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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 16x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 406 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 7.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Outdoor5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Size4.8   above average
Speed4.7   above average
Stabilization4.7   above average
Button4.6   exceptional
Fit4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
Zoom4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Photo4.3   average
Image4.0   average
Light4.0   average
Lumix3.8   below average
Flash3.7   above average
SLR3.7   below average
Lens3.6   above average
Charging3.5   above average
Manual3.5   below average
Focus3.2   average
Dust3.0   above average
Screen3.0   below average
Warranty2.5   above average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Buying it through Amazon was so easy and I felt assured that if there were problems with the product, they would take care of me."
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"It took me a very short time to determine that whatever Panasonic did, the problem is worse than on the ZS3.So I returned the ZS8 to Amazon."
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"If Amazon had a negative star rating, this would get the maximum."
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"What is more, many players which claim to be able to run quicktime failed to do it, and I don't know it is because of the camera, or those playersThe main reason I rated it with one star is the shipping experience: last time I used amazon to shop, the on-line system misled me to put the wrong address----I got it right at first but amazon suggested me to omit my apartment #, and this made the UPS not able to deliver it."
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"This is not the only negative Amazon review of this product."
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"You can read well written technical reviews by other contributors on Amazon, and other photography publications."
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"But that was the best I could find on Amazon."
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"I love Amazon, they often ship to Alaska for free which others rarely do, but I can't understand why the price keeps changing around."
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"Buying it through Amazon was so easy and I felt assured that if there were problems with the product, they would take care of me."
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Battery

Battery:
"The only drawbacks: the door cover to the battery memory card chamber is a bit flimsy and I take care to open and close it gingerly (since once that goes, it's curtains for the camera)."
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"Another disappointment was the short battery life and the need to charge the battery outside the camera."
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"Beware on buying generic batteries."
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"Beware on buying generic batteries."
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"The battery has great longevity but takes a long time to charge (several hours to fully charge)."
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"The battery has held up well, even when using the flash."
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"-The chargeable lithium battery is excellent."
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"Not only does the battery hold an impressive charge, but chargers and additional batteries are available at a reasonable price."
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Button

Button:
"There are lots of minor but potentially irritating features out there such as how fast can they take photos - how do they perform in low light with the flash off - how realistic are the colours (which can definitely be a personal taste thing) - and also really important day to day things away from how good the camera is technically in delivering a good photo or video - eg are the buttons and switches and menus in just the right or wrong spot for you - and does it feel good in the hand to you - you may prefer a lighter camera, bigger or smaller buttons."
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"The zoom is very nice as well, and the quick zoom button is a cool feature."
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"I love the fact that I can hold the shutter button and it shows what the image will look like."
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"And I think the best move is putting the exposure button right where the instant video record button used to be."
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"Big enough so that it doesn't feel like a toy and the buttons aren't hard to reach."
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"I also love the rapid zoom button."
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Charging

Charging:
"Charger is missing and I have not been sent one since my complaint."
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"I will not be happy until my charger is sent to me."
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"Another disappointment was the short battery life and the need to charge the battery outside the camera."
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"However charging it is not easy."
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"The battery has great longevity but takes a long time to charge (several hours to fully charge)."
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"Able to hold a long charge."
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"Not only does the battery hold an impressive charge, but chargers and additional batteries are available at a reasonable price."
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"Battery takes a good charge and lasts."
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"PLEASE send the charger I paid for."
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Color

Color:
"Only complaint is that the colors are not always true to life."
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"They are terrible in low light, flash or not, the colors in the picture come out looking nothing like the actual colors."
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"As with many point-and-shoots, it will not produce an image with as much color saturation, detail and depth as a good SLR."
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"Very good color and clarity you can see here: [...] Like most cheaper cameras it does a lot better in good light and outdoors but I'd give it a C+ indoors."
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"They take great pictures most of the time (sharp, good color), are fast in time-between-shots, have a good interface, and an overall good feel when you handle them."
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"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 (I chose the black color) was a good buy for the price, good weight, size, and impressive depth & color quality for a point-and-shoot ca,era."
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Compact

