Panasonic has launched a new camera aimed at self portraits, that borrows heavily from the GF7
released last year. The Lumix GF8 mirrorless camera has a similar 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor combination as its predecessor, but this latest model adds more functions for those who often take selfies and want to look their best, before posting the image to social media.
Capable of 1080p video at 60fps and an ISO of up to 25,600, DPReview reports
the GF8 has a high speed burst of up to 5.8fps, up to 40fps using an electronic shutter, and includes low-light AF and face recognition AF modes. On the back of the retro shooter is a three-inch 1040k-dot touchscreen with a 180-degree tilt that flips upwards, while its Wi-Fi connectivity to a smartphone running the companion app offers QR code-based pairing of devices.
For self portraits, it adds to the face recognition mode with a face and eye detection AF that automatically sets the focus right for the user's face. Self shot mode is automatically enabled once the display is flipped up, with the camera able to be placed on a stand or a surface and the shot triggered with gestures, such as bringing two faces together in the frame or by waving a hand in front of the subject's face. A Beauty Retouch function includes options to clear the skin texture, whiten teeth, and apply make-up, while the shooting mode includes Soft Skin and Slimming functions.
Pricing and availability details for the Lumix GF8 have yet to be announced.