Panasonic FH8 overview
Panasonic FH8 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on January of 2012. The camera has a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The FH8 places at #78 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #838 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized factors.
The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic FH8 family
The Panasonic FH8 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can find all previous and more recent models along with important specs.
Panasonic FH8 Gallery
You can see the FH8 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic FH8 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FH8 based on factors that are often viewed as important in a camera.
Panasonic FH8 Sensor details
The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic FH8 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CCD sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the FH8's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The FH8 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FH8 dimensions
Panasonic FH8 weighs around 0.27 pounds (123g / 4.34 oz) & has external dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic FH8 is lighter when compared with various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a pic of the Panasonic FH8 next to a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button design on the FH8.
Panasonic FH8 Lens specs
The FH8 offers a built in lens providing a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not ideal nevertheless it can be valuable in some conditions.
At the widest 24mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.5 and that's quite slow and not the best for low light situations and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting leading to noisy files. On the tele end, 120mm comes to f6.4 making it really sluggish and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FH8 Connectivity
The FH8 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.
Several applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Panasonic FH8 Video specs
The maximum video quality on the Panasonic FH8 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack so you have got no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera if you require good sound for your video clips.
Panasonic FH8 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing in the Panasonic FH8 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Panasonic FH8 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FH8 has a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specs for Panasonic FH8 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.
Panasonic FH8 Shutter specs
Panasonic FH8 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Panasonic FH8 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Panasonic FH8 comes with only in-built flash with missing external flash ability.
Panasonic FH8 Autofocusing specs
Panasonic FH8 comes with just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.
The Sensor has 23 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Panasonic FH8 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful for low light situations or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.
Panasonic FH8 Battery life
The battery in the Panasonic FH8 is fashioned to last for 260 photos as per the CIPA requirements making it similar to it's rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Following is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:
Panasonic FH8 for varying categories of photography
The following bar chart provides a summation of the Panasonic FH8 for varying categories of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic FH8 Portrait photography advice
The Panasonic FH8 has a score of 36 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not acceptable for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the flexibility to use external flash.
Panasonic FH8 as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a very good score of 64, the Panasonic FH8 is a very decent option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic FH8
A subpar sports photography points tally of 41 indicates the Panasonic FH8 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic FH8 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really important when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FH8 gets a very good 69 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to buy for your vacations.
Panasonic FH8 Landscape photography features
In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FH8 and it's subpar rating of 44 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable compared to it's competitors.
Panasonic FH8 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic FH8 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 33.
Panasonic FH8 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the FH8, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph below shows you an overview of the FH8 vs it's highest scored rivals listed above.
These are some more cameras you may regard as alternate options. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.