I remember an old greeting card a friend gave me when we were younger. The greeting said, “Life is nothing but a series of meaningful moments. Make each one count.” Sadly, moments can be fleeting, and unless you have the Panasonic GX8 with you, they can be quickly forgotten as well.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 will help you record life’s most important moments. You will love this camera the moment you lay eyes on it and then like it more as you spend time together. Indeed, you will find yourself wanting to share every moment of your life with the Panasonic GX8.
Introducing the Panasonic GX8
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a micro four thirds camera that has interchangeable lens. MFT cameras are usually smaller and thinner than typical DSLRs. This mirrorless camera replaces the Panasonic GX7. It retains some of the best features of the GX7 but adds a lot of improvements to make it worth your while to switch from its predecessors. Additionally, it delivers high image quality.
You can use a wide variety of LUMIX G lenses with the Panasonic GX8, including 12-35mm f/2.8, 14-42mm, and 14-140mm lenses. Most of these lenses are compatible with the dual image stabilization feature offered by the camera.
Panasonic GX8: design
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 might be an MFT mirrorless camera, but it is bulkier and heftier than other micro four thirds. This camera measures 5.24 inches by 3.07 inches by 2.48 inches.
Still, the Panasonic GX8 feels very solid when you hold it. However, this camera does not have a big grip. If you attach a big lens to the Panasonic GX8, you will probably have problems keeping the camera stable. It might also get uncomfortable even for just a short time.
Overall, you will love just how premium it looks. It has a retro look that you see on older point-and-shoot models. Further, you have a choice between a two-toned silver and black model or the all-black variant.
The manufacturer included the usual knobs, dials, and buttons onto the Panasonic GX8’s body. These elements are placed where you will expect them to be located. For instance, the hot shoe, the mode and exposure comp dials, and the power switch. Lastly, this camera is environmentally sealed, which means that it is resistant to both dust and water.
Features and specifications
What features can you expect from the Panasonic GX8?
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 uses a four-thirds N-type metal-oxide-semiconductor sensor that delivers an effective 20.3 megapixels. It can give you images with maximum resolutions of 5,184 by 3,388 pixels. It works with the Venus Engine to guarantee the best rendering of your photos, without too much noise even at higher ISOs.
Dual IS feature
Image stabilization on the Panasonic GX8 has two mechanisms. First, it reduces the shake when the sensor moves. Then it uses the optical stabilization mechanism of whatever lens you use. The dual IS feature takes care of shake coming from any direction.
Capture the perfect moment, without the frustration
If you are into sports photography, then you will be very familiar with the disappointment of not being able to capture the right moment. Instead of getting a photo of a spiker gunning for the volleyball, you get shots of the ball already on the ground. The Panasonic GX8 hopes to solve this you 4K Photo.
With this feature, the camera will record a short clip of the action. You can then extract still images from this clip, much like getting a screenshot of from a video on your phone. Each image can have resolutions of up to eight megapixels. The best thing about this feature is that you can do all of these in the camera, mostly just slightly dragging your finger across the touchscreen.
The Post Focus feature on the Panasonic GX8 allows you to focus on a particular area of a frame. To utilize this feature, you have to capture a video and then tap on an area that you want to focus using the touch display found at the rear part of the camera. After choosing, the Panasonic GX8 will work its magic and give you a frame where your selected area stands out.
You can then save this particular screen. Like the 4K Photo feature, this one is a useful feature that allows you to take shots with a different focus without hassles. You do not even have to tinker with the settings to do this.
The Panasonic GX8 has 13 assignable buttons that allow you to assign a specific function to each. This way, you can customize the camera to work how you want it to, with one-touch access to your favorite features.
Display and viewfinder
One of the distinguishing features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the tilting electronic viewfinder. The large OLED viewfinder allows you to compose your shots better, while also offering 0.77x magnification. The 2.36-megapixel viewfinder also features a high refresh rate, bright and crisp colors, and high resolution.
The EVF is not the only way to view your images on the camera. The Panasonic GX8 also has a rotating rear screen that opens to the side. You can rotate the 3-inch touch display by 270 degrees.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 delivers ISOs ranging from 200 to 25,600 and gives you five white balance presets with another four customized settings. It also uses RAW and JPEG as file formats for its images, while videos are saved as MPEG-4 or AVCHD files. Further, you can select from ten autofocus modes, including Contrast Detect, center, touch, and face detection. You have 49 focus points and up to 4x digital zoom.
The Panasonic GX8 can also give you 10 frames per second in burst mode. Connectivity options for this camera include USB, micro-HDMI, a microphone port, Wi-Fi, and remote control. Lastly, the Panasonic GX8 uses lithium-ion batteries that give you 330 shots per charge.
