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PANASONIC LUMIX GX8 Body Mirrorless 4K Camera Body, Dual I.S. 1.0, 20.3 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-GX8KBODY (USA BLACK)
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- Capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO
- Unique, in-body stabilization in combination with select optically stabilized lenses work together for class-leading Dual Image Stabilization results
- Worry-free splash proof / dustproof rugged body. Fast and precise auto focusing tracks the subject
- New 20.3-megapixel sensor achieves Panasonic’s highest image quality
- Over 20 Interchangeable lens options available
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Panasonic DMC-GX8KBODY 4K Photo Interchangeable Lens (DSLM) Camera Body
Never again miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot with the Panasonic DMC-GX8. Featuring superb 4K imaging capability in both video and 4K PHOTO, the GX8 lets you shoot 30 frames per second in crystal-clear 4K Ultra HD Video and extract them as individual photos. Choose the one that best captures the moment.
Unique, in-body stabilization technology with select optically stabilized lenses work together for class-leading Dual Image Stabilization while our new 20.3-megapixel sensor achieves Panasonic’s highest image quality.
Need a camera to take along on your outdoor adventures? The GX8 features a worry-free splashproof / dustproof rugged body so it stands up to some of the most challenging environments. Designed for maximum flexibility, the GX8 features over 20 interchangeable lens options.
4K Video and 4K Photo — Capture that moment
That moment you want to remember can occur at any time, and Panasonic’s exclusive 4K photo technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K Ultra HD Video to extract them as photos. You’ll never miss That moment again.
Note: 4K Photo feature extracts 8-megapixel photo out of a 4K video sequence up to QFHD: 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps, 100Mbit/s.
4K Photo Modes — Free Your Creativity
The 4K Photo function can be used in three different modes, all allowing you to capture that perfect moment at a high burst rate of 30 frames / photos per second:
4K burst shooting 8-megapixel equivalent images extracted from 4K video as long as the shutter button is pressed.
4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop):
4K burst recording as 4K video then play, pause, and extract any frame / photo as an 8-megapixel equivalent image later.
4K pre-burst starts recording one second before and after you press the shutter button. Perfect for unpredictable moments.
4K Video — More Detail Than Full HD
4K video delivers a far more intense viewing experience that is four times larger* than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail.
* Native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. When recording videos in 4K, use a card rated as UHS Speed Class 3.
Innovative, Dual-Image Stabilization
The LUMIX GX8 integrates Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)* for more effective results. The GX8’s body I.S. works in tandem with the LUMIX lens I.S. for maximum stabilization.
* For photo.
Splashproof / Dustproof Rugged Design
The LUMIX GX8 camera body is composed of a magnesium alloy, full diecast front and rear frame. Tight seals on every joint, dial and button enable splashproof / dustproof performance.
20.3MP Live MOS Sensor
The LUMIX GX8 employs the newly-developed 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that achieves high-speed bursts, ISO25600 high sensitivity, and a wider dynamic range. Combined with the Venus Engine, the GX8 achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-light situations.
A Wide Lineup of LUMIX G Lenses
Panasonic LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras offer a wide variety of digital, interchangeable lenses. Many feature Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) compatibility when mounted to the LUMIX GX8*. Even those without O.I.S. can be used.
* Firmware update is required for some lenses.
Everything in the Right Place
The LUMIX GX8 features a premium flat body with front/rear dials to control aperture and shutter speed settings. Settings can also be assigned to eight function buttons.* In addition, it is possible to adjust the exposure compensation with a dedicated dial.
* Eight buttons on the body and five buttons on the menu.
Large OLED LVF
The LUMIX GX8 comes with a high-resolution (2,360k-dot), tiltable OLED Live View Finder which affords high visibility thanks to a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a high 0.77x magnification (35mm camera equivalent). An optional eyecup (DMW-EC3) made of elastic material enhances comfort.
Free-angle OLED Monitor
The 1040k-dot rear monitor boasts tilt & swivel capability, making it more comfortable even for vertical composition. Plus, its touch control allows you to quickly set focus just by touching the subject on the screen.
Fast and Precise AF Tracking
With the new AF Tracking algorithm, not only the color but also the size and motion vector of the target are recognized, enabling the camera to lock on the subject even more securely.
High Speed Auto-Focusing with DFD Technology
Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) Auto Focus (AF) technology* instantly calculates the distance between foreground and background and quickly brings the subject into focus with one fast, continuous movement. This new system results in AF speeds up to 0.07 seconds** and a burst shooting speed with Continuous Auto Focus (AFC) of 6 frames per second.
* Contrast AF with DFD technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
** In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035 (CIPA).
Focusing in Low Light Conditions — Star Light AF
Low Light Auto Focus makes it possible to focus on subjects more precisely in -4EV low light situations. In addition, the LUMIX GX8 includes a new Starlight AF feature which lets you shoot a starry night sky using auto focus.
Maximum 1/8000 second Fast Shutter Speed
High shutter speed at maximum 1/8000 second enables precise capture of fast-moving subjects, and also allows you to open the aperture in bright outdoor environments. A maximum 1/16000 second with an electronic shutter reduces washouts even under strong sunlight and 1/250 second flash synchronization speed lets you use a fully open aperture even for bright scenes.
RAW File in-Camera Development
The LUMIX GX8 can shoot images in RAW-format and even develop them inside the camera.
