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Panasonic Lumix GX8 Review

The Panasonic G series of compact system cameras might be challenging to navigate due to the presence of the G, GM, GF, and GH lines. The GX series is more sophisticated than the GF and GM cameras, and their bodies are rectangular and flatter than those of the G and GH lines, which are shaped similarly to SLRs. The most recent addition to the series, the GX8, is an improvement over its predecessor, the highly popular GX7, which will remain in production for the foreseeable future.

Panasonic is expecting that the GX8 will be as well-liked among photography enthusiasts as the GX7 was, and it gets off to a strong start by including the company’s first sensor of the Four Thirds kind, which has a pixel count that is greater than 16 million. It boasts an effective pixel count of 20.3 million. Panasonic claims that this enables the camera to create the most outstanding image quality possible from any G-series camera, outperforming both the flagship GH4 and the recently announced G7.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Build Quality

As previously stated, the GX8 sports a flatter and more rectangular form than the G7 and the GH4. Despite this, it features a substantial and efficient front grip and a shallow thumb ridge that provides precisely the right amount of hold; However, it wouldn’t hurt for this feature to be a bit more apparent and more ergonomically formed.

On the back of the camera, I find enough room for my thumb to fit, but individuals with larger hands may find that their thumb feels a little confined and may occasionally press the Quick Menu or Display buttons by accident. I see enough space to accommodate my thumb on the back of the camera.

Despite this, the GX8 has a body of magnesium alloy, giving it a more premium feel than the G7. Additionally, it is resistant to dust and splashes, allowing it to be utilized in more challenging environments. The new camera is also visibly more significant than the GX7 in every dimension, although it has a more streamlined appearance and a more substantial front grip than its predecessor.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Performance

Because it includes an electronic viewfinder capable of both reviewing photos and previewing images with the settings applied, looking through the photographs I took with the GX8 did not result in any big surprises. The camera, on the whole, generates colours that are pleasing to the eye and decent exposures.

Because it is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to provide a pixel count of more than 16 million, there is a great deal of curiosity about how much information the GX8 can record and how well it can reduce noise. The good news is that both of these aspects have been improved.

The degree of detail the camera can capture may be pretty remarkable when using the correct lens. At the lowest sensitivity setting, it produced images with the same level of clarity as the 24-megapixel Sony Alpha A6000, and its JPEGs made images with a more comprehensive dynamic range. While it does not have the same nifty trick for enhancing resolution as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, it performs pretty well compared to that camera.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Image Quality

During this evaluation, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 captured photographs of exceptionally high quality. It can produce pictures devoid of noise from ISO 100 to 1600, after which it generates some noise (although very little) from ISO 3200. ISO 6400 makes rather noticeable noise and a loss of fine detail, and although the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 produce considerably more noise, they are still useable for small prints and usage on the web.

The images were a little soft right out of the camera with the default level of sharpening, and they need additional sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively, if you don’t like the default results, you can change the setting in the camera itself. You may quickly and personalize the appearance of the JPEG photographs that the camera captures thanks to the vast number of filters and photo styles included.

Your nighttime shot turned out wonderfully, and the fact that you could use the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowed you to capture a lot of light. We had difficulty distinguishing between the various Intelligent Resolution settings, although the HDR mode and Intelligent D-range were both helpful in bringing out more clarity in the camera’s shadows and highlights.

By simply moving the camera in a sweeping motion, which is made possible by the innovative Panorama mode, you may capture panoramic photos with ease and then, if you so want, apply one of the creative effects to them.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Other resolutions4:3 (3712 x 2784, 2624 x 1968), 3:2 (5184 x 3456, 3712 x 2480, 2624 x 1752, 1824 x 1216), 16:9 (5184 x 2920, 3840 x 2160, 1824 x 1024), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 1968 x 1968, 1712 x 1712)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesDual IS uses sensor and lens-shift (when available)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Panasonic RW2)MPO
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x-4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeOLED
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.54× (0.77× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes100Mbps bit rate for 4k
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired and via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and Dust resistant )
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)487 g (1.07 lb / 17.18 oz)
Dimensions133 x 78 x 63 mm (5.24 x 3.07 x 2.48″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Verdict

The 20-megapixel GX8 boasts some impressive specifications and a sturdy build; moreover, it sports a touchscreen that can be tilted to facilitate more straightforward image creation. The autofocus, metering, and white balance systems all function admirably, and the 4K Photo modes are simple to operate and produce 8MP images of excellent clarity.

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