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Panasonic Lumix G85 4K Mirrorless Camera 2020 Detailed Review

Panasonic Lumix G85 4K Mirrorless Camera 2020 Detailed Review.

Panasonic Lumix G85 4K Mirrorless Camera: Mirrorless cameras started out as nothing more than modest upgrades to consumer-level photography equipment. But with every generation, the gap became a little smaller.

With the Panasonic Lumix G85, we may finally have a mirrorless camera that offers everything an SLR does. Let’s take a look and see if this promising camera can live up to its expectations.

Panasonic Lumix G85 4K Mirrorless Camera


Designed for video and stills shooters alike, the Lumix DMC-G85 from Panasonic is a versatile Micro Four Thirds camera characterized by its quick performance, flexible photo capabilities, and UHD 4K video recording.

16MP Live MOS Sensor 

Using a 16MP Live MOS sensor, the G85 is capable of capturing clear, high-resolution stills as well as UHD 4K video. The sensor’s design omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve a high degree of sharpness and resolution.

UHD 4K Video Recording 

In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the G85 also supports recording UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100 Mbps. 

4K PHOTO Modes 

Utilizing the 4K video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:

  • 4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8MP images at 30 fps for up to 29 min. 59 sec, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment. 
  • 4K Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you’re unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from. 
  • 4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame. 

Dual Image Stabilization 

Dual I.S. combines the G85’s 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery.

Depth-From-Defocus AF Technology

Depth-From-Defocus AF Technology 

For accelerated autofocus performance, DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position in order to suit working with continuous shooting rates up to 6 fps with continuous AF.

This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications.

Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.

Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi 

  • An integrated 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder offers a bright, clear eye-level means for composing images, and features a 0.74x effective magnification.  
  • The camera body features durable weather-sealed construction that renders it both dust- and splash-proof for use in trying environmental conditions. 
  • The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated to provide approximately 330 shots per charge when working with the rear LCD, 320 shots with the EVF, or 800 shots with the Power Saver LVF mode. 
  • A built-in pop-up flash is available to provide additional illumination when working in low-light conditions. 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets. 

Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens 

Included with the camera body is this versatile 24-120mm equivalent wide-to-tele zoom, which is well-suited to a variety of shooting applications.

The lens also utilizes a trio of aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to minimize spherical and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness. 

Final Thoughts 

Final Thoughts 

If you’re looking for a high-end camera but don’t have the budget for a premium level DSLR, then the Panasonic G85 would make a great choice. It’s got plenty of features that are typically reserved for high-end cameras.