Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Digital Camera Review

Posted: May 23, 2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Digital Camera Review

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.


  • $270


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • If you want a fun, easy to use point and shoot camera with an incredible zoom, the Panasonic ZS8 is a good choice.

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  • CoreyShaughnessy

    Although I am a Xoom owner, I think the killer hardware to compete with the iPad will be Samsung's 10.1.

    Posted: May 27, 2011 9:34 AM