These days, digital cameras are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and they boast a ton of handy features. Whether you’re shopping for your first digital camera, you may have a hard time deciding which functions will really make a difference for you, and which are just nice perks you won’t use day-to-day.

Thankfully, the Panasonic LZ8 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera, with its great set of features, is here to make that decision easier for you.

Capture the Perfect Shot with Scene Modes

Not long ago it would have been hard to imagine a user-friendly and affordable digital camera packed with features that professional photographers envy, such as wide-angle Leica lenses, and manual controls. However, Panasonic’s commitment to research and innovation, and dedication in providing their consumers with the technologies they need to take professional-quality images resulted in an extraordinary feat.

 Panasonic LZ8 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera Meet the LZ8 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. This digital camera is 2.44″ high, 3.84″ wide and 1.31″ deep and weighs around 0.31lbs. It supports an image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and an 848 x 480 movie resolution.

To provide digital photographers with added creative elements and performance, the Panasonic LZ8 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera sports manual control over aperture and shutter speed, thanks to the camera’s newly-adopted iris. When shooting manually, users can choose from three modes: A-aperture priority, S-shutter speed priority and M-manual and enjoy added control and creativity normally reserved for higher end models. Also new to the LZ-Series is the Advanced Scene Mode, a feature that gives consumers manual control using some of the frequently-used scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Landscape and Night portrait.

With an optical zoom of 5x, the camera’s lens contains multiple elements that move in or out in relation to one another, creating a magnification factor. For digital zoom, the processor in the camera takes the image from the lens, and uses algorithms to interpret what the image through the lens would look like at a higher magnification for Panasonic LZ8 model. While in Advanced Scene Mode, when selecting the Portrait or Sports mode, the consumer is presented with additional settings such as the option to choose outdoor or indoor attributes. When selecting Landscape mode, there are options to specify if the shot is nature or architecture. For budding photographers who desire even more artistic freedom, they can choose Creative mode, which adds more manual controls over aperture or a shutter speed.

For consumers not quite ready for complete manual control, the LZ8 also features Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode, which is comprised of five distinct technologies designed to provide users with intuitive and automatic camera adjustments. These five distinct technologies featured for Intelligent Auto Mode are the following: Mega OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image; Intelligent ISO determines if the photo subject is moving and changes the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo; Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and automatically selects the appropriate scene mode from. Face Detection detects up to 15 faces anywhere in the frame, even if they are moving, and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp; and Quick AF (Auto-Focus) focuses on the subject by just pointing the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

The LZ8 camera also features new 230,000-dot high-resolution LCDs, complete with the new Intelligent LCD. The 2.5-inch LCD screens detect the lighting condition and controls the brightness level to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether it’s dark or bright, indoors or outdoors. This camera also includes the popular High Angle mode which makes the LCD screen easy to view when held high, to shoot over a crowd or a tall object.

The Panasonic LZ8 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is perfect for consumers who expect a digital camera that blends power, performance and quality, helping them to maximize their digital photography experience. With the LZ8′s 32mm wide-angle lens, consumers can capture larger group photos and expansive scenic shots.

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Contributed by Joseph Espirida, Product Reviewer