Panasonic has just unveiled the Lumix GF8 mirrorless camera for photographers who enjoy capturing selfies and sharing them on social networking websites.
The end of January 2015 had brought us the Panasonic GF7, a mirrorless camera packing a lot of novelties compared to its predecessor, the GF6. However, now it is time for another model to take over the GF-series reigns.
Selfie enthusiasts will be happy to hear that the Panasonic GF8 is here to replace the Lumix GF7 with a Beauty Retouch function among others. The new camera appears to be aimed at women, but the company has pointed out that the color choices will make it appealing to men as well.
Panasonic GF8 becomes official with tilting screen and 16-megapixel sensor
The new MILC is not a major evolution of its predecessor. On paper, it looks like an incremental upgrade, as its specifications list looks similar to the one of the Lumix GF7.
Panasonic GF8 features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with an ISO range between 200 and 25600, which can be extended to a minimum of 100 using built-in settings.
There is no built-in image stabilization system, but the shooter is powered by a Venus Engine. The shutter speed stands between 60 seconds and a maximum of 1/16000th of a second, thanks to an electronic shutter.
A flash is integrated into the camera and this is good because users cannot attach an external one due to the lack of a hot-shoe. This camera records full HD videos at up to 60fps and captures up to 5.8fps in continuous mode.
The camera does not have a viewfinder. Photographers will need to use the 3-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen on the back to compose their shots. The display can be tilted upwards by 180 degrees, thus allowing users to capture proper selfies.
As stated above, WiFi is still here and the same thing can be said about NFC. These technologies can be used for sending photos or videos to a mobile device.
Beauty Retouch makes your selfies prettier in an instant
The new stuff available in the Panasonic GF8 consists of Beauty Retouch. This function will give users the possibility to capture better portraits. This tool can be used for improving the texture of one’s skin, whitening their teeth and even adding make-up to their face.
In order to make the camera even more appealing to women, the company will release it in a pink color, too. The other flavors will be brown, orange, and silver.
The list of beauty functions includes Slimming and Soft Skin, but they are not all you can do with the shooter. Snap Movie is a feature that captures moving photos lasting up to 8 seconds.
Additionally, Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation will come in handy for photographers looking to experiment with videography.
Panasonic’s latest Lumix camera has a battery life of 230 shots. It includes USB and HDMI ports, while the supported storage cards are SD, SDHC, and SDXC.
The device measures about 107 x 65 x 33mm / 4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3 inches, while weighing 266 grams / 9.38 ounces. The GF8 will be released this March, but only across Asia and Australia for the time being. There are no details about a potential launch in the North America, Europe, or other markets.