CAMERAS Panasonic G85 Review - (Lumix DMC-GX80)

Panasonic G85 Review – (Lumix DMC-GX80)

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Panasonic G85 Review – (Lumix DMC-GX80)

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Panasonic G85 Review – (Panasonic GX80): A small sister model of the GX8

With the Panasonic G85 (Panasonic Lumix DMC GX80 outside the United States), Panasonic offers a much cheaper sister model to the GX8, which has been slimmed down in some points but doesn’t need to hide technically at all.

For example, the Panasonic G85 features a 16-megapixel sensor with 5-axis image stabilization, a movable touchscreen, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and fast DFD contrast autofocus. Completely new is even the electromagnetic shutter, which does without tension springs and works much quieter and with less vibration. Reason enough to take a closer look at the price-performance monster in the test.

Panasonic G85 Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Housing looks high-quality despite the plastic
  • Sensor shift image stabilizer with hybrid function for lens stabilizers
  • 4K video function with high image quality
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600, good image quality up to ISO 3.200

Cons

  • The rear dial looks cheap and is too slippery
  • The sluggish folding mechanism of the screen
  • Viewfinder for spectacle wearers not very clear
  • Noise on the audio track, no external microphone connection

With the Panasonic G85, Panasonic has added a more compact sister model to the Lumix DMC-GX8. In contrast to the top model with a resolution of 20 megapixels, the Panasonic G85 uses the previous 16-megapixel sensor, but a low-pass filter has been omitted to increase the resolution.

The 4K photo and video functions are also on board. In contrast to the screen, the viewfinder is not movable, but has a fine resolution and offers a decent magnification. The newly developed, much quieter closure is innovative.

Previously, Panasonic’s mirrorless system cameras used electrically controlled shutters that were mechanically operated with strong tension springs, motors, and gear wheels, which not only provided a certain background noise but also caused vibrations. Panasonic has completely redesigned the Panasonic G85’s closure unit.

The shutter operates electromagnetically, making it much quieter, 90 percent less vibrating than the GX7 and also more compact. The fastest shutter speed is 1/4,000 seconds. The silent electronic shutter exposes up to 1/16,000 second briefly but has the rolling shutter effect as a disadvantage.

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While the new electromagnetically controlled shutter of the Panasonic G85 (left) works very quietly and with little vibration, the GX7 still uses the old mechanics with strong tension springs and electrical control. [Photo: Panasonic]

Thanks to the new shutter, Panasonic was nevertheless able to accommodate a five-axis image stabilizer in the housing, which had shrunk in comparison to the GX8, by means of a movably mounted image sensor.

The stabilizer thus compensates one axis more (rotation) than in the GX8. The stabilizer also works with most dual-IS optical image stabilizers on Panasonic lenses, so the image stabilizers complement each other perfectly (up to 4 EV CIPA standard effectiveness). Due to the larger possible compensation angles, not only telephoto shots benefit (see photo tip in the links below), but also macro and wide-angle photos.

By the way, Panasonic declared the installation of sensors with movable bearings to be its future strategy at its convention (in-house exhibition), where we were already able to hold the Panasonic G85 in our hands. With the exception of the particularly compact GM series, all Lumix interchangeable lens camera series will be equipped with it in the future. The new electromagnetic shutter is also likely to be used in the coming new introductions.

The dimensions show how much more compact the Panasonic G85 is compared to its larger sister model: The Panasonic G85 is 12.2 centimeters wide, 7.1 centimeters high, and 4.4 centimeters deep.

This saves the buyer 1.1 centimeters in width, 0.7 centimeters in height, and even 1.9 centimeters in depth.

The housing of the Panasonic G85 has the typical GX design without flash/viewfinder hump, with a small handle and a viewfinder located at the top left. The material used is plastic, which feels just as good as the GX8’s 50-gram metal case.

The Panasonic G85 buyer must dispense with the sealing against splash water and dust, the upward folding viewfinder, and the laterally swiveling screen. After all, the Panasonic G85’s 7.5-centimeter display (aspect ratio 3:2) can be folded 80 degrees up and 45 degrees down and even remains nicely hidden behind the camera.

