We test the Panasonic Lumix GX800. The camera, which looks like the size and compact, but it is bezlusterkowcem. He can shoot in 4K and costs as much as the cheapest SLR. Is this the camera to become a hit?
The most powerful compacts are their small size, the biggest drawback – the restriction resulting from the inability to change lenses. Panasonic Lumix camera GX800 is a compact camera sizes and capabilities bezlusterkowca, and all this at a price that is really reasonable. As the camera falls in practice? We invite you to read our test.
Design and Ergonomics
Unit size for many people is very important. Most of us want the camera as small as possible, because it will allow us to go with you wherever you take it. And that is why it is worth noting that the LUMIX GX800 really be in your pocket. Yes, some will be weighed and the lens, that's not quite hiding inside, do bulge in his pocket, but that's minor inconvenience. The camera is so small it can fit on the hand – only slightly exceeds the thickness of the simplest compacts, but it is possible slim.In terms of the weight of the camera does not differ from CDs, because its weight is only 269 grams with battery and memory card. So it can be classified as featherweight, as for example. Travel is very much. Hand in hand with small size also goes appearance. The camera can really enjoy it, especially in the version with an orange rubber. Tested by us black color version less conspicuous and more toned, but also looks very good. A big plus is that unlike some series of Lumix compact camera was built with frosted material, and most of the body is covered with rough rubber. As a result, the housing does not palcuje, and just have a problem with it some Panasonic compacts. Used finish makes it easy to handle, but I ran out and so contoured grip – even small. We'll find it for chewing at the site holding the thumb, and the camera cater one hand, because the buttons are arranged in such a way that they are very close to each other. The number of buttons on the body is not too high. The model is aimed at amateurs who are looking for simplicity, and the appliances they want to operate mainly using the touch screen, because accustomed to their smartphones. Panasonic went out to meet them, and indeed on the housing will not find many buttons. At the top of the mode dial to, and including the modes P, A, S, M, auto or scene. Interestingly, the lack of a separate movie mode. We can film in each of the modes by pressing the REC button on the front of the enclosure, just below the mode dial. In addition to the mode dial and shutter button at the top we find two more function keys, which are assigned by default, among others, serial mode. At the top we still have a pop-up flash, while the front we find the menu buttons, which are assigned different functions at the same time – so we can quickly select various options, not going into detail on the menu. One more button was hidden behind a screen angle. It is used to reset the filming. On the right side of the device manufacturer he hid under the cap two inputs – HDMI and USB – both micro version. USB input will also serve to charge, because we can only charge the battery in the camera – unless leveled up by adding an external charger. Place the memory card found there, where the battery, so at the bottom of the housing. And here curiosity – we can only use the micro SD card, which is rather rare option. I do not know if I can consider this as a disadvantage, but me personally that this little mind, because I use a rather large SD card, but it's a matter of taste. The battery itself is very small, because its capacity is only 680 mAh. Unfortunately, in order to ensure the size of the smallest producer had to make concessions. The battery will suddenly make 200 shots on a single charge. Unfortunately, this poor result, with the camera so it will be well up on at least two extra batteries if you do not want to connect the camera every now and then to recharge.
Strengths of the model is the display. You can see the trend among manufacturers – displays cameras are becoming larger and offer great opportunities when it comes to control camera settings. It is no different in the GX800. The camera is equipped with a 3.2-inch screen, the resolution is 1.040 million points. The size, combined with the high resolution provide us with a very good quality image preview. The colors on the display are vibrant, and the screen does not tweaks terms of what we will see on your computer monitor. The screen not only offers good picture quality, but also great opportunities when it comes to camera control. We can choose the menu settings, or set the focus by touching in a particular place, which is a very useful option. Equally useful is even electronic level, which will help us in framing pictures. Due to the compact size of the camera ran out of course the digital viewfinder, and so that is rare in cheaper models, so we can survive his absence.An additional advantage of the screen is that it is deflected by 180 degrees. It will not only provide the ability to take a selfie, but will also use the camera to shoot video blogs – because the Panasonic model works well just for shooting. As for the menu navigation, this should not cause anyone problems. The menu is quite transparent and finding in it will not take too much time. We also have a shortened menu where you can set the basic functions. Navigating the menu also makes it easier touch.
