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Good: 2 Mode Optical Image Stabilization, - 210,000 Pixel 2.5 inch LCD, - 180,000 Pixel EVF, - 7.2 megapixel imager, RAW Mode, - 12x LEICA Quality Lens, - (Fabulous Photos in a Variety of Lighting Conditions!), - Camera has real solid quality feel to it, - (Nice to Grip) - Perfect Size! Enough Said...
Bad: Sorry NO Complaints, Very happy with my new Camera (Perfect)
Comment: I'm upgrading from my Panasonic LUMIX FZ7 to the LUMIX FZ8. (just released).
My FZ7 served me very well indeed, but when I saw the bargain price eBuyer have at £179.99 I had to jump. (They cannot be making all that much profit) when you think of production costs, especially the 12x zoom LEICA LENS and all the individual parts, plus time to build and ship to the UK.
Anywayz, the camera has an increase from 6mp FZ7 to 7.2mp FZ8, and + the new Venus III Chip (CPU) over the older Venus II Chip (CPU), now much faster focusing times, much more power efficent.
My favourite is the upgrade to the 2.5 LCD Screen FZ8 is now well over 200,000 Pixels between 210,000 - 230,000 (FZ8) - the old FZ7 which was only 130,000 pixel Screen, (massive leap) and the EVF 110,000 pixels (FZ7) upto to a very sharp 180,000 Pixels (FZ8), it looks spectacular.
I think this time Panasonic have really done something nice to rival a DSLR, on a tight budget.
I bought my old FZ7 for £269.99 over a year ago, and now own the much better model FZ8 bought from ebuyer (which is the cheapest on the net) Ive googled, for a mere £179.99 FZ8 RRP £299 Bargain!!
The photo quality is very sharp, with vivid colours in the right places with nice skin tones.
Panasonic's Optical Stabilization on the FZ8 again makes it possible to take shots at full 12x Zoom without the need for a tripod, excellent, no other manuafacturer apart from Canon can produce solid, smooth, Optical image stabilization - even with persons with a slight hand shake, its now possible to get shots right, 1st time, everytime...
This camera is also Ideal as a point and shoot as well as a sports shooter, my partner has used it on full auto, and even on this setting the results are pleasing to the eye.!
The camera feels really good in the hands, NOT too Big or too small just perfect, but if you have got very Big hands it may take some getting use too, however, not an issue for 95% of the public.
You can buy a couple of spare batteries for small money on a popular auction website, always have one spare with you at all times, so you don't miss a single shot.
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