- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #39 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #213 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.
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.
G85 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
G85 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
G85 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
G85 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
G85 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
G85 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
G85 vs G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
G85 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
G85 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
G85 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
G85 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
G85 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
G85 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
G85 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
G85 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
G85 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
G85 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
G85 vs GH216MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G85 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G85 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G85 vs GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
G85 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic G85 Gallery
You can see the G85 from several angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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 453g so the Panasonic G85 is heavier compared with various competitors.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic G85 next to a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the G85.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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 386. 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:
G85 vs A6600810 yesyesyes
G85 vs A7c740 yesyesyes
G85 vs Fujifilm X-H2680 yesnoyes
G85 vs Fujifilm X-H2S580 yesnoyes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.