Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85 Review

Preview posted 09/19/2016 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 11/11/2016 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Overall image quality is very good
  • Low image noise through ISO 3200
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Full control over still image and video settings allow for total creative freedom no matter how you shoot
  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilization allows you to shoot handheld with confidence in low-light
  • EVF and LCD offer excellent composition options
  • Post-focus allows you to select your focus after shooting
  • Great shooting performance with mechanical shutter, continuous AF and 4K burst modes
  • Amazing battery life with power saving mode (almost to DSLR levels)
  • HDMI and audio input add to the video shooting capabilities
  • Competitively priced for the features and performance of the camera
  • Even when shooting with the EVF, the LCD touch screen is active making it very easy to change your touch AF or other features
  • Higher ISO images are incredibly dull from noise
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix G85 is another fantastic Hybrid camera that offers full manual control and excellent quality in both still image and video capture. Their 4K burst and 6.1fps continuous AF burst shooting will blow you away along with the camera's image quality and 4K video capabilities. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85 was announced at Photokina 2016, and is Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds ILC camera system. At the heart, we have a 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor without a low pass filter for clearer, more professional images. The speedy Venus Engine and 5-axis Dual Image Stabilization work together to capture up to 9 fps in continuous shooting, numerous Photo Styles, and four separate Bracket modes.

The G85 also boasts powerful 4K video capture (at 30p) with 4K Live Cropping, Full HD video capture, a 4K PHOTO mode with Live Composition. In-camera RAW development helps take advantage of the xtra latitude and PPI, while Silent Mode allows you to take pictures without disrupting your subjects. Power Saving Mode is a great option for those who need to extend battery life (up to 800 shots). And Wi-Fi, when used in conjunction with an Android or iOS device running the Panasonic Image app, will help you share your images and videos online, transfer files to your smart device, or remotely control the camera.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85 Features:

  • 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
    • (without Low Pass filter)
  • Venus Engine
  • 3.0" Vari-Angle LCD display
  • 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC)
  • 5-axis Dual I.S.
  • OLED Electronic View Finder
  • Photo Style
    • L.Monochrome
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p or 24p
  • Full-HD 1080 at 60p
  • Creative Video Mode
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • 4K Live Cropping
  • Post Focus
  • 4K PHOTO
  • Light Composition
  • Focus Bracket
    • max 999 images
  • Aperture Bracket
  • Exposure Bracket
  • WB Brackets
  • Electronic First Curtain Shutter
  • Creative Control (22 filters)
  • P/A/S/M modes
  • In-camera RAW development
  • Silent Mode
  • Multiple Exposure
  • Time Lapse Shot
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Power-saving function (get up to 800 images)
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
  • Panasonic Image App

Price & Availability

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85 can be had for $999.99 with a 12-60mm lens OR for $899.99 as a body-only kit. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • G85 Body
  • 12-60mm lens (kit only)
  • Camera Strap
  • Lens Cap (front and rear)
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger

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