Panasonic GX80: Reasonable Refinement

TEST: Panasonic GX80 is a camera built in order not to be unnecessarily exclusive (read expensive) but without removing the functionality. New Panasonic GX80 is the camera that radiates well constructed sense.

Cameras are often pretty clear niche. The two clearest indicators is the size and number of buttons. Naturally enough, are they for the most part together – a small camera has fewer buttons, but even a small camera can target professionals and vice versa.

Panasonic GX80 has a kind of sensible radiance, if now a camera can have a charisma. It is not directed to a specific audience other than that you should be interested in a compact system camera. GX80 is so small, but not so small that they are a bit noisy on the basics. It has the hefty finders, vari-angle monitor, hotshoe and double wheels. However, it does not have sockets for microphone or headphones, and it is also not weather sealed so that most of the more upscale cameras are today.

It has no microphone input allows the advanced user may record their audio separately, and sync it to include a video flap or something like that. As soon as the camera is turned on it gives a faint sound. It just sounds like it is the image stabilizer, but it will not go away when I switch it off. This sound will not be heard on the video being recorded in a noisy environment, but is it completely silent so (fan-?) hum.

If there still is from the image stabilizer that sound is coming so it is a great feature that makes the sound. It then it is the sensor that is stabilized and we get image stabilization with any old lens attached to the camera, via the adapter. Panasonic also has image stabilization in many of its lens, but to clarify this, it is no doubt that the sound comes from the camera body.

Operation

The camera is well built and sturdy and therefore relatively heavy. There is grip for your right hand, both on the front and thumb. The surface is any kind of imitation leather, which is quite happily. A more rubberized surface risks safe to wear more quickly and in the worst case come off, but I still think that all times are preferable to the harder surface.

The screen is well recessed and it feels like it barely takes up any extra space despite the fact that it is tilting. Almost 90 degrees upward for example kneeling bloom photography and 45 degrees down for those times you stretch up the camera and photograph. Unlike GX7 GX8 and has not GX80 Tiltable viewfinder.

The ratio of the viewfinder image is odd (16:9, which at least even GX7 has) and it means that only 75 percent of the viewfinder’s width be used when shooting in 4:3 proportion (i.e. the sensor proportion). At the same time, it is so that the viewfinder is large enough so that its full width is almost hard to watch. The eye may commute a little to the left and right and you can not see the whole width if you have glasses.

A real camera have wheels for both the index finger and thumb. GX80 fails on that point and it also has press function on the thumbwheel. The enable, among other things, focus magnification when you have a manual lens mounted with adapter. The buttons are small and smooth, but it is unfortunately normal for this type of cameras. Of course, it is a space issue, but not only.

If you choose the ultra compact zoom lens 12-32/3.5-5.6 so going to miss out on the focusing ring. I had expected that it would go to focus with either of the two wheels, but these are used both to select the magnification level to focus the review. Instead, you are forced to use virtual buttons on the touch screen, which certainly works well, but the obvious is that things should go to make both via touch screen and buttons.

Fortunately, there is a good solution, and it is simply pressing the af/ae lock button «». It assumes that you have set it to have the function» af-on «.» Strangely, this button does not handle as the other customizable buttons. To the af/ae button is only available four different options to choose from, while the soft keys are 56 pieces.

A further disadvantage of 12-32-lens is that it needs to be folded out before it goes to photograph. The consequence of this is that the camera needs to be turned on in two places. First, the on/off switch and, on the other hand, by turning the zoom ring.

Image quality

The smaller sensor size with four thirds system means that it is not so easy to increase the resolution. Of course lasts 16 megapixel far but today when the top models have over 40 megapixels so maybe it seems a bit. With the same pixel size on the sensor in the GX80 would a 24 x 36 sensor get resolution 60 megapixels.

Based on sensor size performs anyway GX80 excellent and it is also not possible to complain about the level of detail when you film with 4 k resolution. Compared to many other cameras so the origin is small when the film 4 k. Often taken pixels then straight out from the sensor, meaning that if the sensor has more pixels in width than the 3840 to be used so used not the entire width of the sensor. Hence it must not be the same angle. With GX80 is the origin of about 90 percent.

Conclusion

There is a lot to choose from today in the price range that is located in the GX80. It makes it even more out of place for me to point out what I think is most important when a camera purchase. It is that you feel comfortable with the camera’s design. How it is to hold in and how to get the features that you know you want to use.

For a system camera is of course also the system that primarily controls the selection. Have you already lens, or the lens is what you want and see these for the current system? For example, if you happen to have confined itself that it has decided to go for the Panasonic so I think an extra one thinks should be done if it is not the model you really want the G7. It is bigger and therefore better to keep in.

But, if it is clear that the small size of GX80 is important and that you absolutely want a viewfinder, as well as 4 k features. If you then also have the old manual lenses to any system laying around at home so I can say than that GX80 with its built-in image stabilization will be an excellent camera for those.