out $800+. But I don't want to shell out that much, not now at least. Besides, I want a camera small enough to throw in my pocket during trips/events and not have it hanging from my neck shouting "tourist". The reviews on Amazon were not enough alone to convince me. The negative reviews, I felt, were lacking more detail. Some, I get it, you dropped the camera and panasonic wont fix it so now you bash them here. After weeding out the bashing, reading professional reviews on other sites, I had it narrowed down. I did have a spending limit of $250. What sold me was others recommending this one for the fast action shots, however, several of those reviewers did comment on poor low light pictures being grainy. Most of my pictures are outdoors or indoors with good lighting. I have taken several indoor photos and played with some of the scene modes. Quality indoor photos can be taken when the right scene mode is used. Auto mode does not always take the best picture. Use the different scenes for the appropriate picture. I feel many reviews are based on this Automatic picture setting. No camera I have seen will take the best pictures in Auto mode. This is not a $50 film camera of yesteryear. These are advanced electronics, the other modes are there because they take the best shots. Auto mode is there for those who don't want to stray away from the basics. Those folks are the ones who should not gripe. Mom...Dad...Grandpa...Grandma...I understand technology is too much for you, but if you are not willing to use the features as they are available or intended, don't review it based on your lack of fully testing the product. I may have passed up several better cameras because the ratings were by less-than-amateur users. I digress.

    What I like about the camera:

    1. 24mm ultra-wide angle lens. No more backing up to get everything in the picture.
    2. 12 element in 10 groups Leica lens. Well known high quality lens.
    3. 16x optical zoom. This baby zooms and zooms. Equivalent to 24-384mm lens
    4. Intelligent Scene Selector sets the scene automatically. Played with a little and should be useful.
    5. Auto focus subject tracking detection. No need to keep pressing shutter button half-way to readjust focus. This helps with the kids and fast action shots.
    6. Optical image stabilization, not electronic...keeps the quality of the picture during shaking.
    7. 2 speed zoom, fast or slow depending on how fast you swivel the lever.
    8. 720p HD motion video. Not the best, Its not 1080p but only blu-ray and some camcorders are. 720p is what your local NBC/ABC/CBS networks broadcast.
    9. Face recognition. great for finding photos on your computer.
    10. The buttons and menu. Easy to navigate and menu buttons have "teeth" so you know what/where you are pressing.
    11. Instant on. From pressing power to 1st shot is like 1-2 seconds. Once the lens motors out, its ready. No waiting.

    What I don't like about the camera:
    1. Battery. Its a proprietary battery and needs to have the microchip. There are generics, but if it doesn't have the microchip to talk to the camera, the camera wont turn on. Beware on buying generic batteries.
    2. No viewfinder. Hard to see the lcd in direct sunlight, but then so is my smartphone and laptop. Not that big of a deal, as shots with direct full sun on screen are rare for me.

    When purchasing, I would recommend the Class 10 SDHC cards from a reputable company. Panasonic recommends at least a Class 6. For a few bucks more, get the Class 10. I have yet to wait for the the camera to 'write to disk' before taking the next shot. It is also fast enough for HD video, again, no waiting or buffering/glitching. As for cases, watch the sizes. I originally ordered the Lowepro Ridge 10 because the dimensions said it would fit. It didn't. I went to my local target and they had the ridge series. The 30 fits it with a little wiggle room to spare. The 20 would be too snug and risk breaking the zipper. The ridge 30 has a zipper for the camera, a flap and pouch that fit the charger (but barely, and I would not walk around with it in...just a good place to store it when it sits in the closet), and a zipper on the flap for an extra memory card or battery. Comes with shoulder strap and closed belt loop.

    ...more to come, I will update the zs8-black (Posted on 6/22/2011)

  201. Nice camera at a nice price Review by 124wave

    I bought this for a trip to Rome. It took great pictures with a good zoom range and decent wide angle for scenes in the city. Worked well with night shots on the correct setting. The various settings were easy to understand after a few minutes since they are logically done The video feature seems to work well but I have not done much with that yet. The pictures that we printed were sharp and the small size makes it easy to carry. I still prefer a separate viewfinder for bright light but seems to be rare on any cameras in this price range. We are very satisfied with the camera. (Posted on 6/21/2011)

  202. After reading 100's of reviews, I bought this and love it. Review by K. Gehrke

    I purchased this camera a few weeks ago with the Lowepro Ridge30 case <a href="">Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Case (Black)</a> and Transcend 8GB Class 10 SDHC card <a href="">Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC10E</a>. I was tired of my old cameras not getting the right shot because they were never fast enough. That was my main criteria for purchasing this camera. After UPS dropped off the camera on a Friday, I took the kids to the park to see what it could do. The camera's ability to capture fast action shots is amazing. Kids coming down slides, crossing the monkey bars, or spinning on the merry-go-round...this captured them all crystal clear. Keep in mind, I did have to do some experimental shots first, but on fast action, set it to sports mode and fire away. Saturday was off to an outdoor Graduation. Again, the colors, ease of use, and quality of the shots was better than I was expecting. Sunday, we were off to the amusement park. I wore cargo shorts and the camera was in the side pocket all day wrapped in a napkin in a ziplock bag to protect it from rain and water rides. It took abuse from roller coasters to bumper cars. This is where I was stunned by the photos. I was able to take pictures of the kids on the roller coasters with their screaming, eyes wide open, hair blown back, "I'm going to kill you dad for making me ride this" expressions. See my pictures in the photo's above. BEAS62 has included some photos of closeups and the quality of the zoom. I have taken similar photos and had the same results. In my opinion, this is a great everyday-general use camera. As for the battery, I took 300 pictures between two weekends before it went to 'low battery'. Most shots (80%) were outdoor with no flash and most shots were turning the camera on and off to take 1-5 shots at a time.

