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Panasonic GX8 is the First Micro Four Thirds Camera to Offer 20.3MP

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Panasonic has just announced the new Lumix GX8, a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that boasts a resolution of 20.3 megapixels — a first for an MFT camera. This is up from 16MP in the camera’s predecessor, the GX7.

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Inside this new flagship mirrorless camera is also a new Dual I.S. image stabilization system that’s appearing for the first time in a Lumix G series camera. It can work alongside lens image stabilization for maximizing stability and suppressing unwanted vibrations.

Inside the GX8 is a CMOS sensor powered by a quad-core Venus Engine that has a max ISO of 25600 and can do 8 frame per second continuous shooting. On the video end, the sensor can also capture 4K video at 30/24p (or a stream of 8MP photos at 30fps to create a “4K Photo”).

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On the back of the GX8 is a tilt-able 3-inch, 1.04MP touchscreen and a 2.36MP, 100%-FOV tilt-able electronic viewfinder. All this is wrapped in a rugged shell crafted from magnesium alloy.

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The autofocus system in the camera uses DFD, or Depth from Defocus, technology that can achieve focusing in about 0.07 seconds.

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Other features in the camera include Wi-Fi, NFC, a 1/8000 max shutter speed mechanically and 1/16000 electronically, focus peaking, silent mode, time-lapse, and stop motion.

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 will be available starting in mid-August 2015 in black and silver for $1,200 for the body only.

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