Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro 4/3 Camera

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Capture Moments With Superb 4K Imaging

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Digital Camera Teaming 4K recording and an enhanced Micro Four Thirds sensor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, available in black or silver is a sleek, compact mirrorless camera delivering versatile, multimedia recording. Making use of a high resolution 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, coupled with a Venus Engine image processor, the GX8 has the ability to capture 4K UHD movies at 24 or 30 frames per second, record full-resolution stills at 10 frames per second with AF-S or 8MP stills at 30 frames per second, and operate in difficult lighting environments with top end sensitivity of ISO 25600. Taking advantage of the imaging capabilities is an uncommon Dual I.S. system that allows the use of both the in-camera and in-lens image stabilization systems to effectively diminish the appearance of camera shake. The body layout is also symbolized by a reliable, magnesium alloy construction that makes use of a tilting OLED 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder and an adjustable angle 3.0" OLED 1.04m-dot rear touchscreen to allow working from a variety of different angles. Displaying an enhanced set of imaging features with a satisfying form factor, the GX8 is a conventional camera engineered with advanced multimedia capture in mind.

Among other features, the GX8 also includes built-in Wi-Fi featuring NFC to enable seamless wireless transfer of image and remote control of the camera using linked smartphones or tablets. Taking advantage of both stills and movies, Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) AF system helps to accelerate focusing speeds while a Starlight AF feature assuress focusing accuracy in poor-light down to -4 EV and manual focus is underscored by focus peaking and Touch AF controls.

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MSRP $1199
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Other resolutions 4:3 (3712 x 2784, 2624 x 1968), 3:2 (5184 x 3456, 3712 x 2480, 2624 x 1752, 1824 x 1216), 16:9 (5184 x 2920, 3840 x 2160, 1824 x 1024), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 1968 x 1968, 1712 x 1712)
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
ISO Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes Dual IS uses sensor and lens-shift (when available)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x-4x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 49
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type OLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.54
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes 100Mbps bit rate for 4k
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (wired and via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and Dust resistant )
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 487 g (1.07 lb / 17.18 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 78 x 63 mm (5.24 x 3.07 x 2.48)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5