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Panasonic GX8 adds some seriousness to its style (pictures)

The GX8 is bigger and heavier than its predecessor but also seems redesigned for a more streamlined shooting experience.

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Reworked top

Panasonic completely overhauled the top of the camera, giving it a more enthusiast-oriented vibe with stacked exposure-compensation and mode dials, a more pronounced on/off switch and a programmable function button. The grip's a little bigger as well.

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No flash

Missing from the top: the pop-up flash that was on the GX7.

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Basic black

The top looks a little more subtle in black.

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NFC

That tiny logo indicates where you tap your device to initiate a Wi-Fi connection via NFC.

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Tilted shutter button

As is becoming a trend, the shutter button sits on top of the grip at an angle.

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Back controls

The layout of the back controls is pretty much the same as on the GX7, though in the newer model the programmable function buttons are more spread out around the body.

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Electronic viewfinder

Like the GX7, the GX8 has a tilting electronic viewfinder. The GX8's has a bigger eyecup and a higher magnification level.

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Autofocus

You get more hardware-control options for autofocus over the GX7, including full-time AF (AFF).

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4K

Panasonic brings the GX8 into parity with the rest of its enthusiast cameras with UHD video and its 4K burst-shooting modes.

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Articulate it

The GX8 gets an articulated, flip-up-and-twist display in contrast to the GX7's tilting model.

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