Panasonic G85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 front
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-G80
  • Later Model is Panasonic G95
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic G85 overview

Panasonic G85 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on September of 2016. The camera comes with a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4592 x 3448. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-G80" in certain markets.

Panasonic introduced the updated Panasonic G95 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.

The G85 is rated #36 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #209 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic G85 history

The Panasonic G85 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
G85 vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II
G85 vs GH5 II
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
G85 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
G85 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
G85 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
G85 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
G85 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
G85 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
G85 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
G85 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
G85 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
G85 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
G85 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
G85 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
G85 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
G85 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
G85 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
G85 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
G85 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
G85 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
G85 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
G85 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic G85 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic G85 based on criterias which are often seen as necessary in a digital camera.

boasts touch to focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
environment sealing
exports RAW files
flash built-in
great ISO range (25,600)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes external mic support
includes face detection focus
includes HDMI out
includes tracking autofocus
manual focus
nice clear screen (1,040 thousand dots)
no low pass filter
screen articulates
screen is selfie friendly
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
doesn't have headphone support
no phase detect auto focus
terrible battery power (330 per charge)
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Panasonic G85 Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Panasonic G85 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be increased digitally to 100 - 25600. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.

Panasonic chose to skip the low pass filter with the Panasonic G85. This could result in more sharp photographs but may cause moire in certain situations.

The graphic underneath illustrates the G85's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The G85 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic G85 dimensions

Panasonic G85 weighs in at 1.11 lbs (505g / 17.81 ounces) and features outer proportions of 128mm x 89mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9"). The weight of general Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454g so the Panasonic G85 is heavier compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic G85 next to a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the G85.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 topview buttons dials

Panasonic G85 Lens specs

The G85 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the G85.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-17mm-f2.8-Pancake lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 Pancake17mmf/2.8 71g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-50-200mm-f2.8-3.5-SWD lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD50-200mmf/2.8-3.5 995g
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Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Leica-DG-Summilux-12mm-F1.4-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH12mmf/1.4 335g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-45mm-f1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.845mmf/1.8 116g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-PZ-45-175mm-F4.0-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS45-175mmf/4.0-5.6 210g
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Panasonic-Leica-D-Vario-Elmarit-14-50mm-F2.8-3.5-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm F2.8-3.5 ASPH Mega OIS14-50mmf/2.8-3.5 490g
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Panasonic G85 Connectivity

The G85 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Panasonic G85 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Panasonic G85 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 2160p offers a outstanding quality for video recording. You will be able to crop to Full HD in order to get improved results. Beware of the massive file sizes and ensure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. Even though the camera comes with a mic port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port which means that you won't have the ability to monitor your audio levels.

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Panasonic G85 Weather Sealing

Panasonic G85 has environment sealing which makes it a very good selection to use for rough environments. This is especially beneficial in case you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Panasonic G85 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic G85 comes with a 3 inch fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to get self portraits and group shots when necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you will be able to adjust focus points and change settings by using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic G85 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.74x

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.

Panasonic G85 Shutter specs

Panasonic G85 continuous shooting rate is 9.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also comes with silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter could result in "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.

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Panasonic G85 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic G85 has got both inbuilt flash and external flash ability.

Panasonic G85 Autofocusing specs

Panasonic G85 has got just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detection making it helpful for taking portraits of people.

It comes with 49 focus points to pick from. Panasonic G85 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus points. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Panasonic G85 features manual focus if needed for low light scenarios or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Panasonic G85 Battery life

The battery power in the Panasonic G85 is built to last for 330 clicks according to the CIPA measurements making it lesser as compared with its competitors. The typical Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 has the highest (810) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a number of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Panasonic G85 for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart gives a analysis of the Panasonic G85 for varying categories of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic G85 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic G85 has a points tally of 73 which is nice, meaning that it is a fine fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats

Panasonic G85 as a Street photography camera

Getting a impressive score of 77, the Panasonic G85 is a terrific fit for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
comes with focus by touch
weather proof
great ISO range (25,600)

Panasonic G85 Sports photography factors

A above average sports photography rating of 65 suggests the Panasonic G85 is a fine pick for shooting sports. A camera should have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
not so great battery (330 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic G85 Travel photography factors

Size is extremely important in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic G85 gets a very good 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine option to take on your journeys.

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environment proof
features touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
bad battery pack (330 shots)

Landscape photography with Panasonic G85

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic G85 and it's nice rating of 74 as a landscape camera is a fine pick amongst its rivals.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
does not have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
low battery power (330 per charge)

Panasonic G85 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic G85 is a superb option for vlogging as it delivers a outstanding score of 78.

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selfie friendly display
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has mic support

Panasonic G85 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the G85, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph here will give you a bird's eye view of the G85 compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might look into as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
Also referred to as
Lumix DMC-G80
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
6.20 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
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
Highest video resolution
Video format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
505g (1.11 pounds)
128 x 89 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9")
Battery life
330 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Pricing at launch