Updated 21 Nov 2016

Panasonic

DMC-GX8 (with 14-42mm lens)

Snapshot: The Panasonic DMC-GX8 compact system camera has an Micro Four Thirds Live CMOS sensor, touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. But how’s the image quality?

DMC-GX8 (with 14-42mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1398

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Test results

Overall score
78
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10

Good points

  • Good image quality.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Excellent screen.
  • Excellent viewfinder.
  • Good video quality.
  • Has a high-resolution articulated monitor and a high-resolution LCD viewfinder.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

  • Has no flash.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1398
Type
Compact system (CSC)

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
20
Sensor
Micro Four Thirds Live CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
200 - 25600
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
29 - 83
Shutter range
1/16000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
140 x 60 x 80
Weight (g)
507
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3
Monitor pixels
1040000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder pixels
2,360,000

Video

Resolution
3840 x 2160
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
None
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes
Tested with a LUMIX G VARIO 1:3.5-5.6 14-42mm II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.