    When I began this journey of trying to find a camera to take fast action shots, I was in the mindset that only a DSLR could achieve this. I have had, and used many others, in the past and have been let down. Finally I accepted that nothing was going to take these action shots without shelling out $800+. But I don't want to shell out that much, not now at least. Besides, I want a camera small enough to throw in my pocket during trips/events and not have it hanging from my neck shouting "tourist". The reviews on Amazon were not enough alone to convince me. The negative reviews, I felt, were lacking more detail. Some, I get it, you dropped the camera and panasonic wont fix it so now you bash them here. After weeding out the bashing, reading professional reviews on other sites, I had it narrowed down. I did have a spending limit of $250. What sold me was others recommending this one for the fast action shots, however, several of those reviewers did comment on poor low light pictures being grainy. Most of my pictures are outdoors or indoors with good lighting. I have taken several indoor photos and played with some of the scene modes. Quality indoor photos can be taken when the right scene mode is used. Auto mode does not always take the best picture. Use the different scenes for the appropriate picture. I feel many reviews are based on this Automatic picture setting. No camera I have seen will take the best pictures in Auto mode. This is not a $50 film camera of yesteryear. These are advanced electronics, the other modes are there because they take the best shots. Auto mode is there for those who don't want to stray away from the basics. Those folks are the ones who should not gripe. Mom...Dad...Grandpa...Grandma...I understand technology is too much for you, but if you are not willing to use the features as they are available or intended, don't review it based on your lack of fully testing the product. I may have passed up several better cameras because the ratings were by less-than-amateur users. I digress.

    What I like about the camera:

    1. 24mm ultra-wide angle lens. No more backing up to get everything in the picture.
    2. 12 element in 10 groups Leica lens. Well known high quality lens.
    3. 16x optical zoom. This baby zooms and zooms. Equivalent to 24-384mm lens
    4. Intelligent Scene Selector sets the scene automatically. Played with a little and should be useful.
    5. Auto focus subject tracking detection. No need to keep pressing shutter button half-way to readjust focus. This helps with the kids and fast action shots.
    6. Optical image stabilization, not electronic...keeps the quality of the picture during shaking.
    7. 2 speed zoom, fast or slow depending on how fast you swivel the lever.
    8. 720p HD motion video. Not the best, Its not 1080p but only blu-ray and some camcorders are. 720p is what your local NBC/ABC/CBS networks broadcast.
    9. Face recognition. great for finding photos on your computer.
    10. The buttons and menu. Easy to navigate and menu buttons have "teeth" so you know what/where you are pressing.
    11. Instant on. From pressing power to 1st shot is like 1-2 seconds. Once the lens motors out, its ready. No waiting.

    What I don't like about the camera:
    1. Battery. Its a proprietary battery and needs to have the microchip. There are generics, but if it doesn't have the microchip to talk to the camera, the camera wont turn on. Beware on buying generic batteries. Few will work, and panasonic charges an arm and a leg.
    2. No viewfinder. Hard to see the lcd in direct sunlight, but then so is my smartphone and laptop. Not that big of a deal, as shots with direct full sun on screen are rare for me.

    When purchasing, I would recommend the Class 10 SDHC cards from a reputable company. Panasonic recommends at least a Class 6. For a few bucks more, get the Class 10. I have yet to wait for the the camera to 'write to disk' before taking the next shot. It is also fast enough for HD video, again, no waiting or buffering/glitching. As for cases, watch the sizes. I originally ordered the Lowepro Ridge 10 because the dimensions said it would fit. It didn't. I went to my local target and they had the ridge series. The 30 fits it with a little wiggle room to spare. The 20 would be too snug and risk breaking the zipper. The ridge 30 has a zipper for the camera, a flap and pouch that fit the charger (but barely, and I would not walk around with it in...just a good place to store it when it sits in the closet), and a zipper on the flap for an extra memory card or battery. Comes with shoulder strap and closed belt loop.

    ...more to come. (Posted on 6/21/2011)

  203. Perfect for every day use Review by Tania "PareoVert"

    Perfect for every day use. Can't beat the 14 MP and the 16x zoom! I usually use a SLR camera with various lenses, however with a new baby and the weight of the camera, I wanted something convenient and light. I haven't printed any pics yet but the quality on the screen looks great (compared to my professional Nikon camera).
    Since there is no manual focus, so you won't get perfect macro shots. Still, you can zoom in close enough to get decent details. I am mentioning this because I love shooting close up nature shots, which obviously are best with SLR and a macro lens. (Posted on 6/20/2011)

  204. Great camera! Review by Madison Parker

    Let me start by saying..I am not a professional photographer....just a Mom looking for a good camera to take great pics of my babies! I did sooooo much research before deciding on this camera. I am very happy with my purchase! The zoom is wonderful! With my old camera, everything was blurry when using the digital zoom but I have been so pleased at how good the pics are even using digital zoom with the zs8.

    The pictures are great! Outdoor and lit indoor pics are wonderful! As most know, There are NO point and shoot cameras that are great in low light. My old camera would hardly ever focus in low light...I have not had that happen once with the zs8. So far I have been able to take every indoor/low light pic. Now some have turned out better than others, which is expected in low light. Most have been very good by my standards. The intelligent mode is great! All I have to do is point and decides what scene mode is best! Love it!

    I have played around with several of the "scenes" you can select in Scene Mode...High Burst mode will be great catching my son on the soccer field (note this is different then Burst), pet mode, snow mode, 2 baby modes and many, many more! I think if you have a special circumstance that intelligent mode can't handle, there is a special "Scene Mode" that will work (no having to try to figure out the manual settings..) Back to "Burst" setting...this setting take 3 pics right in a row if you hold the button down (High Burst takes multiple pics in a row). When I first got this camera, I turned on Burst. I thought..."might as well have it turned on if I need it".... It still took normal pics with it on (so I thought). I started to get frustrated when I was taking indoor shots... It didn't seem that the Intelligent mode would use the flash (& I thought flash was needed)... So I started to do some research in the manual.... I knew that Burst does not use flash.....what I didn't realize is that if you have the Burst setting on it turns the flash off for everything!!!! So...only turn this setting on if you are going to use it right then. If you think your pictures are dark or the flash doesn't seem to work....check if you have the Burst setting on.... :)

    Finally.... HD video seems good! I really haven't used this a lot but it seems good. Battery life seems really good too. The only thing I'm a little bummed about it that the complete instruction manual is on disk. They give you a quick set-up one in paper but it is missing explanation of most of the camera features. I know this is a more green option but I don't want to have to fire up the computer every time I have a question about a feature.....

