Panasonic announces Lumix GX80 system camera




Panasonic has released a new Lumix camera in the GX series. The GX80 is a mix of the GX7 and GX8, and is located in a lower price range than the recently announced GX8. It is the first Panasonic camera system which omitted the low-pass filter.

The GX80 is a model between the GX7 and GX8 in. The last was in July 2015 announced as the successor to the GX7, but it was a battle bigger and the retail price was 1,200 euro for the body a lot higher. This created a gap and Panasonic now hopes to fill with the GX80. In Japan, this camera is, moreover, called GX7 Mark II, but has not chosen in Europe. In fact, it is also not the direct replacement of the GX7.

The micro-four-thirds camera has taken over the functions and features of both predecessors. Thus the body is not as great as that of the GX8 and he looks much more like the original GX7. This also applies to the EFF, which in size as large as that of the GX7, but not tilted. The stabilized sensor, which allows the GX series distinguishes itself from other Lumix cameras, is also present and is now doing his work on five axes, instead of four in the GX8 and two at GX7.

Panasonic has not opted for the new twenty-megapixel sensor GX8, but an enhanced version of the widely used sixteen megapixel sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600. What is special is that the sensor of the GX80 is no longer provided with an optical low-pass filter. Such filter prevents moire, but also leads to a decrease of sharpness. Panasonic also claims that the photos and videos that the GX80 produces ten percent are sharper than previous cameras.

Furthermore, the GX80 can, like other recent Lumix cameras, filming in 4k and is also the ‘4k images – mode available. This enables eight megapixel photos and stills are taken from video, while the camera films at thirty frames per second. The post-focus’ mode is present, the camera takes a picture using different focus points, allowing you to customize it afterwards. There is to find a new shutter unit in the camera, which we have not previously encountered in Panasonic cameras. According to Panasonic, this quieter and causes less vibration.

Unlike the GX8 is the body not splashproof. He is quick, with a burst of eight shots per second and DFD autofocusing based on contrast detection, a delay of only 0,07s. The body count 122×70,6×43,9mm and weighs 435g including battery and SD card.

The Panasonic Lumix GX80 will be available in May for a suggested retail price of 700 euros for the body, 800 euros with 14-42mm kit lens and 1,100-euro 14-140mm zoom. It is available in silver and black.



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