Panasonic SZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 159g - 100 x 60 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic SZ8 summary

Panasonic SZ8 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally released on January of 2014. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The SZ8 places at #197 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #876 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic SZ8 family

The Panasonic SZ8 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ8 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ824-288mm
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SZ8 vs SZ3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ5 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ5
SZ8 vs SZ5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ7 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ7
SZ8 vs SZ7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-S2 front thumbnailPanasonic S2
SZ8 vs S2
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ1 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ1
SZ8 vs SZ1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S1
SZ8 vs S1
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SZ8 vs S3

Panasonic SZ8 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic SZ8 based on features that are usually regarded as necessary in a camera.

flash built-in
good minimum ISO (100)
good resolution (16MP)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-288mm 12.0 x zoom)
lighter than competition in class (159 grams)
long reach (288mm)
provides face detection focusing
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
fixed screen
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no aperture priority mode
no external mic jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual control
no manual focus
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
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Panasonic SZ8 Sensor information

The Panasonic SZ8 houses the Venus Engine processor. The sensor spec on the Panasonic SZ8 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. The ISO can be extended digitally to a maximum of 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the SZ8's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The SZ8 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic SZ8 dimensions

Panasonic SZ8 weighs about 0.35 lbs (159 grams or 5.61 oz) & the size of the camera is 100mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Panasonic SZ8 is less heavy compared to other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Panasonic SZ8 next to a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button layout on the SZ8.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 topview buttons dials

Panasonic SZ8 Lens information

The SZ8 features an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 24-288mm making it a 12.0 x zoom which is not significant nevertheless it would certainly be invaluable in certain cases.

At it's widest 24mm, it features an aperture of f3.1 making it quite sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to up your ISO producing noisy photographs. Towards the long end, 288mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f6.3 making it quite sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic SZ8 Connectivity

The SZ8 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Panasonic SZ8 Video information

The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic SZ8 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to shop for an alternative camera should you want better sound for your video clips.

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Panasonic SZ8 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Panasonic SZ8 so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Panasonic SZ8 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic SZ8 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen with a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic SZ8 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy in bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Panasonic SZ8 Shutter information

Panasonic SZ8 can shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic SZ8 Flash and Hot shoe information

Panasonic SZ8 features just built in flash lacking external flash support.

Panasonic SZ8 Autofocusing information

Panasonic SZ8 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and exact compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to select from. Panasonic SZ8 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good in low light or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic SZ8 Battery life

The battery life for the Panasonic SZ8 is fashioned to last for 200 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it less as compared to it's rivals. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the best (600) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:

Panasonic SZ8 for various styles of photography

The following graph indicates a summary of the Panasonic SZ8 for various styles of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic SZ8 Portrait photography details

The Panasonic SZ8 has a rating of 35 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not suitable for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Panasonic SZ8 Street photography info

Coming in at a nice score of 63, the Panasonic SZ8 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (159 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Panasonic SZ8 Sports photography factors

A lousy sports photography rating of 34 suggests the Panasonic SZ8 is simply not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Panasonic SZ8 Travel photography features

Portability is super crucial in buying a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic SZ8 gets a above average 67 for a travel camera which makes it a fine choice to buy for your trips.

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lighter than others in class (159 grams)
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long reach (288mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)

Panasonic SZ8 Landscape photography highlights

If you find yourself looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic SZ8 and it's lousy grade of 42 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable among it's competitors.

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fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
low battery life (200 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Panasonic SZ8 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic SZ8 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 32.

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decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
lighter than average (159g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone jack

Panasonic SZ8 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the SZ8, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph just below offers you an overview of the SZ8 versus it's top ranked competitors listed above.

Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-288mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.20 m
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
159 gr (0.35 lbs)
100 x 60 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery life
200 pictures
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at release