    All and all I am really happy with the camera!!!! (Posted on 6/20/2011)

  205. Love this camera! Review by Madison Parker

    Let me start by saying..I am not a professional photographer....just a Mom looking for a good camera to take great pics of my babies! I did sooooo much research before deciding on this camera. I am very happy with my purchase! The zoom is wonderful! With my old camera, everything was blurry when using the digital zoom but I have been so pleased at how good the pics are even using digital zoom with the zs8.

    The pictures are great! Outdoor and lit indoor pics are wonderful! As most know, There are NO point and shoot cameras that are great in low light. My old camera would hardly ever focus in low light...I have not had that happen once with the zs8. So far I have been able to take every indoor/low light pic. Now some have turned out better than others, which is expected in low light. Most have been very good by my standards. The intelligent mode is great! All I have to do is point and decides what scene mode is best! Love it!

    I have played around with several of the "scenes" you can select in Scene Mode...High Burst mode will be great catching my son on the soccer field (note this is different then Burst), pet mode, snow mode, 2 baby modes and many, many more! I think if you have a special circumstance that intelligent mode can't handle, there is a special "Scene Mode" that will work (no having to try to figure out the manual settings..) Back to "Burst" setting...this setting take 3 pics right in a row if you hold the button down (High Burst takes multiple pics in a row). When I first got this camera, I turned on Burst. I thought..."might as well have it turned on if I need it".... It still took normal pics with it on (so I thought). I started to get frustrated when I was taking indoor shots... It didn't seem that the Intelligent mode would use the flash (& I thought flash was needed)... So I started to do some research in the manual.... I knew that Burst does not use flash.....what I didn't realize is that if you have the Burst setting on it turns the flash off for everything!!!! So...only turn this setting on if you are going to use it right then. If you think your pictures are dark or the flash doesn't seem to work....check if you have the Burst setting on.... :)

    Finally.... HD video seems good! I really haven't used this a lot but it seems good. Battery life seems really good too. The only thing I'm a little bummed about it that the complete instruction manual is on disk. They give you a quick set-up one in paper but it is missing explanation of most of the camera features. I know this is a more green option but I don't want to have to fire up the computer every time I have a question about a feature.....

    All and all I am really happy with the camera!!!! (Posted on 6/20/2011)

  206. Dissapointed Review by adi

    Well, this is not what I expected from this camera.

    I have a Nikon D3000 and I was looking for a pocket camera for easy shooting in all conditions. The pictures come out blurry and out of focus even in daylight conditions at ISO 100, the HD movie mode is a bad joke looking like a cheap phone camera movie. I am shooting in P mode but I tried the rest of modes without any improvement and iA mode is even worse than all. If you want a serious camera, you have to pay more than 200 bucks and not for ZS series. (Posted on 6/18/2011)

  207. Nice camera - if $300 for disposable, single use camera is what you had in mind. Review by Michael Thomas

    Before reviewing this camera, a bit of perspective:

    I take good care of my cameras, and I'm careful with them - for example I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ1 that after four years, and several thousand pictures, is still in daily use.

    So when picture quality finally began to degrade because of dust in the optical path and on the sensor (which I think is entirely reasonable for a camera that's received as much use as my TZ1) I decided to replace it with another Panasonic DMC.

    Big mistake.

    When I opened the box my first thought was "Gee, these Panasonic's are sure getting more and more fragile looking - I understand the desire to shrink the size, and get the weight down, but still...", and considered sending it back on the spot, but found myself thinking "Well, the camera is getting good reviews, I guess this is just the way they make them these days - it *can't* be as fragile as it looks".

    So .. the first time I used this camera, after taking half-dozen pictures, I placed it briefly in a loose fitting shirt pocket...

    ... and when I took it out a few seconds later, the LCD screen was inoperative with the kind of damage I've only been able to inflict once before before - by dropping a camera several feet onto a hard surface: the glass was not cracked, but the LCD matrix below the screen was damaged and no image would appear.

    This is just ABSURD, the camera was carefully placed in my pocket, there was was no more pressure against the LCD was present from sitting in the shirt pocket, the camera was placed in the pocket and removed by holding the frame, not the LCD - but there you have it: a major damage in not only normal use, but careful normal use.

    Fortunately, I had purchased an extended warranty that covers this kind of damage, because I'm quite certain that if I return this to Panasonic, I will be told it had been damaged by "mishandling" - however I haven't the least confidence that the replacement or repair wall last more than 10 minutes either.

    I'm really going to have to rethink my preference for Panasonic cameras: the early TZs were tanks by comparison, but after my experience with this I can't imagine how a current generation model could survive a single day's normal usage by average consumer, and that seems to be a matter of deliberate design choice (for example my DMC-TZ1 has an actual lens cap, instead of the current generations flimsy mechanical cover).

    Perhaps Panasonic's target market is interested in a $300 disposable single use camera, but I'm not - if I had wanted a single use disposable camera, I'd have bought one at Walgreens for $13.

    And I can't imagine WHAT Panasonic had in mind producing a camera is apparently designed to fail if you contemplate any use that includes opening the packaging in which it is supplied - it's literally been years since I felt so disappointed by a relatively expensive consumer item from a company with which I previously had a good experience.

    I don't need or want a "ruggedized" camera - just a camera that can be expected to last a few years in normal use.

