Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 Review

3.5
December 16, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Colour Filter
Aperture F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))
Optical Zoom 4.6x
Focal Length f=5.0-23.0mm (28-128mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 5.7x (4:3 / 8M), 7.3x (4:3 / 5M), 9.1x (under 3M)
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 1 ED lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 18.4 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max.36.4x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 5cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro, Continuous AF (On / Off), AF Tracking (On / Off), Quick AF (On / Off)
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed 8-1/1300 sec Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval 1.1 sec

Recording

Face Recognition Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Detection Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
AF Tracking Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction Photo
iA Direct Button Yes
File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) / Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime / Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Mode Dial Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, MySCN, SCN, Motion Picture
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, / Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhoole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo frame
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)(Speed Priority) approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)(Image Priority)
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Motion Picture Recording [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie] 1280x720, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4000x3000 (12M) / 3264x2448(8M EZ) / 2560x1920 (5M EZ) / 2048x1536 (3M EZ) / 1600x1200 (2M EZ) / 640x480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4000x2672 (10.5M) / 3264x2176 (7M EZ) / 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / [16:9] 4000x2248 (9M) / 3264x1840 (6M EZ) / 2560x1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ)
Image Quality Fine / Standard
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, High Dynamic, Photo Frame mode? White Balance Adjustment (±10steps, except for auto set)
Quick Menu Yes
Colour Mode Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec
Audio Dubbing MAX. 10 sec
Real-time histogram Yes
Composition Guide line Yes (2 pattern)
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, Zoom
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / No
Macro Zoom Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)

Playback

Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favourites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calender Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favourites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit/ Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favourites / DPOF

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes

Others

LCD Monitor 2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100% / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High-Angle LCD
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off 0.3 - 5.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 3.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Interface AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), HD AV Output(component), USB2.0 High speed, DC Input

General

Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Typical: 1,000 mAh / Minimum: 940 mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 380 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 / ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) / QuickTime
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Dimensions(W x H x D) 95.7 x 59.6 x 20.2 mm (3.77 x 2.35 x 0.80 in)
Weight Approx. 131g (0.29 lb) Approx. 153g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.34 lb)

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 / Recording conditions by CIPA standard / CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50% when LCD monitor is on. / Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). / Using the supplied battery. / Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [AUTO].) / Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. / Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. / Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. / The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode.

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