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.
The GX8 is scored #23 out of 54 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over all #131 out of 1422 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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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.
Panasonic GX8 Gallery
You can look at the GX8 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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 437 grams so the Panasonic GX8 is more heavy as compared with other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Below is a visual of the Panasonic GX8 alongside a soda so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view here will provide the button design on the GX8.
Panasonic GX8 Lens details
The GX8 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses to choose from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the GX8.
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.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.
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.
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 on par with its competitors. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 366. 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:
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 76 which is tremendous, and means the camera is a terrific 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.
Street photography with Panasonic GX8
Having a awesome score of 81, 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.
Sports photography with Panasonic GX8
A very good sports photography points tally of 74 indicates the Panasonic GX8 is a fine fit for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic GX8 Travel photography highlights
Size is extremely critical when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic GX8 gets a fantastic 81 as a travelling camera which is a fantastic option to buy for your travels.
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 81 as a landscape camera is a wonderful pick in the current marketplace.
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.
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.