LUMIX DMC-SZ8 16 MP 12X Zoom Compact Digital Camera - Black

  • Get close or go wide with 14mm ultra wide-angle lens
  • Share with smartphone or tablet via wireless feature
  • Add creativity to photos with HD video with creative filters
  • Play back images with bright 3.0" LCD


12x Optical Zoom in a Stylish Body

The DMC-SZ8 is equipped with a 24mm ultra wide-angle lens with a powerful 12x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-288mm) for versatility in your photography. Enjoy taking breathtaking landscapes with the wide-angle, and bringing sports, portraits, and wildlife up close with the zoom. All of this is packed within the camera's slim, stylish body.

Easy Wi-Fi Connection to Your Smartphone

You can easily connect the SZ8 to your smartphone / tablet by using the "Panasonic Image App" to scan a QR code displayed on the camera screen. Set-up is extremely easy and is finished within a few seconds. A wireless connection between the camera and the smartphone / tablet allows you to use a variety of Wi-Fi functions, such as Remote Shooting, Instant Transfer, and Geotagging.
*It is recommended to use the latest version of the "Panasonic Image App" to use this feature

Creative Filter Effects for Your Photos and Videos

TWith a variety of filter effects, the LUMIX SZ8¿s Creative Control lets you add your artistic and creative expression to photos and videos.

Creative Panorama function allows you to create dynamic vertical / horizontal panoramic photos by simply swiveling the camera.

Channel your inner creativity with Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect*, Miniature Effect*, Soft Focus**, Star Filter** and One Point Color.
* Cannot be used in Creative Panorama
** Cannot be used in video recording

3-inch Intelligent LCD

The large, bright 3.0-inch 460K-dot LCD delivers high visibility in any lighting condition. This sharp LCD is excellent for both shooting and playing back images

16-Megapixel Sensor

The SZ8's 16-megapixel sensor delivers crisp, clear, high quality images. Enjoy the freedom to crop a part of a photo you want to enlarge after shooting and still have amazing quality.

Optical Image Stabilizer

The SZ8¿s Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for hand-shake that can cause blurred photos. Even slight movement when using the camera¿s powerful zoom is accurately detected and compensated for to produce sharp, clear images.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

With the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, the camera takes several photos consecutively at different exposure levels to make a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure) even in difficult lighting conditions. Enjoy rich, brilliant color and details with HDR photography.

Remote Shooting / Remote View

With the powerful "Panasonic Image App*", remote shooting gives you extra control of your photos. Simply place the SZ8 at a shooting location, walk away from it, and what the camera is seeing is displayed on your WiFi compatible smartphone / tablet. You'll have the ability to zoom, set the focus, release the shutter, and change several recording settings such as exposure compensation remotely from your smartphone / tablet.
* It is recommended to use the latest version of the "Panasonic Image App" to use this feature

On the Go Easy Sharing with Wi-Fi

Instantly upload and share your pictures on SNS using the easy to use "Panasonic Image App*" on your WiFi compatible smartphone / tablet. The Photo Collage function in the app, lets you combine several images into a single picture and then share it with family and friends.
*It is recommended to use the latest version of the "Panasonic Image App" to use this feature


Easily tag the location information to an image by utilizing the GPS log of a smartphone / tablet, and then share it to a SNS. *Facebook is a registered trademark or trademark of Facebook, Inc. *Picasa is a registered trademark or trademark of Google Inc. *Flickr is a registered trademark or trademark of Yahoo! Inc.

Wirelessly Transfers Photos

The Instant Transfer function gives you the ability to transfer your photo data to a designated electronic device automatically whenever the shutter is released. In playback mode, you can also touch the photo displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to a smartphone / tablet right on the spot.

Auto Transfer

With Auto Transfer, images are transferred from your camera to a computer or other device while charging the battery with a wireless access point.

HD Video Recording

The DMC-SZ8 records dynamic HD videos in 1280 x 720p. Start recording videos quickly and easily by simply pressing the motion picture button on top of the camera. You can conveniently switch between shooting photos and videos instantly.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. Simply aim, press, and shoot. iA Mode integrates the Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Intelligent Exposure resulting in breathtaking photos with ease of operation.

AC / USB Battery Charging

Conveniently charge the SZ8¿s battery with either AC power or by using the USB.

SpecificationsExpand All

  • Metrics
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight
  • Optics
    • Pixels
    • Camera Effective Pixels
    • Sensor
    • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
    • Lens
    • Aperture
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • 2- Speed Zoom
    • Optical Image Stabilizer/Five Axis Correction
    • Digital Zoom
    • Conversion Lens Compatibility
    • Focus
    • Focusing Area
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • AF Metering
    • Shutter
    • Shutter Speed
    • Finder
    • Viewfinder
  • Recording
    • File
    • File Format
    • Recording Modes
    • Mode Dial / Mode Button
    • Creative Control mode
    • Still Image Scene Mode
    • Continuous Shooting Mode
    • Motion Picture Recording (*2)
    • HD Video
    • STD Video
    • High Speed Video
    • Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)
    • AVCHD
    • MP4
    • Actual recordable time (motion pictures)
    • AVCHD
    • MP4
    • Exposure Parameters
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Auto (AE) Bracketing
    • Light Metering
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • Picture Quality
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Image Quality
    • White Balance
    • Photo Style / Film Mode
    • Color Mode / Color Effect / My color
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Aspect Bracketing
    • Other
    • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
    • GPS
    • Wi-FI
    • NFC
    • Zoom in Motion Picture
    • Self Timer
    • Self Shot Mode
  • Playback
    • Display
    • Playback Mode
    • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
    • Calendar Display / Dual- Image Playback
    • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
    • Show Histogram
    • Show Highlights
    • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
    • Edit
    • Retouch
    • Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
    • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
    • Cut Animation
    • Video Divide
    • PictBridge Support
  • Setup
    • OSD language
  • Others
    • Monitor
    • LCD Monitor
    • Flash
    • Built- in- Flash
    • Media
    • Recording Media
    • Built- in- Memory
    • Audio
    • Microphone / Speaker
    • Power
    • Battery life (approx.)
    • Standard Package
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC


DMC-SZ8K is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent camera for the price I have mostly used this camera in the point and shoot mode, so I can't address the more advanced features completely. I'll cut to the chase: I like the Zoom, although by the time you get all the way out, you lose some clarity. I tend not to go all the way out to 12x for this reason. I hear LUMIX uses very good lenses. Wgile the zoom is far better than my camera on my phone, on more than one occasion I was surprised how close my 8 megapixel iPhone camera gets to the LUMIX quality. Sometimes for that reason, I just bring my phone. But, for more serious travel pics, the lumix does a great job for its size. I like the video I've made with this camera and I like the convenience of the wifi. Would recommend to someone looking for a small camera to take on the go for quick pics.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for starting with digital Every thing on this camera meets or exceeds expectations. especially ease of use and easy to learn applications.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice camera is nice. small and compact. gets the job done. dont compare to more expensive ones
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Android app is really nice and its really compact. I bought this camera because it would be an upgrade from my older point-and-shoot because of the 12X zoom and Wifi features. The picture quality was what I expected for this price range. Good enough for prints, sharing on the web, and viewing on tablets. I was disappointed that the menu still involved a lot of clicking around between menus. The Wifi features is really nice on the smartphone, but sharing to the computer is a HUGE PAIN! They should have a made an app for the PC/MAC to find and connect to the camera. So I'll be using drop box to access the photos shared to my phone. It's a nice upgrade compared to my older point-and-shoot and its super compact.
Date published: 2014-03-14
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