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

Manufacturer:

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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: test results

Here we’re showing preliminary test results from the GX80 to see the effects of removing the optical low pass filter. We don’t have any way of processing the camera’s raw files at the time of writing, so for now can only look at JPEGs, but this should still give some idea of the camera’s image quality.

Resolution

Below are 100% crops from camera JPEGs of our resolution test chart, shot at each ISO setting using the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro at f/4.

Multiply the number beneath the line by 200 to get resolution in lines/picture height. What we can see here is clean resolution of fine detail to around 3200 l/ph, then blurring of the lines together with no obvious sampling artefacts, before some false detail appears at higher frequencies.

Impressively, noise only has an obvious impact on resolution above ISO 3200: however the top two settings don’t look great. However, this doesn’t look very much different to what we previously saw from the 16MP Panasonic G7, so in JPEG at least we’re not getting much more resolution.

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 100

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 100

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 200

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 200

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 400

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 400

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 800

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 800

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 1600

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 1600

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 3200

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 3200

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 6400

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 6400

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 12800

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 12800

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 25600

Panasonic GX80 resolution: JPEG ISO 25600

  • 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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