Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 Review

January 5, 2017 | Amy Davies | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

Colours directly from the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 in JPEG images are warm and nicely saturated. They require little to no adjustment, which is excellent news for an entry-level offering.

Detail is resolved well, with the overall impression being fantastic throughout the sensitivity range up to around ISO 12800, while even at 100%, detail is impressive at the lower sensitivities. From around ISO 3200, if you examine at 100%, you’ll begin to see some smoothing in certain areas of the image, giving a painterly feel, but so long as you’re printing or displaying at normal sizes, or not subjecting images to extensive crops this shouldn’t be an issue. ISO 12800 is usable if you’re printing or viewing at very small sizes, but it’s best avoided. ISO 25600 renders images pretty much unusable, leaving a very smoothed and muddy style of image, but it’s there if you’re absolutely desperate to get a shot.

General-purpose metering does a good job of producing accurate exposures, and there’s barely any incidence of needing to dial in exposure compensation when you wouldn’t expect it. Automatic white balance copes well with artificial lighting to produce pleasingly accurate images, sometimes going a little far towards warmer tones (but not disappointingly so).

Panasonic has some of the most interesting and most attractive digital filters currently available on the market, with a wide range of choice available. It’s worth experimenting with these to see if any take your fancy, but it will of course be down to personal preference. One of the best things about the filters is that you can shoot a raw format version of the image, leaving with you a clean version should you need it.

The 12-32mm kit lens is a decent optic to get you started with - especially if you’re a beginner. It’s capable of producing some nice images. If you’re after the really shallow depth of field effect, you may want to consider purchasing a pancake prime lens for this camera - there’s plenty of prime lenses to choose from for Micro Four Thirds, but some of the larger lenses may leave the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 feeling a little unbalanced and unwieldy.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction and Forced Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off (24mm)

Flash On (24mm)

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Flash Off (64mm)

Flash On (64mm)

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And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting or the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

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Red-eye Reduction

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there's also a Bulb option for exposures up to 4 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 60 seconds at ISO 200. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

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Filters

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 has an extensive range of creative Filters with 22 different options on offer.

Expressive

Retro

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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key

Sepia

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Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Effect

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Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

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Miniature Effect

Soft Focus

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Fantasy

Star Filter

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One Point Color

Sunshine

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Panorama

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 allows you to take panoramic images very easily by 'sweeping' with the camera. The camera does all the processing and stitching. In addition many of the Creative Filter effects can also be applied to panorama shots in the Creative Panorama mode.

Panorama
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