Panasonic Lumix TZ8 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD - £145.94 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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#1
HOT!!!!
#2
Why cant they drop the price of the TZ10? Or even the TZ20 :-p

Good price though.
#3
Yeah I'm after a TZ10, waiting for it to drop.........
banned#4
Pound for pound probably the best camera money can buy
#5
horacevankhute
Pound for pound probably the best camera money can buy

+1

If it's a compact that you want then you need look no further (I have researched them ALL!!)

At this price, grab it while you can.
#6
#7
So tempted to sell my SLR NikonD40 and get one of these.
#8
Martoneuk
Yeah I'm after a TZ10, waiting for it to drop.........


I'm not sure it will just yet. The TZ8 scores "badly" on some reviews as a travel camera since it does not have GPS. So I think the TZ10 will hold its value a while longer as it does have GPS. If you can remember where you've been, then save yourself some cash!

Edited By: winstonmanc on Apr 26, 2011 14:25
#9
winstonmanc
Martoneuk
Yeah I'm after a TZ10, waiting for it to drop.........

I'm not sure it will just yet. The TZ8 scores "badly" on some reviews as a travel camera since it does not have GPS. So I think the TZ10 will hold its value a while longer as it does have GPS. If you can remember where you've been, then save yourself some cash!

I think I will actually, I do like the bigger 3 inch screen on the TZ10 but is it work an extra £40?
#10
I got the TZ7 for £199 from Amazon this time last year.
It does the AVCHD Lite format which is good.. and more importantly has double the resolution on the LCD. Still not a bad price at all.. The Lumix Superzooms are nice little cameras for snap shots and general use !
#11
Is it also not better for video and outputs too (HDMI)? I can usually remember where ive been so its the bigger screen selling it for me.
#12
Beware: Panasonic TZs have a generic issue with their lenses being easily scratched by their own lens covers...

Basically, the lens cover is so close to the glass that if ANYTHING gets inside the cover/on the glass, it can drag it/scratch the lens with it - some people think it happens even if there's no dirt, the lens cover simply 'grazes' the lens and over time it damages it.

Means you need to be super-careful - fantastic cameras otherwise but if you do scratch the lens it would be a devil of the thing to prove it wasn't carelessness on your part so beware...
#13
therealjohnpeat
Beware: Panasonic TZs have a generic issue with their lenses being easily scratched by their own lens covers...

Basically, the lens cover is so close to the glass that if ANYTHING gets inside the cover/on the glass, it can drag it/scratch the lens with it - some people think it happens even if there's no dirt, the lens cover simply 'grazes' the lens and over time it damages it.

Means you need to be super-careful - fantastic cameras otherwise but if you do scratch the lens it would be a devil of the thing to prove it wasn't carelessness on your part so beware...


Thats the first time ive heard this mentioned. Ive had a tz for a couple of years, as have 3 of my friends and we have had no issues at all.
#14
Had several TZ's over the years and had no problems with them.

Voted hot.
#15
MrHappy37
Thats the first time ive heard this mentioned. Ive had a tz for a couple of years, as have 3 of my friends and we have had no issues at all.

Do a Google for "panasonic lens scratch" or similar - there's enough people raising this to suggest my mate's experience (with the newer TZ10) isn't unique.

He uses his for work so it takes dozens of pics a day so his 'wear rate' is way higher than most consumers would every reach. It took less than 3 months for the scratches to show-up - when he started Googling he found a stack of people with earlier TZs who had the same issue - all of whom were serious photographers and so they'd used the camera more (and arguably would have looked after it!!)

As there's no way to repair it so the only solution is to be aware of it, keep the lens properly clean, ensure NOTHING presses on the lens shutter, dont leave it face-down on desks etc. etc.

and don't say you've not been warned!!
#16
What is it like at night - really fed up of getting blurred photos ...
#17
Now £152.95

Am in the market for a compact point and shoot and would like to take HD video too. This seems ideal to me.
#18
Macdory
What is it like at night - really fed up of getting blurred photos ...


There are a few things you could try in order to minimise blur in low light when not using a flash. I'm assuming the photos are in focus and blurred because of movement.

1. Try to keep your hands & camera still when taking a photo and gently squeeze the button. Keep still after squeezing until you know the camera has finished taking the photo.
2. Try to have your subject(s) stay still for the second it takes to take the photo.
3. Try increasing the ISO. Shutter time is halfed when ISO is doubled. If you can't control ISO on your camera then see if there is a built in 'night mode'.
#19
I can't decide between this and TZ10 for £182. Is the GPS and better screen resolution worth .... decisions, decisions!
#20
If you're undecided, keep an eye out for a TZ9. Got mine last August for £185. Its basically a TZ8 with the 3" screen and stereo audio microphones off the TZ10. It was made especially for Curry's but I bought mine from a camera specialist shop, so there must have been stock distributed around...

And for the person who's asking, low-light isn;t a great strength of this range - but then that's a fact of life with any long lens... That said, the optical image stabiliser is very good and I've taken some great low light shots with no camera shake that people thought were impossible. Its just that anything above ISO400 starts to get grainy....
#21
sharkalos
So tempted to sell my SLR NikonD40 and get one of these.

big drop in sensor size if you did.....
#22
therealjohnpeat
Beware: Panasonic TZs have a generic issue with their lenses being easily scratched by their own lens covers...


I've looked at my TZ7 and while I can see that if some crud gets in there it would scratch the lens, the lens covers are a reasonable distance away from the lens so think you've have to be very unlucky/clumsy to have issues.
#24
re. the lens scratching post. my TZ3 got scratched in this way.
It didn't seem to show up on pictures and I put it down to not having a decent case..
I think some grit got in between the cover and the lens, or I touched the cover.

I've not had problems with tz7 though,
( I've got a much better case and I am much more careful with it !)
#25
Now expired.
#26
£169.99
#27
PC World in Blackpool were selling off TZ9s for £179.99 today. Don't know if its just local or a national deal.
They are a TZ-8 with the better 3" screen and stereo microphones for video recording from the TZ10.
#28
sharkalos
So tempted to sell my SLR NikonD40 and get one of these.


Why not, I recently purchased one of these and also own a Canon S95, the lumix pics seem better, more vibrant and clearer. Take into account the 25mm wide angle lens and the 12 times zoom. It is a brilliant buy. I have owned many cameras including digital slrs but now just the two and i may sell the canon and keep this. Go for it.

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