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Panasonic LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black)

B&H # PADMCFH8B Mfr # DMC-FH8K
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Product Highlights
  • 16.1 MP 1/2.33" CCD Sensor
  • 720p HD Video: MP4 Format
  • 24mm Wide Angle LEICA DC VARIO Lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 3.0" Intelligent LCD Screen
  • Panorama Shot, Beauty Retouch Modes
  • Miniature Effect
  • Intelligent Auto With MEGA O.I.S.
  • LUMIX Image Uploader
  • USB Or AC Adapter Charging

The Panasonic LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black) is a slim, compact and stylish point-and-shoot camera. It boasts a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.33" CCD sensor for superior image quality. Aside from easily capturing gorgeous still images, even in low light situations, the camera can record 720p High Definition (HD) video in MP4 format via a dedicated video button. Equipped with a 24 mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens, the LUMIX FH8 offers a 5x optical zoom with f/2.5 brightness. This high-end lens does an exemplary job of shooting dynamic landscapes with wide-angle view and also excels at capturing subjects in motion, even in low-light situations, such as indoors or at night. Providing terrific optical performance with minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations, while suppressing ghosting and flare, the sophisticated lens unit enables higher shutter speed and captures beautifully clear images.

The 5x optical zoom also boosts its power to the equivalent of 10x with the iA Zoom (Intelligent Auto Zoom) function, with reduced deterioration of image quality, courtesy of Intelligent Resolution technology. The multi-tasking image-processing Venus Engine enables beautiful image recording and Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), combined with a fast camera start-up time to provide a high-speed response time ensuring that you can capture even the most spontaneous photo opportunities.

Enjoy a bright 3.0" (7.6 cm) Intelligent LCD screen, featuring automatic backlight adjustment to provide a clear view of photos under all lighting conditions.

The FH8 incorporates creative modes to spice up your photography. Panorama Shot mode enables you to shoot horizontal or vertical panoramic images by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying to lend the effect of a panoramic photo. The popular Beauty Retouch function lets you give photos a bunch of different cosmetic effects and Auto Retouch adjusts contrast and brightness levels to lend photos a different appearance. The LUMIX FH8 also adds Miniature Effect mode where peripherals are defocused and saturation and contrast are emphasized to give the picture the look of a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding, which makes it comical and fun to watch.

Intelligent Auto, or iA mode, enables you to automatically activate a whole suite of technologies to improve photos-- without adjusting settings each time conditions change. Under the iA mode umbrella are: AF Tracking, which makes it easy to lock on subjects in a frame and keep them in focus - even as they move; MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization); Intelligent ISO Control; Face Detection; Intelligent Scene Selector; and Intelligent Exposure.

LUMIX Image Uploader permits you to instantly share images and videos on Facebook or YouTube with your PC. Enjoy the new flexibility of USB charging or traditional AC adapter charging methods.

Note! Sound will not be recorded with Miniature Effect in Creative Control Mode and roughly 1/10 of the time period will be recorded. If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long

Superior Image Quality

Boasts a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.33" CCD sensor. Aside from easily capturing gorgeous still images, even in low light situations, the camera can record 720p High Definition (HD) video in MP4 format via a dedicated video button
Equipped with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens, the LUMIX FH8 offers a 5x optical zoom with f/2.5 brightness. This high-end lens does an exemplary job of shooting dynamic landscapes with wide-angle view and also excels at capturing subjects in motion, even in low-light situations, such as indoors or at night. Providing terrific optical performance with minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations, while suppressing ghosting and flare, the sophisticated lens unit enables higher shutter speed and captures beautifully clear images
The 5x optical zoom also boosts its power to the equivalent of 10x with the iA Zoom (Intelligent Auto Zoom) function, with reduced deterioration of image quality, courtesy of Intelligent Resolution technology
The multi-tasking image-processing Venus Engine enables beautiful image recording and Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), combined with a fast camera start-up time to provide a high-speed response time ensuring that you can capture even the most spontaneous photo opportunities
Focus: Normal, AF Macro, Zoom Macro / Quick AFON/OFF (Always On), Continuous AF(only for motion picture) / AF Tracking

