Panasonic SZ8 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor:  
Successor:  
General
Model Number: SZ8
Camera Format: Compact
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $169.99
Street Price: $112.14
Date Available: 2014-03-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 5.6 oz (159 g)
includes batteries
Size: 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.
(100 x 60 x 27 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 16.0
Sensor Format: 1/2.33 inch
Sensor size: 28.198mm2 (6.13mm x 4.6mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.33 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
4608 x 3072 (14.2 MP, 3:2),
4608 x 2592 (11.9 MP, 16:9),
3456 x 3456 (11.9 MP, 1:1),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1360 (2.8 MP, Other),
1536 x 1536 (2.4 MP, 1:1),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 1.2
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
320x240 (30p)
Movie File Format: Motion JPEG with monaural audio
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: No
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: 8 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical elements / 8 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED elements)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 288 mm
Zoom Ratio: 12.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.1 or 7.8 (W) / f/6.3 or 16.3 (T)
Normal Focus Range: 3 cm to Infinity
1.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: Face / 9-Area / 1-Area
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: No
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display:
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 1600
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, iISO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/2000
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Intelligent Multiple
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: No
Shutter Priority: No
Full Manual Exposure: No
Creative Exposure Modes: Panorama Shot, Scene (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Baby1*, Baby2*, Pet*, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky *Birthday only.), Creative Control (Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color (15 filters))
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: Auto ISO: 0.6 - 5.2m (Wide), 1.5 - 2.6m (Tele)
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation:  
External Flash Connection: n/a
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: No
Uncompressed Format:  
Movie File Format: Motion JPEG with monaural audio
Included Memory: 80.0 MB
Included Memory Type: Internal
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC:
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended):  
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution):  
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 1.2
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution):  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus):  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused):  
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time:  
Play -> Record Time:  
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary
Usable Battery Types: 3.6V, 690mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 200
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software:  
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 16MP CCD, Optical Image Stabilization, 720p HD video, built-in Wi-FI, USB charging.


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