Panasonic today added two MFT (Micro Four Third's) camera to their Lumix Series of cameras namely the Lumix DMC-FZ300 and the Lumix DMC-GX8. These are a latest generation of Mirror-less cameras from the brand which really has it in them to stand up against the best!
The Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a high zoom camera with a 25-600mm equivalent 24x optical zoom lens having a constant f2.8 aperture. The camera's 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor can shoot images upto an ISO of 6400. There's also a 12fps burst mode thanks to the new Venus Engine image processor (Panasonic is really proud of this). 4K video capture is also supported at 30fps in MP4 format.
On the back is a 1440K dot OLED ViewFinder with delivers 100% field of view and 0.7X magnification. It also comes with Panasonic's DFD (Depth from Defocus) AF system which promises focusing times of as low as 0.09 sec! For connectivity the camera has an integrated Wi-Fi. Plus a waterproof and a dust proof coating would enable the user to use their camera seamlessly without having to worry about getting their pricey gem damaged,
The flagship Lumix DMC-GX8 on the other hand comes with a 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (the highest for a MFT camera). The previous best was its predesccor GX7 which had a 16MP unit. It also features In-Body Image Stabilization that works with the lens stabilization for even more stable shots.
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Unlike the FZ300 which can shot at a maximum of 6400 the Lumix GX8 can shoot images at ISO 25600. Plus there's a 8fps burst mode and a 4K recording capability at 30/24p (which is basically a stream of 8MP photos at 30fps that is superimposed to make a Quad HD video).The DFD Autofocus system has been tweaked here though as it can now focus in as low as 0.07 seconds. There is also a tilt able 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder on the back and a fixed 1.04M dot 3-inch OLED viewfinder along with Wi-Fi and NFC.
Inside this new flagship camera is all new Dual I.S. Image stabilization system that's appearing for the first time in a Lumix G series camera. It can work alongside lens image stabilization for maximizing stability and suppressing unwanted vibrations.