AF: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt
Enjoy a bright 3.0" (7.6 cm) Intelligent LCD screen, featuring automatic backlight adjustment to provide a clear view of photos under all lighting conditions. AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High Angle Mode
White Balance:
Color Mode: Standard, Black&White, Sepia, Vivid (in normal / video), Happy (only in iA Mode)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
Zoom in Motion Picture (digital)

Playback

Playback Mode: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback(Category Playback / Favorites Playback), Calendar Playback
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback: Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image: Yes / No
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection: Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling: Yes / Yes / No / No
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp: Yes / No / Yes
Video Divide
PictBridge Support: Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

Creative Modes

Panorama Shot mode enables you to shoot horizontal or vertical panoramic images by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying to lend the effect of a panoramic photo
The popular Beauty Retouch function lets you give photos a bunch of different cosmetic effects and Auto Retouch adjusts contrast and brightness levels to lend photos a different appearance
Miniature Effect mode where peripherals are defocused and saturation and contrast are emphasized to give the picture the look of a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding, which makes it comical and fun to watch
Intelligent Auto, or iA mode, enables you to automatically activate a whole suite of technologies to improve photos-- without adjusting settings each time conditions change. Under the iA mode umbrella are: AF Tracking, which makes it easy to lock on subjects in a frame and keep them in focus - even as they move; MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization); Intelligent ISO Control; Face Detection; Intelligent Scene Selector; and Intelligent Exposure
Mode Dial / Mode Button: Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, SCN, Miniature
Still Image Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, / Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, Photo Frame

Extras

Image Uploader permits you to instantly share images and videos on Facebook or YouTube with your PC. Enjoy the new flexibility of USB charging or traditional AC adapter charging methods

Setup

OSD language: English, Spanish
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33" CCD 1
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Primary Color Filter

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Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 2
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Still image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3)

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Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces Not Specified By Manufacturer
Optics
Lens 6 elements in 5 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 4.3-21.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
Aperture: f/2.5 (W) - 6.4 (T) 3
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LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT
EFL in movie mode: 26-130 mm in 35 mm equiv.
2nd aperture range: f/9.0 (W)-20.0 (T)

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Zoom Optical: 5x
Optical: 6.3x
Optical: 9.0x
Optical: 11.3x
Intelligent Zoom: 10x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 39.37" (100 cm) - Infinity
Wide Macro: 1.97" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Tele Macro: 39.37" (100 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-6400)
Shutter 1/1600 - 8 sec
Exposure Metering Multi 4
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AF Tracking

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Exposure Modes Modes: Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Shade 5
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White Set

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Burst Rate Up to 1.3 fps at 16 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 10 fps at 5 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 10 fps at 3 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 10 fps at 2.5 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 10 fps at 2 MP for up to 100 frames 6
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For 1.3 fps: Max is 100 images; for 10 fps, max varies from 15-100 images

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Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
Remote Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.31 - 18.37' (0.4 - 5.6 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 6.89' (1.0 - 2.1 m)
External Flash Connection Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory
Built-in Memory 70MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Still Images per GB Not Specified By Manufacturer
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 45 Min 7
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Actual time when repeating actions. Uninterrupted continuous recording: 90 min.

