Panasonic has come out with a new flagship – a monster snapper with 4K mirrorless lens called the LUMIX DMC-GX8.
A 20.3-megapixel beauty with Digital Live MOS Sensor, the GX8 is dust and waterproof, but that is only a minor attraction. The main thing is, this beast is a digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera that can shoot 8 frames per second (fps) continuously on single autofocus and 6 fps in continuous autofocus; the ISO tops out at a massive 25,600. A Contrast AF type combines with Depth Defocus technology to give AF speeds of 0.07 seconds.
Then there is the fact that it boasts 4K video recording at 3,840 x 2,160 resolutions (QFHD 4K) at 30p or 24p. How’s that for HD?! Oh and did we mention you could get 8MP still photos from the video footage? The lens is interchangeable. Under the hood it runs a Venus Engine image processor and a quad-core processor for super-fast speeds.
A dual stabilization gives it an added advantage meaning it has both body and lens stabilization for crisp hand-held pictures without the shakiness and this includes Panasonic’s 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization. A 3-inch OLED touchscreen gives you a superb view when you are not using the viewfinder, which by the way, has one of the highest magnification ratios; it can even rotate 180-degrees up and tilt 250-degrees up for capturing aerial and ground shots.
You can also tweak the RAW data – color space, contrast, exposure, etc – without plugging into a computer. The camera comes with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for connecting to any smartphone or tablet to extract your photos without the hassle of wires.
The company has announced mid-August as the availability date and a price of $1200 for the body only camera. The reinforced magnesium alloy full die cast body is available in black and silver variants for that pure, classic look.