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Panasonic DMCSZ8EBS 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

Camera expert review site portablegear.nl scored this Panasonic camera 84 out of 100. This puts this camera in the top 3% of all the similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Average User Reviews

This digital camera has an average user rating of 74% based on 12 user reviews.

Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact cameras built by Panasonic have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews 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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Reasonably Priced

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 owner concluded that the product was cheap. Todd Evans wrote in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 review “I have a lot of experience with inexpensive digital point and shoot cameras” . One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good value for money.

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 the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as 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 all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Sony DSC-H70R[plb_580917_price], the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price], and the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ8 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support wi-Fi and we think the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] which is cheaper; or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], and the Fujifilm X-Q1[plb_2452648_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price], or the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price] which is cheaper; or the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], the X-Q1[pl_2452648_price], or the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] all from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Olympus XZ-10[plb_1873249_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider include a cheaper camera such as the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], or the Fujifilm X-Q1[plb_2452648_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of this age and type range from 0.17x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 12 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ8 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other 12x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Nikon S6800[plb_2118627_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] which is cheaper; or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price], or the Fujifilm X-Q1[plb_2452648_price] which has better reviews.

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Eight Number of Aspheric Elementss

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

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Has Five White Balances

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-SZ8. The photo effectss "Art" and "Sepia" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Panasonic camera also 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. The best still image resolution of all compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The DMC-SZ8 has a quite big internal memory (80 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average internal memory of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 290MB.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 314 millimeters, the DMC-SZ8 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-SZ8. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ8 is 18mm and the longest is 1,000mm.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DMC-SZ8 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ8. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Panasonic 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). The best video resolution of all compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 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 digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this 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 number of camera file systems supported by the DMC-SZ8 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market 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 similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-SZ8. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8.

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11 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support video capability.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DMC-SZ8 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-SZ8 also do not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the Nikon 610[plb_1714212_price] or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price].

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-SZ8 are not 3D. The DMC-SZ8 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Nikon 610[plb_1714212_price] or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

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

Other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at include the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the F660EXR[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price].

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Not Waterproof

The DMC-SZ8 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-SZ8 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ8 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst cameras of this age. The average digital zoom of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-SZ8 is 10x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S5300[plb_2272796_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which has better reviews; or the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Only 320×240@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a 320×240@30fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than the 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed found on most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. In addition, this Panasonic camera have resolution at capture speeds of 1280×720@30fps and 320×240@30fps and 640x480@30fps.

A 320×240@30fps resolution at capture speed is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds across all cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-SZ8.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the DMC-SZ8 is more than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that were released 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 digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The DMC-SZ8 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-SZ8

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the DMC-SZ8 over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-SZ8.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], and the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

The DMC-SZ8 has a fairly standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the F660EXR[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews; or the Nikon 610[plb_1714212_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS[plb_2321377_price] (20MP and cheaper) or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (20.3MP and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a pretty typical weight (144 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ8.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the 28[pl_1877145_price] (164g and cheaper), or the S6800[pl_2118627_price] (145g and cheaper) both from Nikon.

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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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