I love my camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 is small, light, phenomenally easy to use, and has one of the best designed user interfaces I’ve ever seen.
Even though I’m fond of gadgets I still get weary of learning how to use stuff, so I really appreciate that it’s barely been necessary to crack the manual of the DMC-FX8. Instead, the camera’s LCD display shows me exactly what to do, at just the time I need to know it.
I love how small it is, too. It weighs less than 4 ounces and is barely bigger than my cell phone, so I hardly notice the size and weight when I slip it into my pocket or attach it to my belt.
It has features like zoom, burst (several pictures at once), and image stabilization, which makes my photos turn out well even if I shake the camera a bit. It can also take pretty decent videos.
The DMC-FX8 has a rechargeable battery with extremely long life, so I rarely have to think about charging the battery. With the number of battery-operated devices in my life, that’s a nice break.
It takes a very standard SD memory card, which I can take out and insert directly into my computer to transfer the pictures. That’s a very convenient feature, and I would not buy a camera without it again.
At 5 mega pixels the picture quality is plenty good for any work I do. The DMC-FX8 is a couple of years old now, so similar newer models like the DMC-FX01 have even higher resolutions. Check the DMC-FX8′s amazon page for alternative suggestions.
The only con is that there’s no separate viewfinder, so it can be very difficult to see your image in the LCD screen if you’re outside on a bright day. The compact size is worth the trade-off for me.
Mostly this camera just makes it really easy to do the thing I care about most – take decent pictures and transfer them to my computer.
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