With 1.04 million pixels, the touch screen also has an appropriately high resolution. The LCD viewfinder even achieves 2.76 million pixels (aspect ratio 16:9), the magnification is 0.7x in 35mm equivalent. However, the exit pupil of 17.5 millimeters is definitely too small for spectacle wearers. After all, there is a large diopter correction from -4 to +3 diopters. A sensor on the viewfinder not only automatically activates the viewfinder, but also the autofocus, making the Panasonic G85 even faster to shoot.

The Live MOS sensor in Four-Thirds format (17.3 x 13 millimeters, crop factor 2) achieves a resolution of 16 megapixels. By dispensing with a low-pass filter, it should offer around ten percent higher resolution. Moiré effects are intended to suppress the new, powerful Venus engine as an image processor.

The Panasonic G85 records videos in 4K resolution (8.3 megapixels per frame), but with the European model with a maximum of 25 frames per second. In Full HD, however, the frame rate increases to a maximum of 50 frames per second.

The innovative 4K photo functions are also on board and even work at 30 frames per second. This includes not only three different continuous shooting functions, one of which takes pictures before the shutter release button is pressed so as not to miss the right moment but also post-focus for subsequent focusing.

In addition, the Lumix Panasonic G85 offers some new row shooting functions. In addition to exposure and white balance bracketing, it now also records aperture bracketing and focus bracketing, the latter with up to 999 frames.

At full resolution, the Panasonic G85 achieves eight continuous shots per second, with autofocus tracking there are still six continuous shots per second. The DFD autofocus, which according to Panasonic is 0.07 seconds fast, is of course also on board, and the low-light AF even focuses at -4 EV ambient light (which corresponds to a landscape in the moonlight).

In addition to a built-in pop-up flash, the Lumix Panasonic G85 features a TTL system flash shoe that fits the new compact DMW-FL200L system flash, for example (the introduction can be found in the links below).

In addition to a program selector wheel including intelligent auto, creative filter, and creative programs up to full manual recording control, the Panasonic G85 offers two control wheels to control aperture and exposure time separately.

Speaking of controls, the Panasonic G85 is equipped with WLAN and can be remotely controlled from an Android or iOS device, including live image transmission, using the matching free Panasonic app. Of course, photos can also be transferred in this way from the camera to the smartphone or tablet. Using DLNA, photos can even be transferred wirelessly to flat-screen televisions for viewing.

By the way, the Panasonic has a micro-USB interface that can be used to charge the camera’s replaceable lithium-ion battery (sufficient for 290 images according to the CIPA standard). This works not only with the supplied charger but also with any smartphone charger or with a power bank (lithium-ion rechargeable batteries with USB interface for charging without an electrical outlet).

Ergonomics And Workmanship

With an operational weight of just over 430 grams, the Panasonic G85 is truly not a lightweight despite its compact dimensions. The housing looks correspondingly robust, although it is made of plastic. The processing is clean, nothing creaks.

The Panasonic G85 is built in the style of a rangefinder camera, so it doesn’t need a protruding handle or flash viewfinder hump. Nevertheless, it has a viewfinder, a built-in flash, and even a small handle.

The generous plastic leathering of the housing provides the necessary grip. The program selector wheel, the two setting wheels, and the knobs are easily accessible.

Although the on/off switch is ergonomically located at the rear under the program selector wheel, it sometimes happens that this wheel is accidentally activated when switching on or off. Even when operating the program selector wheel, at least if you only use your thumb, it can happen that you accidentally switch off the camera.

On the back, the Panasonic G85 has a 7.5-centimeter touch screen that folds up and down, and an electronic viewfinder that, unlike the GX8, isn’t movable.

 

panasonic g85The Panasonic G85 looks quite similar to the GX8 but has a more compact case, which is made of very well processed plastic.

