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PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 12-32mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixels, Dual I.S. 1.0, 3 Inch Tilting Touch LCD, DMC-GX85KK (USA BLACK)
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- New 5-axis in-body sensor stabilizer works with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses in video and still capture modes using class-leading Dual Image Stabilization.
- Eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power by nearly 10% over existing 16-Megapixel MFT sensors.
- Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a Mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs.
- Thumbwheel controls, integrated viewfinder and touch control enabled tilting LCD maximize control of the photographic experience.
- Capture spontaneous moments with 4K imaging performance in both 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO and Post Focus. Dust reduction system: Supersonic wave filter
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From the manufacturer
Big photos just got Easy.
New, surprisingly compact LUMIX GX85 puts the power to take stunning, professional photos in the palm of your hands.
Photo Credit (all): Joseph Linaschke
Panasonic Image App
Instantly share your print-ready photos, even control the camera remotely via your smartphone.
- Remote Shooting
- Instant Sharing
- Social Media Connection
Never miss that moment again.
With exclusive 4K Photo technology
The magic begins with newly stabilized, ultra fast 3-frames-per-second 4K video. Then, select and edit frames in-camera so you can take, create and share the perfect shot, instantly.
- Post Focus: Focal point selection
- 4K Live Cropping: Pan or zoom to crop
- Light Composition: Exposure correction
5-Axis Dual Image Stabilization
2 axis in-lens, 3 axis in-body, magnetically coupled. 100% active in 4K video recording.
Electronic eye viewfinder for bright shooting environments.
High Speed Auto-Focusing
Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) Auto Focus (AF) technology instantly calculates subject distance, then drives the focus mechanism with one quick, continuous movement for faster AF speeds.
Venus Engine + Live MOS Sensor
Combining the 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine renders clear images with minimum noise, even in low-light situations. Shoot true-to-life images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive color.
RAW File Processing
RAW-format images can easily be developed in-camera with adjustments including color space, exposure, white balance, contrast, highlight and shadow, saturation, noise reduction, sharpness, intelligent resolution + more.
27+ Lens Options
27 (and counting) lens options, including prestigious Leica lenses, for a vast array of shooting situations. The Macro-Four Thirds system continues to set the standard for size, weight and overall image quality.
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For today's interchangeable lens camera enthusiasts — or anyone looking for a lighter, newer more intelligent alternative to bulky DSLRs — Panasonic LUMIX Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds system cameras deliver impressive, no-compromise performance. Nearly half the size of most DSLRs, the DMC-GX85 delivers impressive large sensor performance in the most compact camera system ever designed by Panasonic LUMIX. Thanks to the elimination of the low pass filter, its fine detail resolving power is boosted nearly 10% over previous 16-Megapixel sensors. Image stabilization is top of its class with the complementary LUMIX 2-axis lens O.I.S. and a new 5-axis in-body I.S., available in either photo or video recording modes. Camera purists will enjoy the familiar quick-access thumbwheel controls and integrated 2764k-dot eye-level electronic viewfinder, plus a tilting LCD display for greater flexibility in difficult shooting angles. Modern enthusiasts will love the WiFi mobile control and next-generation flexibility that 4K Video, 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus modes bring to the creative experience.
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Panasonic has decided to go a bit of a different route with this lineup though. First was the GX1, a premium version of then-viewfinder-less rangefinder inspired cameras, with extra bells and whistles and a premium construction. They continued it with the GX7, then adding a tilting LCD and tilting electronic viewfinder (EVF). But the most recent GX camera prior to this model was the GX8, both physically bigger and bigger in terms of what it could do, with a bigger price tag to match. Now, perhaps listening to the market or else looking to compete against rival Olympus and other mirrorless camera manufacturers who offer better priced mid-level models, they have released the GX85, a 'lite' version of the GX8 that actually provides all the goodness of the GX8 plus some very real refinements, at a much better price point.
I've had the camera for almost two weeks, and while I've yet to uncover everything that it can do, I can say I'm really pleased with it thus far, and it has genuinely impressed me in several areas. I bought this to replace an Olympus EM10 (original version), and comparisons are perhaps most apt against the new Mk. II model of that camera, but I also own a Panasonic GM5, which is my backup (ultralight) body. Here are some of my discoveries with the GX85 (skip to the end if you don't want to geek out over details. I haven't covered every front, but speak to the things which matter to me for my particular photographic needs):
• Charging and battery - love the USB charging. Makes it much easier on the go. I usually get to and from shooting locations by car, and I keep a fairly substantial USB power bank for keeping devices healthy (smartphones sure lose juice quickly when using maps). Now I can also plug in the camera to bolster the battery after a session. Also, since the battery is the same as the GX7's before it, I was able to find a spare cheaply. Always have a spare, or two!
• Build quality - great for plastic frame, but I kind of miss the magnesium alloy. No doubt the camera still has plenty of metal in the frame however, and has no flex. It makes me appreciate the more how much of a tiny work of art the GM5 is.
• New L Monochrome mode is very nice, super contrast and rich blacks, but saves highlights like all digital sensors do so may require a small whites boost in post processing. Awesome that color filters can still be used. Great way to get great tones in B&W with little processing work.
• Definitely a slight sharpness boost over the GM5 from early testing, but only visible when the sharpest lenses are used. Really requires a great lens to see the difference. No moiré to be seen.
