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Lumix DMC-GX8 Review


By Allyson W | 25/11/2016 08:07:05

The Lumix DMC-GX8 is the Panasonic's flagship camera with the Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens, and it is the replacement to the popular GX7. The camera shares some similarities such as the rangefinder-styled body and the tilting electronic viewfinder with its predecessor, and the majority of the features and specs are dramatically improved. The camera became the first camera to leave the world of 16 Megapixel sensors behind and move to 20MP. The increase in the resolution allows the Lumix GX8 to be closer in spec to other ILCs with 24MP sensors.

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

Design of the DMC-GX8

The GX8 camera has a metallic body and a magnesium alloy frame, and the camera is much heavier than its predecessor, which bring it closer in weight and size to Fujifilm's X-Pro2. The build quality has increased, and the camera is now dust and splash resistant. The tilting EVF remains as we said earlier but now it's larger, and it uses OLED rather than the LCD technology. Panasonic replaces the tilting rear LCD on the GX7 with a fully articulating OLED screen on the GX8. There's now a direct control on the camera's top plate, and few dials have been included.

The GX8 have four dials on the top plate. The main mode dial, the exposure dial, and two electronic control dials. Some of the buttons on the rear the camera are quite small, but the dial layout is sensible and feels good.

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

FEATURES

The Lumix GX8 camera offers some features that none of the mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Olympus PEN-F cameras can compete with.

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

Dual IS

Dual IS is another new useful feature on the GX8. The camera already has inbuilt sensor-shift IS and, when any selected stabilized lenses are attached, the two systems will combine for a better shake reduction. Panasonic claims that the camera has a 3.5x improvement at wide-angle and 1.5x better at telephoto when compared to the GX7 which relied only on its less advanced IS system.

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

4k VIDEO/PHOTO

The GX8 has also gained the 4K video capture support that beats the DMC-G7 in terms of features, but it is not as strong as the GH4. The 4K support also covers to snapshots through the camera's 4K Photo Mode.

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

QUALITY

Regarding image quality, the GX8 is among the best micro four thirds camera you can find out there right now for video. When shooting 4K video you will have a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution for moving pictures at 30 frames per second; now that is awesome.

THE GOOD

  • Outstanding speed
  • All-inclusive controls
  • Price
  • Weather Seal

THE BAD

  • Weighty
  • Stills not as good as they could be

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

CONCLUSION

The compact camera autofocus system is very fast and accurate. The in-body image stabilizer works perfectly to keep both photo and video sharp. The way it handled low-light environment was amazing. It is a camera with interchangeable lenses, giving the device much of the versatility of a pro-level DSLRs, but in a much more compact body.

With its weather sealed body, great 4k video and its price this is not a bad camera and its, actually, one that we can state for the record to be rather great! As an all-round camera it will do the job, and does it to the same level as a much more expensive cameras in many cases fail to do!

Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

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