Unprecedented Picture Quality
Packing a 20.3-megapixel Sensor, Dual I.S. and 4K Video/Photo recording capability, this camera will capture your subjects in the best way possible. Its sophisticated design will satisfy even the most experienced photographers.
1. New sensor. For years we've been stuck at 16 megapixels for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors; the GX8 introduces a new 20.3-megapixel version, which makes the GX8 the highest-resolution Micro Four Thirds camera for the moment. It also incorporates a new version of Panasonic's Venus Engine image processor and incorporates color, noise and sharpness processing technologies that date back to the LX100 .
2. Weather resistance. A big hole in the GX7's feature set, the GX8 is now dust- and splashproof, like Olympus' OM-D line.
3. Updated displays. The electronic viewfinder still tilts -- a great feature -- but now it's higher magnification with a bigger eyecup. And the previously tilt-only back LCD is now fully articulated.
4. Enhanced image stabilization. It's always been really frustrating that the two MFT-mount camera manufacturers had different stabilization schemes -- Olympus went sensor-shift and Panasonic went optical -- which meant that even though they could use each other's lenses, you had no stabilization for Olympus lenses on Panasonic's cameras. The GX7 was the first Panasonic to cave into offering sensor shift, and the GX8 is now the first of its cameras to be able to combine the two types of stabilization. Panasonic claims the so-called Dual I.S. will deliver better stabilization as well as better performance with short focal lengths. It does require lens support, however, and it will require a firmware update for all lenses. (Three of them won't support it at all: the 14-42mm f3.5-6.5, the 45-200mm f4-5.6 and the 100-300mm f4-5.6.)
5. 4K video and burst modes. The camera incorporates the 4K video capabilities and the Panasonic-specific 4K burst-shooting modes that it introduced with the G7. In addition to 4K Photo Mode, which lets you to pull decent 8MP stills from videos as an alternative to continuous shooting, it has a 4K-resolution mode to allow you to shoot bursts without stopping video recording, a 4K preburst (which captures a few shots before and after the shutter press) and a regular 4K burst mode.
6. Performance improvements. While it's not up to the GH4's level, it incorporates the same fast Depth-from-Defocus autofocus system with rated continuous-shooting performance similar to dSLRs in its price class, like the Canon EOS 70D and the Nikon D7200 . It's interesting to note that the GX8 has a more powerful battery than the GX7 but only ekes out about 10 more shots in its rated life.
7. New features. Also picked up from sibling cameras, the GX8 now offers in-camera raw-to-JPEG conversion; a post-shot content-aware erase for removing unwanted elements in photos; a monochrome filter; the ability to use effects filters in manual and semi-manual exposure modes; and a wide-angle panorama that shoots narrower but wider-angle shots than the traditional panorama.
8. Redesigned. To date, the GX7's body was the most stylish interchangeable-lens model from Panasonic, especially of the models with electronic viewfinders. Now Panasonic has streamlined the GX8 with some enthusiast-favorite design touches, like a physical exposure-compensation dial, a bigger grip and a more naturally located shutter button, all while retaining a snazzy look. On the downside, Panasonic dropped the pop-up flash and now only offers an extra-cost optional model. It's also bigger and heavier than the GX7 and the E-M5 II.