Annoying display button on GX8

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by PavelF, May 3, 2016.

  1. PavelF

    PavelF New to Mu-43

    May 3, 2016
    Hi guys,

    I recently acquired GX8. I've been on holiday last week and noticed one, but very annoying "feature" of GX8. I'm constantly hitting display button with my palm so it is bringing a lot of disturbing information to the viewfinder. Even worse - you need to scroll all the displays to get clear view again.

    I had the same thing on my A7s, however on SONY, there is an option to disable additional screens and choose what to show.

    I like GX8 a lot and Panasonic is trying to bring it to the professional world, but this is not very suitable for professional work with those kinds of ergonomic issues.

    PS. I also have GM5, which also has display button, but it sits deeper and in a different position, so I'm not hitting it so frequently.

    I'm sure it is easily fixable by the firmware update, but camera released a year ago and still nothing is being fixed... I believe I just need to wait for Olympus M1 mark2.

    Does anyone found the way how to work around it?

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  2. shir

    shir New to Mu-43

    Mar 29, 2016
    Kazan, Russia
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    Got my GX8 for couple weeks but display button is annoying fir me too. And looking for solution too. It will be enough for me to just disable this button - in any case I always use only one screen.
  3. Ranter

    Ranter Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 29, 2016
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    I don't hit it as much as I used to.. but yeah kind of annoying ..display button and wb. As well

    I find that I do it more if I've been using my canon cameras more ..I was hoping it could be disabled
  4. JonVdG

    JonVdG Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 2, 2016
    Colorado, USA
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    I use the GX8 professionally and I've never had the problem you describe, but I suppose everyone's hands are a little different. In my experience, this camera is definitely suitable for pro use and abuse, and more so than most DSLRs. Reminiscent of my experience with M bodies. I hope you find something that works for your hands.
  5. marz

    marz Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2011
    Pyrenees, France
    I have the same problem. You'd think there is enough room on a body this size to avoid this kind of ergonomic issues. At least an option to disable the button would be appreciated, but no...
  6. MedicineMan4040

    MedicineMan4040 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2015
    East TN
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    Pavel are you using back button focus. Maybe for those of us with lots of time with the GX8 and who are using BBF it positions our hands in such a way to
    negate what you are experiencing ??? Just a thought.
  7. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
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    The fact you can't disable some of the screens is probably my biggest complaint on panasonic bodies. I want one display screen and the recording information screen.
  8. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
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    I had the same issue with the G5 and G6, a little less so with the GX7 but it still happened occasionally. It seems like its just a bad placement for a lot of people.