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: Features

GX8 mount

The Micro Four Thirds mount accepts a wide range of lenses

In typical Panasonic fashion, the GX8 is so well featured that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Its new 20.3-million-pixel sensor offers a standard sensitivity range of ISO 200-25,600, with an extended ISO 100 also available at the cost of possible highlight clipping. The conventional mechanical shutter covers a 60-1/8000sec range and a silent electronic shutter gives 1-1/16,000sec, although unfortunately there’s no electronic first-curtain option. The GX8 is also the second Panasonic camera to offer in-body image stabilisation, which I’ll cover in more detail later.

Despite the camera’s size, the GX8 doesn’t have a built-in flash, but it does have a hotshoe for external units. This includes a fourth contact to power a small add-on unit like the one supplied with the GM5, although you don’t get one in the box. As this seems to be the new Micro Four Thirds standard, it’s also possible to use the hugely useful bounceable flash that comes with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, if you’re prepared to do some minor surgery on that unit to make it fit.

As usual for Panasonic, the GX8 offers an impressive video specification. In addition to full HD, you can also record 3840×2160 4K video, at either 24fps or 25fps and with a very respectable 100Mbps bit rate for high-quality footage. There’s a peaking display to aid manual focus, a zebra-pattern overexposure warning, a couple of ‘cinelike’ colour modes, and control over the luminance levels used for outputting footage. However, serious video shooters will be disappointed by the 2.5mm stereo input, which means that most external mics will require a 3.5mm adapter, and the lack of a headphone socket, which presumably is Panasonic’s way of nudging them towards the GH4.

GX8 sockets

The GX8 sports USB, HDMI, and combined 2.5mm microphone / remote control sockets under a hinged rubber door

Of course, there’s built-in Wi-Fi for connection to a smartphone or tablet, with NFC for quick set-up with compatible devices. Panasonic’s free Image App is available for both Android and Apple devices, and aside from the usual functions of image transfer and camera remote control, it can be used to geotag your images and even construct photo collages.

All the usual playthings we’d expect on a modern camera are present and correct too. There are creative image-processing filters aplenty, which thankfully allow you to record an unadjusted raw alongside the filtered JPEG file, an auto-stitching panorama mode, multi-shot high-dynamic range shooting, time-lapse shooting, and even a stop-motion animation mode. It’s difficult to think of much more Panasonic could have added.

  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.