Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / DMC-ZS5

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / DMC-ZS5
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Based on 27 scores, 34 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    11
  • Good:
    11
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Easy to use, clearly marked controls, Very good image stabilization, Metal tripod socket is wellcentered.
  • Impressive 12x zoom lens, Very good outdoor performance, Good color reproduction, 25mm wide angle lens, Useful manual controls, Simple to operate, Very good battery life
  • Fully manual PASM exposure modes, Effective optical image stabilization, Quiet 12x optical video zoom, 340 shots from a fully charged battery.

Cons:

  • No optical viewfinder, No support for RAW file format, Mediocre picture quality in low light
  • Indoor images look slightly soft, Mono audio for video recording, Priced much higher than competition

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Mag on

A 12.1 megapixel point-and-shoot camera like the Lumix DMC-FH20K ($179 list), the Lumix DMC-ZS5 ($179.95 list) features a 25 millimeter wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 12x optical zoom. This shooter also sports a 2.7-inch LCD display along...

By ConsumerSearch on

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (aka DMC-TZ8 outside of the U.S.) continues the well-received ZS series. The 12.1 megapixel, 12x zoom ZS5 is a pared-down version of the DMC-ZS7 which includes some additional features, such as GPS to identify the location...

By PCWorld India on 80

Pocketable zoom camera the TZ8 has impressive lens and very good image quality especially on outdoors. With full manual controls, sets of advanced features and good overall performance, it is one of the best compact zoom cameras we've seen. Its...

By eTech Reviews on

A lot manufacturers have brought in two compact megazoom cameras for the 2010 line up, one is feature rich while the other is just barebones system. Panasonic has done the same – they have got Lumix DMC-ZS5 and DMC-ZS7. The former is the lower end...

By Camera Labs on 85

Panasonic may no longer be the only player in this market niche, but the TZ8 / ZS5 remains a very attractive proposition. Fundamentally, travel zooms are about packing the biggest zoom range into the most compact body. While the competition may have...

By cnet on 75

If you just want a decent compact megazoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 is one of the better options thanks to a well-rounded feature set and very good photo quality at lower...

By DigitalVersus on 80

Multi-aspect sensor Unlike the TZ6, the TZ8 features the same sensor as its high-end counterpart, the TZ10. In fact, the TZ8 has the same multi-aspect sensor that was first seen in the TZ7.Although the 14-Megapixel sensor is 1/2.33" in size, the lens...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Not as luxurious as the TZ10, but delivers high quality photos and videos, a big zoom and a pocket-friendly design at an extremely attractive price...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

Panasonic's TZ range of compacts has been producing compact cameras with impressive zoom lengths for a fair few years now, of which the TZ8 is one of the latest additions. This slim camera somehow manages to contain a 12x optical zoom, making...

By What Digital Camera on 89

Panasonic TZ8 review - FeaturesThe TZ8 is a 12.1MP compact with a 25mm wideangle 12x optical zoom lens tucked into a relatively small body when considering the zoom potential of up to 300mm (equivalent). New Power OIS (optical image stabilisation)...

By CNET UK on 92

We can't give the TZ8 the same rating as the TZ10 simply because it doesn't have quite as many cool features, but it's better value for money. Its true strengths are the design, the controls and the lens quality, rather than Panasonic's...

By Macworld on 60

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 is a good, dual-purpose camera for stills and video, thanks to its silent, quick-focusing, and far-reaching zoom lens. You may want to look elsewhere if you're craving wow-factor features, and you may want to touch up...

By PC Advisor on 70

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 gets our recommendation as a dual-purpose camera for stills and video, thanks to its silent, quick-focusing, and far-reaching zoom lens. You may want to look elsewhere if you're craving wow-factor features, and you may...

By T3 Magazine on 100

Panasonic's superb big-zoom compact packs a killer combination of versatility and simplicity. It's the best value compact you can get right...

By Good Gear Guide on 55

We were excited to see if Panasonic could improve on last year’s excellent Travel Zoom camera, the LUMIX DMC-TZ7, but alas the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ8 falls short. The only improvements over its predecessor are a higher megapixel count and better...

By The Imaging Resource on

Panasonic has done a careful job of pruning the Panasonic ZS7 into a Panasonic ZS5. It has maintained everything that earned the Panasonic ZS7 a Dave's Pick without losing any of the photographic chops of the Panasonic ZS5's more expensive...

By Best4Reviews on 83

Yes it's slightly bigger and bulkier than competing 'fashion' compacts with 3x optical zooms but the TZ8 from Panasonic can still fit into a jacket pocket and trouser at a push. That broad focal range, decent lens, plus a sensor not...

By Cameras UK on 85

The Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ8 is an excellent digital camera. Panasonic have included plenty of features and picture quality compares very well with all other cameras of this type. I could not find any real weaknesses and if I was looking to buy this...

By TechRadar on 80

Pitched at family snappers and travellers looking for a lot of power in a compact body, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 is the follow-up to the popular DMC-TZ6. The svelte Lumix DMC-TZ8 offers a 12.1 megapixel sensor with a proper 12x optical zoom, along...

By Pocket-lint on 80

Panasonic pitches the Lumix DMC-TZ8 as an ideal travel companion and for many it will be. The combination of creative control through the manual settings, the wide zoom range and HD video capture make it a good all-rounder. The performance and image...