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Panasonic DMC-FZ8 £170.12 inc P&P *BLACK*
Panasonic DMC-FZ8 £170.12 inc P&P *BLACK*

Panasonic DMC-FZ8 £170.12 inc P&P *BLACK*

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Just ordered this as its dropped in price today on ebuyer. This is at least £30 cheaper than anywhere else I can find (for the black version).

Order via google checkout and use super saver delivery to get it at £170.12


Panasonic FZ8 Digital Camera 7.0 to 7.9mp Black


Bridging the gap between high-end compacts and digital SLRs, Panasonic's DMC-FZ8 offers a level of control close to that of an SLR, but without the need for interchangeable lenses. Perfect for photographers on the move and families who want to shoot pictures outdoors for example, the FZ8 offers an easy way to enjoy the fun of capturing beautiful digital pictures.

This 7.2-megapixel Lumix camera, features a powerful 12x optical zoom, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and the ever popular and indispensable Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S). With a joystick control for manual adjustment of focusing and exposure setting, the DMC-FZ8 offers high end specification and portability.

Optical excellence from aperture to zoom The Lumix DMC-FZ8 is equipped with a 7.2 megapixel CCD and a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens offering a powerful 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm on a 35mm film camera) with an aperture of F2.8 to F3.3. If this wasn't enough, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function uses the centre part of the CCD to provide additional magnification, extending the zoom power to an impressive 18x. Using this feature in combination with the 4x digital zoom brings the total zooming power to a remarkable 72x.

The combination of 11 elements in eight groups, including 3 aspherical lenses generates superior optical performance while maintaining the compactness of the unit.

Shaken not blurred:
Panasonic is the first manufacturer to have successfully incorporated Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) into its compact cameras - a feature strongly appreciated worldwide and now considered to be a standard requirement of photography. O.I.S minimizes the jitter from shaky hands that causes many photos to look blurred. By shifting the O.I.S lens unit to keep the optical axis aligned straight against the CCD, the camera ensures images are captured with supreme clarity and sharpness.

While hand-shake is the single biggest cause of blurry images, it is not the only one. Another problem is the motion blur that can occur when a subject moves as the shot is being taken - particularly common when taking pictures of sports, or young children for example. Building on the success of its predecessor the FZ8 incorporates a new feature designed to resolve motion blur. Intelligent ISO Control detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions. This happens automatically, so you can effortlessly shoot without the need to adjust the settings every time the conditions change.

The best just keeps getting better!

Heir to the award winning DMC-FZ7, this new addition to the Lumix range has enhanced the excellence of its predecessor not only with the total number of pixels but also with several other innovative technical improvements. A key improvement is the inclusion of Panasonic's advanced image-processing LSI, Venus Engine III that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. Noise reduction is also greatly improved, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing. Critical noise is analysed, and chromatic and luminance noise are reduced separately. The chromatic noise, which has greater effect on picture quality, is then selectively suppressed, resulting in clearer images.

Features:

Battery Compatibility Fitting: Pan CGR-S006E
Megapixel Banding: 7 to 7.9 Megapixels
Maximum Image Resolution: 3072 x 2304
Optical Zoom: 12x
Lens: Zoom
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length (35mm equiv): 36-432mm
Storage for Digital Compacts: SD Card
Supplied Card: None
Connection Type: USB 2.0
LCD Monitor: Yes
Optical Viewfinder: No
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Sync Socket: No
Burst Mode: Yes
CCD Size: 1/2.5 inch
Exposure Compensation: Yes
Tripod Thread: Yes
Dimensions: (WxHxD) 112.5 x 72.2 x 79mm
Weight (g): 310g

11 Comments

Original Poster

http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz8/images/allroundview.-001jpg.jpg

Quotes shouldnt be used in OP

Also, the pic needs resizing..

Original Poster

http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz8/images/FZ8_3q-001.jpg

Original Poster

Why so many cold/warm votes?

You people do realise this is the is the FZ8 not the older FZ7?

If you know of cheaper please post. (although I have been scouring the net for days for this)

Great Price, cheapest by some way. Was going to order when it was £199 but they ran out of stock, so pleased they did!

Its Probably because the FZ8 isn't as good a camera as the Fz7...

To much image processing going on has dumbed the camera down and image quality has suffered because of it...:-(

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crazylegs

Its Probably because the FZ8 isn't as good a camera as the Fz7...To much … Its Probably because the FZ8 isn't as good a camera as the Fz7...To much image processing going on has dumbed the camera down and image quality has suffered because of it...:-(



Reviews tend to say otherwise, general opinion is that there is still a slight problem with higher ISO settings, but not as bad as the FZ7 was.

Both great cameras :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Heres the conclusion from the review at dpreview.com:
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People need to judge the deal irrespective of whether they like the product or not. Having bought the DMC-FZ7 last week for £149.99 (itself a very good price at the time) it looks like this deal should be considered hot.

Price now up to £179.99 after the £10 discount via google checkout ....

Great price for a super camera (I bought one a few months ago for around £200) so would vote hot if I could!!
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