Panasonic DMC-GX8 Brief Review



  • 20.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 (1/1600 electronic only)
  • 49-point contrast detection autofocus
  • Manual modes
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 10 fps burst
  • 4K video at 30 fps (1080p at 60 fps)
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 3” swivel touchscreen
  • No built-in flash (hot shoe slot available)
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Weighs 1.07 lbs.
  • Release Date: 2015-08-15
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic ups the ante with the 20 megapixel GX8
Panasonic's 2015 mirrorless flagship has a few intriguing features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/27/2016

With most Micro Four Thirds systems topping off around 16 megapixels, Panasonic's 20.3 megapixel GX8 is intriguing right of the bat. The company's flagship mirrorless model, the GX8 includes Panasonic's best mirrorless specs to date.

Along with the high resolution sensor, the GX8 also uses a newer processor. The image stabilization is also dual, which means that both sensor-shift and optical lenses will work with the body with a lens support and firmware update (though check first, there's still a handful that don't.)

4K was included with the older G7, but it's still sticking around in the GX8. Users can still pull 8 megapixel stills from the video, plus there's the addition of settings to shoot bursts while simultaneously shooting video and a preburst mode for those moments with tricky timing.

Panasonic's new Depth to Focus technology is also incorporated for a faster autofocus response. And while the 10 fps burst isn't best-in-class for the mirrorless arena, it's still pretty good and plenty sufficient.

All of these updates are wrapped up in a new dust-and-water-sealed body. The tilting LCD screen will now rotate 360, and the tilting electronic viewfinder also received an upgrade with more magnification. There's also a new exposure compensation dial, but has sacrificed the built-in flash, leaving the hot shoe for adding one on.

The enhanced specs for the Panasonic GX8 all look great—but the GX8 is being introduced at about $200 more than the list price for the older G7. The $1,200 price tag is tough to swallow. Yes, it offers high resolution for a four thirds system, but the $1,200 D7200 offers 24 megapixels with a bigger APS-C sensor, albeit in a larger body as a DSLR and without 4K. But for users looking for the portability of a four thirds camera with a whole lot of capability, the Panasonic GX8 looks to be a good, if expensive, bet.

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