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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

by John Smith 213 0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

Get amazing, fascinating and spurious photos with this improved incredible camera from Panasonic. With a DSLR camera, the hole your eye peers through when taking a photo (aka the viewfinder), is basically just like a window – you’re seeing the world as it is in front of you with a mirrorless camera however, you’re looking at a tiny LCD screen, which is showing you a ‘digital projection’ of the world. The is the best choice if you want to shoot stunning travel, street, and stellar Instagram photos. It’s a niche product for a niche audience, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 version of the camera builds on the best-in-class reputation of its predecessor. First introduced on 2015-07-16, the contemporary Panasonic imaging device is still up-to-date and functionally rich and popular among traveling photographers. The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, Panasonic has completely revised the internals, adding the stacked-CMOS 20 megapixels sensor and 3″ Fully Articulated. If you are shooting a basketball game at night, or need to avoid blurry photos while walking around then ISO 25,600 is very useful. The 20 megapixels images it can capture are among the best in its class, as is the available lens ecosystem. Panasonic has a reasonable amount of adapters for many lenses at the time of writing this review and you can mount nearly any lens you can think of. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is equipped with a 100% viewfinder with a magnification of around Electronic and coverage. With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. Multi-angle 3″ LCD screen with a upstanding screen resolution of 1,040k dots and tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down. The display performs well in bright light and is very high-res (1,040k dots dots). High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a feature that attempts to retain detail in scenes with huge differences from dark to light. It works great. Photographers who shoot sports, wildlife or energized toddlers will especially appreciate faster shooting rates, this camera can shoot at 12.0 fps. Precise AF detection is critical to sharply render every pixel of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 massive 20 megapixels resolution count. Additionally, upgraded continuous shooting performance, the camera can record images with the mechanical shutter at just over 12.0 fps with full AF and AE. Being a DSLR, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 can track focus at full speed using its 49-point autofocus system, which uses the same phase-detection module as the previous model. By shooting video with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, photographers as well as filmmakers can take superiority of the productive features native to DSLR cameras.

The camera have built-in Wi-Fi as standard. This means you can connect them to your smartphone, transfer images from a camera to phone, and then use your phone’s mobile data functionality to upload your images to social media after they’ve been taken. Of course, you’ll get the full benefit of 3840 x 2160 video footage only if you have a monitor or TV to view it on. I get about 330 shots per charge, many with the built-in flash, which is excellent. Ironically, the small form factor, flippable screen, and video features should make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 perfect for run-and-gun shooting and vlogging. All Rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras come with at least one SD memory card slot, although an increasing number of high-end models sport two.

Almost every available surface of the body is covered with buttons, dials, and switches. Picture quality is very appealing, with pretty color, massive dynamic range, and good sharpness. Images were generally detailed and razor-sharp, particularly at lower ISO settings, although images do appear a bit softer than some of its competition. On top of this, it also benefits from some retro rangefinder styling, giving it an undoubtedly stylish appearance. Finally, I should also mention that in my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, I found it to be a hugely fun camera to shoot with. In fact, if it works consistently in a wide range of real-world shooting situations (commercial, wedding or wildlife), and with the majority of popular Panasonic glasses, then we think Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 could well be the superior choice. Don't forget to share your views on that.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Specs

General

BrandPanasonic
ModelPanasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Announced2015-07-16
Body TypeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Price$1197.99
Min Boosted ISO100

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score75
DxO Color Depth23.5
DxO Dynamic Range12.6
DxO Low Light ISO806

Sensor

Sensor Resolution20 megapixels
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFour Thirds
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area224.90mm2
Max Image Resolution5184 x 3888
Min Native ISO200
Max Native ISO25,600
RAW Supporttrue

Lens

Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses92
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier
Macro Focus Rangen/a

Viewfinder

ViewfinderElectronic
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolution2,360k dots
Viewfinder Magnification0.77

Screen

Screen TypeFully Articulated
Screen Size3″
Screen Resolution1,040k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screentrue

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed60s
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s
Continuous Shooting12.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashfalse
External Flashtrue
Flash Rangeno built-in flash
Flash ModesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segmenttrue
Averagefalse
Spottrue
Partialfalse
AF-Areafalse
Center Weightedfalse

Autofocus

AF Touchtrue
AF Continuoustrue
AF Singletrue
AF Trackingtrue
AF Selectivetrue
AF Centertrue
AF Multi Areatrue
AF Live Viewtrue
AF Face Detectiontrue
AF Contrast Detectiontrue
AF Phase Detectionfalse
Number of Focus Points49
Number of Cross Focus PointsUnknown

Video Features

Video Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Porttrue
Headphone Portfalse

Connectivity

Wireless ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMItrue

Physical

Weight487g
Physical Dimensions133 x 78 x 63mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery Life330 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse Recordingtrue
Self TimerYes
GPSNone
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots1

Key Features

  • Announced2015-07-16
  • Body TypeRangefinder-style mirrorless
  • Sensor Resolution20 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeFour Thirds
  • Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13 mm
  • Max Native ISO25,600
  • Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting12.0 fps
  • DxO Overall Score75
  • Number of Focus Points49
  • Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
  • Battery Life330 shots