Overview of the mirrorless camera Panasonic Lumix GX80: on two chairs
Back to basics the company does not – for example, in Japan camera called the GX7 Mark II. It’s still a nonsense when after the official release the next numbered version is created a variation on the previous one. Therefore, this naming has not moved on other markets, but the novelty is everywhere is called differently: in the US, for example, GX85, and in Europe – GX80. Wonder and get confused – especially if you want to order this camera from abroad, so keep that in mind.
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GX80 outwardly does not differ almost from GX7: it roughly maintained its size and design, but little has changed in terms of the number and location of controls. From the same camera and moved the main element is the image sensor. But many things have been significantly updated; in particular, the in-cell stabilizer there is a better than even in the GX8, but directly this camera has moved the possibility of postpecherov, recording a series of pictures in 4K, the AF system and the ability to continuous shooting at a speed of 8 frames per second. We had to sacrifice a little relatively: rotatable viewfinder, analog switch between manual and auto focus and a connector for an external microphone.
It turned out a kind of intermediate option – a bit more compact with cut down functionality in terms of video and a simpler matrix than the GX8, but the most characteristics are not inferior to the flagships of the family. Panasonic is clearly counting on higher sales relative to other GX80 series cameras – does the company have reason?
|Panasonic Lumix GX80||Panasonic Lumix GX8|
|Image sensor||17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS||17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS|
|Effective number of pixels||16 megapixels||20.3 megapixels|
|Stabilizer||Built-in camera, 5-axis||Built-in camera, 4-axis|
|Photo format||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW|
|Video format||AVCHD, MP4||AVCHD, MP4|
|Mount||Micro 4/3||Micro 4/3|
|Frame size (in pixels)||Up to 4592 × 3448||Up to 5184 × 3888|
|Video resolution (in pixels)||up to 3840 × 2160||Up to 3840 × 2160|
|Sensitivity||ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100||ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100|
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
Long (Bulb): max. 30 minutes;
|Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
Long (Bulb): max. 30 minutes;
|The burst speed||Up to 8 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter||Up to 10 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter|
|Autofocus||Contrast, 49 points, modes: single, flexible, continuous||Contrast, 49 points, modes: single, flexible, continuous|
|Metering modes||TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot||TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot|
|Compensation||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments|
|Built-in flash||Is equivalent to GN6.0 (ISO 200), the equivalent of GN4.2 (ISO 100)||No|
|Self-timer||2/10 with||2/10 with|
|Memory card||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)|
|Display||LCD, 3 inch, 1040 thousand pixels, touch, tilt||OLED, 3-inch, 1040 thousand pixels, touch, swivel|
|Viewfinder||LCD, 2 765 thousand points||OLED 2,360 points, rotating|
|Interfaces||HDMI, USB||HDMI, USB, external microphone|
|Additionally||Modules Wi-Fi, NFC||Modules Wi-Fi, NFC|
|Food||Li-ion battery DMW-BLE9 with a capacity of 7,4 VT*CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery DMW-BLC12E with a capacity of 8.7 WH (1200 mAh, 7.2 V)|
|Dimensions||122 × 70,6 × 43,9 mm||133,2 x 77,9 x 63,1 mm|
|Weight||426 g (incl. the battery and memory card)||487 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)|
|Current price||57 000 rubles for the version without lens (body);
65 000 rubles for the version with lens 12-32mm
|From 70 000 rubles for the version without lens (body);
From 85 000 rubles for the version with kit lens 14-42mm
Appearance and ergonomics
To be honest, when I first read about the release of a more compact camera series GX – I immediately remembered the model GX1 and came up with the idea that the company retail to release another compact “mirrorless” with a very broad range. But no, one of the best cameras in the history of the Lumix not got a direct successor. As I wrote already in the beginning of the material we are dealing with a direct follower of GX7 – “over the head” of the new model GX8. C important design difference: for GX80 will not — at least not yet — two-tone black and silver version. Only completely black.
Has also changed in form and slightly decreased influx for a comfortable grip with the right hand – when using a larger lens than the complete 12-32 mm ƒ/3,5-5,6 is already causing some discomfort. Especially when you consider that the case, of course, covered with material “under the skin”, but is quite slippery, the hand doesn’t cling to it. The rest of the housing is made partially of metal parts (chassis, part selectors, mount, back, bottom panel), partly plastic (upper panel).
Another change directly related to the structural difference between GX80 from the GX7 is the viewfinder is much less protruding relative to the housing. This is logical, considering that it is not rotatable. This was reflected in the dimensions of new – 122 × 70,6 × 43,9 mm. If the height and width is almost identical to the same parameters GX7, the thickness decreased by more than 10 mm. Weighs the same GX80 much more (426 grams vs. 402), it is possible to associate with the new image stabilizer.
Camera assembled in China, but it is no longer cause for unnecessary discussions. The Chinese Assembly is not better or worse than the Japanese. So in this case, the camera does not have any complaints. Separately, I note that the display is well protected from external influences when carrying in a backpack along with other things he does not suffer, than, for example, could not boast the screen of the Sony a6300.
Let us turn to the description of the location of functional elements. On the front panel is a Micro 4/3 lens mount with button release lens, and lamp the AF-assist illuminator.
From above we see the connector “hot Shoe”, two hole stereo microphone, lifting the flash, a button to launch video recording, the shutter button with one of the two selector discs, as well as the selector of modes of operation with the lever switch.
On the right side is hidden under the top connectors, HDMI and microUSB.
The left edge is free from functional elements.
The bottom is a combined compartment for memory card and battery, and tripod thread – it is located at a sufficient distance that when mounted on a tripod was not blocked access to the memory card.
On the rear panel is a folding screen, above him is the eye viewfinder with a proximity sensor and diopter correction ring. Nearby are two soft keys, one of which by default is responsible for switching the display between the display and the viewfinder, and the second for the activation of burst mode for 4K shooting. It provided with a hoist push button, and flash exposure lock/autofocus. To the right of the second selector disk, the speaker slot, programmable button, by default, responsible for the activation of postfocus, the play button, or delete snapshots (the second one is again programmed, by default, it additionally opens a quick menu and returns to the previous screen), five navigation keys with additional functions are combined into one unit, and the button changes the displayed information.