Just bought a new budget compact digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix LZ8. Firstly the budget price, I got it for less than USD100 and with it came a Panasonic 2GB SD card and a Lumix pouch.
So what is it like out of the box? For one, I was in no rush to open it up and in between work, I decided to have a look inside. The box may be small, but it contain a pair of Panasonic AA batteries, a short strap, 2 CDs, a manual, a warranty card, an AV cable and a USB cable.
Oh, and of course the digital camera itself.
What is noticeable from the very beginning is the L of Leica who supplied the lens for the camera. The other differentiating factor in the look is the dial on the top of the camera.
Yes, it has A/S/M mode which is for Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual mode! For a budget camera, having these features (although probably electronic instead of real shutter) is something different. One question that was asked was, “where is the Auto mode?”. On this camera, it is the “iA” mode, which stands for Intelligent Auto (I wonder why Auto is not intelligent enough).
Along with the camera, I also got the Panasonic 2GB SD card.
The battery compartment.
The SD card slot.
Some specifications of the camera.
- 5x Optical Zoom (about 31-156mm 35mm equivalent)
- 8.1 Mega Pixels
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- Aperture, Shutter and Manual priority settings
- 3 metering modes
- various flash modes
- macro mode
- video capable
I guess those specifications are not that important and what’s important is the usability of it. Anyway, from first impressions, this camera ROCKS! (for it’s price range that is :P ). One minor issue is that the zoom ring around the shutter release is quite flimsy.
More review on the manual mode later.