The LUMIX DMC-SZ8 packs a 12x optical zoom lens and Wi-Fi® connectivity into a slim, stylish body. It also features a variety of special effects that add fun to the shooting experience, including Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama.
The DMC-SZ8 is equipped with 24mm ultra wide-angle lens with powerful 12x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-288mm) to boost high versatility despite the camera’s slim, stylish profile.
You can easily connect the camera to your smartphone / tablet by displaying the QR code on the camera screen and using the "Panasonic Image App" on the smartphone / tablet to scan the QR code. Setting-up is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds.
A wireless connection between the camera and the smartphone / tablet lets you use a variety of Wi-Fi® functions, such as Remote Shooting, Instant Transfer, and Geotagging.
･ To use this feature, it is recommended to update “Panasonic Image App” to the latest version.
With a variety of filter effects, Creative Control lets you add artistic and original expression to photos and videos.
Creative Panorama function allows you to create dynamic vertical / horizontal panoramic photo with a unique touch just by swiveling the camera.
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** and One Point Color.
* Cannot be used in Creative Panorama.
** Cannot be used in video recording.
The 3.0-inch large 460K-dot LCD assures high visibility in any lighting conditions, which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images.
The 16-megapixel CCD sensor offers high-resolution image so you can crop the part you want to enlarge from the picture after shooting.
Blurring image due to handshake often occurs in shooting using high zoom, however, the Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes it without causing deterioration of image quality.
With the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, several photos are consecutively shot at different exposure levels to make a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure) even in difficult lighting conditions.
With “Panasonic Image App", remote shooting is available which mean you gain extra control and monitor to utilize. Just placing a camera at a shooting position, you can go away from it. What the camera is seeing is displayed on the smartphone / tablet and zooming, setting focus, shutter release and several recording settings such as exposure compensation are controllable with a smartphone / tablet.
You can instantly upload and share your images on SNS using the "Panasonic Image App" on a smartphone / tablet. Also, a new Photo Collage function has been added to the app to allow several images to be combined into a single image and shared.
You can tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS log of a smartphone / tablet and share it to the preferred SNS.
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The Instant Transfer function allows you to transfer the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically whenever shutter is released. In playback mode, you can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to the smartphone / tablet right on the spot.
Images are transferred on your camera to a computer or other compliant devices while charging the battery via the wireless access point at home.
The DMC-SZ8 records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p. Recording motion image can be started with a press of an independent motion picture button on the top of the camera, which is extremely convenient for users to switch photo/video shooting instantly.
Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of miss-shots. The mode is a comprehensive integration of Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure – the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots, aim and shoot the subject.
The camera's battery can be recharged either via AC or via USB according to your convenience.