Probably every tech company should take a lesson from Panasonic on how to best integrate the present and retro look on a product. Its latest Lumix DMC-GF8 is a mirrorless camera with a very, very cool retro design, but a rotatable display panel to help you take better self-portraits.
The GF8 comes with a 16 MP live MOS Four Thirds sensor, with a Venus Engine image processor. Offering ISO range of up to 25600 and up to 5.8 shots per second, the GF8 also has a Light Speed Autofocus system for more accuracy and speed.
On the video side, you can shoot up to 1080/60fps videos in AVCHD and MP4 with surround sound. You get the option to create a time-lapse or stop motion animation too.
Featuring a 3” 1.04M dot touchscreen, the GF8’s LCD also rotates 180-degrees for self-snapshots. Panasonic has done well to boost productivity, with features like Aesthetic Retouch, which can give you a clearer skin, a facelift or whitened teeth, and Make-up Retouch, which does exactly what you’d expect it to do. The camera automatically starts the selfie mode once the screen is rotated.
Its implementation of modern features don’t end with the display. Featuring Wi-Fi, there is 100 GB worth free cloud storage, as well as an accompanying app which can control the shutter speed, focus, ISO level, aperture and the gallery.
And lastly, a moment of truth. As many people will inevitably see, the camera isn’t that much different to the GF7, save for the rotatable touch screen. It will probably cost you a sizable premium for the features but if you’re still interested, keep a look out for when Panasonic announces the pricing and availability.