Getting used to my Lumix GX8

Ihave been testing out my new Panasonic Lumix GX8 micro four thirds camera and I have been loving the results and the way that the camera handles, it’s a joy to use.

There are a number of features that I like, but my favourite, is the touch AE and Auto focus combined.  Which means that the metering can be linked to the AF area, so if you touch your subject the exposure will automatically be weighted towards what you are shooting. Check out the video below for a clearer explanation.

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One aspect of the camera I find a little frustrating and I keep having to check, is my ISO settings. I appear to keep inadvertently switching my iso to ‘auto iso’. This because the controls are sensitive and cannot be locked.

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Apart from that I am impressed with the quality of both the JPEG and RAW files.

Below is a before and after RAW file. I under exposed the RAW file by -1.33 stops and processed it in DXO Labs.

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Out of Camera RAW -1.33 Exposure Compensation
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RAW file processed in DXO Lab and output as a JPEG

As you can see I have been able to pull a lot of colour and detail out of the RAW file.

JPEGS

I have been impressed with the quality of the out of camera JPEG’s. The shot below was underexposed by 0.33 of a stop and then post processed in On1 Photo RAW.

1st use of GX8
JPEG Before
1st use of GX8
JPEG After

I think that is pretty impressive to be able to push a JPEG to that extend. As you can see, I have been able to bring out quite a lot of detail from the shadow areas.

Here are the photos above as a slide show.

All the photos were shot on the Panasonic Lumix GX8 with the 12-60 kit lens which you can buy from Amazon

I know that the Panasonic GX9 is out soon but I think the GX8 is still a lot of camera and at now selling at a reasonable price.

Hope you like the photos 🙂

If you have any questions about the Panasonic Lumix GX8 just let me know.

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