An ultra-compact camera that delivers great performance.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 is a credit card-sized ultra-compact point and shoot camera that packs a surprising number of features. Thanks to its size and compact nature it looks very stylish and will fit easily into your pockets as well, making it an excellent travel companion.
The FP8 is slim and lightweight thanks to its aluminum body. A retracting internal lens with folding optics means that the front is flat. There’s a large 2..7 inch LED screen at the back and blue-lit buttons on the side of the screen for navigation controls. The camera is quick to start up and if you’ve owned a Lumix before, you’ll be very comfortable with the stable of features. These include a simple camera mode, a picture viewer mode, a movie mode and a controls mode where you can mess around with the camera’s configuration and set it for daytime shots or nighttime shots, configure pixel size, etc.
It’s refreshing to see that the FP8 is not all style and no substance. For a compact camera, it packs in very good performance. Like we mentioned before, the camera starts up quickly – in under a second, in fact. It also has very good shutter speeds in good lighting conditions. The 28mm wide angle lens has 4.6X optical zoom and is capable of taking pictures of up to 12.1 megapixels. The camera comes with Panasonic’s Power O.I.S image stabilization technology, which means you don’t have to worry about your shaking hands ruining pictures anymore.
The camera also allows you to take HD 720p videos. We thought the fact that you could zoom in while taking a video was a nice touch. The FP8 also has excellent battery life and you can take about 380 pictures before having to recharge it.
Shots taken with the FP8 look great. The color reproduction was decent. Amateur photographers will love the FP8′s Intelligent Auto button which picks the best mode for your shots automatically. However, you can still go into the menu mode and fiddle with the settings if you wish to do so. With 28 different modes to choose from, you’re quite spoilt for choice. There’s even a borders mode where you can add in colorful borders to your pictures. It’s not something we were particularly looking in a camera but extra features are always a nice little bonus.
The camera is available in a variety of colors including red, black, silver and pink.
We do have a few issues with the camera. First of all, for the price you’re paying you could get a camera with better zoom. Also, while viewing pictures, it would have been nice to be able to zoom into the pictures as well.
Overall, the Panasonic DMC-FP8 manages to blend style and performance to offer a great camera. It’s quick to start and easy to use. If you’re looking to buy a point and shoot camera, make sure this camera is on your radar.