Some GX8 Photos

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Wasabi Bob, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Two photos I took this weekend with a GX8. I've had an early sample for the past week or two. I'm finding that it could easily become my #1 camera, maybe even take the #1 spot away from GH4!
    Sunflower01. Sunflower02.
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  2. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
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  3. rbelyell

    rbelyell Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 15, 2013
    Mountains of NY
    in what ways do those who have it find it improves over the gx7?
  4. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    I think the two biggest improvements have to be Dual Image Stabilization and improved low light performance at higher ISO's The later is not that big of a deal for me given the improvements made to NR software such as DxO. I had a shoot that required me to shoot in low light with the camera hand held (one hand over my head). Thed shots, some at 1/10 and longer were all sharp. The build, while a bit larger than GX7, is just a more robust feel and the hand grip is much more accentuated. You need to hold it, try it and form your own opinion.
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  5. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2014
    The upper 12
    Eric Rose
    The big addition over the GX7 for me is the microphone input.
  6. enmrd

    enmrd New to Mu-43

    Oct 22, 2012
    Hi folks !!

    I have an GX8 as well and made some ISO and IBIS testing without tripod.

    I hove you'll find it useful.

    Featuring the Leica 25mm and the Nocticron :

    LEICA 42.5mm f1.2 NOCTICRON + IBIS + Lens IS + Electronic Shutter :

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    LEICA 25mm a f4 + IBIS :

    ISO 1600

    ISO 3200

    ISO 6400

    ISO 200

    ISO 400

    ISO 800

    ISO 1600

    ISO 3200

    ISO 6400

    ISO 12800 : usable if processed in Black and White !!!

    ISO 25600

    My flickr account :
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  7. azmerm

    azmerm Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2013
    Alan Mermelstein
    Thank you for testing! I noticed you used the electronic shutter. Was this to control shutter shock?
  8. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Honestly, even the ISO 25600 shot has a remarkable amount of detail! It's definitely very, very grainy, but it's not blotchy and there aren't a whole lot of super terrible colour casts. At 800x600 web sizes, as you've posted, there's only a little discernible difference between the ISO 12800 and the base ISO 200 shot and almost no difference between ISO 200 and ISO 6400.

    I find that if you're shooting somewhere with abundant light, even my GX7 handles high ISO shooting very well. It's only once light levels drop and you're getting a lot more random photon shot noise entering into the equation that things get nasty.

    Obviously a lot of this is also personal preference. I like the way you've processed these, with no luminance noise reduction. That is frequently how I shoot. I find that noise reduction and sharpening interact together and make unpleasant garbling artifacts, and so I almost never use luminance NR, except in broad out-of-focus areas where there is no detail.
  9. srhphoto

    srhphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    I am very impressed with the GX8 so far!

    I am limited to the 14-42mm kit lens at the moment, but I'm very happy with the results I've been getting. Here's a few photos that I can share: -

    #1 Pretty much the first 'proper' photo I took with the camera
    20664866549_ce358fc7ef_z. Panasonic DMC-GX8 by Simon Harrison, on Flickr

    #2 Dynamic range looks good. The sky on this photo was completely burnt out at capture, but I was able to recover what you see here from a single raw file in Lightroom.
    20230611933_27836d458c_z. Panasonic DMC-GX8 by Simon Harrison, on Flickr

    #3 I played about with AF-C as well. Given how focal length limited I was, and I had no ND filters so diffraction was becoming an issue at the shutter speed I wanted to use, I am nonetheless impressed!
    20663557030_e6235a3d03_z. Panasonic DMC-GX8 by Simon Harrison, on Flickr

    #4 Excellent detail and tonal transitions
    20663555860_3024980b06_z. Panasonic DMC-GX8 by Simon Harrison, on Flickr

    #5 The 4K Photo options are also great fun to play with. I can see these being extremely useful in many applications.
    20663614038_a5df4ebd70_z. Panasonic DMC-GX8 by Simon Harrison, on Flickr

    So, all in all I'm a very happy bunny.


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  10. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
    Thanks for posting this. I've ordered the GX8 and 15/1.7 and hope to be shooting by this weekend.

    I've downloaded some of their RAW files, looking at them with Aperture on my Mac (MacOS RAW converter already has GX8), and am impressed. I'm currently using an X100 and was worried about noise at high ISO, and I think my fears were unfounded.
  11. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
  12. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Those high ISO shots of the plastic food are very impressive.
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  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Interesting review - but really, how can you take a review seriously that concludes with this as a "con":

    • No drive mode dial
    • Larger than the GX7
    • Four Thirds type sensor is smaller than APS-C format competition
    Well, duh!!! And in any case, so what?
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  14. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Has anyone ever wondered why reviews vary so much? Most manufacturers use IMATEST's software to make precise measurements, line of horizontal resolution, signal-to-noise measurements and so on. These are absolute numbers taken under standardized conditions. It's like putting a car on a dyno and measuring the horsepower.

    In comparison, most camera reviews subject the camera to a wide variety of situations, though seldom do any two web sites use the same conditions. The end result isn't producing empirical data that can be used to accurately compare two cameras. Long ago I decided to try it before I buy it, and form my own opinion.
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  15. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Yeah, I wondered that, too.

    Techradar's review was showing higher dynamic range than its APS-C counterparts, signal-to-noise ratio that's as good as an A7 II, and resolution that's lower than a Fuji X-T1 of all things. Those numbers seem all out of whack, since DR and SNR are frequently improved on larger sensors, but the Fuji's in particular output rather soft and smooth images with their X-Trans filter. Weird.
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I won't discount the whole review, but that is a stupid comment. Aren't all APS-C sensors smaller than FF?
  17. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I can understand it. All else being equal, more sensor size is generally seen as an advantage. Obviously there are a myriad compromises in either direction (DoF, lens size, weight, and price, etc...), but I think most people see larger sensors at the same price as being better value, so it's an understandable comment. And all that is balanced by the concluding sentence: "Image quality is also very high, making the GX8 a rewarding camera to use."
  18. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
    Just got my new GX8 set up with the 15mm f/1.7 Leica. Here are some of the first pics. I'm coming from a Fuji X100 (slow to focus) and haven't had a fast focusing SLR since the original Canon Rebel. Very pleased with the speed, and ability to track my dog as she ran around the yard. These were RAW, shot wide open at f/1.7, Used -EV to keep from blowing out her white fur, mechanical shutter, edited slightly in Aperture (auto enhance, lowered the black point a bit, and lightly sharpened although they didn't need any sharpening, and cropped). I was surprised at how much slower my 15" Retina MacBook Pro (with graphics card) renders these vs the 12MP X100 pics.

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  19. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
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