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Panasonic DMC-SZ8 Digital Camera

16MP 12x CCD Jul 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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30 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This Panasonic camera received an expert rating of 84 out of 100 from portablegear.nl. This puts this camera in the top 3% of all the digital cameras of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Average Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this camera on average 74 out of 100.

Panasonic Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact cameras produced by Panasonic have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

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 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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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 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.

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”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

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

Easy to Use

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

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many 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.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price], or the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price] which is cheaper; or the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ8 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which support wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to consider include the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price], or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think a cheaper camera such as the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price], and the Nikon 610[plb_1714212_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], and the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix S5300[plb_2272796_price] are also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-SZ8 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ8 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], or the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 9.4x, and the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 63x. At 12 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ8 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (30x) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-SZ8 also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], or the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price].

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Eight Number of Aspheric Elementss

The DMC-SZ8 is a eight number of aspheric elements camera.

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Has Five White Balances

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ8. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-SZ8 is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-SZ8. The photo effectss "Art" and "Sepia" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-SZ8 has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic digital camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolution(s)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. Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-SZ8 still image resolution(s)s range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 80 megabytes, the DMC-SZ8 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DMC-SZ8. The smallest internal memory of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 6.9MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 320MB.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this Panasonic camera. The shooting modess Movie and Scene are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm. At 314 millimeters, the DMC-SZ8 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-SZ8.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-SZ8 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400, the DMC-SZ8 has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

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). This digital camera also 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). The video resolution of all compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Panasonic digital camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 is 26mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 5mm to 39mm. The DMC-SZ8 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 24 millimeters) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

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”.

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.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The DMC-SZ8 does not support video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-SZ8 also do not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the DSC-WX10[pl_595125_price], or the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DMC-SZ8 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to look at including the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], or the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The DMC-SZ8 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

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

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the F660EXR[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ8 are also not waterproof.

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Only 320×240@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The DMC-SZ8 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a 320×240@30fps resolution at capture speed, whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. This Panasonic digital camera also have resolution at capture speeds of 1280×720@30fps and 320×240@30fps and 640x480@30fps.

This camera's resolution at capture speeds (320×240@30fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds across all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ8.

The best resolution at capture speeds across comparable types of camera is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-SZ8

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DMC-SZ8 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-SZ8.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price].

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a relatively average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-SZ8.

There are a number of other 16MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the F660EXR[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

If this Panasonic camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (20.3MP and higher rated) or the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price] (20MP and cheaper).

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Average Digital Zoom

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

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S5300[pl_2272796_price], or the 28[pl_1877145_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price].

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Average Weight

With a weight of 144 grams, the DMC-SZ8 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-H70[plb_580917_price] (164g and cheaper); or the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (164g and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (137g and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Built-In Speaker(s)

Expert Reviews

(1)
11 May 2015

De Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is een slanke en stijlvolle digitale compactcamera met 12x optische zoom en WiFi-connectiviteit. De veelzijdige 24mm-ultra groothoeklens met krachtige 12x optische zoom (het... Read more…

12x stabilised optical zoom
Good Wifi features
Incamera battery charging
12x zoom range
Easy to use
Poor quality 720 30 video
10 minute HD max recording time
Dim screen in default mode
Poor battery life
No touchscreen

User Reviews

(12)
Reviewed 12 September 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

A+...

Reviewed 11 September 2015 by Sisar M Paderes
(Verified Purchase)

It was as I expected and should work well for the tasks its intended for.

Reviewed 23 August 2015 by Bozo 1211
(Verified Purchase)

Great...

Reviewed 11 August 2015 by Todd Evans
(Verified Purchase)

My experience with the Panasonic Lumix SZ8 was not positive. I have a lot of experience with inexpensive digital point and shoot cameras, and I know that they have limitations. However, the photo... Read more…

Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Mario victor falak
(Verified Purchase)

Nice...

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Product Identifiers

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