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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8K 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8K 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 128 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 3.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Video5.0   above average
Zoom5.0   above average
Photo4.8   above average
Lens4.6   exceptional
Screen4.6   above average
Setting4.6   above average
Size4.4   average
Image4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Light3.9   average
Battery3.8   above average


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Battery

Battery:
"The battery life is above average but not amazing."
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"Battery life is not great, don't expect to get more than a day out of your batteries with moderate use."
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"I was worried about battery life since it does not have a viewfinder like my old Fuji, and with only 2 AA batteries and thus forced to use the large view screen the batteries do give out quickly."
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"Flash and display are a big sluggish, battery life isn't all that great according to specs, not sure about in the real world."
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"The only negative comment I have is that the AA batteries wear down very quickly even with the camera turned off."
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"If you use it for frequent photography, plan on getting some spare batteries and a good charger."
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"It eats batteries, but really, what good camera doesn't?"
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"In order to make this practical, one needs to put some money in to a good charger and low discharge rechargeable batteries."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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"Battery life is good."
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Flash

Flash:
"The only downside is the flash."
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"I would, however, agree that the flash load time is annoying, and sometimes the camera seems to take a while to focus properly."
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"Also you have to wait a painfully long time for the flash to reload (about 5 seconds)."
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"My S30 was better*Performance: 1 (very sluggish when using flash; I don't know if AA cameras are all this slow) Also slow start."
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"I hate to use flash most of the time as it usually gives a glaring effect (not to mention surprising the subject) and want to capture pictures in natural light as much as possible."
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"If you're gonna use this camera mostly for indoors low light conditions, buy one with a better flash please."
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"Things I like:The intelligent auto mode - does everything for you, great for times when you don't want to think about how to make the shot the best it can beLots of other modes - for when you want to adjust settings to improve your shotManual controls - if you know what you're doing with a camera, the LZ8 lets you take a picture how you want itLCD Screen - Brilliant screen with multiple viewing modes for bright light settingsPhysical handling - while it doesn't feel like a beast, it feels sturdy and tough (I got the black model and it looks awesome), there's enough to hang onto to steady a shot, but it's still small enough to tote anywhereOn Off time - I've only had one other digital camera, but I've seen a lot of others, and this Pany turns on and off pretty quickly, which is handy in many situationsThings I think could be better:Flash recharge time - learn how to take good pictures in low light settings because the flash takes several seconds to rechargeFocus time - in certain situations, the focus takes longer than I would expect (fast zoom can help with this), overall it is not a big issueDial wheel - sometimes a little too easily turned, not a big problemMenu screens buttons - I'm new to Panasonic, so the organization of the menus is not entirely intuitive at firstOverall this camera is a great buy."
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"After taking a picture with the flash, it will be 10 seconds before you are able to fire off a second shot."
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"There is no problem with start up speed, if there is any lag when taking flash photos, the question is what do u expect?"
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Image

Image:
"While the image quality was not great, over time two issues stood out."
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"Here is my review(1-5 pts):*Construction: 5 (solid & beautiful esp in black)*Picture Quality: 2.5(average-, not outstanding, except in macro mode which is excellent)."
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"Here are my pro's and con's:Pro's:- 5x optical at full resolution, 8x at 2mp (which still takes decent pics, just not as good as my canon at 2mp)."
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"The image stabilization works surprisingly well, so bravo to Panasonic engineers for that... and pretty much all of the features in this fine camera."
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"I love the image stabilization feature."
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"Full manual controls, aperture priority, shutter priority, tons of scene modes, AA batteries, very good image quality... you get the drift."
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"I have enjoyed the last few weeks taking pics of my children, and items in my garden!"
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"Takes AMAZING pics! "
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Lens

Lens:
"I have researched this and there are a couple of notes on the web that complain of how the lens may accentuate dust dots."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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"The sharpness of the zoom lense is amazing."
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"The picture quality is very good with the Leica lens."
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"The LZ8's wide angle lens is nice, and because of this it's easier to use in small spaces than most other point and shoots I've owned."
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"It is small, handles well, and it has a Leica lens!"
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Light

Light:
"If you plan to take indoor video without a LOT of light, this camera is NOT a good choice for you."
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"great camera, only down side it does not take great pictures in some light settings."
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"it's a really good camera but there are some details that you need to know:AA bateries (bad)medium to low quality in really dark and low light conditions (bad)does not come with a decent bag it's just a white paper (bad)5X optical zoom plus 3X digital zoom (good)uses SD cards up to 2GB and HCSD cards class 4 (good)the box is really little so expect a low charge on courier users."
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"Those that complain about its performance in low light situations should perhaps get a better tripod."
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"Many websites complain about digicam's low light capabilities, given my experience with this camera using it's manual controls and a tripod, frankly I got excellent results."
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"This camera does well in fairly low light, certainly much better than cell phones, but for best results, take your pictures in the early evening or when it's overcast, but there is still plenty of diffused indirect light, and use a tripod and the built in timer if you can."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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"Low light pictures are great and there is not much pixelization."
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"Very light weight and easy to carry around."
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"It takes very natural pictures in good light, but in lower light the pictures look a little overprocessed by the noise reduction in the camera."
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Performance