 

The front dial surrounds the shutter release button and makes a high-quality impression. Unfortunately, this cannot be said of the rear click wheel. It turns a little heavy, is too smooth, and feels cheap. Also, the assignment of the wheels is not very flexible. In the programs P, A, and S (program automatic, aperture automatic and aperture automatic) both wheels have the same unchangeable function, namely program shift, aperture setting, or time preselection. In the menu, you can set the occupancy of the wheels, but we couldn’t find out when it works. In any case, pressing the rear wheel activates the exposure compensation, which can be adjusted via the rear wheel, while the front wheel adjusts the flash compensation.

From Panasonic in Japan, we now got the information on how to change the wheel assignment. For this purpose, the wheel change must be assigned to one of the function keys in the key assignment in order to activate the function change by pressing the function key.

The remaining 13 buttons may be a bit small, but they are easy to use. Four of the keys can be assigned individually, on the touch screen there are further, freely assignable function keys, which must first be displayed. Together with the Quick Menu, all essential recording relevant functions can be operated without detours via the menu. The menu itself is not very clear due to long scroll lists but offers many functions.

The rear touchscreen in 3:2 format resolves a good 1.04 million pixels and can be folded up and down. The mechanism could be more smooth-running. In any case, thanks to the mobility of the camera, recordings close to the ground as well as those over the heads can be made without any problems.

The electronic viewfinder is located at the top left of the back above the display. The proximity sensor ensures automatic activation if required. The screen remains touch-sensitive for the selection of the autofocus point, which is not necessarily advantageous for photographers who look through the viewfinder with the left eye, as it is all too easy to unintentionally set the focus point with the nose.

Even those who wear glasses will not find the viewfinder optimal. Apart from the fact that a viewfinder shell for the reduction of extraneous light is generally missing, the exit pupil is much too small, so that one has with glasses no chance to see the viewfinder picture completely.

In the range from -4 to +3 DPT the diopter correction helps, even if pushing up or putting down the glasses is not always an optimal alternative. With 2.76 million pixels, the viewfinder has a very fine resolution and offers 0.7x magnification compared to 35mm. Another very decent value, which even exceeds most APS-C DSLRs.

On the underside of the housing, the metal tripod thread is properly seated in the optical axis. The small lithium-ion battery with only 290 images running time according to CIPA shares a common compartment with the SD memory card. Due to the 4K video function, an SDHC or SDXC memory card with Speed Class U3 is recommended in order to be able to digest the high-resolution videos with up to 100 MBit/s quality.

With serial pictures, you also profit from correspondingly fast memory cards. The battery is charged via the side-mounted Micro-USB interface. Cable and mains adapter included. However, any other micro-USB cable with a USB power supply can also be used.

This is particularly practical when you’re on the go, as the camera can also be charged using the USB charging adapter in the car and a power bank (additional battery) for a smartphone.

However, if you want to charge the battery externally, you have to buy the matching charger separately (preferably together with a second battery). The Micro-HDMI port is also located behind the low-quality interface cover.

 

panasonic g85In addition to the program selector wheel, the Panasonic G85 has two control wheels. The arrangement of the on-switch below the program selector wheel is not quite optimal.

 

panasonic g85Thanks to the generous rubber applications, the Panasonic G85 can be held surprisingly well despite the tiny handle

Equipment And Features

With just under 600 dollars for the housing or from 700 dollars with a lens (either the 14-42 or the particularly compact 12-32 tested here), the Panasonic G85 is in a class above the entry-level units and offers a correspondingly extensive range of features that should satisfy even amateur photographers and enthusiasts.

In addition to automatic objective control and 24 selectable scene mode programs and numerous filter effects, there are also the classic creative programs P, A, S, and M, in which the photographer can manually control time, aperture and/or ISO sensitivity. In addition, the Panasonic G85 offers three memory locations for individual settings that can be quickly recalled.

Face recognition with eye recognition, for example, works very well. Not only is the face framed and focused and correctly exposed, but there is also a cross in the frame exactly through the pupil that is currently being focused. This actually works very well, whereby photos with fast and/or long focal length lenses benefit most of all. Even an ambitious photographer can confidently use this function because it works excellently.

Thanks to Face Recognition, you can also save people who have been photographed very frequently, and then prioritize them in multi-faceted photos.

