Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Compact Digital Camera

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A Speedy Pocketable Camera with a Long Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ8, a compact digital point & shoot featuring a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CCD imaging sensor and speedy Venus Engine processor delivering high-resolution images and 1280 x 720p HD movie recording. The optical 12x zoom lens affords a 24 through288mm (in 35mm consistent focal length), covering wide-angle through extended telephoto ranges, while an optical image stabilizer counteracts motion blur providing clear images--even zoomed out to the longest setting or in poor-light situations. In addition, the iSZ28 comes equipped with a 460k-dot 3.0" LCD screen.

The DMC-SZ8 provides 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, letting you wirelessly attach the camera your tablet or smartphone directly without hunting to find a Wi-Fi hotspot location. Your smart device can even be used as a second monitor and you can focus, zoom, and acquire images directly from it. Using the Instant Transfer mode, images are automatically delivered to pre-selected electronic devices instantly after post-capture.

An array of special effects also add humor to the photography experience. Take advantage from Creative Retouch and Creative Control , plus there's Creative Panorama for acquiring extremely wide images. There is also HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting which combines assorted exposures of related images into one enticing image featuring enhanced contrast along with the best impressions of each shot. The SZ28 stores your photos on SD/SDHC/SDXC smart memory cards.

16MP CCD Sensor and Venus Engine Image Processor

    Features a 16MP, 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with primary color filter and a fast Venus Engine processor, which work together to deliver high-resolution photos, HD 1280 x 720p video recording at 30 fps, and overall fast response time. Other resolutions besides the 16MP maximum (4608 x 3456 at 4:3) include the following: 14.1MP (4608 x 3072 at 3:2), 12MP (4608 x 2592 at 16:9, 3456 x 3456 at 1:1), 7.1MP (3264 x 2176 at 3:2), 8MP (3264 x 2448 at 4:3), 3.1MP (2048 x 1536 at 4:3), 2.8MP (2048 x 1360 at 3:2), 2.4MP (1536 x 1536 at 1:1), 2MP (1920 x 1080 at 16:9), 0.3MP (640 x 480 at 4:3).
12x Optical Zoom Lens
    Offers a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 24-288mm, or 26-314mm in 16:9 video recording mode, covering wide-angle to extended telephoto perspectives. Optical image stabilization counteracts motion blur for clear shots--even at the longest zoom setting or in low-light situations. The Intelligent Zoom function makes it possible to extend the zoom up to 24x by combining optical and digital zoom with less deterioration of image quality. The lens has a maximum aperture range of f/3.1-6.3. At the wide end, it can be stopped down to f/7.8, while at the telephoto end, it can be stopped down to f/16.3.
3.0" LCD Screen
    Equipped with a large, 3.0", 460k-pixel LCD monitor with standard and auto power modes, in addition to a high-angle shooting mode.
    AF assist lamp provides extra lighting as a focusing aid for slightly dark situations where autofocusing would ordinarily be difficult. Available AF metering modes include face, 1-area and 9-area.
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Connectivity
    Wirelessly connect the camera directly to your smartphone or tablet without searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot, thanks to 802.11b/g/n 2412-2462MHz Wi-Fi connectivity (1-11 ch). You can even use your smart device as a secondary monitor and focus, zoom, and capture images right from it. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the designated electronic devices immediately post-capture. Benefit from WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security, WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) and Infrastructure Mode.
Creative Effects
    A number of special effects add fun to the shooting experience. Take advantage of Creative Control and Creative Retouch, plus Creative Panorama for capturing extremely wide shots. High Dynamic Range (HDR) shooting is also available, combining multiple exposures of the same shot into one ideal image featuring improved contrast and the best qualities of each take.
Intelligent Auto Mode
    LUMIX's popular shooting assist function, Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, lets you leave the thinking to the camera. By removing the guesswork, it frees you up to focus on the creative, artistic side of getting the shot. Benefit from Intelligent ISO Control to aid you when shooting in low light, as well as Intelligent Exposure and face detection. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically chooses the optimal exposure settings for you based on a given scenario. You'll be able to shoot without adjusting settings every time conditions change.
    Saves your images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
    Available modes include normal play, slideshow, thumbnails (12/30), category selection and calendar. Zoomed playback is possible and "set protection" is selectable.
    In addition to Creative Retouch, there are some more basic editing options available, including resize, cropping and copy.
    PictBridge support for direct printing: Single / Multi / All.
Supported Languages
    English and Spanish.

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
Processor Venus Engine  
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (boost to 3200/6400)  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24288 mm  
Optical zoom 12  
Maximum aperture F3.1 - F6.3  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 3 cm (1.18)  
Number of focus points 9  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 5.20 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off  
Continuous drive 1.2 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)  
Format Motion JPEG  
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 80MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-ion battery and USB charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 200  
Weight (inc. batteries) 159 g (0.35 lb / 5.61 oz)  
Dimensions 100 x 60 x 27 mm (3.94 x 2.36 x 1.06)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Compact Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5