Pana­sonic Lu­mix GX800

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Price £379 (with 12-32mm lens)

PANA­sONiC – along­side its mi­cro Four Thirds co- de­vel­oper Olym­pus – has been mak­ing mir­ror­less cam­eras longer than any­one else. The GX800 is Pana­sonic’s cur­rent en­try-level mir­ror­less model and, as such, is pri­mar­ily aimed at ca­sual users look­ing for an easy-touse cam­era that’s ca­pa­ble of bet­ter im­age qual­ity than a smart­phone or ba­sic com­pact.

it’s built around the same 16mP live mOs sen­sor as the more ad­vanced GX80, which re­sults in a sim­i­larly high stan­dard of im­age qual­ity over­all. im­age pro­cess­ing is taken care of via Pana­sonic’s pro­pri­etary Venus En­gine, which fa­cil­i­tates a na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity range of isO 200-25,600 and a top shoot­ing speed of 5fps. in ad­di­tion the GX800 is also ca­pa­ble of record­ing 4K video at up to 30fps, and comes with Pana­sonic’s in­no­va­tive 4K Photo mode, which en­ables 8mP still im­ages to be ex­tracted from 4K video footage in a va­ri­ety of ways to en­sure that you never miss a mo­ment. The GX800 even gets a ded­i­cated 4K Photo mode but­ton lo­cated on the top-plate.

in terms of size and weight the GX800 is the small­est and light­est mir­ror­less cam­era in the lu­mix range. On top of this, it benefits from some clas­sic retro rangefinder styling, giv­ing it an un­doubt­edly stylish ap­pear­ance. While but­tons are scarce and the cam­era lacks an elec­tronic viewfinder – or in­deed any means to at­tach one – the rear dis­play flips up by 180° so that it can be made to face the same di­rec­tion as the lens for easy self­ies. The lCD dis­play dou­bles up as a touch­screen, pro­vid­ing in­tu­itive con­trol over the cam­era and its set­tings.

Key fea­tures

Price £379 (with 12-32mm lens) 16MP Mi­cro Four Thirds Live MOS sen­sor ISO 200-25,6000 (ex­pand­able to ISO 100) 5fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing 3in, 1.04m-dot flip-up LCD 4K video cap­ture

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