In general, the focus deserves a lot of praise. Although the Panasonic G85 works with contrast autofocus, thanks to DFD technology it is extremely fast, and within 0.15 to 0.16 seconds the subject is not only focused, but also already photographed.

DSLRs only offer slight advantages when it comes to focus tracking in continuous-advance mode, because, with a full continuous-advance performance of eight frames per second, which the Panasonic G85 can hold out at JPEG for almost half a minute or just under 230 consecutive frames, the focus is no longer tracked and instead of the live view, the most recently taken photo can be seen as a replacement for the viewfinder image.

In Raw, on the other hand, the continuous shooting rate of 6.3 frames per second is not quite as high and is “only” maintained for 74 shots (not a bad value either, actually). If you switch down the continuous shooting rate, you can refocus between shots and display a live image.

Panasonic’s 4K photo functions are unique to date. The 4K video function records 30 continuous shots per second, and there are different modes for starting and stopping shots.

Afterwards, photos with a resolution of 8.3 megapixels can be extracted at any time, but their image quality is somewhat lower than normal photos with a resolution of eight megapixels due to the video compression. With the post-focus function, the focus point can even be re-selected after recording; corresponding third-party programs even allow focus stacking from such a file.

 

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The tripod thread of the Panasonic G85 sits perfectly in the optical axis. The arrangement so far forward ensures a better balance with larger lenses.

 

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The Panasonic G85’s Micro-Four-Thirds sensor is mounted on movable bearings for image stabilization and has a resolution of 16 megapixels.

In contrast, the 4K video function in this country works at a maximum of 25 frames per second, with MP4 and AVCHD available as video formats, on which the frame rates and compression rates also depend. If desired, the Panasonic G85 can track the focus silently and quickly during recording, but static video subjects can always be subject to light focus pumping, which is why the single autofocus (AF-S) without tracking may be recommended.

Thanks to the dedicated video recording button, video recordings can be made at any time, but the appropriate trim should be taken into account. If you switch to the video mode beforehand, the correct image section will be displayed before recording.

The video image stabilizer works as effectively as photos thanks to five axes. The tone, on the other hand, is not quite optimal.

Although there is a level display and a manual level correction, only the acoustically somewhat limited internal stereo microphone, which is not completely free of noise, can be used, because unfortunately there is no microphone connection. If you need it, you should go for the equally expensive sister model Lumix G70, which doesn’t have a sensor-shift image stabilizer. However, since this produces a constant low noise, this may not be wrong for video recordings.

The new Panasonic G85 closure is an innovation that is unique in the Micro-Four-Thirds system. Although this also offers a silent electronic shutter with up to 1/16,000 second short exposure times, the line by line exposure of the sensor makes the rolling shutter effect visible in fast subjects.

The electronic shutter is also not suitable for flashes. The new mechanical lock requires no tension springs and operates purely electromagnetically. This not only ensures a more compact shutter unit, which is a prerequisite for the compact design of the camera despite the sensor-shift image stabilizer, but the shutter also works much quieter and with less vibration.

At certain shutter speeds, which otherwise tend to blur due to shutter vibrations, and in very quiet environments, the difference is clearly noticeable. It remains to be hoped that Panasonic will also give this beautiful closure to other new products.

Despite its compact housing, the Panasonic G85 offers an integrated pop-up flash that needs to be unlocked mechanically. According to our measurements, its guide number is only 4.7. You can even fold the flash back with your finger to indirectly flash it.

The flash offers many settings such as a pre-flash to reduce red-eye, long-time sync, flash at the end of exposure, and flash exposure compensation. The fastest flash exposure time is only 1/160 second. If you like, you can even control the flash output manually.

However, the integrated flash does not offer a wireless flash function. Thanks to the TTL flash shoe with central contact, simple automatic flashes, as well as system flashes from Panasonic and Olympus, can be used, with the corresponding flash as a control unit even with wireless TTL or with high-speed synchronization.

The Panasonic G85’s range of other functions is also impressive, including a panoramic view, exposure bracketing with up to seven images with a maximum exposure distance of 1 EV, automatic HDR function, interval function, and time-lapse video, etc.

