Flashback: Christmas 2015. I gave myself a little christmast gift: A Panasonic Lumix GX8 kit with a 12-35mm f/2.8 lens and a 25mm f/1.7. My first DSLM/mirrorless system camera.
A couple of days later, I went with the family to Lübeck, Germany, to celebrate new year. I had my new camera with me in order to test its photography- and videography features.
I took a bunch of travel/family photos that I’m not going to bore You with here. But I also took an evening in the city, in order to make a small Lübeck by night photo series.
Micro Four Thirds, and hereby also the GX8, are often critized for mediocre night photography performances. And yes, it might not be perfect for night photography, but in my opinion, it works well for putting online.
GX8 Four Years Later?
Since my first experiences with the GX8, I’ve bought myself several other DSLMs: A Sony A7, a Panasonic GH5, a Panasonic G9 and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K.
They are all better than the GX8 – at least on paper. But the GX8 is still one of my favorites, and I still use it now and then.
I love the tiltable viewfinder eventhough others often describe it as unnecessary. The cameras ergonomics are great, it’s nicely weather sealed and robust, and the price is low enough to give it a heavy-handed treatment without being too worried…
On top of that, it works well for hybrid photography (mixing photography and videography), although the highest frame rate in 4K is 25p, and despite a small crop factor when shooting in 4K. I also made a little travel/family video in Lübeck back in 2015, in order to test the GX8s video capabilites:
So: If I wreck my GX8 or forget it somewhere, I’ll probably buy myself a new one – or the updated/downgraded version of it, the GX9:-)