Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Assessment
Panasonic truly impressed us when they introduced their GX7 and the new GX8 takes it even further with a weatherproof body and improved stabilization that combines both sensor-shift and optical stabilization to maximize efficiency.
The Panasonic GX8 boosts Micro Four-Thirds resolution to a class-leading 20 MP and pairs it with a faster processor that allows it to shoot full-resolution images at 8 FPS and record 4K Ultlra-HD video or continuously record 4K images at 30 FPS.
Image quality from the GX8 is solid, with low image-noise, good retention of details and very reliable metering. Colors, white-balance and dynamic-range are all good too, only falling slightly short of its strongest competitors. The GX8 makes it up for with its very fast and ultra-sensitive Contrast-Detect AF system which operates down to -4 EV.
The feature-set of this mirrorless is exceptional and suitable for the vast majority of photographic needs. With an extended shutter-speed range of 1/16000-60s plus Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes, it can handle fast action and extremely low-light.
|Low image noise until ISO 1600||Some image softness at all ISO|
|Nice image colors after tweaking||Frequent color-cast in low light|
|Impressive metering||Limited dynamic-range|
|Instant shutter-lag with short blackout||Exposure-Priority only in Manual mode|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Extremely sensitive AF||Front function button difficult to use|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed||Flex in LCD hinge|
|Superb EVF||Low battery-life|
|Mostly sturdy build||Excellent Excellent|
Ergonomics are great with every important feature easily accessible, plus an impressive amount of customization. The 2.4 MP tilting 0.44" EVF is fantastic and makes the GX8 truly usable for professionals.
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Panasonic DMC-GX8 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|20 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|4-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 3.5-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.44" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.77X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|8 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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