Panasonic has announced the Lumix GF8, a new compact system camera for selfies lovers. Pricing and availability details will follow soon. The GF8 is not too different from GF7, which launched last January
, as the major changes are all software related. The beauty function offers modes like Soft Skin, Defocusing, and Slimming effects. The Beauty Retouch function lets you add finishing touches to your selfie, including putting on make-up. Clearly, the GF8 will be catering to a very specific audience. The camera will be available in a number of colour trims like brown, pink and orange.
The Lumix GF8 sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, adhering to the Micro Four Thirds standard. The camera also supports a maximum ISO value of 25600, there's full-HD video recording and burst mode of 5fps (AFC, 1-area AF). You get the same 3-inch touchscreen display that's present on the GF7 with a 180-degree flip-up functionality. The camera automatically goes into selfie mode when you flip the display upwards. There's also built-in Wi-Fi for quickly sharing your pictures from your smartphone.
The GF8 offers a wide variety of options to produce that perfect selfie, all in the camera itself. After capturing the selfie, one can tweak the picture further with Aesthetic Retouch, which lets you clear any blemishes on your skin, whiten your teeth or even give yourself a face-lift. You can auto-engage the shutter as well with the Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter functions, which essentially snap a picture if you wave your hand in front of the lens or if the camera detects two faces close to each other in the frame.
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