Panasonic has finally unveiled its latest product in the photography line-up which is the Lumix G80 (or G81 in Germany; G85 in other territories) like a bulked-out DSLR-style version of the Lumix GX80, or, in some respects, a budget version of the Lumix GH4. The new model is more or less an updated and more rugged version of a combination of a slightly redesigned G7 body with the internals of the GX85/GX80, intended to appeal to the outdoor photographer.
Here is a look at the specifications of the new Panasonic Lumix G80/G85:
- 16MP Four Thirds MOS sensor w/o optical low pass filter
- 5-axis image stabilisation with Dual I.S. 2
- Splash/dust-proof body
- Depth from Defocus AF
- 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- 3-inch 1.04M-dot fully-articulating touchscreen LCD
- 4K video / photo
- Focus stacking and post focus
Panasonic tweaked the design for improved usability of the camera in addition to the weather sealing and support for a battery grip (DMW-BGG1). To enhance control, the LUMIX DMC-G80 comes with ergonomically-designed thick grip for a stable holding even in one hand. The front/rear dual dial system enables direct settings. The new camera from Panasonic boasts a large 2,360K-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) with a magnification ratio of approx. 1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equiv.) and 100% field of view. It delivers high-speed response with a minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec.
The new LUMIX DMC-G80 features an updated Image Stabilization system – the 5-axis Dual I.S. MK II By incorporating new gyro-sensor technology, the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), a combination of which provides an enormous amount of accuracy and crystal clear shots. While the continuous shooting frame rate with autofocus remains essentially unchanged from the earlier cameras, it’s got a deeper buffer for a decent number of raw shots.
The G80 has the usual Panasonic 4K video-enabled features such as focus stacking and Live Crop, it also gains clean HDMI out (4:2:2), monochrome preview and the ability to alter the luma value.
On an overall basis. the new Lumix G80 from Panasonic has specifications which are good enough to give competition to a lot of mid-level DSLRs from Canon and Nikon with its high-end specifications. The G80 is set to ship in October. It’s priced at $899 as a body only, and can be had in a kit with the 12-60mm zoom for $999.