Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Review

Preview posted 07/15/2015 by Michael Palmer
Review posted 09/17/2015 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Great image quality in both iAuto and Program shooting modes
  • Excellent overall performance from the AF and Burst shooting modes
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Weather-sealed body protects from splashes and dust
  • Two command dials allow easy changing of settings
  • Built-in I.S. works with O.I.S. lenses for better stabilization
  • High Res Vari-Angle LCD is easy to see in all lighting conditions
  • Tiltable EVF has fast refresh rate and very high resolution; easily replaces an optical viewfinder
  • Great Face Detection
  • 4K and 1080p video capture
  • 4K burst shooting never misses the perfect moment
  • External Audio input
  • Good Battery Life
  • No built-in flash to add additional light
  • Priced higher than some of its competition
  • Exposure compensation dial can easily be turned when changing the shooting mode
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is a fantastic ILC, providing great image quality and performance. Offering 4K resolution video with full manual control allows the GX8 to be just as equipped for videographers, as it is for photographers. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Back in July of 2015, Panasonic announced their 2015 flagship DLSM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) model: the LUMIX DMC-GX8. Picking where the last gen GX7 left off two summers ago, the GX8 promises more megapixels, enhanced image stabilization, a faster image processor, improved noise reduction, integrated Wi-Fi & NFC, and 4K Ultra High Definition video recording.

Let's dive in.

The LUMIX GX8 body is both splash-proof and dustproof. It boasts a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS image sensor mated to a quad core Venus Engine image processor to allow for enhanced speed and low light level performance. The ISO sensitivity goes all the way up to 25,600, while the GX8 is able to capture full resolution still images at up to 8 frames-per-second, or 8MP stills at up to 30fps as part of the camera's various 4K Photo modes.

Image Stabilization consists of a Dual I.S. system where Body I.S. and Lens I.S. work in tandem to help achieve crisp photos at extended telephoto ranges or when shooting hand held in lower lighting conditions. If you're recording video, the GX8 can record up to QFHD 4K Video (3840x2160) @ 30p or 24p, or Full 1080p HD video at up to 60p. In video mode, the camera utilizes the 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) to remove as much camera shake as possible.

The GX8 also boasts a Contrast AutoFocus (AF) system with "DFD" (Depth From Defocus) technology to ensure accurate and speedy focus across various modes like Face/Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF, Starlight AF, Pinpoint AF, One-Shot AF, and more.

Other features include a high resolution OLED Live View Finder (LVF), as well as a tilting 3.0" LCD monitor for composing shots. Wi-Fi and NFC integration is also a must for modern digicams; like many other systems, the GX8 works with a free app available for Android or iOS devices to not only back up or share files, but to also use the smartphone or tablet as a remote control / display for the GX8.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Features:
  • 20.3MP Digital Live MOS image sensor
  • Venus Engine image processor with quad-core CPU
  • Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction)
  • Random Filter
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)
  • Video Recording
    • QFHD 4K Video (3840x2160) @ 30p or 24p
    • Full 1080p HD Video @ 60p
    • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)
  • 4K Photo Mode
    • 30fps
    • 4K Burst Shooting
    • 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop)
    • 4K Pre-Burst
  • Titling 3.0" rear monitor (1.040M dots)
  • Tilting OLED Live View Finder (LVF)
  • Contrast AutoFocus (AF)
    • Low Light AF
    • Starlight AF
    • Custom Multi AF
    • Face Recognition AF
    • Pinpoint AF
    • AF Tracking
  • 8fps high speed burst shooting (full resolution)
  • 1/8000 second Mechanical Shutter (1/16000 Electronic)
  • Wi-Fi & NFC Technologies
    • Requires a smartphone or tablet running the free Panasonic Image App
  • RAW image capture & in-camera processing
  • Creative Control Modes (P/A/S/M)
  • 22 Filters
  • Creative Panorama
  • Splash-proof

  • Dustproof
Optional Accessories
  • DMW-EC3 Eye Cup
  • DMW-FL360L (GN36) & DMW-FL580L(GN58) External Flashes
    • Synchronized with max 1/250 second shutter speed.
    • Focus Peaking
    • Silent Mode
    • Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 is available in two body-only versions -- all black OR silver top with a black bottom -- for $1199.99. See our best price box at the top right of this page for current online pricing.

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