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
Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 review: Viewfinder and screen
When it comes to composing your images, the GX8 offers probably the best experience of any CSC on the market. The 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder has 100% coverage and 0.77x magnification, giving a view as large as professional full-frame DSLRs and matching premium CSCs like the Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Being of the OLED type, it’s not prone to the rainbow-coloured rearing that beset the GX7’s field-sequential LCD, and it can tilt 90° upwards, which can be useful for shooting at awkward angles. The viewfinder optics are superb, giving a clear view into the corners of the frame, and the colour rendition is accurate. The eyecup can be removed and replaced by an optional deeper version for shooting in bright light.
The rear screen is also excellent. It’s a 3in, 1.04-million-dot OLED screen that’s now fully articulated, rather than tilt-only like the GX7’s, making it great for shooting at odd angles with the camera in both portrait and landscape formats, encouraging creative shooting. While OLED screens previously had a reputation for inaccurate, oversaturated colour, the GX8’s screen again provides pretty true-to-life rendition. Oh, and it can also be used for selfies, if that’s your thing.
There is a catch, though. If you plug anything into the camera’s connectors – remote release, microphone or HDMI cable – the screen’s movements become severely restricted, both by the connected accessory and the cover for the ports. Much the same thing happens on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, but if anything the GX8 is worse afflicted because of how the cover hinges forwards rather than downwards out of the way of the screen.