Compact:
"Superzoom compacts are not yet good enough."
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"The photos come out are a nice colour (not too vivid - but also not too washed out) and they don't come out a funny colour under artificial lighting (some cameras can struggle and give you a funny tint under striplights or old fashioned tungsten bulbs).Noise levels - the speckly bits on photos that you sometimes get in dark conditions - is definitely there - especially at higher ISO's - but you get this problem in dim lighting conditions even with all compact cameras to a greater or lesser degree."
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"best compact camera I ever owned we have 3 of them - rugged, user friendly, full featured and uses SD cards which in class 10 absolutely rock ... both pictures and videos are excellent - I can't say enough good things about this model from Panasonic - buy it you too will love it"
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"Small and compact with great features"
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"Compact, but with a good wide angle zoom."
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"I'm happy to be able to carry such a compact item and get such good results."
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"Sure, I printed it out but what I print on my printer compared to a nice compact user manual doesn't even compare."
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Control

Control:
"The option to use the manual controls are a nice feature on a point and shoot if in extreme situations where auto does not produce the photo you want."
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"With full manual controls it performed just as well as the better 'bridge' cameras that the school had."
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"While the specs are all better on the lumix, I didn't find the manual controls to be easy, and the white balance kept throwing me off."
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"Still waiting to be able to afford a camera with easy ISO control, this wasn't one."
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"Controls are basic and easy to use."
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Dust

Dust:
"Only problem after thousands of photos - dust got into the lens mechanism, and I was told it would be cheaper to replace than to send it to Panasonic for repair."
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"Unfortunately many of these once in a lifetime trip pics have dust particles going across the lens."
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"Beware of the dust bunnies...either learn to clean the sensor yourself, pay someone big bucks to clean it or get another camera."
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"Too bad ththis model has the problem with the dust creeping in to the sensor."
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"Just the lens got a lot of dust (not just mine, a friend have the same camera and had the same problem), but i saw a tutorial on youtube and followed the steps to clean it."
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"before it got the dust problems, it took amazing pictures."
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"I love the quality of the photos, but it now has a dust spot..."
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"Worked great until we had wind blown dust get behind the lense cover"
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"before it got the dust problems, it took amazing pictures."
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"This camera worked great for the first 2 weeks, then it got dust inside it."
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"They take great photos until dust, within less than 6 months show up inside the lens and cannot be removed unless one take apart the camera."
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Fit

Fit:
"I am 5'3 and so my jean pockets aren't huge but I love the fact that this camera fits easily."
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"They are easy to tote about, comfortably fitting in my hand as I wander around."
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"Battery life is excellent and loads of pictures and videos will fit on 8GB card."
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"The size isperfect to fit in my purse, so I will always have a camera when all of those great shots that grandkids present."
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"All this in a small camera that easily fits into most pockets or just about any purse."
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"small enough to fit in the pocket with a good zoon and wide angle... still one of the best in it's size and definitely the best for the money! "
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash is mediocre - not awful - but definitely uneven."
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"They are terrible in low light, flash or not, the colors in the picture come out looking nothing like the actual colors."
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"The indoor pictures were a big disappointment, because the flash did not have the range of my Casio they were darker and grainy."
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"What I wish were even better: sharper images (I'm not complaining; with a bit of tweaking on Picasa, almost every picture can become better, and I have taken many without any tweaking that are excellent); even more powerful flash."
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"The battery has held up well, even when using the flash."
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"-Features are good: good automatic mode, plenty of scene modes and manual modes, serviceable image stabilization, a reasonably good flash, a clear imaging screen, good video capabilities, good on-screen feedback, etc."
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"Pretty quick for point and shoot, but flash can delay shots, causing you to miss smiles or other action."
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"You can get in very close and indoor shots are very clear even without the flash."
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"In good light, in medium light AND on flash."
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Focus

Focus:
"It eventually quit working all together after a short while, giving me an Auto Focus Error."
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"Now it just displays System error (Focus) on the screen."
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"The only thing I missed about it was the ability to manually focus, otherwise I truly LOVE this camera."
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"Took a few good pictures, then it fell victim to the dreaded System Error (Focus) problem."
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"Here is what is disappointing:(1) does not focus!"
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"I haven't printed any pics yet but the quality on the screen looks great (compared to my professional Nikon camera).Since there is no manual focus, so you won't get perfect macro shots."
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"The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting."
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"This has WAY too many functions for me to figure out, but it has an intelligent auto that works great and the fast focus gets the pictures we used to miss."
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"My photo gallery of pics taken with this camera can be found here:[...]Positive things:Lightweight & great zoom for size, just would love more magnification and quicker auto focus ability."
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"The only thing I missed about it was the ability to manually focus, otherwise I truly LOVE this camera."
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"The autofocus does a great job of adjusting for a good diversity of scenes - especially very high and low light - and is super fast (except when you have several faces against a background of varying depth)."
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Image

