LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic ZS8 has a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
ZS8 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic ZS8 can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec
Unfortunately ZS8 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic ZS8 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 11 points to choose from.
With Panasonic ZS8, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and MPEG-4 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
ZS8 has a built-in Stereo microphone but no speaker.
Panasonic ZS8 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 or Olympus Stylus SH-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect ZS8 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Panasonic ZS8 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 340 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Panasonic ZS8 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic ZS8 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Panasonic ZS8 Features Compared to Main Competitors