Pros Raw Functionality , High Zoom
Cons Poor autofocus, Unacceptable levels of noise even on low iso.
Summary I didnt keep the camera long, as i was very disappointed with it. i had previously had a fuji f30 which had very low levels of noise at anywhere upto 1600 iso. When using the DMC-FZ8K in daylight i found the images around iso 400 appeared to get rather noisy, and when it came to low light conditions an iso 400 image looked like a mosaic.
I also found the auto focus to be very unreliable, with it only focusing correctly on very large objects. Although the camera offers very high zoom levels i found the majority of these unusable, either due to the autofocus issue, or that the image stabilization wasnt significant enough to allow non-blured photos to be taken. i would suggest that high zoom levels really are tripod only.
In the end i decided to stick with Fuji, even with their slow write speed using XD cards, and purchased a 6500fd/6000fd instead.
"Lense Mechanism"on by jay_627
Pros Easy to use
Cons After only a year the lense mechanism isn't working. That is, the lense will not come out once you take the lense cap off and turn the camera on. I can hear the lense trying to pop out, but nothing. Now the camera is just out of warranty.
Summary I expected to get more life out of my camera, not just one year and I'll be hesitant to buy another Panasonic.
Pros had this camera for 2 years and the only REAL issues I've had are the noise on some images but I think some of my shots DO compare to friend's DSLRs. I love the built in zoom, no changing lens to get the shot. See images at www.flickr.com/pamiknows
Cons noisy images at times. not remote compatible.
Summary This was basically my first "good" camera and it's very easy to learn on and has lots of settings and modes to use. I also love the live view that you won't find on many DSLR's. The battery life is good and the image stabilization is a plus. It is light and easy to handle. It may not compare in all ways to a DSLR, but it sure is as close as you can get, in my opinion, without spending big money. You can buy conversion lens for this camera, such as macro and zoom which is good but even better is that you don't have to stop and change lens every little while as I have seen DSLR users do. The bottom line is that there are limitations to this camera, but if you love photography and you are not ready to drop big bucks on a DSLR and all the lens you will need/want, this camera is great. Photography is my hobby, not my job, and the FZ8 gets the job done, in my humble opinion!! I would definitely recommend this camera to others! Happy shooting!
Pros Works Great, Does need some "tweaking" to get good pics!
Cons Takes some time to get the right adjustments for quality pics.
Summary I would recommend this camera to anyone, Panasonic Lumix cameras are a great product.
Pros Picture perfect with the right settings
Cons Learning curve for nubbies too steep
Summary When set right, and very little hand movement, beautiful shots. I have no complaints about the noise. I do know what noise is by the way.
Now using the flash it takes great shots but without it, out of the box, every picture was blury, even if just a little. I've never owned a camera where you could adjust aperture, and ISO but I couldn't rely on getting any quality using the easy preset modes unless I was outside in bright sunlight or I used the flash.
My daughter got a Polaroid at the same time and her pics were much better than mine and she's about as tech smart as a bull whip.
finally got it set on Intelligent mode and only have to make a few adjustments for dark or light. The good shots are as good as any I've seen, even when taken by the kids. Still, in darker shots without flash, there's a half chance at getting that perfect shot.