Despite its size, the camera is more compact than the matrix – this is not a matrix of 1-inch and classic sensor Micro Four-Thirds, with which we meet also more expensive Lumixach. Matrix lets you take pictures with a resolution of 16 megapixels and provides a truly high quality. In this respect, the camera performs better than a photographic smartphones – can be an interesting alternative for them. ISO can choose from a range of 100-25 600, and at 1600 image quality is decent all the time. Noise becomes visible at ISO 3200, but still no tragedy. You can see it in the table below.The quality of images and their tonal range falls out really well. They are doing their sizable matrix, but also powerful image processor. Pictures are very pretty colors and plenty of detail. White balance in auto mode adjusts the colors well and does not deal only with artificial lighting, which happens to be the standard. The camera copes well with RAWów provoking, so we can use the JPGów straight from the camera without worry. Pretty good for this class, handles the autofocus. It equipped with 49 focus areas, and it works pretty well, but sometimes you have to help him find the right focus point. They are also useful additional functions offered by the camera, as DFD or known from other models Post Focus. Using this last function you can adjust the focus after the shooting. The following sample images taken with the camera. Photos in full resolution can be found in the gallery . Among the additional features worth mentioning also the serial 4K Photo mode. By using it you will be able to take shots at 30 frames per second at a resolution of 4K. In the traditional mode, we execute serial images at 10 frames per second at the highest resolution. The buffer fills up 100 JPG files. The camera is fast, and the record of shooting does not take too much time. While using it I have not noticed the major cropping. The only problem, for which I came across, the problem with the card. Well, the camera hangs when working with free cards. It is obvious that a free media does not allow you to save videos in 4K, but the pictures should not be a problem. Meanwhile, if the camera getting a free card, first took pictures with no problem, but after a few arming beginning to crop, and the images have not given up later on the computer display. So be careful with what you are using cards, apparently because the camera does not tolerate the cheapest. The camera is also equipped with a wireless Wi-Fi system. This increasingly popular solution, but at the same time very useful, because thanks to it we can use the smartphone to control the camera. We can also transfer images to a computer without using a cable. The combination manages to establish quickly, and the signal is generally stable.
As in other models of Panasonic, the GX800 movie mode is a strong point of the device. Despite the low prices of equipment it offers the possibility of shooting in 4K quality and MP4 format. The detail of films is of course very high – some smartphones also offer 4K, and yet in their case, the recording quality is not as high as in bezlusterkowcu Panasonic. Here, the quality of recorded material can not have reservations. Also in Full HD picture it looks very nice and detailed, and we can shoot with manual settings, and with the help of a machine. Due to the compact size, tilting screen and high quality video, the camera will be well suited to record video blogs, especially that in the automatic mode copes very well with setting parameters. Thus, we can leave the camera set all the values without fear that the image will suffer. In movie mode image stabilization works well – maybe not 5-axis, but quite efficient, which eliminates the greatest amount of vibration. Well suited to the continuous AF, which focuses relatively quickly and seems to be quite useful. Of course, do not expect too much of him, because remember that this model amateur. And as such, for the filming performs really well, which one can see the sample video recorded in 4K quality.
Summary and evaluation
Is the 2.5 thousand. gold can have a good mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the lens kitowym, which makes pretty pictures and making films in 4K? Panasonic GX800 example shows that it is possible. Despite the low price of the camera is not going to compromise. The compact housing gain opportunities bezlusterkowca – quality photos and great 4K movie mode. Fitting housing does well, and amenities such as tilting the screen even 180 degrees will certainly appeal to many of you. Does the product have disadvantages? Yes. Certainly the largest is the battery whose capacity is very little impressive. Autofocus is also not as fast as in the more advanced models. But these small problems can not overshadow the fact that the GX800 is a very successful model, distinguished by its excellent price-performance ratio. Therefore, a distinction awarded him a "good buy". [Temperatura2 product_id = "22198"]