Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 Review

April 20, 2016 | Amy Davies | |
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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.

Panasonic cameras usually impress us with high image quality, and happily the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 is no different. It’s interesting to see that Panasonic has gone down the route of removing the low pass filter with a new design, and it appears to have a positive effect on image quality.

If you look at our sample images, you’ll see that detail is resolved extremely well, with lots of fine detail visible throughout the camera’s native sensitivity range. The overall impression of detail is fantastic when looking at images at normal printing or web sizes (such as A4 or below), but if you zoom at 100%, there’s some loss of detail towards the higher end of the sensitivity spectrum - that’s not surprising though and will only really have an impact if you want to perform some heavy cropping.

Low light performance is generally good, with the amount of noise reduction applied to JPEG images appearing quite natural. You can use Panasonic’s Silkypix software to work on raw format images (an update for Adobe Camera Raw will be in the making). Here we can see that at higher ISOs (such as ISO 3200) there is a fair amount of chroma noise and speckling visible when you turn off all noise reduction. However, there is also more detail than in the corresponding JPEG files giving you good scope to bring back any detail in fine subjects if you prefer.

Colours directly from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 are nicely saturated to give a pleasing effect without going too far over the top. Raw files are slightly flatter in terms of vibrance, but again this gives good scope for working on the files in post production.

Exposures are generally accurate thanks to the camera’s all-purpose metering system, while being able to use the electronic shutter to utilise very fast shutter speeds gives you the option to create shallow depth of field shots even in bright sunlight.

Under artificial light, the GX80’s automatic white balance system tends to err ever so slightly on the warm side, but if you find that to be problematic you can switch to a more appropriate white balance setting.

One of the headline new features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 is improvements to optical image stabilisation. With 5-axis stabilisation in place, you can shoot at slower shutter speeds handheld with confidence. I was able to get sharp shots shooting at speeds as slow as  1/5 of a second handheld, which is great.

4K Photo Modes continue to impress with their versatility. Whether you’re photographing action, sports, wildlife, or just an active child, the applications that this technology has is great - and the fact that it’s so simple to execute makes it even better too.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80. 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 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 DMC-GX80 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

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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Multiple Exposure

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80's Multiple Exposure mode combines two or three different pictures to create one composite image.

Multiple Exposure

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Photo Styles

Panasonic's Photo Styles, similar to Nikon's Picture Styles, Canon's Picture Controls and Olympus' Picture Modes, are preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and noise reduction settings. The six available Photo Styles are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There is also a Custom option so that you can create your own look.

Standard

Vivid

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Natural

Monochrome

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Scenery

Portrait

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Filters

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 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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