Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 8.1 Megapixel
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 2.5" LCD Display
  • MEGA O.I.S. Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent Auto Technology
  • Face Detection AF/AE
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 6400)
  • High Speed Response
  • Manual Operation
  • Powered by AA-size Batteries
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Panasonic DMC-LZ8 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Digital Camera incorporates a powerful 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 32 - 160mm on a 35mm film camera) and an 8.1 megapixel resolution for superb image detail and the ability to zoom into the most intimate details of your subject - all in a compact and ergonomically designed camera body that you will find to be a pleasure to carry with you at all times.

The camera also incorporates the impressive Venus Engine III image processing engine that gives the camera even higher image quality and speedy processing. With the inclusion of a longer zoom lens on such a compact camera, image stabilization becomes even more useful, so Panasonic incorporated the acclaimed Intelligent Image Stabilization system with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control to compensate for the effects of hand-shake and subject movement, making it possible to capture clear, crisp photos indoors, at night, during action shots, or when taking macro close-ups.

The large and bright 2.5-inch LCD Display of the DMC-LZ8 makes it easy to frame and view your images, and video clips. The user friendly menu and its graphical user interface have also been optimized using brighter colors for easier viewability. The DMC-LZ8 is powered by two simple AA batteries, which can be purchased anywhere, and the camera also accepts large-capacity SDHC memory cards, giving users more flexibility in shooting and recording.

8.1 Megapixel Resolution
With a resolution of 8.1 Megapixels, you'll be able to produce high resolution images that can yield photo quality 20 x 30" prints. The camera also has resolution options that are available in three different aspect ratios - 16:9 for displaying on a wide screen monitor or TV, 3:2 for making standard photo album prints, and 4:3 for more traditional image dimensions common in picture frames.
Leica 5x Optical Zoom Lens
The Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens on the DMC-LZ8 provides an incredible 5x optical zoom, with a moderately wide angle of 32mm equivalent and images captured by the DMC-LZ8 are crisp and clear - right to the edges, thanks to this superb lens. The camera's wide-angle capability lets you more easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. Plus, you can use the 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom together to produce a maximum of 20x zooming power.
Extra Optical Zoom
The Extra Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with the use of digital zoom, provides up to an additional 8.0x zooming power in addition to the 3x standard optical zoom (available with 3 megapixel or smaller images only).
Easy Zoom Button
With the first press of the Easy Zoom button the camera immediately gives you the maximum 5x power of the optical zoom. A second press delivers the maximum 8x power of the Extra Optical Zoom. This lets you bring your subject right up close, easily and comfortably, and is especially useful at sporting events and other outdoor activities when fast zoom may be needed to get a shot during quick paced action.
Easy-to-use Scene Modes
The DMC-LZ8 has 20 scene modes to provide the best overall image quality for common shooting situations, such as Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, and more. It is easy to select the best scene mode thanks to the Scene Mode list display and help screen, which shows the description of each mode on the LCD monitor.
Face Detection for Superb Portraits
The Face Detection function can detect up to 15 faces in a scene then automatically adjust the camera settings to make sure faces appear well-lit and in focus. This advanced technology will even automatically readjust the settings if the positions of the subjects change while you are framing the shot.
Reduce Blur with MEGA OIS and Intelligent ISO
Image blur is commonly caused by either movement of the camera or movement of the subject. Camera movement is corrected with the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) feature which uses built-in gyro-sensors to detect the smallest camera movement and instantaneously shifts a lens element in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration. Motion blur - caused when a subject moves as the shot is being taken - is minimized with Intelligent ISO Control. This system actually detects whether the subject is moving and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to minimize the motion blur effect while maintaining good exposure.
Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector will sense the ambient conditions and automatically select either the Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode accordingly. With the camera choosing the settings for you, you'll get beautiful results every time you shoot, no matter what the scene or subject.
Intelligent Auto Technology
Just turn the dial to "iA" and say good-bye to complicated settings. The camera will not only help eliminate blurring from hand-shake or subject movement, but it will also initialize the Face Detection system and automatically select the focus, exposure and scene modes for the best results. In fact, the Intelligent Auto Mode automatically begins focusing even before you press the shutter button, so you'll never miss a great shot.
Super-Fast Shutter Response and Consecutive Shooting
The DMC-LZ8 is fast and responsive - thanks to the Venus Engine III processor. The camera has an extremely fast shutter lag, so you won't miss that "perfect" moment, and it enables high ISO to minimize motion blur and take pictures under low lighting without the need for a mood-killing flash. Furthermore, the advanced processor enables fast shooting at a rate of up to 10 frames per second - a superbly useful feature when shooting sports or other fast paced events.
Manual Control for More Creative Freedom
The Lumix DMC-LZ8 camera gives you a choice of four exposure modes: Program AE (P), Aperture Priority AE (A), Shutter Priority AE (S) and Manual (M). This gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to capture more expressive shots. You can also fine tune the settings in the Scenery, Portrait, Sports and Night Portrait scene modes on the mode dial to better suit the shooting conditions, and make it easier to capture the exact image you have in mind.
Record High Quality Moving Images
The DMC-LZ8 can record beautiful full-size movies in 16:9 Wide VGA format at 30 fps or 10 fps with enhanced picture quality and brightness, and it can also shoot standard VGA and QVGA resolution for home use or e-mail/web applications.
Mode Dial and Q.Menu Button
The Q.Menu Button provides a shortcut to frequently used menu settings - this single button lets you turn consecutive shooting on/off, make white balance adjustments, set the ISO sensitivity and image size, and select the compression format, while you continue to view your subject on the LCD. The Mode Dial is combined with a unique Mode Position Display, and as you operate the dial, large animated icons are displayed on the LCD Screen, making it easy to find the mode you want.
Auto Angle Detection
Auto angle detection records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically. This ensures that when playing back on the LCD monitor and displaying images on your TV by connecting your Lumix Digital Camera with an A/V cable, vertical images are automatically displayed vertically and horizontal images are automatically displayed horizontally.
Built-in and Expandable Memory
The camera includes 27MB of built-in memory, and the memory capacity can be expanded dramatically with Secure digital (SD) or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.
2.5" Intelligent LCD Display
The DMC-LZ8 features a 2.5" diagonal high-resolution Intelligent LCD monitor makes it easy to see your subject - day or night, indoors or outdoors - because the brightness and contrast of the LCD adjusts automatically as ambient light conditions change. The High Angle Mode improves viewability from a low angle, such as when shooting over a crowd. The display also provides many shooting assist features such as guide lines for better image framing and a histogram function to check exposure on the fly.
Extended Battery Life
The DMC-LZ8 is powered by two AA Batteries, and since AA size batteries can be purchased almost anywhere, you don't have to worry about suddenly running out of battery power. This is great both for taking everyday snapshots and when you are traveling. Furthermore, the Venus Engine processor consumes less power than previous processors, and can take approximately 260 pictures with the included Oxyride batteries and up to 160 shots with ordinary alkaline batteries, while Nickel-metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries can provide an impressive number of shots while also saving money.
Print Directly From Your Camera
You can send images directly to print, right from the DMC-LZ8 camera without the need of a PC. Simply connect the camera to a PictBridge compatible printer by using the included USB cable, and then simply select the pictures you want to print.
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Digital Camera (Black)
  • 2x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Software CD-ROM (PhotofunStudio viewer, ArcSoft MediaImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, USB Driver)
  • User Guide
  • 90-Days Labor; 1-Year Parts U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic DMC-LZ8 specs