Image:
"All in all: The camera does not take very good low light concert pics, but then again thats basically an issue with almost every point and shoot camera."
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"Unfortunately as with most cameras, taking pics in low-light situations can be tough to get the right shot without any blur."
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"Unfortunately many of these once in a lifetime trip pics have dust particles going across the lens."
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"I travel a lot and take a ridiculous number of pics."
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"Very annoying, when you have to do a bunch of post-processing on every image, just to clean it up."
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"Also, image stabilizer doesn't work so well in low light settings, and I still haven't figured out how to take concert pix without the set lights over exposing the subject."
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"For those of us that cannot afford the front row seats, this camera is great at zooming in, however getting the pics not to blur is the main issue."
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"Which means weeding through the pics as you put them on the computer so that you can find the best one to say upload to facebook."
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"The camera is simple to use and takes great portrait style pics in full auto mode, which is where she leaves it."
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"Very good images."
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"Well built, great set of features, and excellent photo quality."
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Lens

Lens:
"Only problem after thousands of photos - dust got into the lens mechanism, and I was told it would be cheaper to replace than to send it to Panasonic for repair."
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"However, the biggest reason why I will not buy any Panasonic camera again is twofold: 1. service is horrible, and 2. the internal lenses on the 2 cameras I bought repeatedly collect dust inside and this spoils the photos and video I take."
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"Same problem - lens would not open completely."
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"I was worried the water would get into the lenses but it didn't."
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"But the worst offense is that the leaves on the lens cover malfunction constantly and unpredictably, opening fully as they should, or as just a hockey-stick-shaped slit, or not at all."
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"IF the lens cover problem is actually resolved (fingers crossed), the best I can say for this Lumix camera is that it's okay."
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"fantastic camera, sturdy, wide angle lense."
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"I love the photos they take when the lenses are free of dust on the inside."
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"Some features worth pointing out:-The Leica lens is quite good."
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"Bought this because my old camera was a pain in the a-- when you pushed the button to take the picture there is a too long delay before it snapped off the picture .Have to admit that I leave it in auto mode but that is good for me also like the zoom lense to pick out how to frame my picture(s)"
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"I forget the model number of the first one, but it took wonderful photos for about 3 years, then the lens would not open completely."
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Light

Light:
"All in all: The camera does not take very good low light concert pics, but then again thats basically an issue with almost every point and shoot camera."
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"I'll also note that the camera is larger than most (but the 2012 models are thinner though also more expensive), and it didn't take very good low light pictures."
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"Also, image stabilizer doesn't work so well in low light settings, and I still haven't figured out how to take concert pix without the set lights over exposing the subject."
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"They are terrible in low light, flash or not, the colors in the picture come out looking nothing like the actual colors."
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"Although the low light shots were not as good as I would have liked I was mainly pleased with the camera."
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"Pros of the ZS8:* Sturdy build and design* Good operation and relatively quick movement and focusCons:* Photos are noisy & mediocre quality in low light or indoors* Photos are more blurry when using zoom farther out* Somewhat strange menu interface (why do the dial options show up with both Record and Setup menu options on the same screen?"
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"Does nicely in low light and is light weight, small and quiet."
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"I LOVE the large image viewer and the camera is very light weight and easy to hold for someone like me with small arthritic hands."
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"Decent performance in low light."
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"In movie mode, images are quite good (even in relatively low light settings) and the sound quality is quite decent all things considered (haven't tried in a large concert venue however)."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"I have a friend who's had the same problem with 4 consecutive Panasonic Lumix cameras."
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"My first Panasonic Lumix DMC-Zs8 camera broke (accident) and I immediately went to find another."
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"Unfortunately, this is the second Panasonic Lumix camera that we purchased that has failed on us."
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"Got a new lumix sz8 and it had the same problem with dust... Not getting another lumix even if i liked the picture quality when the spots weren't there"
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"I am a little disappointed in this NEWER Lumix."
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"I love the Panasonic Lumix cameras."
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"It's primitive, but more reliable than this Lumix."
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"This Panasonic Lumix camera works great."
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"My best friend had an earlier model of the same camera, and she's had it for a few years with no problems, which is why I chose the Lumix."
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"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 is a very good camera."
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Manual

