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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
69
Imaging
55
Features
84
Overall
66
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Panasonic G85
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 505g - 128 x 89 x 74mm
  • Revealed September 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-G80
  • New Model is Panasonic G95
Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH3
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Panasonic G85 and Panasonic GH4, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless and both of them are created by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the G85 (16MP) and the GH4 (16MP) is fairly well matched and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The G85 was manufactured 2 years after the GH4 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summary of how the G85 matches up against the GH4 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G85 over the Panasonic GH4

 G85 GH4 
AnnouncedSeptember 2016February 2014More modern by 32 months
Display resolution1040k1036kClearer display (+4k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic G85

 GH4 G85 

Common features in the Panasonic G85 and Panasonic GH4

 G85 GH4 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera, you should take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic G85 comes with outside measurements of 128mm x 89mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9") and a weight of 505 grams (1.11 lbs) and the Panasonic GH4 has specifications of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

Check the Panasonic G85 and Panasonic GH4 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the G85 vs the GH4.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G85 and GH4 is 69 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes simply by looking at specs. The image underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G85 and GH4.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution and you should expect similar quality of photographs however you would want to factor the production date of the products into consideration. The fresher G85 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic G85
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH4
73
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
supports RAW files
71
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G85 Street photography features
Panasonic GH4 Street photography features
77
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
supports touch focus
weather proof
great high ISO (25,600)
71
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
provides focus via touch
environment proofing
lighter than competition (560 grams)
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G85 Sports photography details
Panasonic GH4 Sports photography details
65
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proof
terrible battery pack (330 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
62
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G85 Travel photography information
Panasonic GH4 Travel photography information
71
weather proof
supports touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery pack (330 shots)
77
lighter than competition (560g)
environment proofing
provides focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G85 Landscape photography info
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography info
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
no anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather proof
terrible battery pack (330 CIPA)
72
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G85 Vlogging features
Panasonic GH4 Vlogging features
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external mic support
71
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
features face detection focus
high res video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external microphone port
lighter than competition (560 grams)
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G85 and Panasonic GH4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Alternative name Lumix DMC-G80 -
Type Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2016-09-19 2014-02-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine IX
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3448 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 200 200
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 49
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dot 1,036k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.67x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 9.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.20 m (at ISO 100) 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 25p, 30p), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p), 1280 x 720 (24p, 25p, 30p), 640 x 480 (25p, 30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 505 gr (1.11 lb) 560 gr (1.23 lb)
Dimensions 128 x 89 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 71 74
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 23.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 12.8
DXO Low light rating 656 791
Other
Battery life 330 photos 500 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $900 $1,500