Performance:
"Using the iA mode drastically slows down the performance of the camera."
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"Those that complain about its performance in low light situations should perhaps get a better tripod."
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"Its portability and wide performance make it a perfect partner to record casual and more important events, in an easier and discret way."
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"In each situation the camera has performed quite well."
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"Battery performance so far is good enough that I would be comfortable not carrying a spare set for a day if the ones in the camera are fairly fresh.. a new experience for me."
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"I used up the set that came with the camera the first day I had it, which made me a little nervous, but I immediately switched to the 2300 mAh rechargeables I used in my old camera and performance has been great."
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"There are tradeoffs, I'm sure a 200-300$ camera would have better performance, but for the price I'm happy."
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Photo

Photo:
"Not good when you are trying to take photos at a wedding."
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"A couple years later I went to a birthday party and my customer loaned me the same camera to take photos and videos, they all came out great, very little photoshop was needed to adjust the contrast, etc for printing."
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"You get high quality photos with ease of use."
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"The photos are nice but I'm returning the camera for something faster."
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"Uh, well, rather it helps my photos stay rock-steady."
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"Most of this is only visible in side by side comparison to photos from the A710, so unless you blow up your photos and print them, it's really not a problem."
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Price

Price:
"Excellent camera with many features for a reasonable price"
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"In order to make this practical, one needs to put some money in to a good charger and low discharge rechargeable batteries."
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"When this camera came out it had a good number of features at around $100 price point."
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"Back when I ordered this product for a few customers it was top of the line, other image stabilized zoom cameras with 7.2MP or better were too expensive to afford, so this was a great inexpensive option."
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"Spend the money to get a better version (the DMC-TZ25 is great, but I dropped mine on concrete and tried to replace it with this inferior camera when I should've spent the money to have the other one repaired.)"
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Quality

Quality:
"While the image quality was not great, over time two issues stood out."
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"But it takes a long time between shots, the picture quality is not a good as my older 3mp panasonic, and this camera feels cheaply built."
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"Picture quality is not quite as good as my old Canon ( a little grainy ) but the new A-series Canons don't let you set aperture or shutter speed manually like the old ones did."
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"Here is my review(1-5 pts):*Construction: 5 (solid & beautiful esp in black)*Picture Quality: 2.5(average-, not outstanding, except in macro mode which is excellent)."
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"I mostly use this for quality still pictures and short videos, and it's great for those applications."
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"You get high quality photos with ease of use."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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Screen

Screen:
"One of the main short comings of this camera is the hard to see LCD screen."
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"The large screen and face recognition make taking the perfect shot a piece of cake."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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"Cons :> LCD screen is very glossy and scratches easy ( get a screen protector).> long shot delay with flash.> very noisy pictures when in any of the auto scene modes.> poor resolution in sizes above 3MP."
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"Maybe it's my batteries, or maybe it's a feature I am not setting up correctly, but after taking a picture the preview will show for 2 seconds then the screen shuts off for another 3-5, and then finally I am able to take another."
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Setting

Setting:
"great camera, only down side it does not take great pictures in some light settings."
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"If you're a camera noob, your first lesson should be the macro setting (looks like a tulip) for well focused closeups."
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"It also has a full range of features for serious photographers that's somewhat surprising once you get away from the AUTO setting, but if you just want a good point and shoot camera that's easy to use that makes good choices for you in almost every condition, just stick with the AUTO setting and you'll almost always get very good pictures that are well focused and properly exposed."
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"It has a nice range of options and the different settings are quickly adjusted."
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"The macro setting is very sharpI am very happy with it and have already published several pictures."
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Size

Size:
"Major points:1 In some cases (usually in dark or very dark conditions), the camera produces completely unacceptable results, with small white bubbles appearing throughout the shot."
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"Pros: Intuitive interface, small package, nice LCDCons: Excessively blurry pictures...including in full daylight, long focus times (in full day light), difficulty focusing in on correct target."
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"I have found the best resolution is obtained when picture size is kept at 3MP or below."
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"We have two small children who get their hands on everything so it was nice to get a good camera for a reasonable price."
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"The LZ8's wide angle lens is nice, and because of this it's easier to use in small spaces than most other point and shoots I've owned."
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"It is small, handles well, and it has a Leica lens!"
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"The 5 megapixel size generates very nice 4x6 prints."
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Video

Video:
"I mostly use this for quality still pictures and short videos, and it's great for those applications."
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"A couple years later I went to a birthday party and my customer loaned me the same camera to take photos and videos, they all came out great, very little photoshop was needed to adjust the contrast, etc for printing."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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"It takes wonderful pictures and I was really impressed with the video and audio."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"6x zoom is still pretty good though (completely ignore digital zoom, it is just another name for the word crop)."
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"Back when I ordered this product for a few customers it was top of the line, other image stabilized zoom cameras with 7.2MP or better were too expensive to afford, so this was a great inexpensive option."
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"My wife and I have clicked some fantastic shots with this camera, it has an excellent processor, no shutter delay, fast write speeds to the SD card, neat features, amazingly easy to use, well calibrated zoom control, huge LCD screen, excellent battery life, well balanced for one hand use even with the lens extended out to full zoom, great low light picture quality, pretty good build quality, great HD videos with sound - overall, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you want a decent quality still and video camera that fits in a trouser pocket."
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