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Panasonic DMC-GX8 Micro Four Thirds Camera Video Review

David Thorpe has recently got hands-on with the first dual Image Stabilisation CSC camera from Panasonic and you can find out what he thought of its performance here.

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Panasonic Lumix GX8 Silver Hands On (2)
 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 was first announced back at the start of July and it's Panasonic's first dual Image Stabilisation CSC camera that also has a 20.3-megapixel sensor and 4K capability. Recently, ePHOTOzine awarded the new MFT camera a Highly Recommended award for its 'vast array of features' and now, reviewer David Thorpe has had the chance to put the camera through its paces to see if he agrees with ePHOTOzine's comments and score. 

From the outset, it's easy to see that David is impressed with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 with him calling it a go-to camera quite early on. David compares the likeness of the GX8 body to the Leica M as the similarity between them is quite striking. David says the DMC-GX8 looks and feels great to use, plus the Rangefinder design means it slips out of any bag easily rather than having to take a camera bag with you all of the time.

By Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standards, it's quite a large camera, about the same size as the Olympus E-M1 but David says the GX8 fits in the hand well and the left-mounted viewfinder stops your nose from selecting focus points (on screen). 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 (7)
 

David says the GX8 has the highest resolution out of all of the MFT cameras on the market and has a much-improved in-body Image Stabilisation (IS), although it's still not up to the level of the Olympus IS. However, Panasonic in-lens stabilisation can be combined with the in-body IS of the GX8 which is a nice feature. 

As well as praising the IS performance of the GX8, David also says the electronic viewfinder (EVF) is the best he's ever seen and it's even better than most optical viewfinders found in full-frame DSLRs. 

David says the GX8 sensor marginally improves noise levels over the GX7 and its auto-focusing skills are some of the fastest seen in MFT cameras. Focus tracking is improved, too. 

There's no flash, but it does follow the MFT flash standard so a flash from a Panasonic GM5 or Olympus EM-5 II, the GX8's main competitor, will fit and work as intended. The GX8 does have a limited battery life and as mentioned, it lags behind its Olympus competition in stabilisation when used with unstabilised lenses but apart from those few points, David says the GX8 is about as good as it gets.

To find out what other selling points David believes the GX8 has, watch the video review below. 

 

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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

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Comments


22 Sep 2015 5:58PM
This is great! Mine is on order. I can't wait to pair it with my Promote Control! Excellent Review. Thanks!
srh 16 54 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2015 8:34AM
Very balanced review as always from David. I am very, very happy with mine and can only echo David's sentiments about the quality / usability of the camera overall and the EVF in particular.

Simon.

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