Manual:
"First the printed manual is eliminated and then when I email for a problem answer I am told to call an 800 number."
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"This camera has by far the ABSOLUTE worst user manual I've ever had the displeasure of reading."
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"Would have been a 4, but the manual thing has just frustrated me to no end."
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"The owners manual is very difficult to read and not user friendly."
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"I was a little disappointed in two things: It didn't have a manual...I had to print it on line and in the zoom."
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"I haven't printed any pics yet but the quality on the screen looks great (compared to my professional Nikon camera).Since there is no manual focus, so you won't get perfect macro shots."
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"But also has manual settings if you want to get creative."
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"I have not had the problem of dust, probably because I do not carry it in my pocket.. Read the manual and learn how to use this camera and you can take beautiful pictures."
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"At least try to make it user friendly--both the camera's interface and the manual."
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"Lots of manual settings to experiment with, and good automatic settings as well."
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"A clearer instruction manual would be nice but that seems to be the way it is now days"
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"I have taken hundreds of pictures(graduations, cruise, soccer games, indoors and outdoors, various lighting) and am extremely satisfied with this point and shoot camera."
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"Outdoor photos in daylight have very good qualityVideo quality is decent outdoors daylightBattery Life is excellent."
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"Very good color and clarity you can see here: [...] Like most cheaper cameras it does a lot better in good light and outdoors but I'd give it a C+ indoors."
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"Between the high quality photos in low light, great outdoor shots, incredibly fast auto-focus, and good movies, I could not be happier with this camera."
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Photo

Photo:
"Only problem after thousands of photos - dust got into the lens mechanism, and I was told it would be cheaper to replace than to send it to Panasonic for repair."
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"not great photos but they are ok"
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"Right around six months after I bought the camera, I took it on vacation, and after an amazing day on a whale watching cruise, with (potentially) fantastic pics of a young orca, I was sickened to find that all my photos were ruined by black spots."
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"had it less than a year, never even dropped it, it takes crappy photos, there's a spot on the pictures who knows where that came from, I tried to contact panasonic but to no avail."
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"Pros of the ZS8:* Sturdy build and design* Good operation and relatively quick movement and focusCons:* Photos are noisy & mediocre quality in low light or indoors* Photos are more blurry when using zoom farther out* Somewhat strange menu interface (why do the dial options show up with both Record and Setup menu options on the same screen?"
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"Very portable and took excellent photos under various conditions."
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"easy to use you can take nite photos of fireworks with the scene feature."
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"I have discovered that the telephoto feature and small size of the camera allow for easy un-posed photos of people."
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"It worked well in all the situations and I have thousands of photos to prove it."
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"I love the quality of the photos, but it now has a dust spot..."
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Price

Price:
"I'm not going to spend money to fix a problem that should be covered by warranty and that seems to be a recurrent problem according to many posts I've now read about internal dust issues with the ZS8."
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"For the price, this is ridiculous."
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"Not that satisfied with the amount of money i put in it..."
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"I WAS ALITTLE SCARED OF THE STICKER PRICE, BUT I WAS SICK OF BUYING CAMERAS, SO I GAVE IT A SHOT."
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"It's the newly released little brother to the more expensive ZS10 TZ20.It is not perfect, of course, but even if you take a money no object approach to picking an upper premium compact camera - there is currently nothing on the market that is head and shoulders better than this - although there can always be a case made for different qualities."
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"Pro: Small, comfortable grip, strong zoom, lots of pixel, depth of field, easy to use and powerful features of my pro DSL, good movies tooCon: heavier than many cheap POS cameras due to the real glass lens used., not waterproof or sand proof so need to protect with a case."
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"Great product and price."
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"It was well worth the price that I paid for it..."
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"Not only does the battery hold an impressive charge, but chargers and additional batteries are available at a reasonable price."
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"The price point is great and it takes very nice pictures"
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Quality

