Panasonic FP8

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 front
 
  • 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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Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29

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 #1124 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
FP8 vs FP5
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP7 front thumbnailPanasonic FP7
FP8 vs FP7
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP3 front thumbnailPanasonic FP3
FP8 vs FP3
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP1 front thumbnailPanasonic FP1
FP8 vs FP1
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP2 front thumbnailPanasonic FP2
FP8 vs FP2
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP8 front thumbnailPanasonic FP828-128mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS12 front thumbnailPanasonic FS12
FP8 vs FS12
31-124mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS15 front thumbnailPanasonic FS15
FP8 vs FS15
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009

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.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decently wide (28mm)
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (28-128mm 4.6 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW format
does not have a selfie friendly display
external flash not possible
fixed screen
heavier than competition (151g)
manual focus not available
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
no aperture priority
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
no manual control
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse function
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow at tele end (f5.9)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a image of the Panasonic FP8 with a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the FP8.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Underneath is a listing of Ultracompact cameras having the highest battery life:

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.

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no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than average (151 grams)

Sports photography with Panasonic FP8

A dreadful sports photography points tally of 25 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.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

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.

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built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (151g)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

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.

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decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording

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.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
heavier than average (151g)

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8
Type
Ultracompact
Launched
2009-07-27
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
Venus Engine V
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
11
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range
5cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
151 gr (0.33 lb)
Dimensions
96 x 60 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
1
Cost at release
$300