    But based on my experience is clearly not the case for current generation Panasonic DMCs. (Posted on 6/18/2011)

  208. Awesome camera! Review by tjstjohn

    I use this for work as a property inspector. The optical zoom allows me to get great shots from a distance without necessarily having to get right up on the subject. I have it set up as needed and have not used many of the other features. I am just happy to be able to get a 16x optical zoom at such a great price. This was a replacement for a Panasonic DMC-TZ1 that took over 10,000 pictures before starting to wear out mechanically. Took a real beating out in the field. I hope this one lasts as long. (Posted on 6/17/2011)

  209. excelente Camara DMC ZS8 LO MEJOR Review by sergio soto


  210. Seems really good Review by Peter Ostman

    This is my first digital camera so a lot of this might be old to you, but I am very impressed by all the features. For example, baby mode? This camera can recognise a baby and allow text input of birth date so that subsequent photos automatically disply the new ages (1 week, 1 month, 6 months, etc.). Incredible. In fact, anyone can be identified by a facial recognition system after they are named once on the camera. Well, I haven't tried that but it seems unbelievable. Image stablization is optional. Too many features to name here.

    The zoom factor is amazing too. I zoomed in on a soup can from 20ft and filled the image with the name on the label! I don't know, but that just seems really good to me. The video recording works good. Audio records in mono only. You need to buy a memory card to record videos but not all cards are compatable.

    Also, it feels solid and heavier than it looks. LCD screen is clear but a little hard to see in sunlight.

    PROS: Size, eaze of use, multiple features, amazing scene recognition, wide exposure control options, image quality, includes basic software that does most everything you need

    CONS: Fewer special effects than I expected (but of course those can be added in post-production), rechargable battery, AC adapter not included but should have been for the price (availble for purchase, not needed as long as you have a charged battery) (Posted on 6/13/2011)

  211. wonderful camera Review by William Ulrich "Bill Ulrich"

    We replaced an earlier version of the Lumix, which was a wonderful camera but the zoom was acting up and repairing it would have cost more than half of the cost of this better camera. Everything about this camera is great. The best positive I will leave you with is to describe the picture quality. We have three pictures from a Europe trip which we had made into 24 x 36 prints on canvas. Everyone that sees them cannot stop staring. They look like beautiful paintings and on one we made of a canal in Bruge, you can look into a window of a home and appreciate the 5 red apples on a kitchen counter. Terrific! (Posted on 6/11/2011)

  212. Great Camera! Review by Daniel Joyce

    Bought this camera to replace a broken one, I just wanted a camera that I won't have problems with, this one got good reviews. I spent more than I planned but it was worth it. It is better than any camera I've ever had, and very easy to use and the pictures turn out so well, it looks like I really know how to take photos. You can't beat that! (Posted on 6/8/2011)

  213. Lumix Review by Allan Hawkins V

    I bought a Fuji a few weeks ago, and I thought will be betta than the Lumix, weel I was wrong. I sold it and bought this ZS8, just impressive!


    Lens get dust inside, as all my previuos Lumix. I have to think that Panasonic have poor quality controls or poor seals process. Frustation! Check your very carefuly!!

    Saludos, Allan. (Posted on 6/6/2011)

  214. Horrible Warranty Coverage Review by Barbara L. Armstrong

    The aluminum housing at the end of the lens is extremely fragile, thinner than an aluminum soda can. I slightly dented it doing macro photography. The camera continued to work fine, until three weeks later it refused to start up, even with fresh batteries. At this point, it was less than two moths old. I returned the camera under the warranty. Panasonic would not honor the warranty, saying the dent indicated abuse. They offered me a refurbished unit with a 90 day warranty for a $192.50. I refused. I do not think the camera is robust or worth the $s compared to competitors. I will put the $192.50 toward a Nikon or Olympus or Canon camera instead.

    Again, the Panasonic warranty program seems designed to refuse honest warranty repairs. (Posted on 6/6/2011)

  215. Decent little camera, but fatally crippled by dust issues Review by J. Notis

    The bad: I've only been using the camera for a month (503 shots so far), and it's got so much dust in the lens and on the sensor that I think I'll try to return it. I've had lots of cameras over the years, and none has shown this kind of susceptibility to dust. I keep it in it's own little pouch, zipped in, clean, and protected, so I feel like I've done due diligence in terms of care. I've seen quite a few other complaints of this nature, too. UPDATE: after taking a look at the amount of dust on other people's little pocket cameras, this one is VERY disappointing. My mom has a little Casio zoom that she treats terribly. The outside is filthy, but the photos are clean. UPDATE#2: now I've had the camera for four months, and the amount of dust had built up the point where I didn't even want to bother using the camera at all. I was ready to throw it away, seriously. So I grabbed a screwdriver and figured I'd give a shot at taking it apart and cleaning it. Turns out that's pretty easy, with a quality #000 phillips driver, it only takes about 15 minutes to open the case, remove a cover plate, remove the carrier holding the chip, and gently brush or blow off the dust. That's good, because I'm sure I'll have to do it often.

    I also really hate the switch you have to flip to go between shooting and playback modes. My Panasonic TS-1 doesn't have this, and too often I've grabbed the camera for a quick shot and found it stuck in play mode.

    The acceptable: Image quality is fine. It doesn't compare to the output from an SLR, but for a tiny little pocket camera with an equally tiny sensor, it does ok. No pixel peeping at full resolution! Unless you're shooting in ideal, bright conditions, noise and softness will be very apparent. The autoexposure, auto-ISO, and other auto functions seem pretty smart. It's a camera I mostly trust, which is saying a lot for me.

    The good: Things like distortion, lens flare, and chromatic aberration are very very well controlled compared to cameras from a few years ago. It is tiny and light, operates quickly, the video is very nice, and the image stabilization works very well, which is good because it's hard to hold such tiny cameras steady for stills or especially video. The battery also lasts a good long time; I shot over a hundred photos and a few short videos on my heaviest day of usage, and didn't come close to running low on power. (Posted on 6/2/2011)

  216. Satisfied and optimistic Review by Born to Read

    I purchased this camera, in spite of the lukewarm reviews, because the identical camera with the GPS got good reviews, and I didn't want the GPS. I have been satisfied with the camera's performance, after one trip to Costa Rica. What saved my photographs and kept me from returning the camera was a fellow traveler had a Panasonic and could tell me how to use it. The instructions included are useless. He also told me he had seen the ADVANCED FEATURES booklet online and I decided to look for it until I dropped. I found it FINALLY it here: [...]

