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Panasonic DMC-TZ8EB-K Lumix TZ8 12MP £149 @ sainsbury
Panasonic DMC-TZ8EB-K Lumix TZ8 12MP £149 @ sainsbury

Panasonic DMC-TZ8EB-K Lumix TZ8 12MP £149 @ sainsbury

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Photography enthusiasts have been waiting for this camera! The 12.1 megapixel DMC-TZ8 features a 25mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm) in a compact body. Offering about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens, it gives you loads of options for amazing shots. The powerful 12x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. In 3 megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 23.4x by using the centre part of the CCD.

The Intelligent Resolution Technology gives a high resolution look to digital zoom images as well as ordinary images. The image is divided into contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas, with optimum image processing applied to each type of area.

Hand-shake correction capacity is nearly doubled, so you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Other features include Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector with Sunset Mode, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking - the camera does all the work in iA Mode. And Happy Mode is newly added to the DMC-TZ8, optimising colour saturation and brightness for vividly memorable scenes.
The DMC-TZ8 can record HD movie (1,280x720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-picture recording even in low-light settings.

If you want more control over settings, manual function allows you to fine-tune results. Aperture-priority Mode lets you open the aperture up wide for stunning portraits with softly focused backgrounds. Shutter-priority Mode makes it possible to express the dynamic power of a flowing stream by slowing down the shutter speed. And Manual Exposure Mode gives you total control of special shots, allowing you to achieve a higher level of photographic beauty.

33 Comments

Nice find:)

cold for me as TZ7 is much better cam.

What makes the tz7 a much better camera
I thought the only lesser point on this camera was the video recording format

I do like Panasonics Lumix cameras...this seems like a very good price though I would personally choose one that takes video in AVCHD as its compatible with my TV straight from the sd card.

Banned

TZ7 is much better, this has removed the stereo microphones, either get the TZ7 or the TZ10.... The TZ7 also has a larger screen with bigger resolution and MUCH faster shutter speed (I've owned all 3, now stick with the TZ7)

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SenorFunkyPants

I do like Panasonics Lumix cameras...this seems like a very good price … I do like Panasonics Lumix cameras...this seems like a very good price though I would personally choose one that takes video in AVCHD as its compatible with my TV straight from the sd card.



That'll be every panasonic made since 2008 that supports HD video.... Panasonic were the first to addopt AVCHD, you can also choose MPEG but sure why you would?

mrpremium

TZ7 is much better, this has removed the stereo microphones, either get … TZ7 is much better, this has removed the stereo microphones, either get the TZ7 or the TZ10.... The TZ7 also has a larger screen with bigger resolution and MUCH faster shutter speed (I've owned all 3, now stick with the TZ7)



Isn't the major drawback with the TZ7 that you can't zoom when in video mode (which they fixed in the TZ10)? I know this isn't an issue for most but would be for me as I'm looking for a camera that I can also short HD video clips.

I'm thinking of getting either TZ7/8/9/10 so your feedback about other pros and cons of the 3 models you've had would be really helpful.

Thanks

I have the TZ10 and must admit its a great camera but you do get a hiss when playing back any movies in all formats. Spoken to Panasonic about this and they say there's nothing they can do. Look for movies on youtube (with not background music) and you hear it. But it is a great camera for just photos.

Nice price OP for the TZ8

Heat from me. Great price - and in stock

At this price, the TZ8 is an excellent buy. TZ7/TZ10 may possibly be marginally better, but it they are not available at this price.

Its image quality that counts at the end of the day and you'd be very hard pressed to find as good or better for £150.

When I saw it was Sainsburys, I assumed it was one of the 'in store if you can find it' deals, but it is actually available online with free delivery - excellent.

Good find, voted hot.

