Last month, I took my new Lumix GX80 camera on a day out with me in London and captured some amazing shots, take a look here if you fancy. That was the first time I used it properly since I got it, testing out all the functions and shoot modes and after that day, I was itching to test it out for my product photography and see if it lives up to my Canon DSLR. I can tell you now that it did not disappoint at all and I absolutely LOVE this camera to bits.
The Build - I'm going to start off by saying that I simply adore the colour of this camera. The brown leather has a lovely vintage feel to it and looks amazing when worn. The not so amazing part about it, this camera is actually quite heavy, especially if you're out all day and it's either round your neck or in your bag, it can take it's toll lugging it about. That aside, the build of the camera is sturdy and easy to grip, the buttons are also nicely seperated to avoid pressing the wrong one. The one tiny gripe of mine, is the video record button that is next to the shoot button, I quite often mistake it for the on/off switch and end up with random recorded footage from time to time, however, that's not a major issue at all.
The Shoot Modes - Like all my other loved cameras, this one is touch-screen which I find super useful when needing to focus on an object or a person. The dial for the shoot modes are general, the main operation is via the screen which can be adjusted and changed using the buttons or the touch screen option. What I do also love about this camera is the stabilisation line in the middle of the screen which ensures the picture you're taking is straight. There is a good amount of customisable buttons at the back of the camera to which you can access quickly when in a hurry and in particular the Fn2 button which saves all your most commonly used shoot settings such as ISO, white balance etc.
The ultimate selling point of the camera? It shoots in 4K, yep, you heard that right, 4K baby. There are three of 4K options to pick from: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-Burst. Burst records in 4K at thirty frames per second for as long as you hold down the shutter release, start/stop is exactly as it suggests, records when the shutter is pressed and stops when pressed again. Pre-Burst is a pretty cool one, it records only two seconds of video, but it is one second before the shutter is released and one second after. Whichever mode chosen, you can extract stills in playback which is awesome.
A downside for me with this camera is the tilt screen, it doesn't full flip up or down which makes vlogging and selfies pretty difficult. The video/image quality, however, is superb, so if you're not that fussed about seeing yourself in the camera, then this will definitely be great. There is built-in wifi also, which is perfect for sharing images on the go or saving them to your phone to post on social media etc.
The Lens - The GX80 comes with the standard kit lens which is 12-32mm. Despite it's reasonably short focal length, it's perfect for starting off this camera with and great for general shooting. The good news is, there are a huge amount of lenses available for this camera, so you're not just stuck with the kit lens. Compatiable lens are fully interchangeable and easy to fit in.
Above are two images I shot from different cameras, the one on the left is from my large DSLR and the one on the right is from the GX80. Both of them were set in the same modes and came out looking super sharp and exactly how I want my blog product pictures to look like. The tones, the focus and the aperture blur are almost identical and shows just how easy it is to achieve the same image quality as DSLR's.
Overall, I do love the Lumix GX80, there are way more pros than cons and definitely a gadget I would suggest trying out if you're looking for a good quality camera to take on the go.
What camera are you using at the moment? If you're looking for a new one, will you consider the Lumix GX80?
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*This camera was provided to me for review purposes and all opinions are my own and I geninuely do love this camera.