    The camera seems to be very good, and armed with the advanced instructions, I believe one can make the most of the camera's incredible capability. Without the advanced book?? I don't know.

    I was very interested in this camera's zoom feature. I was not able to master it until the person helped me, and what he told me was not in the book. With his help I was able to take amazing shots of animals in Costa Rica.

    He also showed me how to decrease the megapixels to save space and improve quality of some shots. It's a great camera is what I am saying. The basic booklet that is included really tells you how to turn it on and take routine shots, but not how to avail yourself of the real features of the camera.

    Without his help, I was going to return the camera as I had already put it away and started using my old Nikon Coolpix 6.0 megapixel with 3x zoom. That's how frustrated I was. He opened my eyes to the beauty of the camera. I don't know why Panasonic makes it so hard to find that darned book. I couldn't find a mention of it in any of the material and when I searched online at first, only found the same little useless book included in the box.

    Good Luck!

    Update: I see that Amazon removed the link I inserted with the address for the booklet. Sorry. You can find it using keywords and Google. I must add that the advanced features manual IS available on a CD enclosed with the camera. The camera arrived just a few days before a big trip, and I had not looked at the CD before my rant about not being able to find the advanced booklet. I doubt it would not have helped me much and having that person instruct me and give me tips suited my learning style. :) I am glad that a fellow traveler had a similar camera. The camera can do amazing things. It's just a matter of learning how to wield it's might power. (Posted on 6/2/2011)

  217. Sleek Camera Review by Mr. J. O. Beecroft "Taipan"

    Not had time to test it much yet, but it's okay so far and responds well - the main reason why I'm upgrading from my Olympus which responds slowly. Also, the battery life seems long enough.
    The only problem I have with it is that the letters on the dial on top aren't intuitive unlike my Olympus which used symbols all through. You'll really need to read the manual... (Posted on 5/31/2011)

  218. Great small camera Review by CWOLF

    I added this camera to supplement my Olympus E 520 SLR because I wanted a small camera to take along hiking. This camera does everything and more. The only thing that is missing, as with so many products today, is a small, maybe 4x6 Manual instead of the on line stuff. Something you could take along on a trip or read anyplace and be able to switch pages without having to fuss with keyboards. (Posted on 5/29/2011)

  219. best camera for your money Review by David Jenison "davidjenison"

    i love the Lumix with the leica lens. This is my second one. Love the added features on this one, notably faster high speed burst and better zoom. Good point and shoot and highly recommend. (Posted on 5/29/2011)

  220. panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS8 comments Review by McBoingBoing

    this is an absolutely terrific camera in all respects save one -- the battery, which is 'underpowered' ..

    if you do not want to charge it daily, it requires a battery with a minimum 1200 mAh, and I suspect even that may not be quite 'there' (I have just ordered one .. have to see .. bought the Wasabi Power Battery for Panasonic DMW-BCG10, which is advertised as compatible with panasonics battery - DMW-BCG10PP - and i'm hoping it actually is) .. also the 1200mAh are very hard to get, and not made by panasonic, so i'm also hoping there will be no problems with firmware upgrades

    for comparison, the 4 yr old fuji finepix F31fd i am replacing came with an 1800mAh battery, with pics/battery charge of around 580 (fuji's manual specs) .. we took over 5000 pics on a 5 week trip, and were never caught with a rundown battery

    the LUMIX DMC-ZS8 comes with an 895mAh battery; their manual gives pics/battery charge of ~340 .. this is 1/2 the fuji's battery power, and only 60% of the pics/charge ..

    so panasonic would be strongly advised to upgrade the battery power substantially, right away .. 1800mAh would be ideal (Posted on 5/28/2011)

  221. Poor picture quality Review by Robert Mougin

    I bought this camera for a trip to South America thinking I would really like the long zoom lens and the 14 megapixels. The problem is that my old 5 megapixel Canon takes better quality pictures both outdoors, but especially indoors. There seems to be a problem with the software that processes the image which softens it up when you don't want it softened. I have not purchased the similar Leica but a friend of mine has one and loves the picture quality. I can't afford the Leica so will look at similar Canon cameras to replace this dog. (Posted on 5/18/2011)

  222. If size matters................ Review by Ruby D.

    They have listed some crazy dimensions for this camera! F.Y.I the Panasonic website gives: Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.13" x 2.27" x 1.31"
    much smaller than what is listed here on Amazon, in case you are looking for a compact pocket camera, (Posted on 5/16/2011)

  223. AWESOME CAMERA! WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!! Review by burry77















    PENNY!!!!!! (Posted on 5/5/2011)

  224. After brilliant predecssors, a disappointing camera Review by Eliot Pooh

    I bought this camera as an upgrade to my Panasonic TZ5, which I absolutely loved. It took amazing pictures for two years, and I had become a fan of Panasonic cameras after also having used, albeit briefly, cameras like the ZS3 and the ZS7. The ZS8 looked much better on paper than all of its predecessors, but I was very disappointed with it in several respects, which ultimately made me return it.

    The first thing that I didn't like about it when I opened the package was its lightness. Don't get me wrong - lightness is usually a good trait in a point and shoot - but this camera just felt cheap, at some points hollow, almost. I also noticed how the materials used in its construction felt much cheaper and plasticky than those used in my TZ5.

    Upon turning it on, I was in for another bad surprise. Knowing that I was spoiled by my TZ5's 460k screen and my iPhone 4's high resolution display, I had set low expectations for the ZS8's 230k one, but it still seemed much fuzzier than I thought it would be and I found it hard to use to tell whether the camera had focused properly. I suppose you will not notice this if your previous camera had a 230k display, or if you had never used the iPhone 4's display, but for anyone who had, a 230k display these days on cameras is a no-no.

