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Panasonic Lumix GX8 With Dual IS Technology

Panasonic has announced a new CSC camera with dual IS technology and a 20.3 megapixel sensor.

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Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic has announced its first dual Image Stabilisation CSC camera, the Lumix GX8, with a 20.3 megapixel sensor and 4K capability. 

The Lumix GX8 has a digital Live MOS sensor making the camera great for low light images. There is also a new Venus Engine image processor allowing high resolution and sensitive image recording with minimum noise. 

The Dual I.S system combines a lens optical image stabiliser and a body image stabiliser, which Panasonic claim can correct even severe hand-shake to provide consistently blur-free images. 

Read our Panasonic Lumix GX8 Hands-On Review.

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 will be available in silver and black from the end of August 2015 at the following RRPs:

  • DMC-GX8A Kit (with 12-35mm f/2.8 lens) £1699
  • DMC-GX8H Kit (with 14-140mm lens) £1399.99
  • DMC-GX8K Kit (with 14-42mm lens) £1099
  • DMC-GX8 Body Only £999.99

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Panasonic Lumix GX8 Key Features:

  • New Max.1/16000 sec High Shutter Speed (Electronic Shutter)
  • Improved Multiple Panorama Mode (Image quality priority or angle priority)
  • 2.5mm Microphone Socket 
  • 21mm Eyepoint LVF for improved usability with glasses
  • Focus Peaking / Eye Sensor AF / Touch Pad AF / Starlight AF
  • P/A/S/M mode for Video Recording 
  • Silent Mode
  • Creative Control
  • In camera editing including: RAW Data Development and Clear Retouch
  • Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation


From Panasonic:

Capture 4K images with complete control 

One of the most significant upgrades since the popular LUMIX DMC-GX7 is the introduction of 4K video capability. The LUMIX DMC-GX8 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4, in addition to Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 at 60p (50 Hz) videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF. 

The LUMIX DMC-GX8’s all-new 4K functionality not only allows for stunning quality video capture, it has also enabled Panasonic to totally reimagine the photographic process. Using 4K video recording capability, the 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still with total control and precision, so even those magic moments that pass in the blink of an eye can be captured and enjoyed forever. 

Three 4K Photo functions are integrated into the LUMIX DMC-GX8: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. Debuting in the recently launched LUMIX DMC-G7, these features allow you to capture and record that perfect picture by cropping the exact frame you want out of your 4K video footage:

  • 4K Burst Shooting: allows up to 30 minutes of continuous shooting at 30 fps, which can be used just like a photo burst shoot mode by holding the shutter down. 
  • 4K Burst (Start/Stop): starts consecutive shooting with a single press of a shutter button and stops it with the second press, which is more suitable for shooting opportunities that require a longer waiting time.
  • 4K Pre-burst: automatically records 30 frames the second before and after the shutter is pressed, giving you 60 chances to capture that perfect moment. 

Both the 4K Burst Shooting and 4K Burst (Start/Stop) modes allow you to capture almost 30 minutes of footage at one time, giving you tens of thousands of image possibilities in a range of different image ratios: 3840x2160 (16:9), 3328x2496 (4:3), 3504x2336 (3:2), 2880x2880 (1:1). 

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Versatility for all shooting styles 

The LUMIX GX range is renowned for its compact and stylish aesthetic. The latest addition builds on the successes of its predecessor and incorporates a host of exciting new features for superior usability. Built from magnesium alloy, the LUMIX DMC-GX8’s body is lightweight yet rugged and durable.  The camera is also splash and dustproof, which is achieved by tightly sealing the various sections of the camera’s body to enable shooting under extreme conditions.

The new 2360k-dot display Live View Finder (LVF) is able to tilt 0-90 degrees to give you the versatile shooting options to suit every environment. The OLED screens on both the LVF and accompanying monitor also offer superior response for shooting fast-moving subjects or videos with total control, while 10,000:1 High Contrast allows for superior colour reproduction without blown highlight or shadow clipping.
Thanks to the newly designed large eyecup, the visibility of the LVF has been dramatically improved, and with the largest 1.54x / 0.77x magnification (35mm camera equivalent) in the LUMIX G line-up to date, you can frame and capture images and video exactly as you intended. The rear monitor features a 3-inch, 1040K-dot Free-Angle touch screen display which can be moved both side to side (0-180 degrees) and up and down (0-250 degrees) to provide you with flexible shooting angles.
Both provide 100% field of view to ensure you’re not missing a better shot at the periphery of the frame, as well as Manual Monitor Adjustment – settings such as brightness, contrast and saturation can all be adjusted separately. Image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is also switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF, in order to conserve battery.
To further enhance user control, the LUMIX DMC-GX8 features a new Dual Dial Control for fast and practical customisable control. The front and rear dials control the main aperture and shutter speed settings as normal, however settings can also be temporarily allocated changed with the Dial Operation Switch. This allows you to activate modes such as 4K Photo more efficiently, allowing you to frame and capture photos and video faster and more accurately. 
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Capture moments in the blink of an eye

The LUMIX G Contrast AF system is incorporated into every LUMIX G camera and is capable of digital signal communication of up to 240 fps, resulting in breathtakingly quick and smooth auto focus. 
The Contrast AF system in the LUMIX DMC-GX8 is further enhanced by Panasonic’s integration of Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology1 which shortens the focusing time even further. DFD calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels while simultaneously analysing the optical characteristics of your composition. As a result, the LUMIX DMC-GX8 achieves ultra-high speed AF of just 0.07 sec2. This lightning-fast AF becomes increasingly beneficial as focal length increases and also enables significantly faster conventional burst shooting (8 fps AFS / 6 fps AFC). 
Utilising a new algorithm, the LUMIX DMC-GX8 has improved AF tracking performance by 200% compared to the LUMIX DMC-GX7. Rather than conventional AF tracking which relies on colour alone, the new system also takes into consideration the size and motion vector of the target, locking onto the subject, and providing perfectly in-focus shots every time. What’s more, Low Light AF also makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely in extremely low-lit situations such as a night out with friends or photographing wildlife at dusk. 

Practical connectivity 

The LUMIX DMC-GX8 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity for a flexible shooting experience and fast and easy image sharing. Thanks to NFC, it is easy to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet, allowing you to share images and clips to social media or email them to friends and family almost as soon as they’ve been recorded. Alternatively you can use your mobile device as a remote control for the LUMIX DMC-GX8, changing settings such as focus, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, before triggering the shutter release. 

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dannyr 11 46 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2015 10:22AM
Looks like a nice upgrade from my GX7, the only thing I will miss is the ability to bounce the inbuilt flash, I found that to be a lifesaver, hopefully they will release one of those little clip on flashes that can bounce.
I am liking the bigger electronic viewfinder and switching over to a fully articulated screen. New 20MP sensor could be interesting, although probably the least thing I am bothered about Smile

And thank god they kept in the antishake! I was worried they might loose it.

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