Lumix GX8 Reviewed by ePhotozine

Posted Jul. 25th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox

Lumix GX8 Reviewed. Just a few days ago Panasonic announced their new GX8 and it’s boasting some amazing new technology that I’m super excited to test. ePhotozine just posted their hands-on review and they loved it. What caught my attention is the in-body’s 4-axis image stabilization that works with image stabilized Panasonic Lumix lenses to give the camera 6-axis image stabilization. 6-axis IS is accomplished by the lens IS and the camera IS working in tandem.

The Lumix GX8 is boasting some amazing new technology like 6-axis image stabilization and a new 20.3 megapixel sensor with improved dynamic range. Photo courtesy of ePhotozine

The idea of lens and in-camera IS working together was a question often asked by Olympus owners when using Lumix lenses with their Olympus bodies. In the Lumix to Olympus case you still just get in-body IS.

Beautiful layout of the GX8's top deck with easy access to Exposure Modes and +/- Exposure Compensation dial.

Beautiful layout of the GX8’s top deck with easy access to Exposure Modes and +/- Exposure Compensation dial. Photo courtesy ePhotozine

Now with Lumix to Lumix you will get both. Even better is the fact that my Olympus 40-150mm will now get at least 4-axis IS when used with the GX8. Can’t wait to give this camera a try.

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  1. John DoyleOn Jul. 26th, 2015

    Safe travels. I will be interested in your findings at the meeting on the GX8 and image stabilization. Also, any updates on the new 100-400 lense will be of interest.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 26th, 2015

      Will update all I know on the blog. Thanks for stopping by John.

  2. John DoyleOn Jul. 25th, 2015

    Hi Dan
    Are you sure olympus lense will get 4 axis IS? I read it will only work with panasonic lense. That did not make sense to me.
    If the GX8 does work with olympus lense, I will be very interested in adding the camera along with my omd-1. I do see many similarities to my sony a6000, which I plan to sell if the GX8 does have 4 axis IS.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 25th, 2015

      John, All reviews I’ve read agree with my assumption that the in camera IS WILL work with all lenses that don’t have IS built in. The Lumix lenses will have the advantage of 6 Axis IS due to IS being built in to the Lumix lenses and having the ability to work in conjunction with the in camera IS. Hope I’m right. If so this is a huge leap forward for all non Lumix lens users.

      The following is text from the review on Tis is just one of several I have seen that agree that in body IS will work for non Lumix lenses.

      In practice, the in-body system is always turned on when an image-stabilized lens is attached, with the usual modes available. There are two different modes, Mode 1 is on all the time including image composition, and Mode 2 compensates for up and down movements only (which in turn allows you to pan the camera). If a non-stabilized lens is attached, you also get the option to turn off in-body stabilization. If you fit a non-stabilized lens that the GX8 doesn’t recognise, you need to enter its focal length from 8mm to 1000mm via the main menu system to benefit from the in-body stabilisation system.


    • John DoyleOn Jul. 25th, 2015

      Hi Dan
      Thats great. I thought it should support non panasonic lenses.
      Appears your trip to Longyearben was a success. The picture of the polar bear with the 40-150 is terrific. It will be the lense of choice on the South Africa trip coming up.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 26th, 2015

      I hope I’m right. I’m sure I will get a chance to see if for myself this next week. I’m headed to florida for a Lumix meeting. Hoping to see the new camera there. If so I’ll have my Olympus lens to test it with.

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