    But I could live with these shortcomings, and if the camera took good pictures, I was decided to keep it. A 20 minute photo shoot outside was a complete turn-off, however. The pictures looked worse than on my TZ5, but I thought it was only due to the ZS8's low resolution display, but even after loading them up on my computer, the ZS8's pictures looked worse and only sometimes of the same quality as those from my TZ5. I will admit, though, that I was pleasantly surprised by the zoom and the MEGA O.I.S stabilization on the ZS8: Even at the maximum zoom, it was very easy to take clear, shake-free photos. Other than this redeemable quality, I didn't like the pictures from the ZS8 at all. They had a lot of noise, were rather dull, had low dynamic range, and in general, although much larger in pixel count, not at all of better quality than those from the TZ5. (Posted on 4/27/2011)

  225. If you can only buy one camera.... Review by Tom D

    First and foremost, this is easy to use and takes great pictures.

    I've carried a predecessor to this camera, the TZ5, regularly including while running. That's moving to a dedicated application and I wanted to take advantage of the additional zoom Panasonic offers for my "daily" camera. There are smaller, lighter cameras but this is the best combination with the longer zoom, everything smaller stops at about 5X. This has an optical 16X and a very effective 20X. The macro mode gives crisp,incredible close ups.

    A friend recently took his digital SLR and three lenses on a trip to Hawaii and ended up taking pictures with his cell phone because he didn't want to haul any of the photo gear on his touring. "The best camera is the one you have with you." This is easy to carry, even in a back pocket. It is too heavy for a front shirt pocket, but it's OK in a jacket pocket. I keep mine in an Amphipod model 670 Ballistic Trail Pouch which also has a belt loop if I want to use it and is large enough to hold a spare battery, though the battery life is fine in normal use.

    This isn't quite a "point and shoot" but it's close enough when the dial is set to "i" or "intelligent" mode where it figures out everything for you. You just have to know to set it to the "i" setting if that's how you want it to work.

    My only beef with all these non SLR digitals is that even when set to scenery mode, where a fixed "infinite" focus would be fine, they still work to focus and there's no manual override. A small concern and only occasionally problematic, such as when trying to take a picture of the moon. You have to keep in mind that the flash falls off rapidly at about 10', but the images are good in limited light.

    This has a very effective image stabilization system, but as you move over about 10X with any of these cameras you need to be conscious of trying to hold still.

    If you want a utilitarian, easy to use, long zoom camera that takes terrific pictures, this is an excellent choice. (Posted on 4/15/2011)

  226. I love this camera - it's ACE ! Review by Captain Zoom

    For the majority of people looking for a "pocket" camera - they can stop looking. This will honestly do for pretty much everything you really need. It's the newly released little brother to the more expensive ZS10/TZ20.

    It is not perfect, of course, but even if you take a "money no object" approach to picking an upper premium compact camera - there is currently nothing on the market that is head and shoulders better than this - although there can always be a case made for different qualities.

    Big Zoom - check

    Good "glass" on the front - yep, Leica

    Optical Image Stabilisation - uh huh, works quietly and efficiently in the background making your shots less blurry.

    Good quality photos - sure - but with the caveat that a "full on" digital SLR will always do better. The photos come out are a nice colour (not too vivid - but also not too washed out) and they don't come out a funny colour under artificial lighting (some cameras can struggle and give you a funny tint under striplights or old fashioned tungsten bulbs).

    Noise levels - the "speckly" bits on photos that you sometimes get in dark conditions - is definitely there - especially at higher ISO's - but you get this problem in dim lighting conditions even with all compact cameras to a greater or lesser degree. Even if you get an SLR camera - even up to a year or so ago - you'll find that they aren't infallible to this either.

    HD Video - check, but in MPEG format. I think that this takes up more space than the newer AVCHD format on the SZ10/TZ18 - but I would be wary of getting a camera that uses this format if you have an older PC or laptop and especially if you have a netbook - in case the hardware can't cope. I guess Windows XP/NT/2000 users should definitely be careful - and to a lesser extent even if you have a Windows Vista machines you might think twice - especially if you are on a laptop where the hardware will always be slower than the equivalent price PC.

    I have a mixture of laptops and netbooks running Windows 7 through to XP so didn't want to take the chance - especially as other family members and the kids will probably want to view some of the footage (family and my kids have the older machines whilst dad gets the upgrade LOL).

    I do wonder if the AVCHD format on the more expensive ZS10/TZ20 is going to be a bit of an evolutionary dead end - just as BLU RAY hasn't really taken off - even though it's technically better than DVD - most people even if they have a big widescreen TV find that their DVD is fine (probably because the modern DVD players and TV's will upscale the DVD resolution to give a semi-HD picture quality). The ZS10/TZ20 I think gives you the option to record in both (I think I read that somewhere but if this a deal breaker you should check to be sure).

    If you only want a great point and shoot camera this is brilliant and has loads of options. Not only that but the options are really well laid out and easy to understand - by which I mean the dials and menus are set out in a common sense fashion and also instead of just little symbols/icons to indicate that you are in portrait mode or landscape mode - there is a little text underneath which tells you what it will do.

    I've had a number of Nikon's and Canon's - and for some reason they can still make cameras with menus and buttons that were laid out by Martians - they can be so unintuitive even for people who are really experienced photographers - and you have to keep referring to the instruction book to work out what to press or what menu icon you are looking for - and even then it doesn't stick in the memory because it's all so counter-intuitive.

    If you think you might - in a little while - like to step up in your photography later and get a bit more creative - or you are thinking of this a second camera to augment your SLR - then you'll want to know that this has A LOT of manual control thrown in which is pretty unusual in the compact camera class and it has Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual modes which is quite a rarity in the pocket camera class.

    If you are an experienced SLR user, I can tell you that the PASM options are pretty nicely implemented. Sensibly placed access buttons (the small round exposure button and Q Menu buttons to the right of the screen do this) and the menus are nicely set up to easily access the bits you want for Aperture / Shutter priority / full manual control. It'll never be as good as your SLR but you can't carry that around with you this easily and it won't shoot HD video either (or probably not unless you have the latest generation).