Edited by: "andyken" 25th Sep 2010

I was thinking of one of the tz range
Either the tz7 from amazon or the tz8 from sainsburys or the tz10 from costco
I borrowed a mates tz6 for a wedding a few weeks ago and thought the pictures outside were fine but inside they were very poor
Will this be the same for all of the range
I have an ixus 70 and and a Fuji s8000 fd
These are as far as I am concerned excellent cameras the picture quality from the Lumix I borrowed was nowhere near as good as those taken by my other 2 cameras.
Should those poorer results should have been expected ?
I was also thinking about the Fuji f80exr but some reviews say it is fantastic and other say it takes poor pictures when not well lit
The other camera I was Thinking about was the canon sx 210 is some people have issues with flash shadow at zero zoom but I tried a test shot on the tz6 and got similar results
Any help is greatly appreciated
Thank

I've got the TZ7 - great camera. TZ8 for £150 is a fab price, voted hot.

largeruk

Isn't the major drawback with the TZ7 that you can't zoom when in video … Isn't the major drawback with the TZ7 that you can't zoom when in video mode (which they fixed in the TZ10)? I know this isn't an issue for most but would be for me as I'm looking for a camera that I can also short HD video clips.I'm thinking of getting either TZ7/8/9/10 so your feedback about other pros and cons of the 3 models you've had would be really helpful.Thanks



I can zoom in my TZ7 in video mode ... only thing I hate about it is the date imprint function (reduces the size to 3M after imprint)

is the TZ10 really that much better than the TZ8?
Did a quick google and the price difference is about £80!

Here's a comparison chart showing specs of TZ7/8/10.

Looks like the major difference is size/resolution of the LCD screen and that the TZ10 is the only one that can record video in AVCHD mode. Can anyone confirm that's correct? Any other differences that would be worth taking into account?

freebazee

I can zoom in my TZ7 in video mode ... only thing I hate about it is the … I can zoom in my TZ7 in video mode ... only thing I hate about it is the date imprint function (reduces the size to 3M after imprint)


I should have clarified - I've read somewhere that the TZ7 has a re-focusing issue when you use zoom in video mode. Is that something you've experienced?

^ Yes it is.

goldenbolux

I was thinking of one of the tz range Either the tz7 from amazon or the … I was thinking of one of the tz range Either the tz7 from amazon or the tz8 from sainsburys or the tz10 from costcoI borrowed a mates tz6 for a wedding a few weeks ago and thought the pictures outside were fine but inside they were very poorWill this be the same for all of the range



I've had a TZ1 and a TZ7 and both were poor inside, in fact the TZ7 is the worst camera I have ever owned for indoor photography. However, with most Panasonic cameras (including the TZ range) there is a High Sensitivity mode which drops the resolution to 3MP but gives much better results indoors, especially in low light non-flash situations like shows. These are fine for 4x6 photos of online use, but pretty useless for enlargements.
Edited by: "thevulture" 25th Sep 2010

goldenbolux

I was thinking of one of the tz range Either the tz7 from amazon or the … I was thinking of one of the tz range Either the tz7 from amazon or the tz8 from sainsburys or the tz10 from costcoI borrowed a mates tz6 for a wedding a few weeks ago and thought the pictures outside were fine but inside they were very poorWill this be the same for all of the rangeI have an ixus 70 and and a Fuji s8000 fdThese are as far as I am concerned excellent cameras the picture quality from the Lumix I borrowed was nowhere near as good as those taken by my other 2 cameras.Should those poorer results should have been expected ?I was also thinking about the Fuji f80exr but some reviews say it is fantastic and other say it takes poor pictures when not well litThe other camera I was Thinking about was the canon sx 210 is some people have issues with flash shadow at zero zoom but I tried a test shot on the tz6 and got similar resultsAny help is greatly appreciatedThank



You'll be hard pressed to get outstanding low light picture quality from any compact camera - they just haven't got the sensor size for it.

