Inputs and Outputs Notes
The DMC-ZS8 records
images onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or onto SD, SDHC,
and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is compatible with
SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC
cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Pictures may be
copied between cards and the built-in memory if desired.
Lens: This camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Its
4.3-68.8mm focal length is
equivalent to 24mm to 384mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance
depends upon the shooting mode:
|P / A / S / M
||1.64' to infinity
||6.57' to infinity
|Macro, Intelligent Auto, Motion Picture
||1.2" to infinity
||6.57' to infinity
||Varies with the selected scene modes
Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 24-384mm focal length of
the lens gives it an optical zoom of 16x. The camera's
extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 33.8x, depending upon the
picture size. In addition, the digital zoom
extends the focal length by another 4x.
Intelligent Zoom (i.Zoom): The camera's Intelligent Zoom
uses super resolution technology to extend the optical zoom ratio by
approximately 1.3x while maintaining the original image quality.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/2.33" CCD image sensor with approximately
14.5-million total pixels and 14.1-million effective pixels.
Image Recording Format:
The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1
aspect ratios. The camera can also record HD and SD movies in QuickTime Motion JPEG in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio at 30 frames
per second. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and
4320 x 3240
3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
640 x 480
4320 x 2880
3648 x 2432
3072 x 2048
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
640 x 424
4320 x 2432
3648 x 2056
3072 x 1728
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
640 x 360
3232 x 3232
2736 x 2736
2304 x 2304
1920 x 1920
1536 X 1536
480 x 480
1280 x 720 (16:9)
640 x 480 (4:3)
320 x 240 (4:3)
Optical Image Stabilizer:
The Optical Image Stabilizer helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement
that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots.
Battery: The ZS8 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
(DMW-BCG10PP). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 170 minutes of
recording time, or about 340 images. Playback time
using the LCD monitor is approximately 300 minutes. The battery takes
approximately 130 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A65B battery
Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the
camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5PP AC
adapter, along with the DMW-DCC5 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot
be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if
you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or
playing back photos in a slide show.
LCD Monitor: The DMC-ZS8 has a 3" TFT color LCD
monitor featuring approximately 230,400 dots. It has approximately 100% field
Flash: The ZS8 has a built-in flash with a range of
1.97' to 16.4' (W) and 3.28' to 9.18' (T). Available flash modes
- Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording
conditions make it necessary.
- Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main
flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
- Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of
the recording conditions.
- Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every
time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Same as Slow Sync, but with
pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the
menu, the ZS8 allows
you to choose from the following shooting modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made
automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the
following: i-Portrait, i-Baby, i-Scenery, i-Night Portrait, i-Night Scenery, i-Macro, or i-Sunset.
- Program AE Mode: You can use the recording menu to
change settings and set up your own recording environment.
- Aperture-Priority Mode: You can control the range of
focus (depth of field) by setting the aperture. The shutter speed is
automatically adjusted to be appropriate for the set aperture value.
- Shutter-Priority Mode: You can control the shutter
speed, while the aperture is automatically adjusted to be appropriate for
the set shutter speed.
- Manual Exposure Mode: You can set any aperture value
and shutter speed when automatic exposure adjustment prevents you from
recording at the desired exposure. Long exposures of up to 60 seconds is
- Custom Mode: You can register up to 3 recording modes
and menu settings so you can quickly switch to those settings when desired.
- My Scene Mode: You can save any two frequently-used
scene modes in MS1 and MS2 for quick access.
- Scene Mode: You can select from different scene modes
using the menu. Available Scene Modes include:
- Portrait: allows you
to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust
the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject
- Soft Skin: use for taking pictures of people outdoors
during the daytime; enables the texture of their skin to appear even softer
than with Portrait mode
- Transform: changes the appearance of the subject to
improve skin appearance
- Self Portrait: setting for taking pictures of yourself
- Scenery: allows you to
take a picture of a wide landscape
- Panorama Assist: You can take pictures with
connections suitable for creating panorama images
- Sports: allows you to
take pictures of a fast moving subject or sports scenes
- Night Portrait: The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by
using the flash and the slow shutter speed; use of a tripod recommended
- Night Scenery: for taking vivid pictures of a landscape
at night; use of a tripod recommended
- Food: for taking pictures of food with a natural hue without
being affected by the ambient light in restaurants, etc.
- Party: allows you to
take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a
banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly. The shutter speed or the exposure is
automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.
- Candlelight: brings out the atmosphere of a candlelit
- Baby1/Baby2: two selectable settings for taking pictures of a
baby; you can use text stamp to show baby's name, birthday, or age
- Pet: for photographing your pet; you can use text stamp
to show pet's name or age
- Sunset: for taking pictures of a sunset (red colors
- High Sensitivity: prevents blurring of subject in dark,
- Hi-speed Burst: takes pictures of rapid movement or a
- Flash Burst: enables continuous recording in dim
- Starry Sky: takes clear pictures of starry skies or
dark subjects (shutter speed can be set to 15, 30, or 60 seconds)
- Fireworks: takes clear pictures of fireworks in the
- Beach: brings out the clear blues of the sky and sea
without darkening subject
- Snow: brings out the natural color of snow in ski slope
and mountain scenes
- Aerial Photo: takes pictures of the view from aircraft
- Pin Hole: Picture is taken darker and with soft
focus around the subjects
- Film Grain: produces black and white pictures with
- High Dynamic: Records pictures with bright and dark
regions of the scene expressed with suitable brightness when looking
into the sun, at night, or in similar circumstances.
- Photo Frame: superimposes a frame over the image
- Underwater: For taking pictures underwater (the DMW-MCTZ10
marine case, sold separately, is required)
- Motion Picture Mode: Enables motion picture recording
with audio. Zoom can be used during recording.
