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The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a new pocket-sized camera with a 24-288mm equivalent lens and Wi-Fi connectivity. Ideal for beginners, the LUMIX SZ8 boasts assistive modes such intelligent Auto, and allows users to wirelessly transfer photos to their smartphone or tablet. If you require greater flexibility in how you shoot, the Wi-Fi connectivity option also allows you to use your smart device as a remote control for your camera. Recording videos is also simple, with a newly added motion picture button, allowing you capture 720p HD videos easily.
Panasonic Press Release
Panasonic’s new LUMIX SZ8 – Share creative and high quality images and movies, on the move
6th January 2014 – Panasonic’s new LUMIX SZ8, a stylish and highly-connected digital compact camera, is ideal for improving the quality of your everyday photography. This slim, pocket-sized camera offers a range of creative functions and shooting modes to add personality to your photographs and movies, with ease.
Ideal for beginners, the LUMIX SZ8 boasts assistive modes such iA (Intelligent Auto) which selects the ideal settings automatically for every situation, resulting in impressive, high quality images every time.
The LUMIX SZ8 also provides the rich connectivity options - including integrated Wi-Fi technology – that makes it easy to share your images and videos instantly. The intelligent technology also allows you to capture images without even touching your camera, enabling you to use your smartphone or tablet to control your camera, ideal for capturing group shots of you and your friends.
Shoot, view and share your images and videos with ease
The LUMIX SZ8’s Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to share your experiences instantly with family and friends via social media. By connecting the camera to your smartphone or tablet, you can share you creations wherever you are.
If you require greater flexibility in how you shoot, the Wi-Fi connectivity option also allows you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for your camera. Ideal for group shots or if you want to capture local wildlife without disruption, remote shooting allows you to see the camera view through your smart device, and control camera functions including zoom, focus and shutter release. The Instant Transfer function transfers the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically after you’ve taken the shot, allowing you to browse and share your images with ease.
Make your favourite moments even more special
You can also apply a personal touch to your photography through the LUMIX SZ8’s wide range of creative functions. View and shoot your subjects with one of 15 filter effects - including Expressive, Retro, Old Days, and Sepia - to create truly unique videos and images of your experiences. With the Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama functions, it’s also possible to apply a filter effect on your images and panoramas, even after shooting.
Versatile shooting, powerful zoom
Despite its slim and stylish profile, the LUMIX SZ8, boasts a 24mm ultra-wide angle lens and powerful 12x optical zoom, giving you the quality and versatility you need to capture every kind of shooting situation in stunning detail.
When capturing those distant subjects, you can rest assured that you’ll achieve a sharp, clear picture, with the Optical Image Stabiliser compensating for handshake which often occurs when shooting images and video with zoom. Recording videos is also simple, with a newly added motion picture button, allowing you capture high quality videos in 720p HD as soon as the action begins.