As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless, compacts, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ28 and the Lumix DMC-LX3) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S1600 and the FinePix S8600)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), has a slightly shorter battery life (380 shots vs 470 shots) and is older (january 2007 vs february 2010).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
1 year newer
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 36 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and DMC-FZ8

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×89 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Very light: 417 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 3.1"

Fujifilm FinePix S1600

Fujifilm FinePix S1600
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the S1600 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S1600 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the S1600 and DMC-FZ8

  • Very small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Very light: 337 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 3.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
1 year older
$556

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ7 and DMC-FZ8

  • Very small: Standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Very light: 340 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ8

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 380 shots
  • Light weight: 528 g vs 340 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 470 shots vs 380 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ8

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 380 shots
  • Very light: 367 g vs 340 g

Fujifilm FinePix S8600

Fujifilm FinePix S8600
7 years newer
$338

Significant advantages of the S8600 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 207k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S8600 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the S8600 and DMC-FZ8

  • Very small: Standard size (121×81×65 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 380 shots
  • Very light: 450 g vs 340 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is significantly less expensive ($456.98 vs $2,041.61), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 1,229k dots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
1 year newer
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and DMC-FZ8

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 380 shots vs 380 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
5 years newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 207k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-FZ8

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 380 shots

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
3 years newer
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 207k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the G12 and DMC-FZ8

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 380 shots
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (380 shots vs 270 shots) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 15.8 MP).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
4 years newer
$795 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and DMC-FZ8

  • Light weight: 336 g vs 340 g
  • Inexpensive: $795.00 vs $456.98
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3
6 years newer
$199 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 207k dots

Significant disadvantages of the J3 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the J3 and DMC-FZ8

  • Light weight: 224 g vs 340 g
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $456.98
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2007 vs january 2006), has a viewfinder (digital vs none), has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1448 of a second) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), is much larger (standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs compact (103×55×25 mm)), is thicker (3.1" vs 1"), is much heavier (340 g vs 170 g) and is slightly more expensive ($456.98 vs $274.99).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07
6 months older
$275

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX07 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX07 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-FX07 and DMC-FZ8

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-LS2 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×54×31 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 3.1"
  • Much lighter: 188 g vs 340 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LS2 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-LS2 and DMC-FZ8

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Kodak EasyShare V1003

Kodak EasyShare V1003
similar age

Significant advantages of the V1003 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×55×25 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.1"
  • Much lighter: 185 g vs 340 g

Significant disadvantages of the V1003 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the V1003 and DMC-FZ8

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 30 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs compact (103×57×27 mm)) and is older (january 2007 vs february 2010).

Nikon Coolpix S8000

Nikon Coolpix S8000
3 years newer
$403

Significant advantages of the S8000 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much better wide angle: 30 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 207k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S8000 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S8000 and DMC-FZ8

  • Inexpensive: $402.71 vs $456.98

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX120 IS (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SX120 IS (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX120 IS and DMC-FZ8

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs professional size (133×100×80 mm)), is slightly lighter (340 g vs 570 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
3 years newer
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ8

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 207k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ8)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the T3i and DMC-FZ8

  • None found