Panasonic unleashed a blizzard of nine cameras today, and top of the list was the DMC-FZ8, a 7.2-megapixel super zoom with a 12x optical Leica lens on the front and a 2.5-inch viewscreen in the back. Holding things steady with that long lens is a Panasonic's optical image stabilizer. We're especially attracted to that suave-looking matte finish on this handsome shooter.

Panasonic aims to bridge the gap between digital SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras with this DMC-FZ8, a step up from its DMC-FZ7 predecessor which had a mere 6 megapixels. More good news is its $350 price, $50 less than its predecessor. It's a lot of camera for 350 bucks.


Panasonic's DMC-FZ8 [Digital Photography Review]

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