Panasonic LUMIX GX85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit, 12-32mm Lens, 16 Megapixels, Dual Image Stabilization, Electronic Viewfinder, WiFi – Black

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)

  • 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.
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 boo

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  • March 14, 2017 at 14:04
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    86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good camera for photos and videos., May 26, 2016
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    R. Rana (Verona, WI) –
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    I have used this camera for couple of days only. I bought an open item on BestBuy since no one else had this camera in stock and i got 100 bucks off. This is my second Panasonic after LX100. I have OMD EM5, EM5 Mark II and i have owned EM1 too. I am not a professional photographer and i use m43 cameras to take good quality pictures and videos of my kids and family. I like m43 system due to size, amazing quality lens which are affordable. Also, i prefer a camera which can do both photos and videos.

    Here are the things i like about GX85 –
    1) One of the main reason i bought this camera is because it has 5 axis stabilization which works on 4k video. 5 axis stabilization was mainly offered by Olympus and recently by Sony. Once you are used to 5 axis stabilization, there is no turning back. It gives you the freedom of taking handheld sharp pictures in low light. Videos are not jittery and shaky.

    2) Speaking of videos, 5 axis stabilization works extremely well on 4k and even with Olympus primes. BTW, i mainly used prime lens so i didn’t test the Panasonic dual stabilization. It came with a kit lens though i haven’t tested the kit lens. Also, unlike Olympus focusing in video tends to go back and forth a lot, Panasonic keeps the focus in lock on the subject during video and when the focus shifts, it is very smooth. Videos are just better on panasonic and 4k video is sharp.

    3) Auto Focus for photos is way more accurate than EM5 Mark II. I have 2 daughters who don’t like to stand still. Even with my olympus lens, it’s ability to nail focus in motion is amazing. It makes using EVF way more fun. Somehow it knows where i want to focus and this rarely happened with EM5 Mark II using EVF unless i am using Single point focus. I used AFF with Face/eye tracking on GX85.

    4) EVF is good size and good quality. I think it is very functional EVF, granted there are bigger and better EVF. It is bigger and better than my LX100 and EM5 EVF. EM5 Mark II EVF is slightly bigger.

    5) Image quality is pretty awesome! it is similar to EM5 MarkII. I cannot test the RAW since lightroom doesn’t support it, but the jpegs are excellent. Looks more saturated than LX100.

    6) It is a pretty looking camera.

    7) The camera is very responsive and doesn’t feel sluggish. I like the menu system of Panasonic and Quick menu is awesome, similar to Olympus Super control panel.

    8) USB charging is nice feature. No need to take the battery out.

    Here are few things i wish GX85 had –
    1) Weather sealing. I have used my Olympus EM5 Mark II with 12-40 lens in the rain and snow. You don’t have to worry about the camera.

    2) it is a bit heavy for a m43 cameras, i was expecting it to be lighter.

    3) i prefer SD card slot on the side than next to the battery. not a big deal.

    4) Needs a thumb grip, hopefully Panasonic or some third party will come with an external grip.

    Overall, i am very happy with this camera. I am thrilled that Panasonic finally added 5 axis stabilization. I highly recommend this camera.

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  • March 14, 2017 at 14:07
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great IBIS and Lots of feature in a small package… with a few flaws mainly the Tiny Electronic Viewfinder, August 15, 2016
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    Chifan (Chicago, USA) –

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    First, I am a proud owner & professional Videographer who uses Panasonic gear as my primary tool for VIDEO imaging purposes (for pro photo, I have to use Canon alas – wish it was different.. though for everyday photo the GX85 is perfectly fine). I have owned pretty much all flavors of Lumix cameras from GH1, GH2, G6, G7, GH3, GH4 to the GX85. I was excited about the GX85 as a small camera tool to shoot videos on the go for my events without having to use extra gear (gorilla pod, etc) to film detail & movement shots quickly using the new 5-axis IBIS on the GX85 that no other Panasonic camera has. I was very intrigued and positively influenced by reviewers online to purchase this item for my work.