• Shutter shock appears be non-existent with the new shutter, which sounds great and very quiet.
• Colors out of camera in standard JPEG mode are much richer than previous Panasonic cameras. Reds can get a little oversaturated in standard mode. A couple of photos with bright reds seemed to show a little posterization, but only when zoomed in to 100% and in one or two areas. There are of course limits to JPEG files, and generally I think the bright and rich colors are welcome. Red, green, blue and yellow tones are all weighted toward vivid, saturated and pleasing tones. For a more neutral, classically Panasonic color palette the Natural JPEG mode might be a better choice.
• EVF is good but some won't like that is natively a 16:9 ratio. Can be hard to avoid hitting the LCD screen for left-eyed shooters. I am actually left-eyed, but I have been training myself to use the right eye with my Panasonic rangefinder-style cameras and I don't find it too difficult. The trade-off to making yourself use the right eye is not having to mash your whole face behind the camera - rangefinders actually are more comfortable to shoot right-eyed than SLR-style cameras.
• Low light autofocus is terrific.
• Looks are very nice and streamlined, especially in all black. Rear LCD sits so flush it doesn't look like a tilting design. EVF is easy to access. Grip feels good for a camera this size, not perfect but mainly due to overall dimensions of camera.
• True focus stacking is a nice addition. This is different from the 4K Post-Focus feature, which of course results in smaller files, but is so much faster that it's meant to be used in the heat of the moment.
• 4K photo modes are well-implemented and straightforward to use. Actual usefulness for my purposes I will have to determine, as I haven't really tried these out much yet.
• IBIS works to about four stops for me. Using Sigma 60mm lens I was able to get very sharp shots at 1/15 sec at least 75% of the time. IBIS runs all the time that camera is on as evidenced from very quiet hum emitted during operation. Stabilized when focusing. This is just in-body stabilization, since the lens I used isn't dual-IS capable. The effectiveness of image stabilization is of course subjective, since individual people have different levels of shakiness.
Bottom line: this camera is a major step forward for Panasonic. In-body image stabilization that finally matches the great stuff Olympus does. Improved, rejiggered JPEG files that are much more pleasing to the eye, a great "artsy" B&W mode, a new shutter that sounds great and rids the camera of shutter-induced shock, a small resolution boost... all things that the more expensive GX8 doesn't even have, at a much more easygoing price point. I feel like Panasonic has produced a winner in the race to balance all the right features, price, quality and versatility, in a way that further complements the GX line. Highly recommended!
In my opinion, this camera is better than the GH4 for video. Even though the GH4 has more bitrates for 720P/1080P and some flat profiles, the fact is that the GX85 and GH4 have identical best image quality, but your handheld footage on the GX85 will look much better than on the GH4 because of its excellent IBIS. After repeated claims that IBIS is impossible in 4K because of overheating, two years later, Panasonic somehow combine IBIS and 4K in a tiny body that can continuously shoot an hour and a half without any signs of overheating. Heh. Good one, Panasonic.
If you want to bypass internal codecs, you're in luck because this camera also has clean HDMI out for external recorders. In short, while the GH4 still has some "pro" features some "pros" might want, in practice, the GX85 is every bit the video shooter that the GH4 is, at basically half the price and with IBIS! Chew on that!
Anyway, many of the other reviews cover what I would have covered anyway, which is that this is a beautiful camera that is a superb stills shooter, but I just wanted to address the video issue, too, since a lot of these points were not made in the press releases (probably to protect the GH4's reputation as a high end video shooter).
Despite all this talk of video, I'm mainly a still shooter. Ever since receiving my GX85, I find that I simply cannot put it down. This is a gorgeous little camera. I initially started using MFT because of its balance of size and quality, but over time, I had been trending toward bigger cameras because they had the best features. However, a weird thing happened. I took my camera out less and less. When I got the GH4 to be the camera to end it all, I pretty much stopped taking my camera to social events completely because the GH4 just felt too formal. But ever since I received my GX85, I want this camera around me all the time! I love shooting pictures again.
The image quality on this camera is easily the best I've ever seen in any Panasonic camera I've tried yet. There is no shutter shock. Thanks to the lack of an AA filter, improve shutter, and IBIS, I find that pictures are sharp to the last pixel! There is no softness whatsoever.
Are there downsides? Yeah, small ones, but it seems like almost every downside has an upside. For instance, I prefer charging in an external charger so I can be charging a battery while using another one, but in-camera USB charging has a huge upside for keeping my camera bag light! I must say, though, the port cover for the HDMI/USB is kind of annoying to open, but hey, I'll get used to it. The tilt screen is a bit stiff and doesn't have huge freedom of movement, but on the other hand, it's super low profile and functional enough.
Blah blah, I could go on and on, but a lot of people consider the GF1 to be the best MFT camera that Panasonic has ever made. To me, this camera, the GX85, is their best camera since the GF1. It's a camera that combines usability, stylish looks, superb stills performance, and 4K prowess. And it even comes with a pretty good kit zoom lens. It is excellent bang for the buck.
As an aside, I feel bad for GX8 buyers. I wonder how many of them feel a bit bitter about the improved shutter and IBIS on the GX85, which is considerably cheaper than the GX8 ever was.