Early today Panasonic announced its most advanced GX camera – the new mirrorless GX8. The new camera breaks the 20MP resolution for a micro 4/3 sensor for the first time and has a host of new improvements – Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStore had a chance to have a first look at a pre-production unit and came back very pleased.
On early August 2013 Panasonic announced its GX7 and Niccolls had a chance to test it. Now he is looking at the new model which brings a completely new sensor with improved resolution (20MP instead of 16MP), a new processor, faster AF, 4K video capabilities and better image stabilization.
All in all it seems that the new GX8 is a winner for high-end micro 4/3 users – it is larger and heavier, and about $200 more expensive (than the already pricey GX7) but it does offer that much more bang for the buck.
Here is a list of the main features of the new GX8:
- A brand new 20MP Live MOS sensor.
- ISO 100 – ISO 25600.
- Flip-up, 2.7M dot EVF.
- 3″ articulated touch OLED display with over 1 million dots.
- New Venus Engine processor.
- Improved in-body image stabilization (better than on the GX7, but not for video).
- Max shutter speed of 1/8000 second (with up to 16,000 in electronic shutter).
- Video: 4k @30p/24p (but with a crop), 1080 video at 60p/60i/24p (MP4 or AVCHD format).
- Continuous shooting: 8 fps with AF tracking.
- USB tethering.
- 340 shot battery life.
- Magnesium-alloy body – water/dust resistant.
- Large grip.
- Large buffer – over 30 images in RAW.
- Wi-Fi , NFC and QR code connection.
- Weight – 487 g (1.07 lb).
- Price -$1200 body only (available at B&H).
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