    After two events covered (full day weddings), I have to say that there is a lot to like about the GX85 and a few very annoying things to dislike as others have said. Panasonic tends to create many different variations of a camera these days with several big flaws in each so you have to buy them all it seems…

    The Cons:
    – The TINY electronic viewfinder is going to be the worse part of this camera. You can barely squeeze your eye into it and accurately use it when you shoot. I don’t have big eyes either… After about 5-10mins of usage, my eyes hurt a lot because of the squinting I have to make when shooting with that EVF… And I’ve never had any issues with other Lumix cameras which I’ve used for hours non-stop, except the LX100 which I’ve borrowed in the past and is similarly flawed. I wished they had kept the GX7 type of eyepiece for the viewfinder for this supposedly GX7 mark II update that is the GX85. The resolution isn’t bad, and I am not too worried about the ghosting / refresh rate if I can barely get my eyes to see through that EVF viewfinder which also lacks tilting compared to the GX7.
    – The battery life is not very good either… With the panasonic OEM battery, you can maybe squeeze 1h15min to 1h30 of recording because you have to rely heavily on the LCD display instead of the EVF… With non-Panasonic batteries, you get about the same depending on which one you buy, but you lose the knowledge of knowing exactly when the battery dies as these cheap batteries will display 2-bars and go suddenly to die after about 1h or 1h30 of usage.
    – LCD display lacks degree of movement… It can only tilt a little bit down or a little up to about 30 degrees… So it’s useless for selfies or filming with LCD display flipped open like on a GX8, G7 or GH3/4
    – Lack of Microphone jack… The audio isn’t bad but not nearly as good as a standalone shotgun mic… Plus you get the extra vibration sound from IBIS which can be annoying
    – SD card slot under the camera next to battery slot… Makes it hard to change cards when mounted on a tripod…
    – Lack of quick manual AF-S/AF-C/MF switching mechanism like on GX7 or GX8… You can program one of the FN button but it still prevents you from switching from AF to MF when you are recording… which is so crippling as often times you just want to switch on the fly between the AF-C and MF without having to stop recording video.

    The Pros:
    – 5-axis Stabilizer IBIS… Used in conjunction with the Panasonic lenses which have IS on lens… this makes it a very good camera for shooting video & stills without too much blur or shake… The videos are not smooth like when you use a gimball… but it definitely helps big time. I’d say it’s on par with the Olympus IBIS such as that on EM5-Mark II… There are definitely some artifacts though still like jerk in motion… The supplied tiny 12-32mm lens (equivalent of 24 – 64mm Full frame) seems to do a very good job though working with the GX85 on camera IBIS to remove as much shake as possible. It’s not perfect though and you will always get better movement shots with a gimbal or stabilizer. But on the go, it does a very good job filming with little shake when you don’t have a tripod with you. It’s not perfect though and does create some minimal vibration sound/feel to the body.
    – 4K and different 1080p video flavors. That’s Panasonic’s strength… Though it lacks in terms of higher bit rate that you can find on GH4 or GH3. Still the videos are good on this tiny camera
    – Lightweight / Can be carried in many places without being obtrusive. It’s not tiny but small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. The benefits of Micro 4/3…
    – Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. The improved engine seems to give pretty good results even at ISO 3200 for video & photos. I’m glad it improved… Now let’s hope we can actually shoot photos at ISO 6400… It’s still not there for ISO higher than 3200… An improvement nevertheless compared to past recent LUMIX iterations.

    Overall… This is a very good addition to the LUMIX lineup mostly because of the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer Panasonic has finally been able to implement… You only wish Panasonic would…

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  • March 14, 2017 at 14:52
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    95 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Luminous Lumix, May 20, 2016
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    Some product lines just register on a different level. It’s the sort of thing where you know the next model bearing the name will be something you like, as opposed to having to wait for expert opinions to sway your buying choices. For a lot of people, Panasonic’s GX series of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras are just that – icons of quality, reliability and versatility within the greater Micro Four Thirds system.

    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…

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