Panasonic Lumix GX85 Review – A Lot of Camera for a Decent Price

There’s a lot to talk about the Panasonic Lumix GX85, and many of them dwell in the positives. For starters, it is a camera that will appeal to many family photographers, as well as those who want to enter the art of photography with their first-ever mirrorless camera. This is a decent, and even a cheaper alternative than some entry-level DSLRs, such as the Nikon D5500. This compact camera has a great feature set, plus it can take very good stills and videos. It also has a fast performance, and it dons quite the attractive design as well.

Panasonic Lumix GX85 Review - A Lot of Camera for a Decent Price

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 Has a Lot Going on for a Compact Camera

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 comes with an electronic viewfinder, and it is able to shoot 4K video, which is a nice touch. It even has a pretty good fast continuous shooting mode. With its feature set and performance, it does fit well with how it is being advertised – an enthusiast-friendly model with features that should appeal towards many families and travelers while being donned with a reasonable price tag.

The kit comes with the company’s collapsible 12 to 32-millimeter f3.5 to 5.6 (24 to 64-millimeter equivalent) lens. Just many other cameras from the company, the Lumix GX85 is not available in the United States as a body-only version.

This compact camera packs a 16-megapixel imaging sensor, which is a surprise since there is a 20.3-megapixel sensor that’s being used by the higher end GX8. The sensor built into the GX8 forgoes an anti-aliasing filter, in which there are many other cameras that are using such a feature to blur the edges just a bit. This will remove color artifacts (moire and false color) which would normally appear. However, doing so would, of course, sacrifice a bit of sharpness. The newer version of the imaging sensor, which can be found in the GX85, has moire-reduction to compensate.

What this means is that shooting JPEG images are still pretty clean, even when you’re shooting at ISO 1600. Also, depending on the light and on the subject, shooting at a high ISO is still quite usable. In fact, the ISO performance is better than the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. When you shoot RAW, then you can even eke out even more details within your photos.

However, just like many other mirrorless cameras out there, the battery performance on the Panasonic Lumix GX85 leaves much to be desired. This is because there are many things that use battery power in the first place, such as the aforementioned electronic viewfinder. Still, when it does have what battery power it still has, you can make the most out of it as it will give you above average shots of stills and videos.


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