Overall Rating:

4.5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80


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Pros:

  • + Highly effective in-body image stabilisation
  • + Compact, portable, rangefinder-style design
  • + Quiet, discreet shutter
  • + Useful 4K Photo modes

Cons:

  • - Default control set-up feels dated
  • - Viewfinder isn’t the best
  • - No mic socket for video

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Price as Reviewed:

£599.00 (with 12-32mm lens)

Andy Westlake examines the Panasonic Lumix GX80 mid-range compact system camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 review

The 16-million-pixel GX80 sits below the GX8 in Panasonic's range

The 16-million-pixel GX80 sits below the GX8 in Panasonic’s range

Panasonic Lumix GX80 – At a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel Four Thirds sensor, no optical low-pass filter
  • ISO 200-25,600 (ISO 100-25,600 extended)
  • Dual IS: 5-axis in-body stabilisation working with 2-axis in-lens
  • 4K video recording and 4K Photo mode
  • 2.76-million-dot equivalent EVF (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 1.04-million-dot 3-inch tilting touchscreen
  • New low-vibration shutter: 60sec – 1/4000sec (1sec – 1/16000 sec electronic)
  • £509 body only, £599 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

While Panasonic was the first company to make a compact system camera with the G1 in 2008, in the intervening years it’s not really settled on any specific kind of design.

Its GX series aimed at enthusiast photographers is a case in point. The GX1 was a viewfinderless fixed-screen camera designed as a spiritual successor to the much-loved GF1. Its replacement, the GX7, was a slightly larger camera with a built-in, tilting electronic viewfinder, a tilting LCD screen and in a first for Panasonic, in-body image stabilization.

Last year’s replacement for this popular model was the GX8: an evolution of the design with a fully-articulated screen and weathersealing, but in a much bulkier body that wasn’t universally well-received.

Now with the GX80, Panasonic has gone back to essentially the same template as the GX7, in making a compact rangefinder-style body with a tilting screen and built-in EVF. There are a few omissions – the EVF is fixed rather than tilting, and the GX7’s focus mode switch has disappeared – but in exchange you get all of Panasonic’s latest and greatest technology, most notably a new dual IS system that combines 5-axis in-body image stabilization with 2-axis optical IS when using suitably-equipped lenses. This being Panasonic there’s also 4K video recording and its associated 4K Photo mode for extracting 8MP stills from 30fps 4K footage.

Panasonic's 12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) kit zoom retracts to a very compact size

Panasonic’s 12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) kit zoom retracts to a very compact size

In short, the GX80 Panasonic appears to have hit on a Goldilocks formula – not too big, not too small, and not too expensive either. It costs £509 body only, £599 in a kit with the tiny retracting12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS pancake zoom, or £729 in a dual-lens kit adding the compact 35-100mm f/4-5.6 OIS telezoom. Three colour options will be on offer: all black, silver and black (exclusive to Jessops), and silver and brown (exclusive to John Lewis). So how well does it work?

  • Sensor: 16MP Four Thirds Live MOS
  • Output size: 4592 x 3448
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Focal Length Magnification: 2x
  • Shutter speeds: 60sec - 1/4000sec (1sec - 1/16000sec electronic)
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO100 - 25,600 (extended)
  • Exposure modes: PASM, iAuto, scene, panorama
  • Metering modes: Multi, centre weighted, spot
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-3 EV, 0.3EV steps
  • Continuous shooting: 8fps (6 fps with focus tracking)
  • Screen: 1.04-million-dot 3-inch tilting touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.76-million-dot EVF (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • AF points: 49-point contrast detection
  • Video: 4K 25fps; Full HD 50fps
  • External Mic: No
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: DMW-BLG10E Li-ion
  • Battery life: Approx 300 shots per charge
  • Dimensions: Approx 121 x 71 x 32mm
  • Weight: 430g inc battery and card

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