We test the latest mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera Panasonic – Lumix GX-8. Camera for photos and videos. Is is better than its predecessor?
The predecessor of the new model, which GX7 fell in our test very positively. Since the launch of the camera have passed, but two years. In the new version the manufacturer decided to far-reaching changes? This and many other things we check in our test.
Design and Ergonomics
Panasonic is not the fashion of the retro look, so the model GX8 features modern design. This does not mean that without style. In our version of the camera it is black and the appearance suggests that we are dealing with a product from a higher shelf. Almost the entire width of the body is covered with a roughened rubber. The front has a strong grip, which in combination with the rubber surface of the body provides a comfortable grip. As in any model of more advanced on the body we can find a lot of buttons, although the amount is reasonable and limited to the most important. From the side of the display, in addition to the operation buttons menu features yet knob to switch between settings AF button on and off the viewfinder, as well as two function buttons. In the upper part we have 4 wheel – to set the shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and camera modes. For the REC button and another button function. Using the mode dial can choose between classic settings P, A, S, M, but also get up to 3 modes in which we can save the settings, labeled C1, C2 and C3. This is very useful because often save a defined mode is not enough, and here we have the ability to record three and quick access to them. In addition, using the knob to get even to the movie mode, auto, Sweep Panorama mode and creative filters. But also a plus, because it is good to be able to quickly choose an effect, rather than search for them on the menu.The cap on the left side of the body manufacturer has placed three inputs: HDMI, AV and microphone (which can also be used for remote control). This type of entry shows that the manufacturer is set largely on filming cameras. This impression is exacerbated screen that, like cameras, can swing to the side. In the lower part of the body we find a place on the battery and memory card. It is a pity that the card slot is not independent from the battery, as is the case in many models, because it certainly would be easier to replace the card when using a camera mounted on a tripod. camera battery with a capacity of 1025 mAh according to the manufacturer can do about 330 shots – we did not manage to achieve such a result. Maybe it's the use of image stabilization and frequent search menu, because it strongly increases the energy consumption. As with most bezlusterkowców, free use of the GX8 is good to stock up on a spare battery. Together with him and the memory card camera weighs less than half a kilogram – this is not enough, but do not forget that we deal with advanced and high-end. We do not get round it in your hand, and after the installation of a longer lens will feel the hand of his weight.
Display and menu
The quality of the preview is not surprising. We get OLED display with a resolution of 1040 thousand. points points – view is very clear. As already mentioned, the screen is repealed to the side, as in cameras, and allows you to rotate 180 degrees. Here one must also mention the presence of the touch panel. On the screen preview is available a lot of features and all can benefit just by touching.menu is divided into five segments: Recording, Movie, Custom, Setup, Playback. Each segment, however, has a dozen items. Everything goes easy to find due to the fact that the most important settings are placed at the very beginning. Besides, most of the key functions can be adjusted without entering the menu, using the buttons, or through the shortcut menu available for preview. The menu is friendly and although Panasonic mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera is aimed at advanced users, you and those less familiar with hardware will have no problem navigating through the menus. In addition to the display available to get the digital OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 2 360 000 points, and additionally offers 1.54-fold powiększenie.Podgląd it is clear and legible, and use the viewfinder so much fun that he also, like in cameras, is biased – we can move it up as much as 90 degrees. A big plus for such a possibility.
The camera is equipped with a matrix Live MOS-size Micro Four-Thirds. It makes you get twice larger picture with full frame. Matrix offers a resolution of 20.3 megapixels – the standard in its class – while the video recording corresponds to a powerful processor Venus Engine. A little more than two seconds the camera needs to run and shoot, which is a good result. In the case of electronic iris we can do up to 10 images per second. But the camera is also equipped with a function 4K Burst and it means we can record 30 frames per second at 4K quality. So theoretically, the recorded images could make a movie. This feature is useful if you want to shoot quickly, because ultimately 4K quality for photos is often sufficient. Speaking of speed, it is also worth mentioning the shortest time exposure. Electronic shutter operates at the highest speed 1/16000 s, which may be useful in a situation where we will use clear lenses on sunny days.
Especially that the minimum ISO is only 200 (expandable to 100). On the other hand, the maximum ISO in extended mode is 25 600. However, you have to say honestly that the matrix micro four-thirds is not too high and kiss ISO and in the case of video noise beginning to see already the case in the 1600s with Photos is better, because even with 6400 thanks noise reduction function, we can get a good image. However, even at the highest ISO value of the principal, so 12 800 noise becomes strongly perceptible. The following comparison of the quality of the different ISO values, and our gallery you can find full size .great speed also features autofocus based on 49 points with contrast detection. Sharpens personnel in a split second, and at the same time he does it with great precision. Amazingly, he is doing quite well also in low light conditions. Also in continuous mode (used for example when shooting) autofocus speed and accuracy can not be accused of many. Of course, the focus can be set manually, and will help us focus function peekingu. By the way, the AF is also worth mentioning the "post focus". When shooting with this function, we can decide, after taking a picture, which is to be sharp in the frame. We set the focus point by touching the screen with your finger. The camera does a good job of setting the automatic white balance. Even with artificial lighting can handle not bad, but of course, that the image looked adequately well in the interiors should set the white balance manually. With good mapping the white balance color images look really good. The colors are saturated, images are full of detail, and most importantly, well-performs automatic mode. This well-selects settings for the scene and thanks to using only the automation, we can register a very nice staff.
