Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera Released

Panasonic recently released their latest mirrorless camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 featuring a 20 megapixel sensor, micro four thirds system, Venus Engine image processor and many more. The Lumix DMC-GX8 is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to have a 20 megapixels sensor, and features a Dual Image Stabilization technology (sensor-shift IS and lens-shift IS) for reducing shakes effectively. The update Venus Engine image processor allows the new Panasonic GX8 to record not only Full HD 1080p videos, but can capture videos at 4K UHD resolution as well. It features up to ISO 25,600 and can shoot images up to 8 fps. And let’s not forget, this new Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital camera is also dust-proof and splash-proof.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Camera is a compact, splash-proof and dust-proof camera, jam-packed with (advanced) features that many are looking for in a small micro four thirds camera. The new DMC-GX8 sports a new 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor paired with the Venus Engine image processor boosting the camera’s performance with a quad-core CPU. Its Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 up to 25,600 and can shoot up to 8fps with AF-S, 6fps with AF-C and 5.5fps AF-S (live view), or bump it up to 10fps with the electronic shutter.

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It also features a Dual Image Stabilization, combining sensor-shift image stabilization technology with the lens-based image stabilization, to capture clearer and shaper images. However the Dual I.S. will only work if you use a compatible Lumix lenses with O.I.S. The Lumix DMC-GX8 has a high shutter speed of up to 1/8000 second great for fast-moving objects. The shutter speed can be bumped up to 1/16000 second with the electronic shutter to reduce washouts under strong sunlight. Aside from the new 20.3 megapixel sensor, the new Panasonic GX8 is capable of capturing 4K Ultra HD videos (3840×2160 resolution) at 30fps. It also comes with a feature called Capture That Moment that can extract photos from the 4K video at 8 megapixel resolution.

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The new Panasonic DMC-GX8 features a large OLED Live View Finder with a resolution of 2,360K-dot. The Optical View Finder is tiltable and can be paired with an optional eyecup for enhanced comfort. The OLED viewfinder is paired with a 1040K-dot rear monitor that can be swiveled or tilted depending on your preference. In terms of connectivity options, the Panasonic GX8 features a built-in WiFi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication).

The list of features doesn’t end here. Check out the videos and the specifications table below for the complete list of features and capabilities of this new mirrorless camera.

Price and Availability

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is now available to order and comes with a retail price of $1,199.99 (body only) at the time this article was posted. Shipping is expected to begin by August. The package includes a DMW-BLC12 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, battery charger, USB cable, AC cable, shoulder strap, hot shoe cover, body strap, and a software DVD-ROM. You also get a 1 year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Reviews

The Panasonic GX8 review below is courtesy of TheCameraStoreTV:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Specifications

