Panasonic as a company has been making some impressive cameras off late. From the pocket-sized compacts to the advanced interchangeable lens ones, Panasonic has been making some interesting cameras. And one such interesting camera is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (as it is known in the US and G80 elsewhere). This camera which has been launched as a successor to the model Panasonic G7 breaks away from the tradition of representing the device with a single number post the letter ‘G’. As far as competitors are concerned, this camera has multiple competitors, not just in the mirror-less category, but even on the DSLR front! And hence, to prove that this camera offers a superior performance with a scattering of wily technologies & multiple ranges of optics, it is important to take a look at Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Review.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Review 2018 ( Detailed Guide)
Features of LUMIX G85
The features offered by Panasonic Lumix G85 are-
- 16 million pixels Live MOS sensor
- 3-inch vari-angle screen with touch capabilities
- 4K video recording
- 1,040,000 dot resolution
This mirror-less camera is designed around 16 million pixels Live MOS sensor. And while some may feel that it is similar to the one which appeared in a micro four-thirds model, this camera does away with the optical low pass filter. This allows the camera to record images with greater clarity and finer details. The flipside to this is that the camera is more likely to suffer from the effects of aliasing.
In this camera, the sensor works along with the new Venus processing engine which allows users to record 4k UHD resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel images at frame rates of 24p-25p. It also offers full HD recording at the 50p frame rate. Users can actually pull 8 MP frames from the images which are captured and use them in the live cropping feature to zoom-in and pan around into the scene, which is getting video recorded. The camera also features a microphone port along with an HDMI port, which allows the camera to capture sound while recording the video and allowing the video to be transferred in real time.
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Unlike G7 which made use of lenses for image stabilization, G85, uses sensors. This camera has a Dual IS Mark 2 system which combines the sensor’s five-axis stabilization with the lens’ dual-axis stabilization such that the max compensatory effect gets stated at 5 stops. As of now, only 2 lenses are compatible with this feature, one of them being the default one.
For further stability, this camera uses an electromagnetic drive in combination with the shutter unit, while having the front plate made of magnesium. This structure reduces the shutter vibration by almost 90 percent, solving the issue of lack of stability seen in the previous version. The rear side of this camera features a 3-inch screen with 1.04 million dot resolutions. The screen offers touchscreen functionalities which can be used for option selection and focal point adjustment. The OLED panel present inside the viewfinder displays details using 2.36 million dots.
Apart from the hardware, this camera offers photo styles like natural, vivid, scenery and monochrome. Along with that, there are also multiple creative controls which give images and videos a facelift. Some of the popular ones include High Key, Miniature, Toy Effect, Rough Monochrome, Impressive Art, etc.
Build and Handling of Panasonic LUMIX G85
The basic structure of Lumix G85 is as follows-
- Has a Magnesium front plate
- Offers a Splash-proof & dust-proof construction
- Weighs 505grams
This Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Review also compiles the features regarding the build of the camera and also the working of the camera. As compared to the previous version, Lumix G85 offers a more pronounced grip and allows the card to be accessed from the side. Here, the switch plate which is used to move back and forth between modes and the buttons which releases the flash is moved near the viewfinder. This camera has its design inspired from a DSLR camera which allows it to fit nicely in the hand. This camera uses rubber around the rear plate & the grip area for added comfort. Here, the controls are flat and the screen, at least on the face of it, moves up & down due to it being attached to the cam on a single hinge.
This camera also offers weather resistance, which is an add-on. The front plate of the camera is made up of magnesium which looks good in the otherwise all plastic body. Apart from this, the camera offers dust and splash resistance. The company is also going to start making use of DMW-BGG1E grip which makes the camera all the more weather resistant, offering extended outdoor shooting sessions.
When it comes to Autofocus, Lumix G85offers the following-
- 49 area Autofocus system
- Post Focus function
- Multiple Autofocus modes
The Lightspeed autofocus system for Panasonic promises an autofocus at speeds as high as 0.07 secs. This makes use of DFD technology which analyses the difference in sharpness between two images to determine the subject distance. The camera offers a 49 area autofocus system along with tracking system which allows continuous focus on moving objects. This camera also allows the users to adjust the tracking sensitivity along with offering focus stacking which allows the users to capture multiple images at different focal points for the same subject, a post which the images are merged to form a single composite.
LUMIX G85 Performance
As far as performance is concerned, Lumix G85 offers the following-
- Offers 9fps burst mode shooting and 6fps with AF-C
- Has a bright and a clear display
- Offers a 330 shot battery
- Wifi Connectivity
One of the biggest criticisms faced by mirrorless cameras is that it takes a longer time to start up when it is compared to a DSLR. However, this is not true with the Lumix G85. This camera starts up with a negligible delay. Though, the viewfinder image does consume a little more time than the LCD to appear (the delay being minimal)! And till this happens, one can focus on the subjects till the time the viewfinder wakes up. With this camera, the time taken to write the images onto the memory card is fast. Besides, the responsive LCD screen makes selecting & adjusting the focus point quite easy and convenient, especially when the screen is pulled away from the body.
In terms of visibility and display, the screen performs well and offers a good and detailed contrast with good viewing angles. Thanks to the touch sensitivity, it is a breeze, surfing through the images with zoom functionalities. The EVF matches the performance of the rear screen and offers magnification, which ensures that one need not move around to view the images clearly. The camera gives an exceptional performance when it comes to image stabilization while shooting videos and composing images.
- ISO100- 25,600 which is expandable
- No low-pass optical filter
- Offers creative Effect modes
The images captured by Lumix G85 are quite pleasing and the absence of low-pass filter is quite evident when one views the images at full resolution. The detailing in images captured at low sensitivities is quite good. And while this company has been criticized for reducing the noise aggressively, the extra details which are being captured here more than offsets this, to leave images clean and detailed! It should be noted that noise reduction effect is far more visible in images captured at high ISO levels, but the level of details remain even.
This product comes with a 12-60 mm lens which does a good job while capturing the images. Here, the images are produced in true colors and the auto white balancing system performs well. As far as the video quality is concerned, the 4K enabled cameras do a very good job. The 4K footage which gets captured produces a detailed image with smooth recording for the movements. The full HD recording offered by this camera captures softer images. It should be noted that the microphone has a tendency to capture wind while recording and it is advisable that one uses a wind filter or an external microphone while capturing the video.
Panasonic Lumix G85 does not bring radical changes to the table but brings in multiple features which appeal to the prospective buyers. When it comes to the core functionalities, the camera performs quite strongly. Autofocus is good for stills as well as videos. The image stabilization system works perfectly. When it comes to the quality of the image, thanks to the removal of low pass filter, the detailing is magnificent. The camera also offers a good 4K video recording with multiple video related options. And with LCD and EVF partnership, this cam offers multiple customization options. However, still this camera has some room for improvement and this comes in the controls. The controls are not convenient and the design appears less sturdy. Also, the GUI is burdened with multiple options which make it confusing.
On the whole, once a user gets acquainted with the options and controls, this camera is fun to work with. When it comes to the market, this camera offers 4K video recording, amazing autofocus and multiple options which help this camera win over its competitors. As of now, this camera can be considered as one of the most impressive pieces available in the mirrorless camera category. So this was the detailed Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 review 2018. If you still have any doubt or want some more information on it then write it to us below. We’ll be happy to help you.
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