The Panasonic G85 also offers a wide range of other functions. Play beautiful slideshows with music and crossfades during playback. If you want, you can convert your raw images into JPEGs with adjustable settings.

Thanks to WLAN, the images can be transmitted in the network via DLNA, but the connection with a smartphone is also possible. The right app is available for both Android and iOS. This allows not only image transmission, but also geotagging and remote control of the camera including live image transmission and numerous setting options.

 

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The Panasonic G85’s somewhat fiddly opening and not so high-quality interface flap conceals a micro-HDMI and a micro-USB interface. The battery can be charged via the latter.

 

panasonic g85The small pop-up flash of the Panasonic G85 only has a guide number of 4, but thanks to the flash shoe, system flash units can also be operated

Image Quality Of The Panasonic G85

In contrast to the GX8, which accommodates a new 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, Panasonic’s lower-cost Panasonic G85 uses the proven 16-megapixel sensor, which does not require a low-pass filter to increase resolution.

In our test with the testing software, we investigated the question of how the image quality of the Lumix Panasonic G85 performs. The 12-32mm standard zoom was used, which actually fits better with the GM series due to its small diameter.

For example, the Panasonic G85 would have stood the new 12-60mm well, but unfortunately, Panasonic doesn’t offer such a harmonious set. Likewise, the test unit provided to us is decided by the local distributor along with the corresponding lens.

With the 12-32, the Lumix Panasonic G85 only achieves a maximum resolution of just under 50 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) at 50 percent contrast in the image center, which is not too much for a 16-megapixel sensor. This resolution is only achieved in the center of the image with open apertures in the wide-angle, from F5.6 the resolution decreases slowly.

At the edge of the picture, however, the 12-32 only achieves a meager 22 lp/mm wide-angle, which leads to less detailed picture corners even with prints that are only DIN A4 in size.

While the resolution at the edge of the image increases slightly during zooming but does not exactly stain with fame with a maximum of 25 lp/mm, the image resolution in the center of the image decreases during zooming. At 40 millimeters corresponding to 35mm (20 millimeters at the lens), the maximum is 45 lp/mm, at 64 or 32 millimeters even only 40.

In other disciplines, the lens shows fewer weaknesses. For example, the edge darkening with a maximum of 0.8 f-stops is quite low, with some zooming and/or fading further reducing it. Distortion only occurs in the wide-angle with two percent barrel shape, at medium and long focal lengths the lens on the Panasonic G85 is distortion-free. Color fringes in the form of chromatic aberrations are also low on average, even the maximum expression towards the edges of the image is moderate.

At ISO 100 and 200, the 16-megapixel sensor shows a high signal-to-noise ratio of over 40 dB, whereas above ISO 800 this value already falls below the still acceptable limit of 35 dB. While color noise over the entire sensitivity range up to ISO 25.600 plays no role, brightness noise is slightly visible from ISO 6.400 and slightly more at ISO 25.600. However, the noise remains pleasantly fine-grained. Losses of fine details due to noise reduction only become visible above ISO 1,600, but this only has a critical effect on the image above ISO 6,400.

The Panasonic G85 to ISO 800 shows excellent input dynamics, sometimes well above eleven f-stops. At ISO 1.600 and 3.200 there are still very good ten f-stops, from ISO 6.400 the value even increases again due to the noise reduction.

This phenomenon is often observed and is due to the fact that the black level is apparently improved by suppressing the noise in the shadows. The dynamics increase, while in the dark shadows there are actually no more details to be found.

With the exception of ISO 100, the tonal value curve is divided for a crisper picture reproduction, especially the center contrasts are strong. At ISO 100, on the other hand, the signal attenuation provides a more linear tonal curve, because the sensor actually has a basic sensitivity of ISO 200.

The sharpness is strong and leads to slight but not yet critical sharpness artifacts. The Panasonic G85 offers crisp images in JPEG, while Raw offers all the control you need. If you want, you can also adjust the camera’s internal JPEG processing to your needs using the parameters in the menu. The output tonal range starts at ISO 100 with almost 256 levels at a very good level and only falls just below the still good value of 160 brightness levels at ISO 1,600.