How We Reviewed
To write this review, we checked out the product’s marketing page, which also included its list of specifications. We also checked out the reviews and opinions of notable photography and technology blogs such as CNET.
A similar process was conducted for the competitors of the Panasonic GX8 featured here.
Alternatives to the Panasonic GX8
There are a lot of cameras that compete with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8. How does it compare to the Canon EOS M50, Fujifilm X-A5, and the Sony a7R III?
Canon EOS M50
The Canon EOS M50 features a dual pixel CMOS autofocus that promises accurate and fast AF so that you can get the photos you want at the right moment. With a 24.1-megapixel sensor, this camera works with the DIGIC 8 processor to give you great images with vibrant colors and stunning details.
The camera comes with a multiple angle touchscreen LCD that can tilt to provide you with the best viewing angles. This feature is particularly useful for low- and high-angle shooting.
Apart from the LCD, there is also an electronic viewfinder that has 2.36 million dots to help you compose your shots better. Other features you will like about the Canon EOS M50 includes the automatic image transfer and the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity.
The Fujifilm X-A5 is a mirrorless digital camera that features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. This sensor can accurately recognize a scene, allowing it to adjust the settings accordingly. The Fujifilm X-A5 also includes the XC15 45mm F3.5 – 5.6 zoom lens.
There is also Bluetooth technology that enables you to easily transfer images and videos from the camera to your phone. Further, you have a big LCD monitor that can rotate by 180 degrees. It also comes with a battery that gives you up to 450 shots before needing a recharge.
For those who put a premium on the looks of their cameras, they will be pleased with the Fujifilm X-A5. This camera uses both aluminum and leather for its body. It also comes in three different colors: brown, pink, and black.
Sony a7R III
The Sony a7R III is a mirrorless camera that has a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor. This camera can capture videos and images even with high-speed or moving subjects. It can give you 10 frames per second with accurate auto exposure and autofocus.
The Sony a7R III uses a back-illuminated EXMOR R CMOS sensor that collects light efficiently. This sensor works with the BIONZ X image processing engine that can deliver up to 1.8x more speed compared to other processors. Further, this camera provides outstanding 4K videos, up to ISO 32000, and several features that help you capture great images no matter what situation you are in.
Comparing the Panasonic GX8 to its competitors
When it comes to looks, the Panasonic GX8 looks rather similar to the retro, two-tone design of the Fujifilm X-A5. However, the X-A5 attracts people that are okay with the not so stellar video quality it has.
For those who are looking for a better set of specs and faster performance, they can consider the Sony a7R III. The Sony camera beats the Panasonic GX8 in most aspects, including a broader range of ISO sensitivity, image, and video quality, and a 42.4-megapixel sensor. However, you can easily buy three GX8s with the a7R III’s pricing.
The Canon EOS M50, on the other hand, has slightly lower pricing than the Panasonic GX8 but comes with a better sensor.
Panasonic GX8 Pros and Cons
The Panasonic GX8’s performance is excellent with fast start-up times. It also has high refresh rates for both the electronic viewfinder and the touch LCD. It also does a rather good job when it comes to shooting continuously.
That is just on top of the features and functionalities it offers for both video and still images. The GX8 also looks good with its magnesium alloy body and diecast frames. It is also tightly weather sealed, so go ahead and take photos in the rain.
What can be better
The Panasonic GX8 does not have a big grip to make it more comfortable to use this camera. If you use this for a pictorial with big lenses attached, you might find your arms sore after an hour. The camera also does not have a built-in flash, and the base kit does not include an external flash in the box.
Battery life is also dismal; the Panasonic GX8 only gives you 330 shots before needing a recharge. This short battery life is made even more inconvenient than the Panasonic GX8 does not allow USB charging. You will need to take out the battery and then pop it into the external charger.
The Panasonic GX8 is an excellent camera that offers a lot of unique features. A mirrorless MFT camera that is ergonomic and features a tilting viewfinder. It also has an excellent set of features for both video and still photography. This camera is excellent for all-around work, which makes it perfect for street photography and those who want to shoot 4K videos.
However, it does has a small issue with the shutter. Any physical movement of the mechanical shutter adds a soft blur to your images. There is also a design flaw that prevents you from rotating the screen when you have an external microphone plugged in. Lastly, you will need to buy an external flash because the Panasonic GX8 does not have one and battery life could be better.
Nevertheless, the Panasonic GX8 remains an excellent choice if you are looking for a good camera that has some unique features.
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