Retro-inspired is the best way to describe GX8’s rangefinder-style camera...
Its chunky dials make it a breeze to set exposure settings. It’s quite large and heavy for a CSC, but it does offer some very tempting features.
Its Micro Four Thirds sensor has a good resolution of 20.3MP, and it’s stabilised for sharper shots too. The 3in rear display has a resolution of just 1040k-dot and we really like its ability to be flipped to assist awkward framing. The touch interface is very user-friendly. You can tap to quickly set the active AF point, or pinch the screen with a finger and thumb to easily resize the AF area – handy for changing between fine and broad focusing quickly.
Contrast AF is conventionally slower than phase detect AF systems, but the GX8 uses clever Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology for very fast acquisition. Its only caveat is it does tend to hunt a little when the subject is low in contrast.
The maximum burst rate goes to 8fps for RAWs or 10fps for JPEGs using its electronic shutter. 8fps is a little under-par compared to Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds E-M5 II, which can shoot RAW files at a maximum of 15fps.
Wi-Fi & NFC
Quite big for a mirrorless camera
8fps maximum RAW burst mode