The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 may be the first Micro Four Thirds camera to sport a 20.3-million-pixel sensor, but it has a whole host of other updates too. Andy Westlake takes it for a spin

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

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Pros:

  • + Impressive feature set
  • + Effective in-body image stabilisation
  • + Excellent viewfinder and screen
  • + Great image quality in raw

Cons:

  • - Relatively bulky
  • - Connectors block articulated screen
  • - Uninspiring JPEG colour output
  • - Pedestrian styling

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review

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£1,000.00 (body only)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review – Introduction

At a glance:

  • 20.3MP Live MOS sensor
  • 3in, 1.04-million-dot OLED touchscreen
  • 4K video recording
  • In-body image stabilisation
  • 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF
  • ISO 100-25,600 (extended)
  • Price £1,000 (body only)

Panasonic was the first company to produce a compact system camera in the shape of the Lumix DMC-G1, back in 2008, and since then it has built up an impressive range of Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses. Indeed, it has gone further than any other camera maker in exploiting the possibilities of the mirrorless design, producing models in a wide range of form factors – large or small, SLR-like or rangefinder-style. Indeed, the current line-up offers an unmatched choice, ranging from the compact GF7 and EVF-equipped GM5, via the mid-range G7, through to the large, SLR-style GH4.

The GX8 drops into this range between the GH4 and G7, offering an impressive enthusiast-focused feature set in a rangefinder-style body with a corner-mounted tilting electronic viewfinder. The GX8 replaces the GX7, adding a whole array of updates and refinements, including weather-sealed construction, a fully articulated LCD, extensive physical controls and 4K video recording. With the video recording comes Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode, which enables 30fps burst shooting at 8MP resolution, with a range of tools to help you capture the right moment and choose the perfect frame. This is in addition to full-resolution continuous shooting at 8fps.

GX8-front

The GX8 features a new 20MP sensor and in-body image stabilisation

While this makes the GX8 a hugely capable camera on paper, it’s also a rather large one. It has been beefed up considerably relative to the GX7, and is now closer in size to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or the Fujifilm X-Pro1 than to the GX7 or the Sony Alpha 6000. In many ways this is a good thing: the chunky handgrip makes it comfortable to hold, and the large body has plenty of space for controls. However, the flipside is that it sacrifices some of the potential portability advantage of mirrorless systems.

The GX8 comes in a choice of finishes, either all black or silver/black. Four kit options are available, with street prices of around £1,000 body only; £1,100 with the compact 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom; £1,399 with the 14-140 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS superzoom; and £1,700 with the premium 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS zoom.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review: Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 review: Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMX-GX8 review: Build and handling
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G8 review: In-body/dual IS
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMX-GX8 review: Performance
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 review: Image quality
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review: Verdict
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review: Specifications
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  • RadiantFlowers

    Title needs updating, this is GX8, not G8
    “Panasonic Lumix DMC-G8 review: In-body/dual IS”

  • sam

    Some people for some reason get their kicks out of criticising everything they can’t afford. Such a bitter person hoping a company which is innovating more than most to bring us new features (and profit for themselves of course, they are ‘in business’) loses money on a product is just plain negative. If it’s not something he likes he should just turn the page and move on.

  • entoman

    Cameras just keep getting better and better don’t they!

    Every month one manufacturer or another adds a new innovation or a leap in quality, creating a really competitive market. We’re really spoilt for choice nowadays.

    It’s fantastic to have so many absolutely superb cameras to choose from, with a huge choice of models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuijifilm and Panasonic.

    There quite literally is something that is perfect for everyone.

  • entoman

    I’m a DSLR man, but if I was in the market for a rangefinder-style, interchangeable lens, mirrorless camera, this is most definitely the one I would buy. The specification is excellent, the size is sensible, quality of construction faultless.

    Of course, the major advantage of the 4/3rd system (masses of high quality, lightweight, compact lenses to choose from), is outweighed to a large degree by the limitations of the small sensor (lowish pixel count, noise at high ISO). But, unless you are shooting for publication, it’s probably adequate – and future 4/3rd cameras will undoubtedly overcome many of the current sensor’s limitations. For amateurs it’s a good system to buy into, and can only get better.

  • poopchute

    You clearly haven’t been paying attention, if you think it is unremarkable. And I’m curious, how exactly are they trying to rip off the public?
    I too thought it was a little ugly at first, but it has grown on me. But that doesn’t really matter anyway, does it? It’s just personal opinion. For example, I think Soccer was created so the mentally challenged have something to entertain themselves with. But, that’s just my opinion.

  • Turbofrog

    Nothing remarkable about it except for one of the biggest viewfinders of any camera on the market (FF and MF DSLRs included), one of the most sophisticated image stabilization systems, one of the most sophisticated 4K video implementations, some of the best direct controls and touch-screen UX, full weather sealing, and image quality that competes strongly with other new camera models that cost the same? Nothing remarkable except for all those things?

  • Chris Hawley

    VERY ugly camera, and nothing remarkable about it. Impossible to justify charging £1000 for something this mundane. Hope they lose money on this, trying to rip off the public.