Sharpening after taking a picture or recording a video and extracting the unique frame are the two new features of the Lumix GX80
Photography and video are first cousin. So it is not surprising that even the simplest camera also records video. But if we enter the world of 4K we obtain a qualitative increase that allows two bands to play. So you can record video and extract a picture with sufficient quality. This 4K photo concept was released by Panasonic that now presents its latest model, the Lumix GX80. A DLSM -without a mirror and interchangeable lenses- aimed at beginners but with semiprofessional features that help achieve spectacular results.
The sensor is an already known Live MOS of 16 MPx but in this occasion eliminating the low pass filter (anti-aliasing) betting on boosting the level of detail of each image. This sensor has a three axes OIS stabilization system in addition to the two axes of the lenses, giving a total of 5 axes stabilized. The sensor provides a sensitivity between 100 and 25,000 ISO, recalling that in practice exceeding 6400 is quite inadvisable.
Another key point of the GX80 is the post-focus technology. This is a new feature that when activated it performs sequential shots with different focal points and shallow depth field. Once the process is complete the user can place the focus plane wherever they prefer just by pointing with a finger on the screen. Basically it shots first and allows focusing later, but beware it isn’t advisable in scenes with rapid movement.
This is how we find out that the Lumix GX80, being an intermediate camera -even entry level- offers options that achieve results that in other circumstances require many professional skills. Otherwise these mirrorless can be used either with the 3-inch folding screen or the 276,000 points LVF viewfinder offering a good refresh even though its size may be a bit rushed for some.
Both the 4K photo function as well as the post-focus have their own dedicated buttons for activation (in the first also with three different capture modes), which avoids having to navigate through the always cumbersome screen menus. And since it couldn’t be any less it features Wi-Fi connectivity for both the remote control as well as image transfers from and to a mobile or tablet (iOS and Android).
The Creative Control mode has a total of 22 filter options, while the camera also integrates the new L.Monochrome mode, which provides monochromatic images with a rich gradation to give the appearance of an authentic black and white film.
Note: the photos are of playback equipment, so they may have some differences with the final model.