Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Review
Where the FZ7 saw a fairly major redesign of the FZ5, the new camera is externally almost identical to its predecessor, with a few new chrome accents (around the lens and on the mode dial) and the larger electronic viewfinder eyepiece the only visible changes. Not that I'm complaining; the FZ7 was a very handsome camera, and one that did an excellent job of recreating the handling and control of an SLR in a very compact package.
In your hand
The small size doesn't harm the FZ8's handling one bit. Quite the opposite in fact; the camera feels stable, safe and solid, and operation of the main controls (zoom and shutter release) is very easy. The excellent handling - along with the image stabilization - means the FZ8 feels perfectly safe to use with one hand. It is very well balanced and not too heavy (though inevitably you'll get less camera shake if you support the right side of the camera with your 'spare' hand).
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