The latest Micro Four Thirds system camera from Panasonic can shoot Full HD and 4K resolution video footage. Watch our sample 4K video footage shot on a pre-production Lumix GX8
It was only a matter of time before 4K, rather than 1080 started to become in the norm, and with the recent Panasonic and Sony camera announcements, that day seems to have come.
The latest 4K consumer camera is the Panasonic Lumix GX8. The camera has a newly developed 20.3-million-pixel Four Thirds size sensor, making it the highest resolution camera available in the Micro Four Thirds System. As well as the higher resolution the sensor should also produce less noise at, resulting in smoother video at higher sensitivity settings. However that isn’t the only new feature of the camera.
To help stabilise both video and stills footage the camera features Dual Image stabilisation which combines sensor shift stabilisation with the optical stabilisation that is found in Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds lenses. It is worth noting at this point that, we believe, most existing lenses will require a firmware update to make them fully compatible with the Dual Image Stabilisation.
Other features of the camera include a lightweight magnesium alloy body that is dust and splashproof, a 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF, which can tilt up to 90°, and the rear of the camera houses a 3in 1.04-million-dot LCD screen. An exposure compensation dial has been added to the camera’s top-plate to help make quick exposure adjustments in automatic shooting modes,
As you would expect from any camera, the GX8 is capable of shooting Full HD 1080 video at upto 50p, with the footage saved in either MP4 or AVCHD format. However, it is the addition of 4K recording at either 24, 25 or 30fps that will interest most videographers. Footage shot in 4K is saved in MP4 with a bit rate of 100Mbps.
Annoyingly the Panasonic GX8 uses a 2.5mm microphone input rather than the more standard 3.5mm input found in most other consumer video cameras. Audio levels can be adjusted in-camera, however there is no headphone socket for monitoring of audio. All the the lack of headphone socket will help to keep the cost of the camera down, it is more likely that Panasonic has omitted it so that sales of companies top-of-the-range Lumix DMC-GH4 aren’t affected.
We’ll be testing a final sample of the GX8 in the coming weeks, but until then enjoy our short 4K sample video, which was shot on a pre-production version of the camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 price and availability
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 will go on sale at the end of September in a choice of black or silver/black (as with the GX7) and four kit options:
DMC-GX8A Kit (12-35mm F2.8): £1799.00
DMC-GX8H Kit (14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH): £1399.00
DMC-GX8K Kit (14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph.): £1149.00
DMC-GX8 Body Only: £1069.00