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.3 MP|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;;;|
|Item Dimensions||5.28 x 7.72 x 6.93 inches|
|Item Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Lens Design||Body Only|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1 gram|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
|Style Name||Camera Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Panasonic DMW-BLC12|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
|Viewfinder Type||electronic viewfinder|
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|Video Capture Resolution||4k||4k||4k||1920 x 1080 Full HD, 1280 x 720 HD, 640 x 480 VGA||1920 x 1080 Full HD||3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps|
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Thus far, within the M43 family of cameras, I am impressed the GX8 with its slightly improved 20 meg sensor and improved stabilization—with a few reservations, explained below. I like shooting with the OMDs as well as Olympus Pens and had been waiting to see if Olympus would replace the aging EP5 with a model that would finally have an integrated view finder, but Panasonic has been ahead on that score as well with its 4K video.
Where the newer OMDs shine is with their better 5 axis image stabilization—for that I definitely prefer the OMD EM5 Mark II over the GX8. The GX8 approaches the new OMDs in stabilization, only if you are using a select number of Panasonic lenses that have built in IS. Right now that includes the Panasonic Nocticron 42.5 f1.2, the 12-35 f.2.8, and the 14-140 f3.6-5.6. According to reports, Panasonic will be adding more with firmware updates in the future to allow some of the older IS lenses to use the dual stabilization feature of the GX8. I have used the GX with the Nocticron 42.5 f1.2 with excellent results in good light. Even with the dual stabilization system on, however, I don’t find it works as well as with the OMD EM5 Mark II for night and low-light shooting. I have also used the GX 8 with the Zuiko 12-40 f2.8 and several Olympus primes. Again, results are excellent in good light, but the GX8’s in-body stabilization by itself is more challenged for night shooting. However, when I tried it with the Panasonic 12-35 mm f2.8 for night shooting, the stabilized image results comes very close to those of the OMDs with 5 axis stabilization. So if you own newer stabilized Panasonic lenses, the results should be very good.
As other reviewers are noting, the GX8 is definitely larger than the GX7. I tried the GX7 but returned it shortly after purchase some time ago. For me, the beefier GX8 and its new grip is preferable to the GX7, but some may not agree. The larger viewfinder is excellent, I like the electronic and silent shutter options, and the slightly improved resolution (but the new 20 meg sensor is not a deal-breaker at over Oly’s 16 meg, at least for me). The DXO sensor ratings have the GX8 at an overall score of 75 and the newer OMDs at 73, which is pretty close. There also are a couple of non-essential features that I really like about the GX8: the panorama mode works really well without having to do post-processing, and the “high-dynamic” filter is great. I find these two modes particularly useful.
Given that I like to be able to carry two bodies when I have the time for more serious shooting, the new GX8 is a keeper, along with the OMD 5 Mark II. If only one suites your pocket book, the choice is more difficult, particularly if you are more invested in Olympus glass. In that case, you may want to stay with the five-axis OMDs.
Improved new 20 Meg Sensor
Great Swivel Touch Screen
Solid Build with Good Grip
Improved Dials (exposure is top, but I wish they had followed the LX100’s pro design)
Stabilization still not as good as new OMDs
Dual Stabilization only works with select Panasonic lenses
Update 11/26/15: I have now been using the GX8 for nearly two months and continue to be very pleased with the camera. I am surprised it hasn't received more attention, especially with the price reductions.
I thought this could be a camera I could use everyday. I was totally wrong! I am on the 8th month of using it when there is a lint of all places, INSIDE THE EVF! Are you kidding me Panasonic?? How did it get there? My suspicion is the tilting EVF. Since it is not totally sealed it can get in through an opening where the thin flex cable is located. Just totally poor quality control. Never in any of my other mirrorless cameras did I have this issue. Sure the camera performs well but this is just unacceptable. There is no way to remove it unless it is going to be sent back to Panasonic. Truly dissappointing.
First off I am an enthusiast so this review is not a typical rant of a pro but a personal experience of the average photographer. This is just my second micro 4/3 camera, my first one is the Panasonic G85 (check out my review on this camera here on Amazon). I was immediately enamored with with the G85 that I decided sticking with micro 4/3 as my go to system. The G85 is an underrated camera. Sure it has its quirks but nevertheless image and build quality is very good, is it is easy to use and it has a well thought out interface to name a few. Same goes true with the GX8. I could not say that about my Sony a6000 that I sold a long time ago, even with the new Sony a6500. I read from reviews that the touch screen of the a6500 is atrocious. The main reason I would not go back to Sony is the limited lens selection for aps-c. I also had a Nikon D610 and a bunch of full frame lenses that I just recently sold. I love the image quality of D610 and the reasonable price and lens selection of full frame but it has become cumbersome to take with me on my travels. If you do not print billboard sized photos, why need a full frame camera? Getting the GX8 instead is the best decision I ever made but why did I rate it only as 4 stars and the G85 as 5 stars even with its flaws? Here's why:
Very good image quality, 20 MP as opposed to the G85 16MP. I sometimes crop aggresively but as my skills improve this will be less frequently avoided.
Intuitive user interface (my favorite and main reason I switched to micro 4/3)
Fast autofocus despite being contrast based
Build quality is very good, weather and dust sealed
IBIS, which is very helpful in most of my needs
Good selection of lenses
Mobile app performs really well (Check my review of the G85)
Less cumbersome than a DSLR, portable
OLED EVF and responsive touch screen
IBIS is only 4 axis and it is disabled in video. Lens stabilization ( if available) only is enabled for video. G85 has 5 axis IBIS. (-1 star)
No focus bracketing
No direct dial access to timelapse feature and 4k photo (this has been addressed w/ the G85)
No phase detect autofocus but still quite happy with Panasonics DFD
The GX8 is a little bigger than a Sony a6500 and the same size as Sony A7R or A7II (my second camera), but it is my go to every day camera.
My current gear:
Panasonic GX8, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8, Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 (with me all the time)
Sony A7II (sold Nikon D610 and returned Sony A7R), Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 (for landscapes), Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 and Nikon 85mm f1.8G (for portraits)
Images taken with the Panny 12-35mm f2.8 and 35-100mm f2.8
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