The Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ8 is an excellent digital camera. Panasonic have included plenty of features and picture quality compares very well with all other cameras of this type. I could not find any real weaknesses and if I was looking to buy this type of camera the Lumix DMC TZ8 would feature prominently on my short list.
The big attraction is the combination of plenty of features and a relatively compact body. With the smaller body size it's not surprising that this type of camera is popular with people who travel. Key features include 12 megapixels and a 12x wide angle lens. Panasonic have introduced manual exposure controls with this model to increase the attraction to hobby photographers.
Also included are High Definition movies. Optical zoom can be applied during movie recording. As you would expect with this length of lens image stabilisation has been built in too.
103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm
SD / SDHC / SDXC
Where to Buy - Panasonic DMC TZ8
Image Quality - See Sample Images Below
Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light
Looking at my outdoor scenic shots I can see the Lumix DMC TZ8 is capable of producing sharply focused photographs with plenty of brightness and well balanced colours. The level of details showing in shady areas around the names of the boats is impressive.
My photo of a building shows how focusing is retained right up to the edges. This is highlighted by my first test shot as well. The larger lens size compared to smaller pocket cameras helps here.
Sharpness remains good when zoom is not being used. There is a small amount of purple fringing showing when the zoom is fully extended, but this is not a significant problem.
I consider the outdoor portrait shot to be the most straightforward of my tests. Lighting is good and the subject is close to the camera. Even so I think the Lumix DMC TZ8 does better than a lot of the cameras I test. This is based on the colours it brings out in the shot. There is a warm feel to the picture that some other digital cameras struggle to match.
When I look at pictures taken with flash, I like to see an even spread of light. I also like to see plenty of colour retained in the shot. The camera does well on both counts here. There is colour showing in the skin tones and the shot works well in general.
This is another pleasing effort. Noise is kept under control. This allows lots of definition to show in the shot.
Macro, Colours and Noise
There is plenty of detail showing in the macro shot. This camera will not let you down if you are looking to take the occasional close in photo.
Panasonic have toned down the vividness of the colours their digital cameras produce. This gives a more natural look to the photos.
Panasonic digital cameras come out on top when it comes to reducing noise and increasing detail in more shady areas of photos. This is an area where the Lumix DMC TZ8 does very well indeed.
The quality of photographs the Lumix DMC TZ8 is able to produce is very good indeed for a compact digital camera. I found nothing at all that would put me off buying the camera and plenty of plus points to be enthusiastic about.
Panasonic has taken the design of a simple pocket camera and made it bigger. There is also a raised area on the front of the camera to help you get a good grip.
Shutter Lag Times
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time
Ease of Use
Owing to the amount of features Panasonic has packed into the Lumix DMC TZ8 there is plenty to learn. You can use the camera in fully automatic mode, but to get the most out of this camera you will need to spend time to find your way around.
Points I Like
Picture quality - Features - High Definition movies - Handy Size
Where it Could Improve
There is nothing that stands out
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