    The 16x optical zoom is class leading. You can get really good close ups if you want to.

    You should only compare OPTICAL zoom when you are looking at different cameras and ignore the Panasonic advertising guys (or anybody else )who point to the overall 20x zoom - because if you include the quoted digital zoom - the extra 4x zoom basically just crops your optical zoom photo in camera - and your laptop software will do that - only better - though I guess it might be relevant if you don't want to be doing with all that and just need an "okay" sort of photo).

    It also has a really good wide angle lens - 24mm - which basically means you can get more scenery in the shot at the edges. The lower the number the better - and 24mm is currently the lowest I am aware of. The lower the number the more you can fit into the photo - so if you are looking at a nice panorama or want to take a photo with the whole table in the shot - you are more likely to get it with this lens than say if you compared it to other cameras - whose lens might start at 27mm, 28mm, 35mm. This small difference can be the difference between getting everything or maybe not quite getting everything into the shot that you want to.

    OVERALL it feels nice in the hand - and it is quite light. It has a cool solid feel metal body and all the buttons and switches feel like they will last.

    Of course none of this would be of any use if the photos weren't top notch ... but luckily they are in my opinion. Sure, you can get a little better photos perhaps - but bear in mind if you are reading other reviews - a lot of this is personal preference - like how you like your TV at home to be set up with brighter or more vivid colours or more contrast etc.

    In technical terms - compact cameras are never going to match SLR cameras - because their sensors just aren't as big. This is also one of the reasons that you get more "noise" (or speckly bits) in photos from pocket cameras. The camera reviewers who do this for a living always seem to forget they are reviewing a pocket camera - as they probably all have SLR's at home - and they get a bit obsessed about how the photo appears when you look up close with a magnifying glass. Surely most people simply look at their photo on their laptop/Mac/PC and go "ooh that's nice" before deciding whether to print it or not ?

    Bottom line - this gives great photos that I am more than happy with even compared with my SLR (a two year old Pentax K20) - and if you want a compact/pocket camera with the ability to take great scenery or panoramic shots and then also zoom really close on things as well then this will do a great job for you. I think you'll be pleased with this as your main or secondary camera. Try not to get too hung up on specialist reviews - a compact camera is never going to give you technical quality photos of a large SLR - but you can video with it and even the newer SLR's don't do that very well - though heaven knows why not - maybe they just have a slow escalation marketing policy and are going to deliver that to the market as the desire for SLR's with video capability increases. And remember that if you wanted a whopping great SLR you'd have got a whopping great SLR.

    Also - go and have a look at all the cameras "in the flesh" in a store - to see if the size suits you. There aren't any smaller camera's with this big a zoom, but there are plenty of camera's which are smaller and more pocket / handbag friendly.

    IF you consider the size too big then you should definitely look at other camera's, but if the huge range zoom is just what you are looking for (like me) - then this is for you I reckon (unless you have a strong loyalty for one or other brand in particular I guess).

    IF you really want lower noise on high ISO photos but don't want an SLR and still want the big zoom then do have a look around at the competition and check out the specialist website reviews.

    IF you just want a nice pocket camera that gives you nice photos - but you are on a budget then you should look at the outgoing models from all of the manufacturers - but do have a look at Fuji as they have currently (March 28th 2011) some nice deals on their outgoing models which would give you good zoom and reasonable photos eg Fuji Finepix with 10x zoom 12MP photos.

    And finally don't get hung up on the megapixels on a compact camera. The quality of the "glass" on the front of the camera is likely going to have just a big - if not bigger impact. Although there are exceptions - more expensive usually equals better glass. This is why getting a formerly $400+ camera which is currently being discounted due to a newer incoming model can be a worthwhile strategy - as the originally more expensive camera will generally have better quality lenses. Anything above 10MP is going to be fine 90% of the time - and more megapixels actually often means more grainy photos in darker conditions.


    Here's my snapshot on two good alternatives - although there are potentially important subtleties amongst them and numerous alternatives from other manufacturers like Pentax and Fuji. There are lots of minor but potentially irritating features out there such as how fast can they take photos - how do they perform in low light with the flash off - how realistic are the colours (which can definitely be a personal taste thing) - and also really important day to day things away from how good the camera is technically in delivering a good photo or video - eg are the buttons and switches and menus in just the right or wrong spot for you - and does it feel good in the hand to you - you may prefer a lighter camera, bigger or smaller buttons.

    Canon PowerShot SX210 has 14.1 MP and 14x zoom - has only a 28mm lens - which isn't too bad - looks a good bet and has pretty nice write ups. ISO goes up to 3200 if you look at the SX200 - though of course it'll probably give you a speckly ol' photo. FWIW I didn't think that the difference between 24 and 28mm on the wide angle zoom was that much of a difference - but having had it now for a while I have to say that there's no way I'd go back.

    Nikon CoolPix S 8100 has 12.1MP, significantly worse wide angle lens at 30mm so you won't be able to get so much scenery into the shot, only 10x zoom but is therefore smaller and more pocket / handbag friendly. It has a fast shooting 10 frames per second though the TZ18 can do similar job if not quite so fast. It has less manual control as it has no Shutter and Aperture Priority.

    ME ... personally ... I did have a good look at the SZ10/TZ20 and in fact nearly got it - but in the end I decided that it's a bit heavier (though not much) and I couldn't see that the extra money for Geo-Tagging and Stereo video sound were much use to me. I mean the stereo Mics are 5mm apart and worrying about the battery drain on the geotagging would have driven me crazy - constantly turning it on and off to save power ... and I figured that I would make do with simply remembering where I was when I took the photo. If I really want to know where I was at the time I take a photo of a road sign or landmark nearby ? Works for me anyway :o)

    I wanted big zoom - on a compact camera - with a wide zoom and I already have an SLR so this is perfect. Although there are no doubt one or two better cameras out there, they aren't that much better to make me worry.

