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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5

Portability
69
Imaging
55
Features
84
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Key Specs

Panasonic G85
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Bump 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
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-G80
  • Newer Model is Panasonic G95
Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Launched December 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic LX3
  • Replacement is Panasonic LX7
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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Overview

Here is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both created by Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the G85 (16MP) and LX5 (10MP) and the G85 (Four Thirds) and LX5 (1/1.63") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The G85 was brought out 4 years later than the LX5 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic G85 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LX5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief summary of how the G85 scores vs the LX5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G85 over the Panasonic LX5

 G85 LX5 
LaunchedSeptember 2016December 2011Fresher by 58 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Panasonic G85

 LX5 G85 

Common features in the Panasonic G85 and Panasonic LX5

 G85 LX5 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G85 has got outer measurements of 128mm x 89mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 505 grams (1.11 lbs) while the Panasonic LX5 has dimensions of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the G85 versus the LX5.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G85 and LX5 is 69 and 88 respectively.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to envision the gap in sensor sizing simply by checking out a spec sheet. The visual underneath might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the G85 and LX5.

As you can see, both of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G85 because of its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic G85 will show extra detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will let you crop shots way more aggressively. The more modern G85 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G85 Portrait photography info
Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography info
73
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW formats
41
has manual focus
delivers RAW files
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G85 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Street photography camera
77
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
features touch focus
weather proof
good ISO range (25,600)
59
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than others (271g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G85
Sports photography with Panasonic LX5
65
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
bad battery pack (330 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
27
image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic G85
Travel photography with Panasonic LX5
71
weather proof
features touch focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
bad battery pack (330 per charge)
59
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others (271 grams)
low MP (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G85 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Landscape photography camera
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
bad battery pack (330 CIPA)
52
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G85 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Vlogging camera
78
selfie friendly display
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone jack
29
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic port
heavier than others (271g)
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Panasonic G85 vs Panasonic LX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G85 and Panasonic LX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Alternative name Lumix DMC-G80 -
Category Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2016-09-19 2011-12-15
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing 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 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW format
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-90mm (3.8x)
Highest aperture - f/2.0-3.3
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 9.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.20 m (at ISO 100) 7.20 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 505 grams (1.11 lb) 271 grams (0.60 lb)
Physical dimensions 128 x 89 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9") 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 71 41
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 10.8
DXO Low light score 656 132
Other
Battery life 330 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $900 $294