When it comes to high- end cameras, the buying decision has to be made consciously by weighing value against the price tag attached. That’s the trick; and it may sound simple but it really isn’t.
Take the Panasonic Lumix GX8 for example, a compact enthusiast camera that is capable of recording both 4K video and photos. It has a strong build to it that is both dust resistant and impervious to water therefore you can shoot in all manner of weather and a diverse range of terrains. This is value right from the word go and therefore the only question is, how much would you be willing to pay for one?
The body of this micro-four-thirds camera is made up of magnesium alloy and weighs approximately 487 grams without the lens. There is a large sized hand grip on the right hand side to allow for a firm grasp with the fingers when positioning to take a shot.
The camera itself is larger in size with enhanced features from Panasonic Lumix GX7 that was launched almost two years ago. It is not just dead weight that has been added on but the user has now more power to take better shots with a higher resolution output on the images compared to the performance of its predecessor.
The lens is made of a 20.3-megapixel imaging sensor combined with a powerful image processor (Venus Engine) that gives this camera the ability to produce high resolution pictures with great color detail. Thanks to the new image processor onboard, the user is able to take a burst of pictures of 20 megapixels at 8 frames per second. With continuous AF on, you can take images at 6 frames per second in a single burst.
With low- light AF credentials of -4EV, it is able to take high quality pictures in dimly lit environments owing to its enhanced focusing ability. There is no built in flash which means a flashgun will have to be attached as an accessory on the hot shoe above.
One of the most innovative advances is the use of dual Image Stabilization to ensure images are snapped with incredible detail despite shakes or movement. For the first time in a Lumix camera, a lens-based OIS technology with sensor shift is used together with in-body image stabilization to achieve excellent results.
This flexibility is extended literally in the way the camera functions through the electronic View Finder (EVF) and the LCD screen. The EVF can be moved up and down within a maximum angle of 90 degrees.
The 3- inch OLED monitor at the back of the camera is also designed with a flexible hinge such that it can be turned 180 degrees around from side to side and once it is pulled out, it can be adjusted around a 270- degree angle. This means you can move the screen around to face you thereby enabling selfie if you so wish.
With a resolution of 1040k dots, the monitor is great for viewing the contents being framed and the fact that it is a touchscreen enables you to access settings quickly while shooting. Panasonic has also included something called “Monitor Luminance” which when set to automatically detect ambient light will adjust the lighting accordingly to make the screen visible even when operating the camera outdoors on a sunny day.
Panasonic Lumix GX8 will take up to 330 shots using the rechargeable 1,200 mAh Li- Ion battery slotted inside before requiring another refill.
|Device type||Digital SLM|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||133.2 x 77.9 x 63.1 mm|
|Sensor||20.3 MP, 5184 x 2920 pixels, Digital Live MOS|
|Sensor size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
||Up to 8fps|
|ISO sensitivity||100 – 25600|
480p@25fps (AVCHD, MP4)
|Zoom||4x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, Touch screen OLED|
|Resolution||1040k- dot (2360k- dot live view finder)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Micro HDMI,
SD, SDHC, SDXC
|Battery||7.2V Li-Ion rechargeable, 330 shots per charge|
|Others||Raw image, Contrast AF, Dolby Digital, Venus Engine,
sRGB color space, Adobe RGB color space,
Magnesium alloy, Weather proof, Dual OIS