A MICRO FOUR THIRDS DEDICATED TO SELFIES
Panasonic’s LUMIX GF8 Specializes in Selfies
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.