TYPETypeDigital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording mediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card/(Compatible with UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSORTypeLive MOS Sensor
Total pixels21.77 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels20.30 Megapixels
Color filterPrimary color filter
Dust reduction systemSupersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEMRecording file formatStill imageJPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Motion pictureAVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch), MP4 (Audio format: AAC 2ch)
Aspect ratio4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image qualityRAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard/MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Color SpacesRGB, AdobeRGB
File size(Pixels)Still Image[4:3] 5184x3888(L) / 3712x2784(M) / 2624x1968(S) / 1824x1368 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[3:2] 5184x3456(L) / 3712x2480(M) / 2624x1752(S) / 1824x1216 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[16:9] 5184x2920(L) / 3840x2160(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[1:1] 3888x3888(L) / 2784x2784(M) / 1968x1968(S) / 1712x1712 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)
Motion picture*MP4*:PAL area[4K] 3840x2160: 4K/25p 100Mbps, 4K/24p 100Mbps/[Full HD] 1920x1080: FHD/50p 28Mbps, FHD/25p 20Mbps/[HD] 1280x720: HD/25p 10Mbps/[VGA] 640x480: VGA/25p 4Mbps
AVCHD*:PAL area[Full HD] 1920x1080: FHD/50p: 28Mbps, 50p recording/[Full HD] 1920x1080: FHD/50i: 17Mbps, 50i recording/[Full HD] 1920x1080: FHD/25p: 24Mbps, 50i recording (sensor output is 25fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080: FHD/24p: 24Mbps
Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-HS12035/AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-FS1442A/AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-FS14140/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 100 min (rear monitor), 100 min (LVF) with H-HS12035/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 100 min (rear monitor), 100 min (LVF) with H-FS1442A/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 100 min (rear monitor), 100 min (LVF) with H-FS14140
Actual recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 60 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-HS12035/AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor), 70 min (LVF) with H-FS1442A/AVCHD [FHD/50i]: Approx. 60 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-FS14140/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 50 min (rear monitor), 50 min (LVF) with H-HS12035/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 50 min (rear monitor), 50 min (LVF) with H-FS1442A/MP4 [4K/25p]: Approx. 50 min (rear monitor), 50 min (LVF) with H-FS14140
Image Stabilization SystemImage Sensor Shift Type
WiFi FUNCTIONWiFiIEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
NFCISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F (Passive Mode)
QR Code ConnectionYes
Password-less connectionYes (ON / OFF selectable)
FOCUSTypeContrast AF system
Focus modeAFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF modeFace/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available)
AF detective rangeEV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lampYes
AF lockYes (AF/AE LOCK button)
OthersOne Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter
DFD technologyYes
Starlight AFYes
VIEWFINDERTiltingYes
TypeOLED Live View Finder (2,360k dots)
Field of viewApprox. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 1.54x / 0.77x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye pointApprox. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment-4.0 - +3.0 (dpt)
Eye sensorYes
Eye sensor adjustmentHigh / Low
EXPOSURE CONTROLLight metering system1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering modeMultiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering rangeEV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure modeProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/(Up to ISO6400 in motion picture recording) (ISO Auto in M mode)
Exposure compensation1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV for motion picture)
AE lockYes (AF/AE LOCK button)
AE bracket3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. ±3 EV, single/burst
WHITE BALANCEWhite balanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustmentBlue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
Color temperature setting2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTERTypeFocal-plane shutter
Shutter speedStill image: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes), 1/8,000 - 60/Motion picture: 1/16,000 - 1/25/Electronic shutter: 1/16,000 - 1
Self timer10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
Remote controlRemote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
PANORAMA SHOTPanorama shotYes (Standard / Wide)
BURST SHOOTINGBurst speedMechanical shutter/AFS: H: 8 frames/sec, M: 5.5 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/AFC: H: 6 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/Electronic shutter/AFS: H: 10 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/AFC: H: 6 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable imagesMore than 30 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)/More than (TBD) images (when there are no RAW files)/(depending on memory card type, aspect, picture size and compression)
FLASHFlash typeTTL External Flash (Optional)
Flash ModeAuto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ only.
Synchronization speedLess than 1/250 second
Flash output adjustment1/3EV step ±3EV
Flash synchronization1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensationYes
REAR MONITORTypeOLED monitor with static touch control
Monitor sizeFree-angle 3.0-inch / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle
PixelsApprox. 1,040k dots
Filed of viewApprox. 100%
Monitor adjustmentBrightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Tint, Blue Tint
4K PHOTO MODELoop rec functionYes (in 4K Burst (S/S) mode)
4K Photo mode*4K Burst: 30 frames/sec, max. 29 minutes 59 seconds/4K Burst (S/S): 30 frames/sec, max. 29 minutes 59 seconds/4K Pre-Burst: 30 frames/sec, approx. 2 seconds/(depending on memory card size and battery power)
Exif informationYes
Selectable aspect ratioYes (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 are selectable)
Exposure modeProgram AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
Marking functionYes (in 4K Burst (S/S) mode)
LIVE VIEWDigital zoom2x, 4x
