The Panasonic Lumix GX80K is my type of camera.  I mean while I’m no pro behind the lens, I do really enjoy photography and the tech involved, and am particularly keen on Micro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens numbers.  I DSLR user I am not, and that because I really do think cameras such as the GX80K can capture unmissable moments in an equally stunning shots.

OK but what exactly do I like about the Panasonic Lumix GX80K?  Having had the best part of 10 days to test out this beauty I’ve had the chance to really get to grips and enjoy some of its features and functions.  I’ll obviously go into more detail below. but first a quick video to give you a nice overview of what it an incredible piece of kit.  I am a fan … don’t tell my current camera.

Compact and easy

Personally I have never and very much doubt I will ever own a DSLR. This is for two reason 1) I wouldn’t know where to start with all the buttons and settings, and 2) I really do not fancy lugging a big ol’ camera around me whenever o want to explore a new (or return) destination. It would need its own bag, take too long to set up etc. Personally I am a fan of a camera that fits in my pocket and which is ready to shoot with a quick flick of a switch/press of a button.  

The LUMIX is a healthy combination of compact and quick (and easy) to use.  

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4K Photography

4K photography, yep thats a thing.  Before getting my hands on the Lumix GX80 my only experience of 4K was via my GoPro, but now I’ve got a taste of 4K photography I kinda wonder how I’ve ever captured #unmissablemoments before.

So how does 4K photography work?  Well basically its the same as shooting 4K video, but with the ability to extract 8MP still images from your film clip, which just happened to be filming at an incredible 30 frames per second (fps).

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Setting accessibility

Unlike my current camera, the LUMIX offers an entire variety of settings at your fingertips. I love my current camera, but my having to access various menus just to change the slightest setting can quickly wear thin and become irritating/feel long winded. 

To the right of the view finder (which I love and also wish my own camera had) you’ll find access to video, 4K, flash and photograph type settings, via a combo of buttons and dials. It all looks great, but more importantly they’re easy to access and use.  A personal fave was switching to the ‘vivid’ filter, as I always like the colour in my photos to pop, and quickly having the ability to dial down the aperture when wanting to add a feeling of depth.

Like my current camera there is a screen which flips out.  Unlike my camera the Panasonic’s screen can tilt both upwards and downwards.  However best of all the Lumix GX80’s screen is a touch screen, which is particularly great as it is the key to the next section of this review.

Post Focus Simulation

The Post Focus function available on the GX80 is effectively wizardry, allowing the focus point of an image to be altered using the rear touchscreen .  Previously we’ve all resorted to photoshop for that kind of thing, but now we have a camera with built in functionality allowing us to take and then make better, incredible photos.

The Panasonic Lumix GX80

So that’s the camera in a nutshell, and all the parts I liked, ney loved.  Time for just one more video before we move on to my own handy work with the GX80.

Unmissable moments from the slopes of Oslo

OK so now for some shots taken by the LUMIX, rather than of it. As you may or may not already know, last weekend I hopped (via a 2 hour flight) over to Oslo from London, in search of snowy slopes. You can read all about it in my snowboarding the Oslo Vinterpark post, but if you’re more keen to see what the Lumix can do here’s my unmissable moments from Oslo.

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Oslo Vinterpark Half Pipe

Snowboarding Oslo Vinterpark

Oslo Vinterpark Half Pipe

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Price and specs

So now it’s down to the nitty gritty, the finer details if you will, starting with the price and then moving on to the GX80K’s specs.

So the price of the GX80K is (drum roll) … £549.99, and for that you get the following …

Total pixels 16.84 Megapixels
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Shutter speed Still image: Still image: Time (Max. 2 minutes), 1/4,000 – 60/Motion picture: 1/16,000 – 1/25/Electronic shutter: 1/16,000 – 1
Self timer 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
TIME LAPSE SHOT Yes
STOP MOTION ANIMATION Yes
4K Photo mode* 4K Burst: 30 frames/sec/4K Burst (S/S): 30 frames/sec/4K Pre-Burst: 30 frames/sec, approx. 2 seconds/(depending on memory card size and battery power)
USB USB 2.0 Micro-B
HDMI microHDMI TypeD / VIERA Link/Video: Auto / 4K / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p/Audio: Stereo
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: OFF / Standard / High
Speaker Monaural
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4Wh) (Included)/AC Adaptor (Input: 110 – 240V AC) (Included, connect with USB cable)
Panasonic Lumix GX80

Credit: http://news.panasonic.co.uk/

Verdict

To my verdict, which is a positive one.  As you may have guessed, this is a camera I very much live.  Would I pay over £500 for it, yes I think I would splash out for the 4K and post focus functionality.

Would I chop in my current camera so that I could upgrade to the GX80K?  That’s a bit tougher, as I really do like my current camera and have a set of additional lenses, so I’d need to replace those also.  While I’m not ready to say a definite yes, the Lumix GX80 has certainly given me food for thought in terms of keep up with photography trends, improving my own photography skills and in turn this very blog.  Purchasing the GX80K would better enable me to to all those things.

Verdict either way is a big thumbs up from me.

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