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Camera review: Panasonic GX8

By Mogens Johansen

Photographer Mogens Johansen finds a new model from Panasonic intuitive and user-friendly.

If you are a fan of rangefinder-style cameras, the recently released Panasonic GX8 may just float your boat.

It is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system camera that comes with all the bells and whistles that we have come to expect from a high-end DSLR.

It features a 20.3 MP Micro Four Thirds size sensor, dual-image stabilisation in both the camera and lenses, fast accurate autofocus, a clever tilting electronic viewfinder and a large 3-inch touch screen.

The camera has all the common P S A M shooting modes plus a range of creative controls. It shoots 4K video as well as the new 4K photo mode that is incorporated in some of Panasonic’s latest models.

Here are some of the best features of the GX8:

20.3 MP Digital Live MOS sensor

Venus Engine image processor

Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED electronic view finder

3-inch 1.04m-Dot variable angle touch screen

Dual image stabilisation and excellent autofocus

4K video at 30/24 fps + 4K Photo capture

10 fps Shooting with AF-S and ISO 25600

Built-in wi-fi

The Panasonic GX8 with a 14-42mm single lens kit sells from about $1300.

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