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The small lithium-ion battery of the Panasonic G85 is only sufficient for 290 shots. With the SD card, you shouldn’t save money and go for a fast SDHC or SDXC model with Speed Class U3.

 

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The Panasonic G85 also has rubber applications on the left side of the case, which not only look chic but also provide the necessary grip

The color deviation is on average small, but even in the maximum still barely tolerable. The Panasonic G85 is very much afraid of strong runaways, which almost every camera shows. Yellow tends slightly towards green, cyan slightly towards blue and violet, magenta and red tones are slightly more saturated.

Overall, however, the Panasonic G85 shows quite neutral colors with only minor embellishments for a subjectively more pleasant color rendering. The manual white balance is very accurate, with the presets you can only criticize the missing settings for fluorescent light.

The actual color depth is also very good in the measurement laboratory. Up to and including ISO 3,200, over four million color nuances are distinguished, which is by no means unimportant.

 

Bottom line: Is The Panasonic G85 Worth It?

The Panasonic G85 is a real value-for-money product.

For those who like the flat design without flash/viewfinder hump, but don’t want to do without flash and viewfinder, the Lumix Panasonic G85 is an excellently equipped and very well crafted mirror-less system camera with ultra-fast autofocus.

With the exception of the perhaps somewhat low resolution, for which the 12-32mm lens is not innocent, Panasonic delivers with the Panasonic G85 a really well-tuned camera with a superb image quality.

Only those who place a high value on video functionality should rather use the sister model Lumix G70 due to the missing microphone connection in order to stay within the same price range, however, have to do without the very well working mechanical image stabilizer as well as the super quiet mechanical shutter of the DMC-Panasonic G85.

Firmware Update 1.1 for the Panasonic G85

Panasonic has released a new firmware version 1.1 for the Panasonic G85. It extends the post-focus function by a focus-stacking function, where you can select the focus range. Alternatively, a sharp image from front to back is also possible.

In addition, a sequence function is added to the Focus Bracketing menu that allows the bracketing to be moved either before or after the focus point. In addition, the flash mode of the internal flash can be set to “Forced Off”. The firmware update is available on the Japanese Panasonic website and can be installed by the photographer using the English manual. If you can’t cope with this, you can contact your dealer or Panasonic Service

Firmware Updates for the Panasonic Lumix G81, Panasonic G85 and the 100-400mm

Panasonic has released new firmware version 1.2 for the Lumix DMC-G81 and Panasonic G85. This update reduces the noise generated by the sensor-shift image stabilizer in standby mode and during video recording on both cameras. In addition, the Panasonic G85 solves a connection problem with the Picmate server.

Furthermore, the G81 supports the Dual-IS-2 function of the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm 4-6.3 Asph. Power OIS, which also gets a new firmware, but in version 1.1, after the update. Not only does it make the dual IS-2 function available, but it also fixes a problem with the 5-meter to infinity autofocus limiter that occurred with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Firmware update of the lens is possible on both a Panasonic and Olympus camera. How exactly this works can be read on the firmware update page. Also how to update the camera firmware is listed there. All handbooks we found there, were written in English.

Fact Sheet Of The Panasonic G85

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Panasonic G85
Sensor CMOS 4/3″ 17.3 x 13.0 mm (crop factor 2.0) 16.8 megapixels (physical)
16.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.7 µm
Resolution (max.) 4.592 x 3.448 (4:3)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 25p
Lens Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32 mm 3.5-5.6 Asph. OIS (zoom lens)
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,764,800 pixels resolution, 1.39 times magnification (sensor-related), 0.70 times magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 DPT)
Display 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 1.040.000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swiveling
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic objective control yes
Scene modes 24
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (1,728 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in flash
Synchronous time 1/160 s
Flash connection Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC
GPS external, smartphone as GPS logger
Remote release yes, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-25.600
manually ISO 100-25.600
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 49 Contrast sensors
Speed 0.15 s to 0.16 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (mm) 122 x 71 x 44 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 430 g (housing only) – 495 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in the optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 290 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

