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Panasonic DMC-SZ8

A critically acclaimed compact camera with alright features but high running costs
Compact 16MP 12x Yes Jul 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Panasonic DMC-SZ8 Review

With excellent reviews but average features, we have ranked the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 number 487 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 51?

It has terrific expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. Canon digital cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
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 few features:
Quite small minimum aperture number
Has an image stabilizer
Only 200 battery life
Does not have an HDMI

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

Excellent Expert Reviews

Expert review site portablegear.nl scored this camera 100%. Experts think this Panasonic camera is one of the very best cameras.

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Average Owner Reviews

DMC-SZ8 owners on average rated this digital camera 74 out of 100. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Panasonic Has Very Good Camera Reviews

We checked 11,297 expert and user reviews (including 2,779 verified purchases) for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has very good ratings compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

Seven people reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Six owners reckoned that this digital camera was compact.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera 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…

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Four people who bought it thought it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

Four customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

13 people who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera 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…

Features

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the DMC-SZ8 of 16MP is relatively standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 46% of all cameras when ranked 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 typical of many digital cameras.

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Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the DMC-SZ8 of 12x is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 46% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DMC-SZ8 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as "HD 720".

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture number of the DMC-SZ8 of only 3.1 is in the smallest 23% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-SZ8 has an image stabilizer, as do 77% of digital cameras.

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Average ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max) of the DMC-SZ8 of 6,400 is fairly standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 47% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Average Weight

The weight of the DMC-SZ8 of 144g is fairly standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the heaviest 31% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

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The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The DMC-SZ8's internal memory of 80MB is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 20% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The smallest internal memory of cameras is 1MB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average internal memory is 390MB.

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Only 200 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the DMC-SZ8 which takes 200 battery life.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ8 supports Wi-Fi. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the DMC-SZ8 is 4608 x 3072. That's 11% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456. In addition, this camera supports still image resolutions of 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448 plus 6 more values. Across all digital cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 has a built-in speaker(s), unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Features Calendar

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 features calendar, unlike 86% of digital cameras which do not feature calendar.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Panasonic DMC-SZ8 does not have an HDMI. 55% of digital cameras also do not have an HDMI.

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Quite Small Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the DMC-SZ8 of only 0.429" is quite small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 15% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the image sensor sizes range from 0.25" to 1.5", and the average image sensor size is 0.5".

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Average Display Diagonal

The DMC-SZ8's display diagonal of 3" is fairly standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 36% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DMC-SZ8 features multi burst mode. 87% of digital cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The DMC-SZ8's digital zoom of only 4x is fairly small compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 12% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The average digital zoom of all digital cameras is 11x, with the smallest being 0.72x and the biggest being 810x.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the DMC-SZ8 in July 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

panasonic dmcsz8ebs, panasonic dmcsz8k, panasonic sz8k

Barcodes:

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

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