Panasonic DMC-GX8: Micro 4/3 breaks 16 megapixel chains

Panasonic GX8

When micro 4/3 was first introduced back in 2008 it featured 12 megapixel sensor and then with as part of the second generation 16 megapixel sensor was introduced in Panasonic GH-2 and Olympus OMD-EM5 in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Since then Micro 4/3 has been stuck with 16 megapixel sensors and become of that it had become a general thought that Micro 4/3 might never come with a higher megapixel sensor due to sensor size limitation but today’s Panasonic GX-8 announcement has proved this wrong.

Panasonic GX8

Panasonic GX8 is the third camera in the GX line which was first introduced with GX1 in 2011 followed by GX7 in 2013. Some of the major features of GX8 are below:

  • 20.3 MP Digital Live CMOS Sensor
  • Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • 1/8000 shutter speed
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 10 fps Shooting with AF-S and ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.

Panasonic GX8

For me the the most interesting features are the new 20.3 megapixel sensor, OLED EVF which is the same size as the one in X-T1 and the dual image stabilization where both in body stabilization and lens stabilization work together. Previously, in GX7 either IBIS or lens stabilization worked at one time. Also, unlike the GX7, GX8 features a fully articulating screen, which very useful for video recording and occasional selfie (if that’s your thing 🙂 )

Even though I’m currently invested in both Nikon and Fuji systems, I always considered micro 4/3 very close to my heart as it was my first MILC (Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera) that got me into photography so I’m really looking forward to the release of Panasonic GX8.

Panasonic DMC-GX8 is expected to be released be released in mid August with a retail price of $1199.

Complete press release can be found here.


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