    Good luck and have fun picking your camera. (Posted on 4/13/2011)

  227. Great Camera for Point & Shoot Review by Carolina Fiction Addict

    Just got this camera yesterday and used it to shoot 100 or so photos ranging from outdoors to full zoom low lighted indoor and it took great pictures for all. I'm not a camera junky, but I just sold my <a href="">Canon PowerShot SX210IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 14x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)</a>and got this one. The Canon was the worst camera I have ever owned. The flash was on the top left corner... yep right where most people put the fingers when holding a camera.. which of course meant that the flash wouldn't pop up as needed... and if it did your finger would block it and cause a dim flash to happen. Also the photo quality on the Canon was very granular. Hated it all around.

    This is my first Panasonic and right out of the box I selected the AUTO mode and the pictures were perfectly clear, great lighting, and the zoomed in shots auto focussed and turned out great considering the environment I was shooting in. Only downfall to the camera so far is that in full zoom it took a few second to "AF Track" and be ready to shoot. No biggie, but something to keep in mind when considering. When not fully zoomed it took the picture almost instantly...

    In recap - great camera, a little pricy, but for just snapping pics on "auto" I have not seen better. (Posted on 4/12/2011)

  228. a great little camera! Review by R. Petruschka

    I got the camera several days ago, and it has been in extensive use since then. The picture quality, the speed and accuracy, the camera's structure and size, the screen and camera options in general, the HD movie recording, the 16x zoom (wow!), the battery performance and many more attributes and features are all beyond my expectations. I used to own Canon cameras in the past 15 years, quite hesitated before deciding on a Panasonic. It is a perfect choice, and I am very satisfied. on the con side, I've noticed that pictures taken in low light conditions are sometimes a bit granular, and that the digital red-eye correction doesn't always get it right. However, overall, this camera is highly recommended!! (Posted on 4/9/2011)

  229. Amazing quality and zoom feature Review by texasbbj

    I upgraded from the Z3 and this is my 3rd Lumix camera. I am a insurance adjuster and take over 300 pictures per day and these cameras get alot of heavy work and is constantly used in conditions that is not the average user. What I wanted most from a work camera, was the ability to zoom in and the wide angle. I take alot of photos on roofs where damages have occured and the ability of this camera to do those things, is unsurpassed. The old one had a 12x zoom which I thought was great, until I used this 16x zoom. Quite amazing to say the least. With your typical camera of this size, you might get a 5 zoom and you will just not believe the difference with this 16 zoom. Next would be the 24 wide angle aspect. Again, quite amazing. I can stand 25 feet in front of a house and get the whole house in the photo. With typical cameras, you would have to stand across the street.
    Next would be the picture quaility. Absolutely great as well. Clear, crisp,perfect lighting and on and on.
    Easy to use and set the settings as well.
    Although a little more pricey than most, it is soooo worth it!!!
    Take a chance on this one, if you are unsure. You will NOT be dissapointed!! Love it! Love it! (Posted on 3/27/2011)

  230. Remarkable image quality for a pocket camera Review by beas62

    I purchased the ZS8 as an "upgrade" to my ZS7. For my purposes, I wanted a decent quality pocketable camera with some reach. The ZS8 fits the prescription nicely. I wasn't overly concerned with video performance as that's something I rarely use, and neither was I too concerned about continuous frame rate. To meet the price point, the ZS8 video is "downgraded" from the ZS7's full HD to 720p and it doesn't share the blinding speed of it's big brother ZS10 which uses a totally different MOS sensor versus the ZS8's CCD. But the image quality is quite good and the zoom capability is remarkable for a pocket camera. So far, it is performing very well. One hint is that when you are shooting very fine detail in good light, you may wish to disable the iResolution. In regular use iResolution does improve the overall contrast, but at the expense of fine detail such as fine hairs or fibers things you'll only notice at a 100% crop. The macro capability is astonishing on this camera. I've come to refer to it as my "pocket microscope". All in all, I'm very pleased with operating performance and image quality. (Posted on 3/23/2011)

  231. Great camera: Terrible software Review by Tom Sanders "Tom Sanders"

    I nearly hesitate to review a camera here after reading other's reviews who are technically so much more into this than I. For what I want, a high end camera that I can just point and shoot excellent pictures with without having to get way into the technical aspects of a camera menu it is just about perfect. The camera is extremely intuitive in its' operation and settings and its' iA setting has handled everything I have thrown at it with great aplomb. I am replacing a TZ3 (giving the old one to a Grandchild) and I have to say the new camera feels much simpler, and the focus is noticeably easier and better and its' ability to fill in a flash picture without it looking like the light from the flash being a separate part of the photo is impressive.
    I got mine from Amazon seller 17th St Photo and the camera arrived poorly packed, rattling around in a larger box. Not really professional, for sure. In spite of this it seems OK.
    The software supplied with the camera seems to be the result of its' designer having a cerebral-rectal inversion of some sort. It took over half an hour to install and had many glitches. It informed me that my version of Quicktime was too new to work with the software. It told me that it could not load the total of the package and therefore I would not be able to use the Photofun 6.0 program to stitch up or view panorama shots. The promised software to upload photos to web sites turned out to be merely a link to a 30 free trial of a program you must then purchase...this last was a really sleazy bit, I thought. Anyone can get the darn free trial, is my guess.
    I think I am going to try to delete all the stuff but the owner's manual from my computer if possible. Perhaps this stuff is just not compatible with my computer ( a 3-4 year old fairly high end Dell).
    So it's kudus for the camera and thumbs down on the junk software they send with it. You'd think for this kind of money, you'd get a printed owner's manual, but I guess that's too much to ask these days. In short, the new camera and it's design are really first class, marred somewhat by someone at Panasonic trying to cut corners on the total package.
    Oh yea, the darn cable to download pics to the computer is too short to be of much use unless you have a your old one! Why, Panasonic must have saved a whole quarter on shorting you there. (Posted on 3/17/2011)

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