Extra Tele ConversionStill image: Max. 2x/Motion picture: 2.7x (FHD), 4.0x (HD), 5.4x (VGA)
Other functionsLevel Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Center Marker, Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra pattern (Still image / motion picture)
TIME LAPSE SHOTYes
STOP MOTION ANIMATIONYes
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTIONDirection Detection FunctionYes
FUNCTION BUTTONFn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4, Fn5, Fn6, Fn7, Fn8, Fn9, Fn10, Fn11, Fn12, Fn13Wi-Fi / Q.MENU / LVF/Monitor Switch / LVF/Monitor Disp. Style / AF/AE LOCK / AF-ON / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Zoom Control / 1 Shot RAW+JPG / 1 Shot Spot Metering / Cursor Button Lock / Dial Operation Switch / Photo Style / Filter Select / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Metering Mode / 4K PHOTO / Highlight Shadow / i. Dynamic / i. Resolution / HDR / Electronic Shutter / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust. / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Snap Movie / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Silent Mode / AFS/AFF / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Monochrome Live View / Rec Area / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Touch Screen / Sensitivity / White Balance / AF Mode/MF / Drive Mode / Restore to Default
PHOTO STYLEStill image and motion pictureStandard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom / Cinelike D* / Cinelike V* *When Creative Video Mode is selected.
SILENT MODEYes
CREATIVE CONTROLStill imageExpressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome / Silky Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Fantasy / Star Filter / One Point Color / Sunshine
Motion pictureExpressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / One Point Color
MOTION PICTURE FUNCTIONFlicker reduction[1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF
Cinelike gammaCinelike D / Cinelike V
PLAYBACKPlayback function30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only / 4K PHOTO / 3D / Category Selection / Favorite, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 4K PHOTO / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Location Logging, RAW Processing, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Rotation Display, Favorite, DPOF Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit, Picture Sort, Creating Still Pictures from a Motion Picture
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASEProtectionSingle / Multi
EraseSingle / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINTDirect PrintPictBridge compatible
INTERFACEUSBUSB 2.0 High Speed Multi
HDMI**microHDMI TypeD / VIERA Link/Video: Auto / 4K / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p/Audio: Stereo
Audio video outputMonaural Type, NTSC/PAL/*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
MicrophoneStereo, Wind-cut: OFF / Standard / High
SpeakerMonaural
Remote input?2.5mm for remote
External microphone input?2.5mm for external microphone/Stereo/Monaural is selectable when attaching DMW-MS1 (optional).
LANGUAGEOSD languageJapanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
POWERBatteryLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7Wh) (Included)/Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard)Approx. 330 images (rear monitor), 310 images (LVF) with H-HS12035/Approx. 340 images (rear monitor), 320 images (LVF) with H-FS1442A/Approx. 330 images (rear monitor), 310 images (LVF) with H-FS14140
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHTDimensions (W x H x D)133.2 x 77.9 x 63.1 mm / 5.24 x 3.07 x 2.48 inch (excluding protrusions)
WeightApprox. 487g / 1.07 lb (SD card, Battery, Body)/Approx. 435g / 0.96 lb (Body only)/Approx. 597g / 1.32 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS1442A lens included)/Approx. 752g / 1.66 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS14140 lens included)/Approx. 790g / 1.75 lb (SD card, Battery, H-HS12035 lens included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENTOperating temperature0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity10%RH to 80?RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIESSoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.7 PE/(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1)/SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 4.3 SE/(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1, Mac OS X v10.5 - v10.10?/LoiLoScope (Trial version)/(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1)
Standard accessoriesDMC-GX8A Kit/Hot Shoe Cover, Body Cap, Battery Pack, Battery Charger, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, DVD, AC Cable*, Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap/* Depends on the country or region.
CREATIVE VIDEO MODEExposure modeProgram AE / Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1Lens NameLUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
Lens Construction14 elements in 9 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
Nano Surface CoatingYes
MountMicro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image StabilizerYes (POWER O.I.S.)
Focal Lengthf=12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-70mm)
Aperture Type7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum ApertureF2.8
Minimum ApertureF22
Closest Focusing Distance0.25m / 0.82ft
Maximum magnificationApprox. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View84°(Wide) to 34°(TELE)
GeneralFilter Size?58mm / 2.3in
Max. Diameter?67.6mm / 2.7in
Overall LengthApprox. 73.8mm / 2.9in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g]Approx. 305g (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Weight [oz]Approx. 10.8oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
NOTE* About motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording
- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures.
- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].
(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] in [4K] is 29 minutes 59 seconds.
- You can continuously record a motion picture with its size set to [4K] in [MP4] or [4K PHOTO] without a pause even if the motion picture exceeds 4GB. However, the recorded content has to be played back as multiple files.
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD] [VGA] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.
- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds.
** For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as"4K compatible".

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