 

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Housing looks high-quality despite the plastic
  • Sensor shift image stabilizer with hybrid function for lens stabilizers
  • 4K video function with high image quality
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600, good image quality up to ISO 3.200

Cons

  • The rear dial looks cheap and is too slippery
  • The sluggish folding mechanism of the screen
  • Viewfinder for spectacle wearers not very clear
  • Noise on the audio track, no external microphone connection

 

Panasonic G85 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 4/3″ 17.3 x 13.0 mm (crop factor 2.0) 16.8 megapixels (physical) and 16.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.7 µm
Photo resolution
4.592 x 3.448 pixels (4:3)
4.592 x 3.064 Pixel (3:2)
4.592 x 2.584 pixels (16:9)
3.840 x 2.160 pixels (16:9)
3.424 x 3.424 Pixel (1:1)
3.232 x 2.424 Pixel (4:3)
3.232 x 2.160 pixels (3:2)
2.416 x 2.416 pixels (1:1)
2.272 x 1.704 pixels (4:3)
2.272 x 1.520 pixels (3:2)
1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (16:9)
1.824 x 1.368 pixels (4:3)
1.824 x 1.216 pixels (3:2)
1.824 x 1.024 Pixel (16:9)
1.712 x 1.712 pixels (1:1)
Panorama Swivel panorama
Picture formats JPG, MPO, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 25 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
AVCHD (Codec H.264)
MP4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds

Focusing

Autofocus mode Autofocus working range from -4 EV to 18 EV, contrast autofocus with 49 focus points
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Area Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (6x)
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Display

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, color adjustable, tiltable 80° up and 45° down, with touch screen
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,764,800 pixels, 1.39x magnification factor, diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 DPT)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,728 fields, spot measurement, AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 60 s (Auto) – 1/4,000 to 60 s (Manual)
1/16,000 to 1 s (Electronic Shutter) Bulb with maximum 120 s Exposure Time
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with maximum 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with a step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (automatic) ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
Remote access Remote triggering, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Scene modes Flowers, Backlight, Children, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Food, Sports, 14 other scene modes
Picture effects Cross development, high key, landscape, low key, miniature effect, monochrome, portrait, retro, black and white, sepia, softer, toy camera, star grid, vivid, 8 more image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Incandescent, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 4 memories
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 40.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 13 stored photos, 8 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, max. 100 images (JPEG); – 4K burst at 30 fps, 4K pre-burst 30 fps 2 seconds
Self-timer Self-timer with an interval of 2 s, special features: or 10 seconds, 10 seconds then 3 shots
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 9,999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun Of The Panasonic G85

Flash built-in flash (hinged) – Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/160 s
Flash number
Guide number 6 (ISO 200)
Guide number 4 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Manual flash output (22 levels), Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer Sensor shift (optical)
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
GPS function GPS external (Smartphone as GPS-Logger)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection USB charging function
Power supply 1 x Panasonic DMW-BLG10E290
pictures according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Video editing, crop images, rotate images, protect images, highlight/shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 16.0x magnification, image index, slide show function with music and fade effects, zoom out
Face recognition Face recognition, face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic spirit level, Grid can be displayed, Zebra function, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 3 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: USB – USB type: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN: available (type: B, G, N)
AV connectors AV Output: HDMI Output Micro (Type D)  – Audio Input: no – Audio Output: no
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in the optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning5-Axis Image StabilizerQR Code Scan

for Easy WLAN SetupEye SensorFocus Bracket

(1-999 shots)
Loop Capture Function (4K Video)
Time-lapse FunctionStop Motion FunctionFlicker Reduction

(1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120)
Post-Focus Function (4K)
Electronic Wind FilterViera-Link

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 122 x 71 x 44 mm
Weight 430 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Panasonic DMW-BLG10E Special battery – Flash shoe cover, USB cable, carrying strap, casing cover
optional accessory Olympus FL-700WR Slip-on flash with swivel reflectorPanasonic
Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm 1.7 (H-X1025) Zoom Lens
Peter Dench
Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.

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