Panasonic Lumix FX8 – good buy

I did a lot of camera (window) shopping recently and found the Panasonic Lumix FX8 a very neat camera. Since I had tried it for several days (at the shop), ‘abuse’ it and do weird stuffs with it, why not recommend it.

The cost here in Penang is less than RM1,300 without the SD card. It comes with lithium-ion battery which can last for a long time.

Some of the selling points of this camera is the O.I.S.

LUMIX model DMC-FX8, a true heir to the world-renowned 5.0-megapixel 3x optical zoom DMC-FX7 with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), with substantially enhanced battery life. The DMC-FX8 boasts high picture quality, large LCD, compactness and stylish design, all those desired for a compact camera. Not only that, FX8 also incorporates the highly commended MEGA O.I.S. while extending the battery life over two time

Full preview at dpreview

I took several shots of my son running around and yet, there was not blurry pictures. Then, I use a quick motion, click the shutter while moving and still, the pictures turn out clear. Most cameras will not yield this result in dimly lighted area (in amber lightings in Gurney Plaza).

The camera is very small and is flat when the zoom is retracted. It comes with a nice leather casing too.

The other thing about the camera is the wide range of scenes mode which is easily accessible by turning the dial. This will definitely helps newbies as the camera is programme to take photos of babies, sceneries, foods, etc etc.

So, if you are looking for a good, compact camera, check out Panasonic Lumix FX8. I almost bought it but opted for a DSLR instead. I did make a comparison with cameras of the same price range from Nikon, Fuji Finepix and Canon.

Gurney Plaza is having a camera carnival sale next week. If you are shopping for a camera, do check out Nepmatic on the 3rd floor in Gurney Plaza, Penang. They are located next to Artist Gallery music store. I had been to several shops from Penang Road, Jalan Burmah and a few shopping malls. So far, Nepmatic price is still reasonable and the salespersons are all well versed with their products. They will tell you about the latest products, which brands have technical recall (faulty CCDs etc) and knowledgeable in photography.


A purple flower on a broken cement step. Bigger pic here. I am still experimenting with my new DSLR camera, these figures are still very puzzling to me.

Camera: Konica Minolta DYNAX 5D

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)

Aperture: f/5.6

Focal Length: 70 mm

ISO Speed: 400

Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV

I think I use the wrong ISO and that’s why the photo is too bright. Any advice?

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

11 thoughts on “Panasonic Lumix FX8 – good buy


    (December 17, 2005 - 10:58 am)

    Depending on the ambient light ISO 400 would normally only be used for “stop action” shots ie: moving subject. For still life usually an ISO of 50-200 is a much better choice. The lower the ISO the less “noise” and a truer colour (if a little dark), although colour reproduction can be a trait of the particular camera.
    Sometimes without a shot being “set up” a compromise has to be reached.
    A Friend of mine bought a 5D and is having trouble with all his shots looking “soft” or very,very lightly, out of focus, your first couple of shots (pasta) looked a little that way but the flower on step seems very crisp.
    Well done. Hope the new camera brings you much joy. (And a merry Christmas to you and your family)


    (December 18, 2005 - 3:19 am)

    Hi Tom!
    Thanks for the tips. After looking back at my whole folder, I know why the ISO is 400. I was taking photos of my sons skateboarding at dusk. Then, I forget to change back from sports mode to normal. Hahaha, I am using the pre-programme knobs.

    Unlike the Z3, D5 has no macro mode. I have to use the telephoto (70mm) macro and adjust accordingly. So, it is a little tricky to take macro shots.

    Back to the drawing board….of praticising and practicising. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

    Wu Ching

    (December 18, 2005 - 7:29 am)

    lilian i’m gonna scream if i see another post on your new dynax 5d! you know i want it but you are teasing me! arrgghh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    (December 18, 2005 - 11:59 am)

    I’ve been playing with my SLR camera for a bout 6 months.. here’s what I understand about softness…

    Cheap lens that comes with the camera are well.. cheap. they are pretty good at f5.6 (appeture settings) and above @ 24mm (i think). If you put it “wide-open” @ f3.5 @ 18mm your picture will turn out to be very soft. Another thing that I’ve notice on my cheap camera lens was no matter what seetings I’ve put at 55mm the image is still very soft.

    Another thing you have to learn is depth of field in DSLR. Bigger appeture (i.e. f3.5 @ 18mm) will give you smalled DOF range. However if you put your appeture to f8 or f16, you’ll find that more area of the photo will be in focus. This webpage would help you out more on this topic.. 🙂

    That’s why I’ve bought the sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lense (probably cost 1800 ringgit in malaysia). its pretty sharp @ 24mm @ f2.8 but its best when i set it to f4 @ any focal lenght.

    Anyway have fun.. there’s lots of things to learn from the camera.. 🙂

    btw.. Tom.. Canon 5D? or lilian’s D5?


    (December 18, 2005 - 4:43 pm)

    Rodney – Good site but now I am into cofusion state of mind. LOL. The more I read, the more I know I don’t know. There is a sigma lense here, zoom up to 200mm (?) at RM850. Right now, mine is 18-70mm. The Nikon D50 only up to 55mm. Puzzling. Talking about DOF, I actually like blurry sides! I guess I am aiming for the wrong results.

    Wuching – Be a good boy and hopefully Santa brings you one.


    (December 18, 2005 - 11:08 pm)

    Lol.. well take time to learn the SLR. Took me me a while to understand what apeture, ISO, Deapth of Field, focusing, lighting and shutter speed does. I’m still learning.. I’ll post up some pics around Perth during christmas.. Would be a good practise for me.. I’m still sucky at composition… so should be fun.. 🙂


    (December 19, 2005 - 11:01 pm)

    Lilians camera is a Konica Minolta 5D.
    I do not know of a Konica Minolta D5?

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