Taking photos and videos also favors the presence of stabilization DUAL IS It is based on an innovative solution. Stabilization of the camera sensor itself is a 4-axis, but it cooperates with the 2-axis stabilization of the new lenses manufacturer, so that the end result is a combination of stabilization in the camera and the lens, so you get a smooth and stable image. This feature can be especially useful when shooting, when dealing with long lenses and every movement resulting in large trembling frame. The camera also boasts a large number of creative filters. The most interesting should replace the filter expressive, strengthening saturation images. Useful even when we want to emphasize the blue of the sky. Interesting are also high and low-key. We also have the possibility to leave one color to black-and-white image, as well as filter stellar that any reflection of light is split into four parts. However, even without using effects in your photos to the camera, we made the automatic mode more interesting appearance. The following two images slightly increased the contrast and highlighted with a frame and also for the first I increased saturation while warming colors, while the second on purpose I added a little noise.
With the additional functions we only get WIFI, without NFC. It's a shame, because the more expensive, after all, the model we would expect the possibility of rapid communication via NFC. After installing the application on our smartphone or tablet, it will take a while pairing it with the camera. But once we do get a lot of opportunities. Mobile application allows you to capture images remotely using a smartphone, and at the same time gives you control over a number of camera settings, including even with the resolution of images. Using WIFI can also view photos and videos, or to mark the place of execution. We can also, of course, to copy pictures from the camera to another device.
Movie mode is something on which manufacturer focuses heavily, but after all, some things missing here. As for the quality of films, in addition, of course, Full HD, GX8 offers 4K at 25 frames per second. Videos can be saved in AVCHD and MP4, but 4K get only hand in hand with the other. There is no denying that the video quality is at a high level – in Full HD bit rate is 28 Mbps, and 4K is up to 100 Mbps. This bandwidth in conjunction with the record in an efficient format that makes you get a good quality recording. The filming helps the already mentioned image stabilization. Pretty good handle a continuous autofocus, but when it gets dark, it starts a bit confused. But we also have the possibility of manual focusing with the help of a magnifying glass peekingu and growing portion of the frame, so there should not be a problem. The problem for this is the ISO, because unfortunately, as I said, it is far from ideal. This does not mean that the picture will be very grainy, but you have to admit, however, that at higher values, already above ISO 1600 notice noise, and thus to provide a good quality image in low light conditions we obtain a clear lens. Standard kitowy with the light of the order of f / 5.6 at the end is not enough. In movie mode, we can use the same effects as for the images, to thereby give the films an unusual color. We also have, of course, the profile of S-Log, which allows shooting with a slightly reduced values, which then "conquer the" in post-production. We can also make movies frame by frame – we take pictures the camera and automatically saves the film as stop-motion animation, which saves on time, without having to submit images manually during installation. For the filming also included a microphone input 2.5 mm, although the sound quality of the built-in microphone is not bad. Missing perhaps the only film slow motion. Panasonic as a brand associated with the film, should be in movie mode to offer everything possible. Therefore very willingly I would see the possibility of filming at 120 frames per second in full HD, or even HD. This unfortunately was missing, but we have for 4K – in the end you can not have everything.
Summary and evaluation
The main advantage of the camera is fast and efficient at the same time autofocus. Panasonic model shows that in many respects technical bezlusterkowce stop to give way lustrzankom. Very useful it can be also possible to shoot in 4K quality at a rate such as in the case of the film. Swing 90 degrees viewfinder is too simple, but very cool solution. And finally, the idea of combining the stabilization of the matrix of the lenses can also be considered a hit. In short, GX8 is a modern and efficient equipment, allowing for much.
Of course, it is difficult to create ideal and if GX8 also we can find some details to lower scores. First of all, we need to identify the average coping with higher ISO settings. It's a shame that the movie mode has not been enriched even with slow-motion. After the defects zapisałbym the screen tilted to the side – mainly by the fact that after connecting eg. A microphone into the slot next to confine the right to tilt the screen. Little downside jet a bit too large size and weight. Despite these drawbacks, the new Panasonic mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera is definitely a proposal worthy of attention.[temperatura2 product_id = "21076"]