New 4K Cameras from Panasonic – GX8 and FZ300

Panasonic just announced not one, but two new cameras. The Panasonic GX8 and FZ300, share the ability to record 4K (UltraHD) internally up to 30fps as well as a trio of 4K Photo still shooting modes for capturing continuous 8 MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate. The GX8 features an interchangeable lens design, Max ISO 25,600, an updated Micro Four Thirds sensor, now at 20.3 Megapixels, as opposed to the 12.1 Megapixel 1/2.3″ High-Sensitivity MOS sensor paired up with the Venus Engine image processor on the fixed lens FZ300. Speaking of the fixed lens on the new FZ300, which shares a similar design to its FZ100 predecessor, the built-in Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens offers a truly expansive 24x, wide-angle to super telephoto range of perspectives with a 25-600mm equivalent focal length with a constant f/2.8 aperture, which is vital for a smaller sensor.

Panasonic GX8

Panasonic GX8


Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, Dual I.S. combines the GX8’s sensor-shift image stabilisation technology with lens-based image stabilisation to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery. Dual I.S. requires the use of compatible Lumix lenses featuring O.I.S.

The FZ300 on the other hand features a 5-axis image stabilisation, which helps to compensate for camera shake when recording HD movies (not known at this point if it works in 4K), the 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ is an advanced image stabilisation system that minimises the appearance of blur when shooting one-handed video. It corrects for five types of camera shake that commonly affect more dynamic movement types that occur while moving when recording.

Also benefitting from the image stabilisation system, a Level Shot Function detects the horizon line within scenes and helps to keep it level even if the camera is tilted.

GX8 Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV

Panasonic GX8 Camera Review from Wex UK

Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K sample footage

Panasonic GX8 Highlights 

  • 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Full HD 1080/60p
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 10 fps Shooting with AF-S and ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video Format 4K
3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps)
High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (20 Mbps)
High Definition
1280 x 720p / 30 fps (10 Mbps)
Standard Definition
640 x 480p / 30 fps (4 Mbps)
High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps)
High Definition
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono





Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Highlights

  • 12.1 MP 1/2.3″ MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 Lens
  • 25-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1.44m-Dot 0.7x OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Full HD 1080p/60p
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • ISO 6400, 12 fps Shooting, 4K Photo Mode
  • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+, DFD AF System

Panasonic FZ300 Video Specs

Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720p: 120 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480p: 240 fps, 30 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Sec 59 Sec
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video

The DMC-GX8 is priced at $1,200 at B&H, and the FZ300 superzoom is $600. The GX8 is expected to be available mid August, and the FZ300 a month later in September.

[via 43Rumors / Source: Panasonic]

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