Panasonic Lumix FZ8 with 12x Optical Zoom

Panasonic Lumix FZ8 with 12x Optical Zoom

You might think announcing this after Olympus’ own unveiling of its SP-550 18X Ultra Zoom is a bit anti-climactic, but no, check it out, the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 just might have some strengths of its own.

Consider the specs: 7.2 megapixels, Leica lens, optical image stabilizer, joystick control for focusing and exposure setting and a 12x optical zoom, that with a little trick of its own can extend to 18x. In 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function uses the centre part of the CCD to provide additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 18x.

Panasonic says with its high-end features the Lumix DMC-FZ8 offers optical excellence from its F2.8 to F3.3 aperture to its 12x zoom.

The company also introduced today the other Panasonic debutantes: DMC-LZ6 & LS7, the DMC-FX30, DMC-FX10 & DMC-FX-12. DMC-LS75 & LS60, DMC-TZ2 & TZ3; ten models in all, each offering its own unique advantage to the consumer.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.