Panasonic GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 487g - 133 x 78 x 63mm
  • Announced July 2015
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GX7
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic GX8 summary

Panasonic GX8 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless camera first launched on July of 2015. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.

Panasonic launched this camera in order to replace the previous Panasonic GX7 (Read Full Comparison)

The GX8 is scored #31 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over all #176 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic GX8 family

The Panasonic GX8 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all previous and more recent models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GX8 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GX8 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GX8 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GX8 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GX8 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX8 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GX8 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX8 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX8 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX8 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GX8 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX8 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GX8 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX8 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GX8 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX8 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GX8 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX8 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX8 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GX8 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GX8 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic GX8 based on features that are normally regarded as necessary in a camera.

boasts focus via touch
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
good MP (20MP)
good resolution screen (1,040 k dot)
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has manual focus
includes external microphone port
includes face detection autofocus
includes HDMI port
includes tracking autofocus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
NFC support
pretty good screen size (3")
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
screen articulates
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
touchscreen enabled
very good ISO range (25,600)
bad battery life (330 shots)
doesn't have headphone port
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Panasonic GX8 Sensor specs

The Panasonic GX8 houses the Venus Engine chip. The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic GX8 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 200 - 25600. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a low of 100. RAW photos are supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The picture below displays the GX8's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The GX8 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GX8 dimensions

Panasonic GX8 weighs about 1.07 pounds (487 grams or 17.18 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 133mm x 78mm x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 grams so the Panasonic GX8 is similar in comparison with other competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Panasonic GX8 alongside a soda so you can have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button design on the GX8.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GX8 Lens details

The GX8 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the GX8.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-F2.8-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro40-150mmf/2.8 760g
Rokinon-85mm-F1.4-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 539g
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Sigma-24mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-Macro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro24mmf/1.8 485g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-14-54mm-f2.8-3.5-II lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II14-54mmf/2.8-3.5 440g
Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
Rokinon-24mm-f1.4-Aspherical-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 24mm f1.4 Aspherical24mmf/1.4 580g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
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Panasonic GX8 Connectivity

The GX8 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Panasonic GX8 Video details

The highest possible video resolution in the Panasonic GX8 is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p gives a fantastic resolution for video. You will be able to downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have high quality SD cards with good write speed. Even though the body features a microphone jack, it is sadly missing a headphone jack which means you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.

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Panasonic GX8 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GX8 features environment proofing which makes it a great option to use in tough conditions. This is particularly helpful whenever you are not sure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Panasonic GX8 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GX8 comes with a 3" fully articulated screen having a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos when necessary. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to set focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic GX8 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.77x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are very useful.

Panasonic GX8 Shutter details

Panasonic GX8 is able to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could lead to "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.

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Panasonic GX8 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic GX8 boasts external flash support but comes without inbuilt flash.

Panasonic GX8 Autofocusing details

Panasonic GX8 boasts only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.

The AF system comes with 49 focus points to pick from. Panasonic GX8 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects that move. Panasonic GX8 includes manual focusing when required in low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic GX8 Battery life

The battery life in the Panasonic GX8 is fashioned to last for 330 shutters as per the CIPA specifications making it less when compared with its competition. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the best (810) battery life in this group of cameras.

Following is a list of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Sony-Alpha-A7c front thumbnailSony A7c
GX8 vs A7c
740 yesyesyes
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Canon-EOS-R7 front thumbnailCanon R7
GX8 vs R7
660 yesnoyes

Panasonic GX8 for varying categories of photography

The following illustration provides a summary of the Panasonic GX8 for varying categories of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic GX8 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic GX8 gets a score of 75 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable fit to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos along with the option to use external flash.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW files

Street photography with Panasonic GX8

Having a awesome score of 80, the Panasonic GX8 is a superb choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
features touch to focus
weather proofing
above average ISO range (25,600)

Sports photography with Panasonic GX8

A very good sports photography points tally of 68 indicates the Panasonic GX8 is a fine fit for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
not so great battery power (330 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic GX8 Travel photography highlights

Size is extremely critical when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic GX8 gets a nice 73 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to buy for your travels.

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environment proof
provides touch to focus
good resolution (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery power (330 CIPA)

Panasonic GX8 Landscape photography advice

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic GX8 and it's very high score of 76 as a landscape camera is a wonderful pick in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
terrible battery power (330 CIPA)

Panasonic GX8 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic GX8 is a terrific option as a vlog camera as it receives a terrific score of 81.

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display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have mic port

Panasonic GX8 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the GX8, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall into the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The graph underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the GX8 versus it's top ranking rivals mentioned above.

There are more cameras you may look into as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
Resolution of display
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
487 gr (1.07 lb)
133 x 78 x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5")
Battery life
330 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release