Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 -- Anybody used one?

I’m seriously considering getting this camera, since I can’t really afford an DSLR (and the lenses) but I’m fairly serious about photography.

Seems pretty good according to this review:

And I can find it online for under $300.

Out of curiosity, has anyone given this cam a test run or does anyone own it? If yes, your opinions would be great as another factor in making this decision.

I went through the review, and considering the whole feature set, its pros and cons, as well as its price (I got my low-end point-and-shoot camera for a similar price last year, so…), it does seem like a good purchase.

I had Panasonic DMC-FZ7 (older generation) It was great!
It has lots of zoom, it’s light and the picture quality is great, as well as movie quality to.
I sold it to my brother, when I got an SLR. then he gave it to my sister for Christmas!
Overall it’s a good transition between a point and shoot and an SLR.

That was the FZ7 so the FZ8 is probably better.
Also I wouldn’t pay any $300, I think you can do better on the price.

Here are a couple links to better prices

I have and use a DMC TZ1 (which is their compact super-zoom) and its excellent. They’ve got newer models out now that incorporate nice improvements over this one. The best is the 30fps video at 800+ X 480 resolution (better than the usual VGA) and the 10X opt. zoom. Good camera - not exactly like the one you’re considering, but thot it might help.

Thanks for the replies. You confirmed my thoughts that there is no reason to not buy this camera… I just tried one out today, and I like it. So I’ve made my decision! The order is placed.

Hey Blenditall heres another review.

I don’t own this camera myself, but it looks great.

Happy Photography!!

Glad you made the purchase.

Now… you better be postin’ some of your photographic work here, or else… well… pretty much nothing we can do about it! :stuck_out_tongue:

ADL7: Thanks for the link, though it doesn’t seem to work…maybe that site is just down.

Friday13: Ha, don’t worry, I will.