Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 Review

4.0
March 1, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-type / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F3.3 - 4.9/ Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F4.9 - 6.3 (T))
Optical Zoom 12x
Focal Length f=4.1-49.2mm (25-300mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 14.7x (4:3 / 8M), 18.8x (4:3 / 5M), 23.4x (under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 16x
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED lenses)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 48.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 93.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed Still: 60 - 1/2000 sec / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval approx. 1.1 sec

Recording

ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
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, Sunset, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
AF Tracking Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo
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 / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, My SCN, SCN, Motion Picture, Clipboard
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, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
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. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) / approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
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 pixels 30fps ( QuickTime Motion JPEG)
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
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
Multi-Aspect Yes
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4000x3000(12M) / 3264x2448(8M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M) / 640X480(0.3M) / [3:2] 4176x2784 (11.5M) / 3392x2264 (7.5M) / 2656x1768 (4.5M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M) / [16:9] 4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3552x2000 (7M) / 2784x1568 (4.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M)
Image Quality Fine / Standard
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Underwater?
Quick Menu Yes
Color Mode / Color Effect Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Picture Adjustment Contrast ±2steps / Sharpness ±2steps / Saturation ±2steps / Noise Reduction ±2steps / (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec
Real-time histogram Yes
Composition Guide line Yes (2 pattern)
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume Yes / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
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, Travel Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Playback Still Images with Audio Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Travel / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

Setup

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

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm?(4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 in)
Weight Approx. 214g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.47 lb) / Approx. 191g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.42 lb)

Others

LCD Monitor Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / 0.6 - 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Interface AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), USB2.0 High speed
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 340 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Edition / QuickTime / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Further Specifications

NOTE • Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 15 minutes in European PAL area.

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