Quality:
"Thought this camera is capable of taking action shots, most of them are not clear or of decent quality to use."
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"Image quality of the 14.1MP CCD does not seem as good as my old 10MP Canon."
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"Purchased in Japan as an international model but I am dissapointed with the lack of quality in pictures which were dull and low lit inside."
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"I was very disappointed in the image quality."
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"Pros of the ZS8:* Sturdy build and design* Good operation and relatively quick movement and focusCons:* Photos are noisy & mediocre quality in low light or indoors* Photos are more blurry when using zoom farther out* Somewhat strange menu interface (why do the dial options show up with both Record and Setup menu options on the same screen?"
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"My one criticism is image quality is only fair in low light."
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"Easy to use and good quality shots."
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"I love the quality of the photos, but it now has a dust spot..."
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"It is simple to use and the quality is excellent."
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"Well built, great set of features, and excellent photo quality."
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"Photo quality is good."
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SLR

SLR:
"I have a Canon S5 IS which has a 12X optical zoom and takes wonderful pictures but it is nearly the size of an SLR camera and is inconvenient for toting around regularly."
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"My only concern, and it would be a big one if I didn't have my SLR, is that this camera is not good in low light."
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"Good quality photos - sure - but with the caveat that a full on digital SLR will always do better."
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"It'll never be as good as your SLR but you can't carry that around with you this easily and it won't shoot HD video either (or probably not unless you have the latest generation).The 16x optical zoom is class leading."
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"Try not to get too hung up on specialist reviews - a compact camera is never going to give you technical quality photos of a large SLR - but you can video with it and even the newer SLR's don't do that very well - though heaven knows why not - maybe they just have a slow escalation marketing policy and are going to deliver that to the market as the desire for SLR's with video capability increases."
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"As with many point-and-shoots, it will not produce an image with as much color saturation, detail and depth as a good SLR."
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"And for that matter, with an SLR cleaning the sensor can be done easily."
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"I don't expect the same quality as an SLR, but I get some darn good photos with it."
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"The wide angle lens (equivelent to about a 28mm on a 35mm SLR) is great for group pictures, landscapes and interiors."
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"I have a Canon S5 IS which has a 12X optical zoom and takes wonderful pictures but it is nearly the size of an SLR camera and is inconvenient for toting around regularly."
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Screen

Screen:
"Now it just displays System error (Focus) on the screen."
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"then zoom error message appeared, lastly screen went completely bright white when trying to shoot and also looking at photos."
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"However, I still cant fathom why the indoor shots are extremely dull and the screen gets this nasty yellow tinge, yet outside this doesnt appear to happen."
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"Since it's hard to see the LCD screen outside, I would end up taking 100's of shots (yes, I use overkill with digital cameras because I can) during a day of snowshoeing only to find that I'd bumped the dial and they were useless."
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"The only problem I have found to date has to do with the LCD screen."
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"The only negative thing I have to say is the problem with the sun glare on the screen."
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"Nice LCD screen, good zoom (although I wish I had found the shortcut to quickly zoom in all the way before going to yellowstone), and a decent mic if you only plan to use video on a rare occasion."
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"-Features are good: good automatic mode, plenty of scene modes and manual modes, serviceable image stabilization, a reasonably good flash, a clear imaging screen, good video capabilities, good on-screen feedback, etc."
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"The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting."
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"The screen is good - clear - but in the brightest light - it washes out - especially with sunglasses."
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"The viewing screen is also large and clear."
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Setting

Setting:
"Also, the automatic settings does not do well with macro pictures."
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"Also, image stabilizer doesn't work so well in low light settings, and I still haven't figured out how to take concert pix without the set lights over exposing the subject."
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"I haven't found many situations where the iA function setting doesn't work well."
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"But also has manual settings if you want to get creative."
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"Easy to use automatic settings."
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"If doesn't do a great job of capturing the grandeur of a landscape, but if you need a camera for intimate family settings, this is a great choice."
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"Great camera with a multitude of settings and advantages."
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"Excellent picture quality, great setting selections and very easy to use."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Pictures are sharp, videos clear, and zoom is fantastic for its size."
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"The pictures are so sharp and clear, it is so light to carry, and most of all, the on-screen instructions are so easy to understand; so much better than having to look everything up."
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"Very easy to use,It produces very sharp and clear pictures in all types of lighting and conditions."
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"As I was preparing for a trip to Europe I needed a good camera, one that would take sharp, colorful pictures and was small enough to slip into my pocket."
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"The optics are great - pictures are clear, sharp, undistorted, and there is great versatility for lighting."
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Size

