Panasonic unveiled a new camera from their GX stable, the LUMIX GMC GX8 – a successor to their highly-acclaimed GX7. The GX8 aims to target the slightly higher-end photography and videography market.
On first look, the camera is quite reminiscent of the GX7. The tiltable EVF is still there and the design is more or less similar. However, it is bulkier than its predecessor, weighing 487g compared to the GX7’s 402g. But even after taking it’s large size into account, it has a pretty good, comfortable grip. To serve as the urban adventurer’s perfect companion, the GX8’s body – magnesium alloy cast – is also dust and splash-proof.
Along with 4K capabilities, it has a Dual Image Stabilizer which when combined with Panasonic’s Optical Image Stabilisation lenses, produce blur-free images on the go.
The GX8 features a 20.3-megapixel sensor that’s an improvement over the GX7’s (and GH4’s) 16 MP sensor. Panasonic claims its new Venus Engine processor gives it a boost in low light environments. Another welcome feature in the camera is the ability to extract 8 MP photos from a 4K video shot on the GX8.
Autofocus sees a significant boost, using DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology to speed up focus acquisition to about 0.07 seconds, with better tracking as well. The contrast detect system can also be used in light levels as low -4EV. To aid such low light shooting conditions, the GX8 has a maximum ISO rating of 25,600.
Here are few more additional features:
- Improved Multiple Panorama Mode (Image quality priority or angle priority)
- 2.5mm Microphone Socket
- 21mm Eyepoint LVF for improved usability with glasses
- 49 Autofocus Points
- Focus Peaking / Eye Sensor AF / Touch Pad AF / Starlight AF
- Silent Mode
- Creative Control
- Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation
If you’re interested, here is a complete list of specs on the manufacturer’s website
Panasonic also commissioned Daniel Berehulak, world-renowned photojournalist, to shoot with the GX8:
And here’s the official Panasonic release video:
It seems like the GX8 beats the GX7 hands down, excluding the weight. It is definitely a huge improvement on paper and sets the tone for the GH5. The question is, will Panasonic survive the Sony onslaught? What do you think?