On December 8th, Panasonic released a firmware update that made five more lenses in the Lumix range compatible with the GX8’s Dual I.S. (image stabilisation), giving us a total of 11 compatible lenses. The updated lenses are as follows:
- Lumix 45mm f/2.8 Macro
- Lumix 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6
- Lumix 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6
- Lumix 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6
- Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7
The Dual I.S. system of the GX8 combines the optical stabilisation of the lenses with the in-body stabilisation of the camera, providing extra handshake correction. In our experience, it is nearly on par with the 5-axis in-body stabilisation of the Olympus OM-D series, though the performance does seem to vary a little from lens to lens. If you own the GX8 and any one of these lenses, it is definitely worth updating!
To update your lenses, simply visit the official firmware update page on the Panasonic website.