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Panasonic DMC-SZ8

Panasonic DMC-SZ8
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A good spec and critically acclaimed compact camera
Compact 16MP 12x Yes Jul 2014
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Panasonic DMC-SZ8 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 number 647 across all digital cameras.
95
Reviews
74 Reviews
74
Features
Good Features
69
Age
3 Years Old
73
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 73?

It has marvellous expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camera to others. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
Customers report it is easy to use, it is a good size and good flash.
This Panasonic digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
4608 x 3456 pixels image resolution
Smaller than average optical zoom
12x optical zoom and built-in wi-fi in a slim, stylish body
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 creative control, creative retouch and creative panor
Only 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution
Does not have an HDMI

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

54
Portrait Photography
Average
54
Landscape Photography
Average
49
Everyday Photography
Mediocre
64
Sports Photography
Good
73
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

How Big is the Panasonic DMC-SZ8?

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is 99.8mm wide and 60.4mm tall. It is 26.5mm deep and weighs 144g.

Panasonic DMC-SZ8 front dimensions
Panasonic DMC-SZ8 size in context

Panasonic DMC-SZ8 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Excellent Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 100% from expert review website portablegear.nl. If all the cameras are ranked by average expert review score then this Panasonic camera is in the top 1%.

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Average User Reviews

Owners have rated this camera on average 74%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Seven owners concluded that this digital camera was easy to use.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Six customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was compact.

Panasonic Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 13,199 expert and user reviews (including 3,558 verified purchases), Panasonic has very good ratings for its cameras. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two people who purchased the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 considered that it had a good flash.

  • In use, works well so far - perhaps a little slow to set itself up for a shot, particularly when set to intelligent auto mode, with Flash switched on - takes a while to decide whether it needs to use the Flash or not, by which time the subject could have moved or looked away…
  • Two of the best thing about this camera are that there is no fumbling in settings to take video there is a separate button and in most light it will take fantastic photos without the flash…

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Four owners who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money.

Users Report Superior Product Quality

Four customers who purchased it concluded that it was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

13 people thought the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 was able to produce good images.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Two customers who bought it thought it had a good zoom.

  • This isn't really good enough, not only is the lens not very good across most of it's range…
  • You can't zoom any more than about halfway through the optical zoom range without getting VERY soft images…
    Todd Evans (Amazon) - August 2015
  • The camera is very small and compact which is great considering the zoom capabilities…
    Lora Edwards (Amazon) - February 2015
  • Excellent pictures and fantastic zoom for a tiny camera…

Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the DMC-SZ8 in July 2014.

Features

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 of 16MP is fairly typical compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 58% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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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 the most frequently found resolution on cameras.

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Smaller Than Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 of only 12x is smaller than 75% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Cameras resolutions range from 160 x 120 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 3840 pixels (best). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as "HD 720".

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8's minimum aperture number of 3.1 is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the largest 52% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-SZ8 has an image stabilizer. 78% of digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The DMC-SZ8's maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400 is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 51% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Very Light

The DMC-SZ8's weight of only 144g is lighter than 70% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash. 68% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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3264 X 2448 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is 3264 x 2448. That's over two times the resolution of a 1712 x 1712 camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by cameras. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 does not have an HDMI, although it is worth keeping in mind that 55% of digital cameras also do not have an HDMI.

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Shorter Than Average Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The DMC-SZ8's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 314mm is shorter than 77% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Bigger Than Average Internal Memory

Cameras have internal memory of between 1MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 50MB. The internal memory of the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 of 80MB is bigger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the biggest 15% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Smaller Than Average Maximum Aperture Number

The DMC-SZ8's maximum aperture number of only 6.3 is in the smallest 11% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ8 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 69% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The DMC-SZ8 has a built-in speaker(s), unlike 91% of cameras which do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Features Calendar

The DMC-SZ8 features calendar, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature calendar.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DMC-SZ8 features multi burst mode, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Smaller Than Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 of only 0.429" is smaller than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is smaller than 91% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the cameras the image sensor sizes range from 0.25" to 1.5", and the average image sensor size is 0.47".

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Average Digital Zoom

The DMC-SZ8's digital zoom of 4x is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 54% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Only 200 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life, including the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 which takes 200 battery life.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the DMC-SZ8 of 3" is pretty standard compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 64% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

panasonic dmcsz8ebs, panasonic dmcsz8k, panasonic sz8k, dmcsz8egs

Barcodes:

00700686601514, 00885170180789, 05025232775248, 05025232775255, 05025232775262, 05025232775279, 05025232775286, 05025232775309, 05025232775316, 05025232775323, 05025232775330

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