Size:
"I have a Canon S5 IS which has a 12X optical zoom and takes wonderful pictures but it is nearly the size of an SLR camera and is inconvenient for toting around regularly."
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"The only thing that is missing, as with so many products today, is a small, maybe 4x6 Manual instead of the on line stuff."
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"I bought this camera for its size and telephoto features and I have not been disappointed."
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"I have discovered that the telephoto feature and small size of the camera allow for easy un-posed photos of people."
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"Pro: Small, comfortable grip, strong zoom, lots of pixel, depth of field, easy to use and powerful features of my pro DSL, good movies tooCon: heavier than many cheap POS cameras due to the real glass lens used., not waterproof or sand proof so need to protect with a case."
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"Excellent small camera."
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Speed

Speed:
"There are lots of minor but potentially irritating features out there such as how fast can they take photos - how do they perform in low light with the flash off - how realistic are the colours (which can definitely be a personal taste thing) - and also really important day to day things away from how good the camera is technically in delivering a good photo or video - eg are the buttons and switches and menus in just the right or wrong spot for you - and does it feel good in the hand to you - you may prefer a lighter camera, bigger or smaller buttons."
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"This has WAY too many functions for me to figure out, but it has an intelligent auto that works great and the fast focus gets the pictures we used to miss."
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"Its pretty fast too."
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"They take great pictures most of the time (sharp, good color), are fast in time-between-shots, have a good interface, and an overall good feel when you handle them."
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"Between the high quality photos in low light, great outdoor shots, incredibly fast auto-focus, and good movies, I could not be happier with this camera."
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"With the flash forced off it compensates with the shutter speed and ISO settings, but still takes good pictures."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"It is tiny and light, operates quickly, the video is very nice, and the image stabilization works very well, which is good because it's hard to hold such tiny cameras steady for stills or especially video."
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"-Features are good: good automatic mode, plenty of scene modes and manual modes, serviceable image stabilization, a reasonably good flash, a clear imaging screen, good video capabilities, good on-screen feedback, etc."
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"It took wonderful zoom pictures with vibration stabilization."
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"The stabilized zoom function is a must and works great."
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"Image stabilization works very well, except at close range."
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"This camera has excellent zoom and with the image stabilization, they take very clear pictures, even of distance objects."
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Value

Value:
"Good Value."
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"It was a very good value."
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"I'm finding my new Panasonic Lumex DMC-ZS8 to be a terrific camera and great value for the price."
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"So far one of the best For Value purchases I have ever made."
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"Thus the value of the great 16x zoom is cancelled out."
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Video

