- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
- 151g - 96 x 60 x 20mm
- Launched July 2009
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- Size Comparison
Panasonic FP8 summary
Panasonic FP8 is Panasonic's Ultracompact camera first released on July of 2009. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The FP8 stands at #111 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #1145 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal factors.
Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic FP8 family
The Panasonic FP8 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can take a look at all past and newer models alongside important specifications.
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Panasonic FP8 Gallery
You can check the FP8 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic FP8 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FP8 based on features which are normally considered crucial in a camera.
Panasonic FP8 Sensor details
The Panasonic FP8 is run by the Venus Engine V processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Panasonic FP8 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the FP8's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FP8 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FP8 dimensions
Panasonic FP8 weighs around 0.33 lb (151 grams / 5.33 oz) and features external proportions of 96mm x 60mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Panasonic FP8 is more heavy when compared to its rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a image of the Panasonic FP8 with a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the FP8.
Panasonic FP8 Lens specs
The FP8 has got an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which won't be significant however it can be useful in certain cases.
At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.3 and that is really slow and not the best in low light occasions and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up the ISO leading to noisy pictures. On the tele end, 128mm comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will need to go with slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FP8 Connectivity
The FP8 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and in some cases change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
A few applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Panasonic FP8 Video specs
The max video quality on the Panasonic FP8 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should aim for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not have a mic or headphone jack which means you have got little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at an alternative model in case you require better audio in your video clips.
Panasonic FP8 Weather Sealing
Panasonic FP8 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions can damage the camera.
Panasonic FP8 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FP8 features a 2.7 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic FP8 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are quite useful.
Panasonic FP8 Shutter specs
Panasonic FP8 can shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.
Panasonic FP8 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Panasonic FP8 has got only built in flash without external flash support.
Panasonic FP8 Autofocusing specs
Panasonic FP8 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
It features 11 focus points to select from. Panasonic FP8 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light or you want more precise control on focusing.
Panasonic FP8 Battery life
The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the maximum (320) battery life within this group of cameras.
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Panasonic FP8 for various categories of photography
The following chart presents a outline of the Panasonic FP8 for various categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic FP8 as a Portrait photography camera
The Panasonic FP8 gets a points total of 21 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not suitable for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos and option to work with off-camera lighting.
Panasonic FP8 Street photography details
Having a decent points total of 55, the Panasonic FP8 is relatively acceptable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic FP8
A dreadful sports photography points tally of 24 means the Panasonic FP8 is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Panasonic FP8
Weight is super crucial in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Panasonic FP8 gets a modest 56 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suitable to buy for your trips.
Panasonic FP8 as a Landscape photography camera
In case you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FP8 and it's dreadful grade of 32 as a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.
Panasonic FP8 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera should really come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic FP8 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 28.
Panasonic FP8 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the FP8, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall under the category of Ultracompact.
The chart listed below shows you a summary of the FP8 vs it's top scoring rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.