COMPACT, BUT BIG ON FEATURES
Fans of Panasonic’s GX series like the compact system camera for its style and features. With the GX8, they have more to like.
Features include a dust and splashproof body, a microphone input for better sound quality on home movies, and a bigger sensor of 20 megapixels.
Some improvements might not be noticeable at first, such as a better image stabilisation. Others are perfect for certain scenarios, such as the three 4K still photography modes which let you shoot video at 30 frames per second and eight megapixels in size.
The GX8 doesn’t look sexy, but it has a functional body with big dials to control modes, aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation.
While features such as 4K video capture are why some people will choose this camera, we like some of the little things, such as a live viewfinder that tilts up to 90 degrees so you can look down on your camera as if it was a Box Brownie when shooting at a low angle. In this model, it has a higher magnification. More positives include wi-fi connectivity and an ISO range of up to 25,600. On the negative side, although it has a hot shoe for an external flash, there is no pop-up flash. And while the GX8 is a big step up from its predecessor, it has a higher price tag. / ROD CHESTER