If your budget can stretch, you may want to consider something like the Sony NEX3, which is smaller than a typical SLR, but has an APS-C sensor, which is around 6 to 8 times the size of the sensor in a typical compact, with a commensurate increase in picture quality. Superior lens too, but without the range of a bridge camera. It will set you back £350, though, which is a hell of a lot more than £149 for the TZ8 here.
Edited by: "andyken" 25th Sep 2010

thevulture

I've had a TZ1 and a TZ7 and both were poor inside, in fact the TZ7 is … I've had a TZ1 and a TZ7 and both were poor inside, in fact the TZ7 is the worst camera I have ever owned for indoor photography. However, with most Panasonic cameras (including the TZ range) there is a High Sensitivity mode which drops the resolution to 3MP but gives much better results indoors, especially in low light non-flash situations like shows. These are fine for 4x6 photos of online use, but pretty useless for enlargements.



Very useful feedback and not encouraging....

In which case, what compact camera would you recommend that copes well with indoor low light/no flash situations and also has a decent video (pref. HD) functionality (with zoom!)? Does such a camera exist...?!
Edited by: "largeruk" 25th Sep 2010

Slash

The issue here isn't about which TZ camera is better. Its whether anyone … The issue here isn't about which TZ camera is better. Its whether anyone other than the OP can actually get the TZ8 for £149



As it is in stock online (already posted) why is that an issue

out of stock.

Johnatcastle

Not an issue any more..... Out of Stock....;-(



i was just about to order when it went OOS. That didnt last long

It's not really an issue of budget it's more an issue of handiness
I already have the s8000fd which takes amazing pictures when needed and my ixus takes fab pictures night and day it's just the fact that it lacks the zoom required to be everything we need
We just wanted something that could do most things to a very high standard so we could just take the one small camera out with us instead of the 2 cameras and an hd camcorder
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am sick of looking online at review after review
Thanks

Same here, but did a couple of refreshes and came back into stock. Keep trying you might be lucky.

Back in stock, be quick!

largeruk

Isn't the major drawback with the TZ7 that you can't zoom when in video … Isn't the major drawback with the TZ7 that you can't zoom when in video mode (which they fixed in the TZ10)? I know this isn't an issue for most but would be for me as I'm looking for a camera that I can also short HD video clips.I'm thinking of getting either TZ7/8/9/10 so your feedback about other pros and cons of the 3 models you've had would be really helpful.Thanks


strange the tz7 cant zoom while in video, my tz6 can
as for the smaller screen on the tz8 over the tz7, there was issues with the 3in screen on the tz7 cracking so they went back to the stronger 2.7in screen of the tz6
Edited by: "shakennstirred" 25th Sep 2010

horsenailbucket

Same here, but did a couple of refreshes and came back into stock. Keep … Same here, but did a couple of refreshes and came back into stock. Keep trying you might be lucky.



Thanks for the tip, just ordered one via quidco for another 2%
Edited by: "jukie" 25th Sep 2010

OOS online

I have this camera. Nice picture quality but if you stand a little bit far from the camera (let's say 5-8m), the image tend to come out abit under exposed and dark. It is on iA mode. I am sure it can be fixed on semi auto mode.

I own the tz4 which my children play with, very good camera, feels soild and one of the best compact.... however i dont like compacts at all - once someone uses a slr very hard to go back to a compact

tigger80

I own the tz4 which my children play with, very good camera, feels soild … I own the tz4 which my children play with, very good camera, feels soild and one of the best compact.... however i dont like compacts at all - once someone uses a slr very hard to go back to a compact



I have used an SLR and hate having to carry it around, much prefer a compact

jukie

I have used an SLR and hate having to carry it around, much prefer a … I have used an SLR and hate having to carry it around, much prefer a compact



I'm a semi-pro photographer and I'd have to agree with the above. If I'm going out specifically to take photographs there is no compromise and my D3 goes with me. Otherwise for catching shots occasionally I have a TZ5 because of the zoom capability and the pocket size. It does zoom during video recording however it's sound quality is poor.

Ordered saturday picked it up from my local sains today.
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