Panasonic Lumix GX8

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is the third in the company’s “GX” line to which they’ve added weather sealing, a fully articulating LCD, 4K video, 4-axis in-body image stabilization and a 20MP sensor. The GX8 is a great mid-range micro-four-thirds camera that leverages Panasonic’s superiority in video including great capabilities to shoot 4K video for the purpose of extracting 8MP still images.

Doug and Gordon explore what’s been updated since the GX7 came out two years ago, where the new camera fits into the Lumix line, and compare the GX8 to similarly priced cameras from Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony.

Read Gordon’s detailed review of the GX8 on CameraLabs.com.

Buy the GX8 from Amazon.com, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE.

3 thoughts on “Panasonic Lumix GX8”

  1. Hi Doug and Gordon. Great episode! The question for me is which M4/3 camera body and lens should I get first? I am interested in a light travel rig for casual use but with some creative potential. I have a D810 and an iPhone 6, but I like the idea of super awesome IS and being able to do more without a tripod on a walk around basis.

    As a general comment about your show, I totally love the podcast! It is my favorite of all the photography podcasts I have found so far. I like the humor and back and forth in every episode, and especially appreciate the balance you brought to this particular episode. It is really hard to find good advice/reviews that don’t go to one extreme or the other. I think you did an exemplary job of having a meaningful discussion around key camera features and their limitations on this episode. The discussion of how high pixel density opens you up to diffraction loss in real world use is important and the advice you gave about the sweet spot on different sensor formats was valuable. The discussion about how a 24-70 equivalent focal length does not behave the same across sensor formats is key as well. The fact that the Olympus OM-D EM5 can stabilize handheld shots around 1s and what “stops” of stabilization means was nice too, as was the point about the edges and corners being sharp with light lenses. I also really like that you pointed out how great IS doesn’t do much if the subject is moving. I suspect that many hobbyists don’t understand these things before they buy.

    These points really help people who are evaluating the possibility of buying new gear, because specs are just specs and don’t mean the same thing in all formats or use cases. They are used in marketing and probably drive development in a certain direction, but aren’t always a good metric for purchasing decisions. Having discussions about how these technologies impact real shooting situations and comparing beyond nearest competition is so useful. Thanks for what you do!

  2. Hello Gordon, from following your reports I believe you primarily like to work with out of camera JPEG files. Did you do any extensive testing with RAW files from the GX8 in comparison to RAW files from the 16 megapixel sensor in the GX7 or other Panasonic cameras which use the 16 megapixel sensor? I shoot only RAW and I find that the new sensor in the GX8 gives me noticeably more headroom when working with highlights, shadows and exposure in Lightroom. For me having come from the 16 megapixel sensor in the GM1, I’m finding this new sensor to be a noticeable improvement in post processing. I primarily use stabilized Panasonic lenses and with Dual IS on the GX8 and I’ve noticed a real benefit in handheld shooting in low light conditions. I still believe that the GX8 should have earned a Highly Recommended rating in your review (which I’ve read front to back three times). For those with a collection of primarily non-stabilized lenses, who primarily use out of the camera JPEGs, and are left-eye shooters I can see that this could bias one’s review somewhat. However for those who have already have stabilized lenses from Panasonic, work extensively with RAW files, and shoot with their right eye; well in my view I highly recommend the GX8 🙂

  3. Gordon, Doug – Thanks for the review. A couple of thoughts on the review.

    One – No one seems to be mentioning the increase in the number of auto focus areas from 23 to 49. While I still don’t think it is quite enough however it does help. It is one of the reasons I upgraded from a GH3 to a GH4.
    Two – The change to a fully articulated screen is great for for avoiding a left eye dominant person from changing the AF point. One need only turn the LCD display so that it faces the camera body. The camera then just reverts to the EVF and the problem is solved. I know this problem all to well. My GX7 makes me a little crazy at times because of the shifted focus point.
    Three – What are the four axes that are stabilized?

    Thanks and keep up the great hands on reviews.

    Rich