    Camera Type Compact Point-and-shoot Digital Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 1/2.5" 8.32 Megapixel CCD with Primary Color Filter
    Effective Resolution 8.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Standard, Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
    Image File Formats JPEG (Fine, Standard)
    Recorded Resolution 4:3 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2448
    2560 x 1920
    2048 x 1536
    1600 x 1200
    640 x 480

    3:2 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2176
    2560 x 1712
    2048 x 1360

    16:9 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 1840
    2560 x 1440
    1920 x 1080

    Video Recording QuickTime Motion JPEG with Audio
    Wide VGA (848 x 480 @ 30 or 10 fps)
    VGA (640 x 480 @ 30 or 10 fps)
    QVGA (320 x 240 @ 30 or 10 fps)Clip length limited only by available memory to a maximum of 2GB
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Type Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens
    Optical Zoom 5x (Up to 8.0x Extra Optical zoom with 3MP or smaller image)
    Lens Focal Length 5.2 - 26mm (32 - 160mm equivalent)
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.0" (5cm)
    Maximum Aperture f/3.3-5.9
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL Auto Focus System with AF Assist Lamp
    Focus Modes Normal (Face, 1-point, 1-point high speed, 3-point high speed, 5-point, Spot), Macro, Quick AF
    Focus Range Normal: 19.7" (50cm) - infinity
    Macro: 2.0" (5cm) - infinity
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600)
    High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1600-6400)
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2000 seconds
    (15, 30, or 60 seconds in Starry Sky Mode)
    Aperture Range f/3.3-5.9 & f/8.0 (2 steps)
    Exposure Metering TTL-AE (Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot)
    Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Scene (SCN), Exposure Compensation (±2EV in 1/3EV increments), Intelligent Auto (w/ Backlight Compensation), Custom, Auto Bracketing AE (±1/3 EV - 1EV step for 3 frames)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set, White Balance Adjustment (10 steps)
    Scene Modes Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby 1&2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off)
    Effective Flash Range 1.1' (0.3 m) - 20.7' (6.3 m)
    External Flash Connection No
    External Flash Control Not Applicable
    Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Lag 0.005 seconds
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability Standard Burst: 2.5 fps up to 7 images (Standard) or 4 images (Fine)
    High-speed Burst: 10 fps (2.5M or less resolution)
    Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp Yes
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory 27MB
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    Recording Capacity Includes 27MB of Built-in Memory

    Still Image Capacity

    Fine Standard
    4:3 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2448 3 7
    2560 x 1920 8 17
    2048 x 1536 10 22
    1600 x 1200 22 44
    1280 x 960 30 66
    640 x 480 102 207
    3:2 Aspect Ratio
    3072 x 2048 3264 x 2176 5 12
    2560 x 1712 8 20
    2048 x 1360 13 27
    16:9 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 1840 5 15
    3072 x 1728 2560 x 1440 8 24
    1920 x 1080 17 27

    Video Capacity

    Video Mode Record Time
    Wide VGA @ 30 fps 5 seconds
    Wide VGA @ 10 fps 15 seconds
    VGA @ 30 fps 7 seconds
    VGA @ 10 fps 20 seconds
    QVGA @ 30 fps 20 seconds
    QVGA @ 10 fps 64 seconds
    Battery Type 2x AA Batteries (Alkaline, Oxyride, NiMH)
    Power Adapter Proprietary AC Adapter (optional)
    Computer Interface USB
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control No
    Video Output NTSC & PAL
    Web-Cam Capable No
    System & Software Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    Macintosh OS X (10.1 or later)
    Viewfinder No
    LCD Display 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT Color LCD (230,000 pixels) with High Angle Mode
    Language Options English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
    Playback Options Single Image, Thumbnail display (12 or 30), Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Picture Adjustment (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction), Aspect Conversion, Picture protection, DPOF print setting
    Dimensions 2.5 x 3.9 x 1.3" (63 x 99 x 34mm)
    Weight 5.3 oz (155g) without batteries

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