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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 front
Portability
83
Imaging
55
Features
76
Overall
63

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Replaced the Panasonic FZ100
  • Later Model is Panasonic FZ300
Panasonic GX85
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 122 x 71 x 44mm
  • Revealed April 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both of them are produced by Panasonic. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the FZ200 (12MP) and GX85 (16MP) and the FZ200 (1/2.3") and GX85 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The FZ200 was introduced 4 years prior to the GX85 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GX85 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the FZ200 scores against the GX85 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Panasonic GX85

 FZ200 GX85 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX85 over the Panasonic FZ200

 GX85 FZ200 
RevealedApril 2016July 2012Fresher by 45 months
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Panasonic GX85

 FZ200 GX85 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ200 offers outer dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Panasonic GX85 has measurements of 122mm x 71mm x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7") with a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the FZ200 compared to the GX85.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the FZ200 and GX85 is 65 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to see the gap between sensor sizing only by going over technical specs. The graphic below will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ200 and GX85.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FZ200 having a tinier sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field harder and the Panasonic GX85 will offer more detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older FZ200 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography details
Panasonic GX85 Portrait photography details
48
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
has face detect focus
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
73
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GX85 as a Street photography camera
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors (588 grams)
83
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ200
Sports photography with Panasonic GX85
46
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
good battery life (540 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
63
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
not so great battery (290 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography info
Panasonic GX85 Travel photography info
55
good battery life (540 CIPA)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors (588 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
has focus by touch
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
not so great battery (290 per charge)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GX85 as a Landscape photography camera
48
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (540 CIPA)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse recording
75
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
not so great battery (290 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging details
Panasonic GX85 Vlogging details
63
quite wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic socket
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors (588g)
35
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have microphone port
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic GX85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Panasonic GX85
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
Also called as - Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-07-18 2016-04-05
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine VII FHD Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 49
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dot 2,764k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 6.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/4000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 gr (1.30 pounds) 426 gr (0.94 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 122 x 71 x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 37 71
DXO Color Depth rating 19.1 22.9
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 12.6
DXO Low light rating 114 662
Other
Battery life 540 pictures 290 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $499 $800