Panasonic FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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  • Alternatives
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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 #80 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #889 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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FH8 vs F5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH824-120mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH8 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH8 vs FH7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH8 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH8 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH8 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH8 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH8 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH8 vs FH27
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH8 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH8 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH8 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH8 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH8 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH8 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH8 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH8 vs FX580
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH8 vs FX48
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH8 vs FZ28

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.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
lighter than competitors in class (123g)
quite wide (24mm)
resolution is good (16MP)
screen size is good (3 inches)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW files
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
missing external mic support
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing Time Lapse recording
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
slow at tele end (f6.4)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the FH8.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 34 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.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Panasonic FH8 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a very good score of 63, 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.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (123g)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Sports photography with Panasonic FH8

A subpar sports photography points tally of 40 indicates the Panasonic FH8 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

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.

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lighter than competitors (123g)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)

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 43 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable compared to it's competitors.

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pretty wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording

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.

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decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
lighter than competition (123 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.60 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
123g (0.27 pounds)
96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery life
260 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Retail pricing