Video:
"I got the ZS8 to replace a ZS3 which was (and still is) a wonderful camera except for a problem that I'll describe with taking videos."
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"The Canon did take great video, but the pictures were very disappointing."
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"I was completely disappointed with the SD780 not being user friendly needing tweaks here and there, video specially at night was bad which the prior 8MP Canon did without problem."
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"There are lots of minor but potentially irritating features out there such as how fast can they take photos - how do they perform in low light with the flash off - how realistic are the colours (which can definitely be a personal taste thing) - and also really important day to day things away from how good the camera is technically in delivering a good photo or video - eg are the buttons and switches and menus in just the right or wrong spot for you - and does it feel good in the hand to you - you may prefer a lighter camera, bigger or smaller buttons."
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"Try not to get too hung up on specialist reviews - a compact camera is never going to give you technical quality photos of a large SLR - but you can video with it and even the newer SLR's don't do that very well - though heaven knows why not - maybe they just have a slow escalation marketing policy and are going to deliver that to the market as the desire for SLR's with video capability increases."
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"Nice LCD screen, good zoom (although I wish I had found the shortcut to quickly zoom in all the way before going to yellowstone), and a decent mic if you only plan to use video on a rare occasion."
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"-Again as I primarily use the camera for concerts, I also love to shoot videos to put onto youtube."
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"Pro: Small, comfortable grip, strong zoom, lots of pixel, depth of field, easy to use and powerful features of my pro DSL, good movies tooCon: heavier than many cheap POS cameras due to the real glass lens used., not waterproof or sand proof so need to protect with a case."
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"best compact camera I ever owned we have 3 of them - rugged, user friendly, full featured and uses SD cards which in class 10 absolutely rock ... both pictures and videos are excellent - I can't say enough good things about this model from Panasonic - buy it you too will love it"
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"It takes great pictures and amazing video!"
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Personally, I think it is unacceptable to have to wait over a month for warranty repair."
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"I'm not going to spend money to fix a problem that should be covered by warranty and that seems to be a recurrent problem according to many posts I've now read about internal dust issues with the ZS8."
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"After less than six months I had a problem covered by warranty and contacted Panasonic - told to send it back and that it would be returned to me in a few days (10 days total without camera including shipping)."
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"They said the camera is damaged and therefore not under warranty."
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"But clearly if this mysterious problem returns after the camera goes out of warranty, the cost to repeat this repair will be well above it's market value."
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"Fortunately, I had purchased an extended warranty that covers this kind of damage, because I'm quite certain that if I return this to Panasonic, I will be told it had been damaged by mishandling - however I haven't the least confidence that the replacement or repair wall last more than 10 minutes either."
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"Panasonic has advised me that the camera is no longer eligible for warranty service and has recommended that I ship it to their repair facility for inspection & repair."
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"Panasonic warranty was great though."
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"DO NOT EVER BUY AN EXTENDED WARRANTY AT BEST BUY!"
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"The store credit was for $149.00 for a camera that I paid $299 for AN ADDITIONAL LOSS OF $150.SUMMARY: I PAID $380 FOR A WORTHLESS CAMERA THAT BEST BUY'S WARRANTY RETURNED $149 ON."
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"Under the extended warranty program BEST BUY sent the camera for repair twice."
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Weight

Weight:
"Does nicely in low light and is light weight, small and quiet."
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"I LOVE the large image viewer and the camera is very light weight and easy to hold for someone like me with small arthritic hands."
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"My photo gallery of pics taken with this camera can be found here:[...]Positive things:Lightweight & great zoom for size, just would love more magnification and quicker auto focus ability."
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"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 14.1 (I chose the black color) was a good buy for the price, good weight, size, and impressive depth & color quality for a point-and-shoot ca,era."
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"I won't get into technical aspects, they have been done to death in other reviews but for the price of this camera and the size of this unit, features it processes, weight, quality of photos, ease of use, and optical zoom capability I am impressed."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"After about two and a half years the zoom started acting up- once zoomed in youd have to turn the camera all the way off to zoom out again and about half a year after that started happening the zoom function broke down completely."
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"then zoom error message appeared, lastly screen went completely bright white when trying to shoot and also looking at photos."
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"Great Camera love the zoom only one problem make sure you look close at the LCD Monitor mine was crack then finished cracking out."
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"The 16x zoom is great, but pictures aren't very clear."
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"I also love the zoom- very crisp and clear even on the high zoom setting (I have not used the digital zoom- but haven't needed it due to the high optical zoom).my only complaint is when taking close ups - a few inches away- there is often a dark shadow in one coroner of the photo unless taken in a LOT of light."
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"This was my 3rd digital camera, I had a Sony purchased in 2007 (Sony Cybershot DSCW55 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver) and a Nikon purchased in 2010 (Nikon Coolpix S8000 14.2 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 3.0-Inch)both were damaged due to my children throwing them in the pool."
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"Nice LCD screen, good zoom (although I wish I had found the shortcut to quickly zoom in all the way before going to yellowstone), and a decent mic if you only plan to use video on a rare occasion."
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"Great zoom."
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"Pro: Small, comfortable grip, strong zoom, lots of pixel, depth of field, easy to use and powerful features of my pro DSL, good movies tooCon: heavier than many cheap POS cameras due to the real glass lens used., not waterproof or sand proof so need to protect with a case."
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"GREAT zoom."
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