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Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10

Portability
83
Imaging
56
Features
76
Overall
64
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
42
Features
34
Overall
38

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Key Specs

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
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II
Panasonic SZ10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 60 x 30mm
  • Released January 2015
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Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Panasonic GX85 versus Panasonic SZ10, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are produced by Panasonic. The resolution of the GX85 (16MP) and the SZ10 (16MP) is pretty well matched but the GX85 (Four Thirds) and SZ10 (1/2.3") boast different sensor size.

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The GX85 was launched 16 months later than the SZ10 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GX85 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic SZ10 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summation of how the GX85 grades versus the SZ10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GX85 over the Panasonic SZ10

 GX85 SZ10 
ReleasedApril 2016January 2015More recent by 16 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ10 over the Panasonic GX85

 SZ10 GX85 

Common features in the Panasonic GX85 and Panasonic SZ10

 GX85 SZ10 
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic GX85 comes with external dimensions of 122mm x 71mm x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7") along with a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ10 has sizing of 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 177 grams (0.39 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic GX85 versus Panasonic SZ10 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that moment. Here is a front view size comparison of the GX85 and the SZ10.

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the GX85 and SZ10 is 83 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements only by looking at technical specs. The graphic here may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the GX85 and SZ10.

As you have seen, the two cameras come with the identical MP albeit different sensor measurements. The GX85 uses the bigger sensor which is going to make obtaining shallower depth of field easier. The fresher GX85 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Portrait photography details
Panasonic SZ10 Portrait photography details
73
focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW files
36
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Street photography features
Panasonic SZ10 Street photography features
83
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
includes focus via touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
70
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (177g)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ10 Sports photography advice
63
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
low battery power (290 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.4 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Travel photography factors
68
includes focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
low battery power (290 per charge)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
67
lighter than competition in class (177g)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
long zoom (288mm)
no Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Landscape photography information
Panasonic SZ10 Landscape photography information
75
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
low battery power (290 CIPA)
42
pretty wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
terrible battery pack (200 shots)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX85 Vlogging factors
Panasonic SZ10 Vlogging factors
35
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic port
32
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
lighter than competition in class (177 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support
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Panasonic GX85 vs Panasonic SZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GX85 and Panasonic SZ10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Also called as Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II -
Category Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2016-04-05 2015-01-06
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
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 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Lowest enhanced 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 detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-288mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.1-6.3
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,764 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 8.0fps 1.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO 200) 5.20 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 gr (0.94 pounds) 177 gr (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 122 x 71 x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7") 99 x 60 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 71 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 662 not tested
Other
Battery life 290 photos 200 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $800 $200