The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 digital camera may weigh less than half a pound but features a 16x optical zoom, wide angle lens and 720 video recording on a 3" LCD. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the digital camera that retails for $270.
What You Need To Know
The Panasonic ZS8 isn't the slimmest camera we've used but that's because it has a really long 16x optical zoom.
The digital camera is pretty easy to use, which you basically point and shoot.
The Panasonic has a pretty standard layout and a nice 3" LCD display.
The features are simple because they are relatively basic: there aren't a lot of fancy digital effects and shooting modes like other point and shoots in this price range.
The camera also has a super wide angle lens.
The pictures look pretty good: even at full zoom, the photos were sharp thanks to the built-in optical image stabilization.
The ultra wide angle lens was great for landscapes and scenes with virtually no vignetting or blurriness at the edges, which can be common for these kinds of lenses.
The low light quality was only average: the flash was a little harsh, so our best pictures were taken without the flash.
There might be some grain in low light pictures, too.
The video doesn't look that much better: it looks too digital, even though it's supposed to be 720p.
The video recording does get the job done, though.