- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.2 x 7.1 cm ; 494 g
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: DMC-GX85KK
- ASIN: B01DOKHSH0
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 25 2016
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,787 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Panasonic LUMIX GX85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit, 12-32mm Lens, 16 Megapixels, Dual Image Stabilization, Electronic Viewfinder, WiFi - Black
|Price:||CDN$ 879.95 FREE SHIPPING.|
- 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.
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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.
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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.
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.