Returning to the zoom lens, it offers wide angle capabilities and the amount of zoom can also be increased when shooting at lower resolutions. The DMC-TZ8 joins the handful of Panasonic compacts to offer advanced controls over exposure, with full manual M , aperture-priority A and shutter-priority S modes on offer, which will instantly appeal to the more experienced photographer. Sadly there’s no support for the RAW file format, which would really have been the icing on the cake for serious photographers looking for a backup-pocket camera to their DSLR. Add this product to your shortlist for comparison. Best Digital Cameras for See All.

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It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work. S system, which helps to ensure ta8 the majority of photos taken in good light are sharp.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 | TechRadar

What camera or lens should I buy? Due to the large LCD screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to five, the various options and icons are very clear and legible.

The Good Build quality and controls; manual aperture and shutter-speed control; lens range and quality; value for money. Buy me a coffee! You won’t want to go back to a “standard” 35mm zoom after using the 25mm lens on the DMC-TZ8, or even a 28mm one – 3mm at the wide-angle end really does make a big difference. The other drawback is the 2GB file size restriction of the Motion JPEG mode means that continuous video recording is limited to eight minutes here.

Panasonic DMC TZ8 Specification

In practice this works very well, with the camera setting itself to its Landscape preset when we pointed it at a mountain, into Macro when directed towards a close subject, then onto ,umix Portrait preset with Face Detection when turned to people.


This two-button system isn’t the most convenient, but it does avoid making the camera too cluttered. Panasonic is credited with creating the travel zoom category with the Dmx back in When taking a photo, pressing the Display button toggles between the detailed information, the detailed information plus gridlines to aid composition, and no information at all.

You shouldn’t see the annoying message “Mode Dial is not in the proper position” ever again. The High Dynamic scene preset simulates the effect of HDR photography with a single frame, digitally boosting shadow areas while attempting to retain bright highlights; it in fact employs the same technique as Intelligent Exposure but with two or three times the effect.

If you’re not feeling too adventurous, just switch the dial to ‘iAuto’. This is further accentuated by the preset operating at a fixed sensitivity of ISO.

Panasonic DMC TZ8

The TZ8 only offers mono sound, with djc mic located to the left of the Mode dial. As mentioned above, there’s a traditional dial on the top of the TZ8 that lets you select the various shooting and scene modes. Apart from that it has the same lens and sensor size.

At full magnification, the discolouration and loss of quality is prominent, which will be a problem when cropping photos. The design is xmc by the large 12x lens on the front and the now standard sized 2. The focusing performance of the LUMIX DMC-TZ8 is fast and versatile you can choose from single or multi-point focus, as well as face or motion tracking modes and it can capably autofocus in video mode, too.

S which it claims is twice as effective. The difference isn’t quite so apparent on a print lumi to A3 in size, but I’m not convinced enough to recommend it except when you really need the extra reach – it improves on the E. Also new is the long-awaited addition of A, S and M exposure modes.


The crop on the right is taken from the shot with Power O. Turn it on and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held.

You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view thumbnails up to 30 onscreen at the same time and in a special Calendar viewzoom in and out up to 16x magnification, lumis slideshows, delete, protect, trim, resize, copy and rotate an image. The best Black Friday deals of On the negative side, you’ll find that the lens zooms more slowly than when shooting a still image, if you choose continuous auto-focus areas of the video will be blurred before becoming sharp again as the camera tries to refocus, and the sound recording is mono not stereo.

Sony’s follow-up to its NEX-6 laps the field with its 11fps burst and comfortable design. Read the full review.

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Zoom button, you can also increase the zoom by selecting a smaller image size. Zoom button is redundant, changing shooting modes alters the lens position, no dedicated video recording button. lumiz

You can also select favourite images, sort images into categories, change an image’s aspect ratio, add dmv text stamp, add a soundclip and set the print order.