Panasonic Lumix GX80 With Solid Build Quality For An Affordable Price

Posted on Jun 13 2016 - 8:02pm by Collin Peterson

Panasonic recently introduced GX80 camera, that features 16 megapixel sensor and ISO range from 200-25600 (expendable upto 100). The new Panasonic GX80 is first Panasonic camera that doesn’t have built-in low-pass filter, hence you can now enjoy extra details in still images and in 4K video. The camera arrives with electromagnet-driven shutter mechanism that prevents blur from shutter shock.

It’s a 16MP model that’s capable of 4K video shooting but features a viewfinder and various features carried-over from the older GX7, including a built-in, bounceable pop-up flash.

Also new is a sensor-based 5-axis stabilisation system, that can work in tandem with lens-based stabilisation for what Panasonic calls Dual IS. This sys is developed in-house, rather than being a picking from Olympus or Sony, both of which use their own systems. It is interesting that the system works with sensor- and lens-based stabilisation systems, including while capturing 4K video (again, a first for Panasonic Lumix), just because the tandem subtle movement of optical and sensor can avoid drifting into the undesirable territories of the available imaging circle.

Lumix GX80

It’s an impressive stabilisation system too. Despite just only having the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 equivalent collapsible lens (with Mega OIS built-in), which really is not great in low-light conditions at full extension due to the aperture limitations, we’ve been confidently shooting shots handheld right down to 1/15th of a second. It will not work for everything, but it does work well.

The camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps and features post focus feature. The GX80 uses same DFD AF system of Panasonic GX8. The Dual IS system of the camera works really well and up to 4.5 stops of shake reduction.