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Panasonic DMC-SZ8 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 12x Jul 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good expert reviews
Good quality lens
Good size
13 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

This medium megapixel camera received an expert rating of 84 out of 100 from portablegear.nl. Experts think this camera is one of the very best comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 12 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Panasonic digital camera is 74%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 8,853 expert and user reviews (including 765 verified purchases) for Panasonic digital cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Lens System

Eight Aspheric Elements

Most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera have between 1 and 12 aspheric elements, including the DMC-SZ8 which has eight aspheric elements.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ8 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Nikon 310 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 (6x).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ8 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 (15x).

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the DMC-SZ8.


Power

Poor Battery Life

One customer who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 thought it did not have a good battery life. Last year Todd Evans said on Amazon “Battery life was poor as well” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8.


Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The DMC-SZ8 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions 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). Medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DMC-SZ8 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The DMC-SZ8 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera which have an HDMI.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 8MB, the biggest is 8GB, and the average internal memory is 220MB. The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a fairly big internal memory (80 megabytes) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The DMC-SZ8 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-SZ8 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DMC-SZ8 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Calendar

The DMC-SZ8 features calendar, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 thought it had a good zoom. Todd Evans mentioned in December last year “I can't imagine how bad the digital zoom must be - I didn't even try it”. Expert website Ephotozine.com said “A good zoom range, optical image stabilisation” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review. Two years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review “The SZ8 features a 12x optical zoom (24-288mm eq.) which slightly bests the 10x offered on the SZ3”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image stabiliser.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it had a good lens. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and said “It is designed for beginners and boasts a 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Allan Hawkins V mentioned in his review on Amazon “Excelent camera, excelent quality, excelent zoom and stabilization image, bright and clear colors, super wide angle.”. Todd Evans said “Only images at the full wide end of the zoom range (24mm equivalent) are even close to being acceptable” however despite that he gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 a rating of 2 stars. William said on Amazon “Bland no matter what subject you are taking a picture of and no matter what setting you use” but he only scored it 20 out of 100.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owners said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Ephotozine.com said “It also has a 3 inch screen with a decent 460k dot resolution” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Techradar “Although it has 16million pixels like the SZ3”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen.


Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which has better reviews.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-SZ8 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic DMC-TZ35 which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The DMC-SZ8 has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic digital camera also have still image resolution(s) 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. Across all cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ8 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Wi-Fi and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung 200 is also worth considering.

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Design

Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good experience.

Poor Product Quality

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reviewer who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 reckoned that it was not good quality. Two years ago William wrote on Amazon “It takes low quality pictures”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owner who bought this digital camera thought it had good features. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 has a good set of features for a reasonable price”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product thought it was wifi compatible. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “Boasts a 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a range of special effects” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three people who bought it considered that it was compact. Lora Edwards said on Amazon “The camera is very small and compact which is great considering the zoom capabilities” in her review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 but she only scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 2 stars. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is the manufacturer's latest beginner compact featuring Intelligent Auto scene analysing mode” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8. Last year Cameralabs.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Camera Labs “The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a point-and-shoot compact with a 12x stabilised zoom” and scored it 4 stars.

Several people considered that the product was thin. Techradar.com wrote in their review on expert website Techradar two years ago “The Panasonic SZ8 is a small, slim compact camera that is intended to be a step up from a phone for picture taking”. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned also 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” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 144 grams, the DMC-SZ8 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Nikon S6800 (145g).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DMC-SZ8 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic DMC-GH3EC-K ($872.99) which has better reviews.

If this digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Leica T ($1,115.77) (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmcsz8ebk, panasonic dmcsz8ebs, info dmcsz8ebk
Barcodes 00700686601514, 05025232775248, 05025232775255, 05025232775262, 05025232775279, 05025232775286, 05025232775309, 05025232775316, 05025232775323, 05025232775330

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