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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 review

Will the upgrade of the popular TZ6 live up to Panasonic's hype?

tz8 review

If you're looking for a neat compact with reliable auto exposure and AF performance, a quality lens and an easy-to-use HD movie mode, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 is a good choice, and reasonable value at £250.

We liked:

The Leica 25-300mm lens is a beauty, delivering good wide angle performance.

The intelligent exposure and AF widgets make it very hard to take a bad picture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 – it's so easy to use.

The metering system is also reliable, and noise is acceptable up to ISO 800.

The 720p HD movies are easy to record, and of a high standard.

We disliked:

Power compact it might be but it's still a compact – another £100 or so will get you a vastly more flexible D-SLR like the Canon EOS 1000D.

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed is needlessly fiddly.

Some intelligent features seem to make little difference in practice.

Verdict:

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 is a very likeable and stylish compact that bends over backwards to help you get good shots. The lens is a real winner. It's also very easy to record high quality HD movies. SLR users seeking a back-up compact might find its restrictions and usability quirks frustrating, though.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix T
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)191 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.6 mm
Width103.3 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Product SeriesT
Focal Length4.10 mm to 49.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ8
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ8 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Exposure Modes:

  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual

Exposure Compensation:

  • 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ8EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

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. The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens. 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 center part of the CCD.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ8 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year