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The Ultimate Flagship of DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Camera New 20.3-Megapixel LUMIX DMC-GX8 with Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer) Featuring Unprecedented Picture Quality and 4K Video/Photo Capability

Aug 27, 2015

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DMC-GX8 featuring a host of advanced functions packed in a splash/dust-proof rugged design.

By evolving the in-body image stabilizer, the new DMC-GX8 integrates Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer)*1 for the first time in LUMIX G digital camera to gain more powerful handshake correction. The Body I.S. and Lens I.S. can be switched in the DMC-GX7 but both Body I.S. and Lens I.S. work at the same time to take maximum advantages of both stabilizers not only in wide angle but also at tele end. Almost any type of handshake can be effectively suppressed with this innovative image stabilization system featuring max.3.5x (wide) / 1.5x (tele)*2 wider correction angle.As a result, you can get clear handheld shot even in low-lit situations.

The new 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor excels both in response, sensitivity and dynamic range. The image processor Venus Engine dramatically boosts its performance with quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, DMC-GX8 enables shooting at max.ISO25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality. It is also capable of high speed burst shooting at 8fps(AFS) / 6fps(AFC) not to miss the fleeting photo opportunities.

The 4K is the advanced definition of video imagery that boasts stunning detail. The DMC-GX8 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save it as a 4K Photo. It is easy to get 4K photos with three 4K Photo modes; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst.

The DMC-GX8 boasts large, tiltable LVF that boasts highest ever magnification ratio of approx.1.54x / 0.77x (35mm camera equiv.) in the history of LUMIX G digital cameras. It also features 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view.High-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are adopted for both LVF and rear monitor,achieving high speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast. The free-angle 3-inch 1,040K-dot rear monitor supports comfortable shooting even in vertical angle. For quick, intuitive operation, a range of functions are allocated to the dials and buttons in the best suitable way.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps, resulting in ultra fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec*. A variety of extensive AF functions including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF enhance usability to comply with wide-ranging shooting situations.

Thanks to the connectivity of Wi-Fi® with NFC(Near Field Communication), users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.

Last but not least, the DMC-GX8 comes with highly durable rugged design of magnesium alloy full diecast frame and sleek, sophisticated exterior such as grip, finely machined dials. Packing the best-possible technologies for the camera to capture the subject in the most ideal way, the DMC-GX8 will surely satisfy the high amateur or even professional users.

*1In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035(CIPA).

*2 DMC-GX8 with H-FS14140, in comparison with the effect of conventional LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens with O.I.S.

1.TheDual I.S.(Image Stabilizer)– Innovative Handshake Correction System

The LUMIX GX8 integrates Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer)* 1for the first time in LUMIX G digital camera to gain more powerful handshake correction. Conventionally, image stabilizer in the camera(Body I.S.) and the interchangeable lens(Lens I.S.) can be switched. However, with the new Dual I.S., both Body I.S. and Lens I.S. work at the same time to take maximum advantages of both stabilizers not only in wide angle shooting but also in tele end. With max.3.5x (wide) / 1.5x (tele)*2 wider correction angle, you can get clear handheld shot even in low-lit situations where shutter speeds tends to be slower. Panasonic LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Cameras offers a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses and most of them are going to comply with Dual I.S. in LUMIX GX8*3.

For video recording, 5-Axis HYBRIDO.I.S.+(Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)*4 which has been fostered in the Panasonic’s long-time professional video camera development, corrects complex movement for stable imagery.

*1 For photo.

*2 DMC-GX8 with H-FS14140, in comparison with the effect of conventional LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens with O.I.S.

*2 Firmware update is required for some lenses.

*3For video recording except for 4K..

2. Unprecedentedly High Picture Quality in the History of LUMIX Cameras

The DMC-GX8 integrates the newly developed Digital Live MOS Sensor that achieves highest ever image quality in the history of LUMIX G digital cameras. By increasing the resolution from 16.0-megapixel (GX7) to 20.3-megapixel, higher descriptiveness is achieved. The faster digital signal readout enableshigher speed burst shooting. Moreoverthe DMC-GX8features 1/3 step wider dynamic range than DMC-GX7 to suppress washout even in high contrast situations. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise even in low-lit situations and stunning picture quality in its natural way - that is what LUMIX aspires for.

The image processor Venus Engine with quad-core CPU enables high speed signal processing. Optimizing the combination design of the sensor, the imaging engine and the low-pass filter enhances the resolution by approx. 15% in comparison with DMC-GX7. The aperture filter is capable of controlling over wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect.The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally. As a result, the max. ISO 25600 is achieved.The Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity. In addition, the Venus Engine in GX8 excels in diffraction compensation to make the result image crisp and clear even shot with small aperture.

3.4K CapabilityBringing the Evolution in Videography/Photography – 4K Video and 4K Photo

All LUMIX G cameras, especially the DMC-GH4, are renowned for their capability of high quality video recording. The DMC-GX8 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4 unlimitedly* in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60 Hz) / 50p (50 Hz) videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF.

Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can enjoy “4K Photo” with DMC-GX8. With the 4K Photo, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution by cutting a frame of the most photogenic timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Three exclusive functions are integrated to make the 4K photography even easier; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. The 4K Burst Shooting allows almost *unlimited shooting at 30 fps, which can be used just like a photo burst shooting. The 4K BurstS/S (Start/Stop) mode starts consecutive shooting with a single press of a shutter button and stops it with the second press, which is more suitable for the shooting opportunities requiring longer waiting time. The 4K Pre-burst automatically records a total of 60 images right before/after the shutter release.

All these functions in 4K Photo enables saving pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution; 3840x2160 (16:9), 3328x2496 (4:3), 3504x2336 (3:2), 2880x2880 (1:1) without missing the spur-of-the-moment.Notably photos shot with 4K Photo mode has an EXIF information and can be handled just as the images shot with normal photo shooting.

