Panasonic G Series Lumix

Review: The new Panasonic Lumix GX8 in the real field, performance beyond my expectations.

Traveling Light without sacrificing quality


Wow... I made it, I actually managed to get this Blog Post out today and what better reason then talking about my latest experience with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 in the Philippines and Thailand.

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"Shadows on the fire stairs" Manila, Philippines.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 200
1/160 sec. f:4.0


I have been using this latest marvel for some time now even prior my recent trip to Thailand for the Regional Launch of the
Panasonic LUMIX GX8.

As you know from my previous reports and reviews I don’t talk much about all the features and the other technical stuff in details but I rather let my images do the talking. However I might point out just a few interesting details like the
Dual Stabilizing feature combining the in Body stabilizing system with the in lens stabilizer.

- The LUMIX GX8 integrates Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)* for more effective results.
The GX8's body I.S. works in tandem with the LUMIX lens I.S. for maximum stabilization.
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Please note, in order to use both stabilizers you need to perform a
Firmware update on some lenses, not a big deal and straight forward.

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Dramatic Sunset over Manila, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/30 sec. f:8,0


There is the new sensor with 20.3 Mega Pixels and the amazing 4K Photo options that let you shoot at 30 frames in sequence. and you be able to select the best images from the batch very easy in camera. (and of course you still have you 4K Video option too)

- The LUMIX GX8 employs the newly-developed 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that achieves high-speed bursts, ISO25600 high sensitivity, and a wider dynamic range. Combined with the Venus Engine, the GX8 achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-light situations. -

Another great new edition that I truly love is the new Body, slightly larger but splash and dust proof now. I had this camera in a very heavy downpour recently and it performed just great.
I don’t recommend this but if needed or the situation arises you can go ahead without missing that shot. Of course the autofocus is extremely fast and performed superb. even under very dark condition or at night.
The menu is nicely organized and you don’t have to be a Genius to figure it out, also the access to the Buttons is well done and with a click you can switch to
4K Photo if needed.

- The LUMIX GX8 camera body is composed of a magnesium alloy, full diecast front
and rear frame. Tight seals on every joint, dial and button enable splashproof / dustproof performance.-


I am going to stop now with all this technical stuff and rather provide you with some more info below the images. I might add due to the excellent color rendition and a perfect grey balance (like with most Lumix Cameras) I was shooting in RAW and high JPG. I didn’t have to perform almost no post processing or very little on the RAW files like…Raw conversion in Lightroom, basic sharpening, cropping straightening, or adding some contrast.

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Street Vendor walking along the road during rain selling Santo Niño figurine near Taal, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/125 sec. f:4.0


Ohhh… you might noticed, yes I am using
Lightroom now, a transition I had to make some time ago due to Aperture not been supported any more by Apple.
More on that issue later…

Before we go to the images in details, my experience in the real field, not in the Lab, studio or just testing for the sake of testing, the
Lumix GX8 out performed beyond my expectations, I just love it! As a matter of fact I am using some of these images already for commercial purpose and for publications.
Yet, the
GX8 it is still small enough to carry with you all the time and you can fit it in your Pocket (larger pocket) with the awesome 20mm lens attached.

OK that is enough now, lets have a look at those images…

Note: A real mix selection on a variety of subjects, trying to show the versatility of the GX8. All photos taken without Tripod using different Lumix Lenses, a mix of Aperture and ISO settings, the White Balance was set on Auto, shooting RAW and high JPG only.

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Street scene, Taal, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/250 sec. f:5.6


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Heavy tropical rain shower, Town of Taal, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/125 sec. f:5.6


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Street art - Manila, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/80 sec. f:5.6


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"Natures Revenge" Street art Manila,Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/100 sec. f:5.6


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Full Moon and traffic, Manila, Philippines, from the 11th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/8 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld but resting against a wall for support.


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Awesome Sunset over Manila, Philippines, from the 11th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/4 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld but resting on an outside air-con duct.


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Radisson Blu Lobby Bar, Bangkok, Thailand.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 250
1/100 sec. f:2.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 200
1/250 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 250
1/80 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 320
1/500 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 250
1/60 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images of Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 250
1/80 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images of Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/100 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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"The Heart shape", Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok,Thailand. Through the Glass window from the 11th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/800 sec. f:7.1


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Traditional Thai Food - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/160 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/640 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai Musician - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/15 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai Musician - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/20 sec. f:2.8 available light.


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Traditional Thai - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/320 sec. f:5.6 available light.


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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 250
1/1250 sec. f:6.3 available light.


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"The wall" Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 250
1/10 sec. f:5.6 available light.
- The whites are white and the grey is neutral -



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"The wall & window" Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G 20mm f1.7, ISO 250
1/20 sec. f:5.0 available light. - The whites are white and the grey is neutral -


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Using the4K Photo Mode at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/640 sec. f:5.6


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4K Photo Mode Demo, set up inside at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/100 sec. f:2.8 available light


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4K Photo Mode Demo, set up inside at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/100 sec. f:2.8 available light


- The 4K Photo function can be used in three different modes, all allowing you to capture that perfect moment at a high burst rate of 30 frames / photos per second: -
- 4K Burst - burst shooting 8-megapixel equivalent images extracted from 4K video as long as the shutter button is pressed. -

For more technical detail go to DP Review or check out the Panasonic Lumix Website.
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