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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

PROS CONS
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
Calibratable LCD
Highly customizable
Mostly sturdy build
ExcellentExcellent 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


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/16000-60s
4-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 3.5-Stop ImprovementFull 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 sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
WeatherproofStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
8 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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