Self Timer: The self timer is
useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still
images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds.
You can also use the self timer in Burst mode to take 3 pictures after the delay
and in Flash Burst mode to take 5 pictures.
Exposure Compensation: If you
are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to
correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set
the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.
Auto Bracket: In the Auto Bracket mode, 3 pictures are taken
with different exposures, allowing you to select the picture with the desired
exposure. You can set the exposure compensation from -1 EV to +1 EV in 1/3-step
Burst Modes: Pictures are taken continuously while the
shutter button is pressed. In Normal Burst mode, approximately 1.9 pictures per
second are taken, up to a maximum of 3 in fine and 5 in standard picture quality. In the Hi-speed Burst
(Scene) Mode, pictures are recorded at
approximately 5.5 pictures per second (image priority) or 10 pictures per second
(speed priority). Up to 100 total pictures can be recorded. In the Flash Burst
(Scene) mode up to 5 shots with flash are taken.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance modes:
- Auto: automatically
adjusts the white balance
- Outdoor, Clear Sky: for recording
outdoors on a bright day
- Outdoor, Cloudy Sky: for recording
outdoors under a cloudy sky
- Outdoor, Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
- Incandescent: for recording
under incandescent lighting
- Set Manually: sets the white balance manually on a
- Manual Setting: saves the setting obtained with Manual
ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the
ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark
places. In the Intelligent ISO setting,
the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, in a range up to
1600, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness.
In the Preset ISO mode, you can select 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. In the High
Sensitivity mode, the range is ISO 1600-6400.
The camera has three available metering modes:
||Brightness Measurement Position
||Normal usage (produces balanced pictures)
||Center and surrounding area
||Subject in center
||Center spot and close surrounding area
Great difference between brightness of subject and
background (e.g. person in spotlight on stage, backlighting)
Color Effect: You can use these modes to make your pictures
softer or sharper, or change the colors for a special effect. Some color modes
are only available when shooting in the Intelligent Auto Mode or Normal Picture
Mode. Available color modes include:
- Natural: images become softer
- Vivid: images become sharper
- Standard: the standard color setting
- Happy: images have enhanced brightness and vividness
- B/W: picture becomes black and white
- Sepia: picture becomes sepia
- Cool: picture becomes bluish
- Warm: picture becomes reddish
Auto Focus Mode:
You can choose one of the following AF modes:
- Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face,
adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion
of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
- AF Tracking: Focus can be adjusted to a specified subject, and follow
the subject even if it moves.
- 23-area Focusing: Up to 23 points for each AF area can
be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the
- 1-area Focusing: Camera
focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and
size of AF area can be changed.
- Spot Focusing: The camera focuses on a limited narrow area on the
Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at
a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.
Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording
date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with
the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.
Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion.
You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You
can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.
Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or
enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move
the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.
Auto Review: After an image
is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds
for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1
second, 2 seconds, or Hold.
This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in
cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once
an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image.
Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary
parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.
Auto Power Off: The camera is
automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of
time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10
Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
AV out / Digital:
This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer with the
supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device
using the supplied audio/video cable. TV output is NTSC only.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7): This
software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the
acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and
add effects. Various printing functions are supported.
Operating Environment for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0:
- PC: IBM PC/AT compatible having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or
higher (XP), Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (Vista), Intel Pentium
III 1 GHz or higher (Win 7)
- Operating Systems:
- Windows XP (32-bit): Professional or Home Editions (SP2/SP3)
- Windows Vista (32-bit): Home Basic (SP1/SP2), Home Premium (SP1/SP2),
Business (SP1/SP2), Ultimate (SP1/SP2)
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional,
- Display: High color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more
recommended). Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1280 x 1024
pixels or more recommended)
- Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0c for XP, DirectX 10 for
Vista or Win 7; DirectDraw Overlay support PCI Express x 16 is
recommended; Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended; Direct3D
- RAM: 512 MB or more if using
Windows XP or Vista, 1 GB or more for Windows 7 (32-bit), 2 GB or more
for Windows 7 (64-bit)
- Free Hard Disk Space: Ultra DMA-100 or higher;
450MB or more for installing software
- Other Requirements: CD-ROM drive (required for
installation), Compatible drive and media required for DVD writing,
Windows-compatible sound device, USB Port (Hi-speed USB 2.0), Mouse or other pointing
- Necessary Software: .NET framework 4.0, SQL Server
Compact 3.5, Internet Explorer 6.0 or more, QuickTime Player 7.6.5 or more
QuickTime (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to
playback still pictures with audio and motion pictures (QuickTime Motion JPEG
format) recorded on a digital camera.
- Included as standard in Macintosh OSs.
- For Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000, download "QuickTime 6.5.2 for Windows" from
the Apple website (URL included in manual) and install
- Purchase Apple QuickTime Pro recommended for editing movies created with
Super LoiLoScope 30-day Full Trial Version: Super LoiLoScope
is a video editing software that draws out the full power of your PC. You can
create videos, use your music, picture, and video files to create videos, or
share with your friends via email.
USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:
- Windows Millennium Edition
- Windows 2000 Professional
- Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional
- Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium
- Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate
- Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate
- Mac OS 9.2.2
- Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.6
Estimated Still Image Capacity: The number of recordable pictures
4320 x 3240
2560 x 1920
640 x 480
Estimated Moving Image Capacity: The available recording
1280 x 720
||8 min 10 sec
||16 min 20 sec
640 x 480
||21 min 40 sec
||43 min 10 sec
320 x 240
|2 min 30 sec
||1 hr 2 min
||2 hrs 4 min