A MI­CRO FOUR THIRDS DED­I­CATED TO SELF­IES

Pana­sonic’s LU­MIX GF8 Spe­cial­izes in Self­ies

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

Just ahead of last month’s CP+ event in Ja­pan, Pana­sonic un­veiled the LU­MIX DMC-GF8, which is a Mi­cro Four Thirds cam­era that’s ba­si­cally an up­dated GF7 with a fo­cus on tak­ing self­ies. For a start, the 3-inch touch­screen can tilt 180 de­grees up­wards, mak­ing it eas­ier to take self­ies. Once the touch­screen is tilted, the cam­era au­to­mat­i­cally goes into Self Shot mode, where a va­ri­ety of ad­di­tional op­tions are made avail­able.

In Self Shot mode, you will get ac­cess to ef­fects like ‘Soft Skin,’ ‘De­fo­cus­ing’ and ‘Slim­ming’. Once a photo has been taken, the cam­era even al­lows mi­nor post-pro­cess­ing, such as make-up re­touch­ing, with the Beauty Re­touch func­tion.

On the in­side, the GF8 is highly iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor. It has a 16MP Mi­cro Four Thirds sen­sor, and of­fers a max­i­mum ISO of 25,600. It also has a Face/Eye De­tec­tion AF mode, which helps you to get sharp pho­tos in a myr­iad of sit­u­a­tions. Speak­ing of a myr­iad of sit­u­a­tions, the GF8 is an in­ter­change­able mir­ror­less cam­era, so you will be able to mount nu­mer­ous lenses to fit the sit­u­a­tion.

If you’re un­sure on how to ad­just the ex­po­sure set­tings, the GF8 has a fea­ture that elim­i­nates the guess­work. This fea­ture is called the iA+ (or In­tel­li­gent Auto) fea­ture, and it ba­si­cally lets you take great pho­tos eas­ily. In this mode, a num­ber of shootin­gas­sist func­tions like AF Track­ing, In­tel­li­gent Scene Selec­tor, Face Recog­ni­tion, In­tel­li­gent ISO Con­trol and Food Recog­ni­tion are en­abled.

Nat­u­rally, the GF8 comes with Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, which lets you re­motely con­trol the cam­era, and eas­ily trans­fer pho­tos to a con­nected smart­phone or tablet. It will be avail­able in four dif­fer­ent col­ors, though lo­cal pric­ing and bun­dle in­for­ma­tion is un­avail­able at the time of writ­ing.

With a 3-inch touch­screen LCD that flips up 180 de­grees, tak­ing self­ies is a breeze.

(From left to right) The XPRO Land, Over, and Prime monopods.

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