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Panasonic Lumix GX800 Review

We review the new Panasonic Lumix GX800, Panasonic's entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera with 4K video and photo shooting.

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Panasonic Lumix GX800 In Hand (3)

Panasonic’s entry level Lumix GX800 sits at the bottom of the Lumix GX range, replacing the GF7, with a new design and styling. The camera features a 16 megapixel sensor, 4K photo and video, a 3inch tilting touch-screen and built-in pop up flash. The GX800 will be available in a number of different colour combinations, with an RRP of £499 with the 12-32mm pancake zoom kit lens. 


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Panasonic Lumix GX800 Features

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The Panasonic Lumix GX800 offers a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, like the Panasonic Lumix GF7, however the camera now offers 4K video recording, and an updated design. On the back of the camera is a 3inch tilting touch-screen. The Panasonic Lumix GX800 is also known as the GF9 and GX850 in other countries.

Here's a comparison table showing the differences between this model and the other cameras in the GX range:

GX800 GX80 (GX85) GX8
16mp sensor 16mp sensor 20mp sensor
- 5-axis in-body IS 4-axis in-body IS
- EVF (2.76m dot, 0.7x) EVF (2.36m dot, 0.77x)
3inch selfie screen 3inch tilting (dual-angle) 3inch vari-angle screen
4K video 4K video 4K video
5.8fps continuous shooting
(10fps with electronic shutter)
8fps continuous shooting
8fps continuous shooting
£499 with lens £549 with lens £799 with 12-60mm lens

There are numerous shooting modes, including intelligent Auto, creative effects, scene modes, auto panoramic shooting, HDR, as well as full manual controls, plus A, S and P. 

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Silver In Hand (2)

The GX800's updated design makes it look more like the other GX cameras in the range, and the camera is available with the compact 12-32mm pancake zoom lens. As part of the Micro Four Thirds system, it is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Wi-Fi is built in to allow setup of Wi-Fi connections with smartphones. The smartphone can be used as a remote shutter control, or setup for instant transfer so that photos will automatically transfer to the smartphone after shooting. Wi-Fi can also be used to setup auto backup of photos and video to your computer. 

4K video is included, letting you record 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution video, which looks great on a 4K TV. You can also record FullHD video at 60fps, and the camera has stereo microphones built-in.

The camera has Panasonic's 4K photo features, that now include:

  • 4K photo - burst shooting (30fps, 8mp), burst start/stop, and pre-burst
  • Post Focus - select or change the focus point after shooting, or use focus stacking to combine images

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Silver (4)

The GX800 screen tilts 180 degrees, and the camera has face shutter (takes a photo when it detects a face), buddy shutter (takes a photo when two faces are detected), and beauty effect, all designed to make taking the "perfect selfie" possible. In addition the Fn3 button can be used as a shutter button in selfie mode. 

Key Features

  • 16mp Micro Four Thirds sensor (w/o LPF)
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots
  • 4K Photo at 30fps
  • 4K Video with stereo sound
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • 5.8fps continuous shooting
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Post focus / focus stacking
  • HDR, Panoramic shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Silver/black, Black/black (all-black), Orange/silver, Brown/Tan/silver

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Handling

Panasonic Lumix GX800 In Hand (1)

The camera looks better than the GF7 it replaces, with a better feel in the hand as well. The different colours (brown and orange) feature a different textured pattern for the “skin” of the camera. The build quality is good, although the plastic construction does not feel as high-quality as cameras that feature a metal body, such as the Olympus PEN E-PL8, or the discontinued GM1. The rubberised grip on the back of the camera gives a bit of extra purchase, although the front of the camera can sometimes feel a little slippery so use of a strap is recommended. 

On top of the camera is where you'll find the mode dial, which will make selecting modes easy, as well as the sweep panoramic mode, that will automatically stitch the photos together as you pan the camera. Surrounding the shutter release button is the on / off switch. There's also a 4K photo button, and an Fn3 button that is set as the Post-Focus button on default settings. 

The camera uses an electronic shutter over 1/500s, which is worth noting when shooting in artificial light. The shutter is very quiet. The screen is very clear and has good viewing angles, and the Q. menu button gives quick access to settings on the rear screen.

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Silver (3)

The menus are easy to navigate, and clear with built-in help. You can use the touch-screen to select different options, however the menus haven’t benefited from the same refresh as the new Panasonic Lumix GH5.

There are 49 focus areas, face/eye detection, as well as AF tracking. You can even setup custom focus areas, which is something you don't normally expect to see on an entry-level camera. 

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Vs GX80 (2)
Panasonic Lumix GX800 Vs the Panasonic Lumix GX80 size comparison.

The built in Wi-Fi connectivity lets you remotely control the camera using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet, and is available for iOS and Android devices. There are a large number of options and settings that can be accessed and changed, making the app extremely useful, there are also time-lapse options, and you can view and share images, as well as tag photos with GPS information. 

Panasonic Lumix GX800 Silver (6)

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 210 shots according to Panasonic / CIPA test results, which is quite low for a mirrorless camera. The camera does benefit from MicroUSB charging, which helps, although we'd recommend a spare battery just in case. 

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ShaunsPics 11 87 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2017 8:01PM
Image stablilision in lenses as standard.
Carrera_c 13 273 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2017 4:52PM

Quote:Image stablilision in lenses as standard.

In the lens, not in the body. A lot of M43 lenses do not have IOS as standard, especially non-Panasonic lenses, although there are some Panasonic lenses which are also missing this. It wouldn't be fair to list it as having Image Stabilisation on the spec page as it's not part of the actual camera spec.
ask1 5
9 Jan 2017 1:28PM
They used your review and pictures without link. Even put their logo on your photos. What do you think about it?
joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2017 2:41PM
They used your review and pictures without link. Even put their logo on your photos. What do you think about it?

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