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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Digital Camera

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16MP 12x CCD Jan 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The LUMIX DMC-SZ8 packs a 12x optical zoom lens and Wi-Fi connectivity into a slim, stylish body. It also features a variety of special effects that add fun to the shooting experience, including... More
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31 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This compact camera digital camera received a "Recommended" from Camera Labs who decided that this Panasonic camera was good.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Panasonic digital camera is 84% based on four expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Camera Labs, Chip.de and portablegear.nl. If all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this compact camera digital camera is in the top 3%.

Owner Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as 74%.

Good Quality Lens

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good zoom. Todd Evans said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I can't imagine how bad the digital zoom must be - I didn't even try it” however despite that he gave this digital camera a score of 2 stars. Ephotozine.com said “A good zoom range, optical image stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review “The SZ8 features a 12x optical zoom (24-288mm eq.) which slightly bests the 10x offered on the SZ3”.

One person who bought it mentioned that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “It is designed for beginners and boasts a 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi” in their review. One person who reviewed it thought it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Size

A number of people who reviewed the product said that it was compact. Lora Edwards said last year “The camera is very small and compact which is great considering the zoom capabilities” in her Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review but despite that she only gave the product a rating of 2 stars. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert review site What Digital Camera two years ago “The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is the manufacturer's latest beginner compact featuring Intelligent Auto scene analysing mode” in their review. Expert website Cameralabs.com gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and wrote “The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a point-and-shoot compact with a 12x stabilised zoom”.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewers thought it was thin. Techradar.com said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 on expert review site Techradar “The Panasonic SZ8 is a small, slim compact camera that is intended to be a step up from a phone for picture taking”. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com said two years ago “Panasonic's sleek and slim travel zoom line continues with the introduction of the LUMIX DMC-SZ8, successor to last year's DMC-SZ3”.

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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Panasonic compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Panasonic is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owners who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. In October last year Allan Hawkins V wrote in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review on Amazon “Excelent camera, excelent quality, excelent zoom and stabilization image, bright and clear colors, super wide angle.” however he only scored it 3 stars. Todd Evans said on Amazon “Only images at the full wide end of the zoom range (24mm equivalent) are even close to being acceptable”. William mentioned “Bland no matter what subject you are taking a picture of and no matter what setting you use”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “It also has a 3 inch screen with a decent 460k dot resolution” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review. Techradar.com said in their review “Although it has 16million pixels like the SZ3”.

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Good Connectivity

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 was wifi compatible. Two years ago Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Boasts a 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a range of special effects” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it had good features.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owner who purchased it reckoned that it had a good screen.

Easy to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 had a good experience.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a similar age and spec to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S5100, and the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 is also worth considering.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity and we think the Canon IXUS 510 HS, and the Sony DSC-WX300 ($317.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX20 ($369.42).

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS (MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ8.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Samsung EX2F which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S5100, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 which has better reviews.

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Eight Aspheric Elements

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 is a eight aspheric element camera. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have between 1 and 14 aspheric elements.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Panasonic digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Lumix DMC-SZ8 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Panasonic digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effects "Art" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this type and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1360, 4608 x 2592, 1920 x 1080 and 3456 x 3456 and 1536 x 1536. The still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the cameras of this type and age the internal memory range from 8MB to 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 350MB. With an internal memory of 80 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Lumix DMC-SZ8 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8 the maximum ISO speeds range from 3 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. At 6,400, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-SZ8 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Auto Focus

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Continuous Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-SZ8 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8 the minimum focal lengths range from 2.6mm to 290mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owner thought it was not good quality. William wrote in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review on Amazon “It takes low quality pictures” and gave it a score of 1 stars.

Poor Battery Life

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 did not have a good battery life. Last year Todd Evans rated it 2 stars and he mentioned “Battery life was poor as well” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8 which support video recording.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to consider include the Coolpix 8800, or the Coolpix S5100 both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ8 also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Samsung EX2F which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-SZ8 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 does not have a GPS.

Other cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix P520 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ8 are not waterproof. The Lumix DMC-SZ8 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ8 the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-SZ8.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Fujifilm XQ1, and the Samsung EX2F is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DSC-RX100 ($397.99) (54x), or the DSC-HX400V ($448.00) (810x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ8. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Lumix DMC-SZ8 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-SZ8 is more than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ8. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Panasonic digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Nikon Coolpix P330, and the Sigma DP3 Merrill is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100 (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a relatively standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other 16MP cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($199.00), and the Fujifilm FinePix F660 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 (16.1MP), or the Samsung GC100 (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other 12x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon IXUS 510 HS which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100 (21x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 144 grams, the Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ8.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Technical Details

1 Award

Camera Labs Recommended

Expert Reviews

(9)
4 May 2015

Camera Labs

The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a point-and-shoot compact with a 12x stabilised zoom. Released in January 2014 it represent's Panasonic's entry-level super-zoom with the newer SZ10 above it, and the... Read more…

Panasonic's sleek and slim travel zoom line continues with the introduction of the LUMIX DMC-SZ8, successor to last year's DMC-SZ3. The SZ8 features a 12x optical zoom (24-288mm eq.) which... Read more…

11 March 2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a good set of features for a reasonable price. It's got Wi-Fi, a good zoom range, optical image stabilisation and lots of creative filters. It also has a 3 inch...

6 January 2014

Like the SZ3 that it replaces, the Panasonic SZ8 is a small, slim compact camera that is intended to be a step up from a phone for picture taking. Although it has 16million pixels like the SZ3,...

6 January 2014

The SZ8 is the type of camera that you can slip into a pocket or handbag to take photos at parties and social events. Its 12x zoom range means that it is more versatile than a smartphone when it...

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User Reviews

(73)
Reviewed 15 March 2014 by Mr Baz

After trying the new TZ60 I had high hopes for this new entry model. On paper it looked pretty good with a larger than normal 12x zoom and whilst it's a lower end model it's not bargain basement... Read more…

Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Stevieb60
(Verified Purchase)

Handy pocket digicam with good lens and wifi capability. Only had a little while, bought it to replace a Samsung DV300, which has developed a fault (cheaper to buy a replacement than to get a... Read more…

Reviewed 1 December 2014 by Mr Bateman

I was a Panasonic Camera lover having thoroughly used my TZ7 for nearly 5 years. I was always amazed the amount of functions, the full HD video, and most importantly: crystal clear photos. So... Read more…

Reviewed 2 January 2015 by Charles SN9

This was an airport buy, in a hurry, without doing my usual research (lesson learned - never again). Fortunately I have been able to return it. But be warned - this is an astonishingly bad... Read more…

Reviewed 5 September 2014 by Susieq
(Verified Purchase)

Do not buy this the on off switch is a tiny piece of rubber that sometimes works the zoom makes the picture worse and some photos I took at my sons wedding in exactly the same position some are... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcsz8, dmcsz8e, dmcsz8ef, dmcsz8egs, dmcsz8egk, dmcsz8efk, panasonic sz8, panasonic sz8k, panasonic dmcsz8, panasonic dmcsz8e, panasonic dmcsz8k, panasonic dmcsz8eb, panasonic dmcsz8ebs
Barcodes 00700686601514, 00885170180789, 05025232775248, 05025232775255, 05025232775262, 05025232775279, 05025232775286, 05025232775309, 05025232775316, 05025232775323, 05025232775330
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