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Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.0" LCD (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.1 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 8
Please Note:

Battery life: 260 pictures (CIPA Standard)

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AC Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.8" / 9.6 x 5.7 x 2.0 cm
Weight .24 lb / .11 kg 9
Please Note:

Approx weight without Battery and SD Memory Card
Weight with Battery and SD Memory Card: 0.28 lb (0.12 kg)

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Panasonic LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black)
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.0 Standard Edition
  • Adobe Reader
  • Li-ion Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Hand Strap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicLUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

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    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Good image quality (4)
    • Large clear LCD (4)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Travel (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Reviewed by 6 customers

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      5.0

      Outstanding Camera

      By James the Amateur

      from Upland, CA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black):

        I am just an amateur who uses DSLRs and Lumix FH8. The optical quality of the prints with this compact camera is really quite remarkable.Consumer Reports rated this camera as a "Best. Buy" and I believe they were correct.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        easy to use, good pictures, good choice

        By je1392

        from aix en provence

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Violet):

        easy to use, good pictures, good choice, reduce size, good handling

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Number 4 is the best one yet!!!

        By joyncyperspace

        from San Miguel de Allende, Mx.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black):

          I live in San Miguel de Allende Mexico, a photographer's dream city. I use my camera everyday and this little guy is best. I used to have a big Nikon fancy thing with bells and whistles I never used. The best decision I every made was deciding on this particular camera. The Leica lens is amazing; 16 megapixels make the photos look like you could step into them; and it is so simple to use and switch modes. Speaking of modes, it takes terrific movies.
          For the money, this is best deal around...even considering I had to pay duty importing it to Mexico.
          Oh and, btw, this is my 4th Lumix with the Leica lens and they just keep getting better.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Love It!

          By Julianna

          from Atkinson, NH

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Violet):

            This camera is simple, sleek, and versatile. The color is awesome too - which is hard to find! Highly recommend this to any "regular joe" consumer.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Resoundingly adequate

            By Hammerhead

            from Asheville, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Black):

              I use point and shoot cameras to document my stonework for my web site and other portfolio needs. I use point & shoot for cost and because my gear takes a beating. I have used Sony cameras for years, but tried the Lumix on the suggestion of a pro photog I know. It's a decent camera, does what it should, easy to use. Bottom line though, the image quality, at 16.1M doesn't match the quality of my last Sony, a W90, at 8.1M. I don't know why, but it's like the capture just doesn't quite get the same detail and quality of color. Kinda bummed by it, wouldn't suggest it to you...

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great little pocket camera

              By Travelling Gill

              from Cambridge, ON, Canada

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Convenient as back-up
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight
              • Pocket camera for travell

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Spontaneous moments
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about LUMIX FH8 Digital Camera (Violet):

                I don't carry a cell phone with a camera, so I wanted a small camera that would easily fit into my pocket or purse without being heavy or bulky, but still give me reasonably good picture quality without any complicating setting adjustments. I don't take video, so that wasn't a consideration. I really like the Leica lenses that Panasonic use in the Lumix cameras (this is my third)so that was my main reason for choosing this camera over other similar ones of different makes. I liked I could choose a "funky" colour, and it has been all I have asked of it so far - great for those moments when one thinks "I wish I had my camera"; now I do. It has a large viewfinder, good picture clarity and uncomplicated buttons/controls. The zoom is minimal, but adequate for "snaps" and its weight is hardly noticeable in my purse. I like that the battery is charged in the camera instead of separately - that's a convenience. Of course, it lacks a viewfinder, but then so does any similar model. Overall, I am very pleased with my choice; it's a great supplement to my larger, workhorse camera.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                Memory Cards

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                Required item: Be sure to have enough storage capacity.

                Transcend -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
                • You Pay: $7.49
                 

                Batteries & Power

                Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                Pearstone -  DMW-BCK7 Rechargeable Battery Pack (3.7V, 700mAh)
                • You Pay: $14.95
                 
                Panasonic -  DMW-BCK7 Lithium-Ion Battery (680mAh)
                • You Pay: $19.57
                 

                Bags & Straps

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                Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or a strap.

                Pearstone -  Onyx 210 Camera Pouch (4.2 x 2.8 x 0.6", Black)
                • You Pay: $9.95
                 

                Card Readers

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                Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

                GGI -  All In One USB 2.0 Digital Flash Card Reader / Writer
                • You Pay: $9.95
                 
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