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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
With a resolution of 7 Megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 has more than enough picture information to guarantee good prints in poster format. Although its memory has been increased from 16 to 27MB storage capacity, it is not enough to provide serious storage. The resolution of 7 Megapixels is not extremely large, but you should reckon with just under 4MB per picture. Assuming approximately100 pictures, I would advise you to buy at least 512MB, but preferably 1GB storage capacity. The compartment for the memory card is underneath the camera. The Panasonic Lumix FZ7 uses the SD format, but also supports SDHC as well as Secure Digital. SDHC stands for Secure Digital High Capacity and provides at least 4GB of storage capacity, which could in theory be extended to 32GB.
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Panasonic Lumix FZ8 - SD & SDHC memory card
It is almost impossible to imagine a compact camera without a Secure Digital card. Despite this, some models still use another format of memory cards. Panasonic was one of the first manufacturers to use Secure Digital so it's only logical that this is the only format they use. Now that SDHC is available, it won't be long before they support it. The storage capacity of the Secure Digital memory card varies from 16MB to 2GB, the storage capacity of the SDHC card varies from 4GB to 8GB, but is expected to grow to 12, 16GB and more in a short period of time.

Considering 1GB storage capacity:
Resolution 3072 x 2304 pixels - RAW - 4:3 mode - 58 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 2304 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 270 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 2304 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 540 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 390 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 770 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 600 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1180 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 970 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1880 pictures
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 1470 pictures
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 2740 pictures
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 4640 pictures
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 7550 pictures

Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels - RAW - 3:2 mode - 65 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 3:2 mode - 300 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 3:2 mode - 600 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 3:2 mode - 680 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1360 - JPEG - Normal - 3:2 mode - 1310 pictures

Resolution 3072 x 1728 pixels - RAW - 16:9 mode - 77 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 1728 pixels - JPEG - 16:9 mode - 360 pictures
Resolution 3072 x 1728 pixels - JPEG - 16:9 mode - 710 pictures
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG - 16:9 mode - 910 pictures
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG - 16:9 mode - 1720 pictures

Video resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 9 min 20 sec
Video resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 10fps - 28 min 10 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 11 min
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 10fps - 32 min 50 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 32 min 50 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 10fps - 60 min 15 sec
Panasonic FZ8 - SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
During the practical test, I used the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 Mega zoom camera in combination with a special type of Secure Digital memory card; de SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. It has the format of a SD card, but with a unique feature: if you remove the card from the camera and snap it through the middle it reveals a USB interface. You can then stick the card in a free USB interface for access to the saved photo or video pictures. You don't need any cables or card reader. You don't even need the camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8 - USB 2.0 Full Speed interface
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 has a USB 2.0 Full Speed interface with which you can transfer pictures at high speed. Panasonic could have chosen a Hi-Speed connection, but seems to think that users will be satisfied with a Full Speed connection. The speed is acceptable, but it would have been nice if the camera had had a USB Hi-Speed, something which should be part of the standard equipment.

Panasonic DMC FZ8 - CGR S006E 7.2V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery
Power comes from a Panasonic CGR S006E 7.2V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery, which is recharged via the charger that comes with the camera. It takes approximately two hours to recharge the battery completely. Despite the fact an LCD display is always active either via the electronic viewfinder or the 2.5-inch LCD screen, this digital camera does not use much energy. The tiny battery gives a lot of energy and the energy saving measures taken by Panasonic produce approximately 380 pictures (measured according to the CIPA standard). If you want to take a lot of photographs at one time and will not have the opportunity to recharge, you will need to buy an extra battery. If not, the battery supplied with the camera should be adequate.
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