・MP4 Motion pictures with their file size set to [FHD],[HD]or[VGA]:

Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB.

-Since the file size becomes larger with [FHD], recording with [FHD]will stop before 29 minutes 59 seconds.

・MP4 Motion pictures with their file size set to [4K]:

Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

(You can continue recording without interruption even if the file exceeds 4GB, but the motion picture will be recorded/played back separately.)

4. Stunning Mobility Supported by Mechanical Advancements

The DMC-GX8 boasts large, tiltable LVF that boasts highest ever magnification ratio of approx.1.54x / 0.77x (35mm camera equiv.) in the history of LUMIX G digital cameras. It also features 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view.High-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for LVF (Live View Finder) and rear monitor. The It also features an eyepoint of approximately 21 mm, which offers high visibility with comfort for users wearing glasses. The tiltable LVF offers extraordinary angle of view with unique shooting style – looking down into the viewfinder to level the camera straight on the subject. Thanks to the newly designed large eyecup, the visibility of LVF is dramatically improved. Adoption of OLED for the LVF and rear monitor achieves high speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast which allows users check white washout or black shadows more precisely. Also, Users can customize the settings of color or brightness as they prefer. Now the excellent visibility comes closer to OVF. On the other hand, live view image can be displayed in monochrome through LVF which emphasize the contour when using Focus Peaking.

Adopting a static-type touch control system, the free-angle 3-inch rear monitor with 1040K-dot high resolution features approx.100% field of view. It rotates by approx.180-degree and tilts up by approx.250-degree, making it easy to shoot from high or low angle even in vertical composition.

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the DMC-GX8 adopts rugged design with a main structure composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front/rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing onto every joint, dial, and button.

To further enhance the controllability, the DMC-GX8 newly comes with anexposure compensation dial in addition to the front/rear dials, which lets users set -5EV to +5EV. Users can change settings such as aperture, shutter speed with the front/rear dials and can also customize the assignment of functions as well as on Fn buttons. Furthermore, it is also possible to make a temporary shift of dial functions with Dial Operation Switch. For example, users can adjust white balance with a front dial and set ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or seeing the noise effect, which is helpful in the complex lighting situations. Either AFS/AFC/MF can be switched with the dedicated focus lever.

5. The Top Level of AF Performance among Conventional DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras

The Contrast AF in DMC-GX8 achieves even higher speed, higher precision focusing with digital signal communication at max. 240 fps. Furthermore, the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*1 calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the DMC-GX8 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*2. This improvement benefits more as focal length increases. The speed of burst shooting is dramatically faster than the predecessor DMC-GX7, boasting high speed burst shooting at 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus.

The Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely even without AF assist lamp in extremely low-lit situations to -4EV, which is as dark as under themoonlight. Plus, the DMC-GX8 integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with auto focus. This can be achieved by accurate calculation of contrast value in a smaller AF zone.

Focus detect area is increased from 23 (DMC-GX7) to 49 points for more flexible composition together with Custom Multi AF mode in which users can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-GX8 newly incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of human face. With the Pinpoint AF, users can magnify the target area to set precise focus. With the new algorithm of AF Tracking, not only the color but also the size and motion vector of the target are recognized, enabling the camera to lock on the subject even more securely. The result is the AF tracking performance of approx.200% or greater which refrains the camera from losing the subject*3.

*1 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

*2 In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035 (CIPA).

*3 Panasonic comparison with DMC-GX7.

6. Other Features

-Max.1/8000 SecHigh Shutter Speed (Mechanical Shutter)

The DMC-GX8 offers highest shutter speed at max. 1/8000 sec not only to capture spur-of-the-moment of fast moving subject but also to use high-speed lens with open aperture even in outdoors to give impressive defocus.

・Max.1/16000 sec High Shutter Speed (Electronic Shutter) NEW

The DMC- GX8 offers highest shutter speed at max. 1/16000 sec (electronic) not only to capture spur-of-the-moment of fast moving subject but also to use high-speed lens with open aperture even in outdoors, to give impressive defocus.

・Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones ADVANCED

The DMC-GX8 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once connecting the camera and smartphone/tablet installing Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shooting / browsing / sharing images remotely.

・RAW data development in Camera

The DMC-GX8 is capable of developing RAW image in camera. In addition to the color space setting ( sRGB / AdobeRGB ), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction or sharpness can be flexibly adjusted while LUMIX’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Creative Control in P/A/S/M Mode

The DMC-GX8 integrates a variety of artistic functions that adds fun to digital photography. The popular Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options.Effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable. Now it is possible to apply one of these filters even in P/A/S/M mode. Users can combine favorable setting and filter to make the most intentional image. Also, DMC- GX8 is capable of taking pictures “with” and “without” filter effect simultaneously, so that users can compare them to choose later.

・Creative Panorama (ultra wide) ADVANCED

The Panorama Shot function allows shooting horizontal/vertical ultra-wide panoramic image by shooting sequent pictures easily. Combining with the Creative Control, users can get a dynamic, artistic image.

・Optional Accessories

The DMC-GX8 complies with a variety of optional accessories to expand the shooting experience. The Eye Cup DMW-EC3 is available making it even more comfortable to see the LVF. The External Flash DMW-FL360L(GN36), DMW-FL580L(GN58) are sold separately which can also be used as LED light in video recording. The external flash can be synchronized with max.1/250 second shutter speed.

・Focus Peaking

・Silent Mode

・Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation

•The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

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• IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

•All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

•Some accessories are not available in some countries.

•The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.

•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Product details: Body Only

Product details: H Kit with LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Lens

GX8 K Front H FS14140 KA 800GX8 S Front H FS14140 KA 800