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20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Venus Engine Image Processor
Micro Four Thirds System
Medium Telephoto Zoom Lens
Fast Constant Aperture f/2.8
Pairing 4K recording and an updated Micro Four Thirds sensor, the silver Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a sleek, compact mirrorless camera enabling versatile, multimedia recording. Utilizing a high resolution 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS sensor, along with a Venus Engine image processor, the GX8 is able to record 4K UHD movies at 30 or 24 fps; record full-resolution stills at 10 fps with AF-S or 8 MP stills at 30 fps; and work in difficult lighting situations with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600. Complementing the imaging capabilities is a unique Dual I.S. system that offers the use of both in-camera and in-lens image stabilization systems to effectively minimize the appearance of camera shake. The body design is also characterized by a durable, magnesium alloy construction that incorporates a tilting 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a free angle 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear OLED touchscreen to suit working from a variety of angles. Offering an enhanced set of imaging features with a comfortable form factor, the GX8 is an everyday camera designed with advanced multimedia capture in mind.
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If you're buying this camera- you already know what you're looking for. If you don't know what camera to get, then you should be reading a different review, probably from a better source than an amazon review - I used snapsort.com to figure out that I wanted the GX8.
This is a review of this specific listing: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black Body Only) (International Model no Warranty) So let's go blow by blow:
Black Body Only: It sure is! this is a box which contains the body, a battery, an electrical plug for the charger, the charger itself, and a very small USB Cable to connect to the camera's obscure USB connector (Micro A - Android phones use Micro B) and it also includes a shoulder strap, manual, and a bunch of software you don't need on a CD. I will note that I believe this box usually has a 2 prong euro cable (as seen on youtube), and I believe it was opened to swap the power cable to a North American Style...
Got this one as an upgrade to my Panasonic GX7. Totally different league. Feels more like a full frame camera (bulkier and better grip than its predecessor) and the focussing time is megafast and very good in low light. I also purchased the f2.8 12-35mm lens. I owned the Nikon D750 and the Fuji XT1 but got rid of them. The first because it was just too heavy and bulky, the second because of its bad focussing in low light. Problem with full frame is also you have to shoot at f5.6 to get enough DOF and since I shoot almost always inside that's a big drawback. At f1.8 and f2.8 a MFT still gives enough desirable bokeh for portraiture . Advantage of MTF in low light is that it gives you much more depth of field than a full frame when shooting at large apertures. To me this is the perfect world.
I love this camera. It competes directly with the Olympus EM1 mark II but costs a third. It has the 20mp sensor, I love the EVF. The in-body stabilization is fantastic for stills even if the lens is not stabilized. I use a stabilized Lumix lens for (outstanding) video but have snapped some really great shots with my Oly glass too. The battery life could be better but it isn't terrible. Panasonic released the G80/85 at a lower price point with toned down specs and then the price of this model came down. This camera is actually one of the best on the market for the enthusiast mirrorless niche.
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