Panasonic GX85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 front
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Launched April 2016
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
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Panasonic GX85 overview

Panasonic GX85 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless camera originally released on April of 2016. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3448. The camera is known as "Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II" in certain markets.

The GX85 stands at #47 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #277 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Panasonic GX85 family

The Panasonic GX85 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GX85 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GX85 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GX85 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GX85 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX85 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GX85 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GX85 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX85 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX85 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX85 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GX85 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX85 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GX85 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX85 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GX85 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX85 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GX85 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX85 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX85 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GX85 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GX85 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic GX85 based on aspects which are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
comes with face detection autofocus
comes with tracking autofocus
does not have anti-alias filter
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes HDMI socket
offers touch focus
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
saves RAW files
screen size is good (3")
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
touchscreen enabled
you can focus manually
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have phase detect autofocus
not so great battery (290 per charge)
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Panasonic GX85 Sensor info

The Panasonic GX85 is powered by the Venus Engine processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic GX85 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be widened electronically to a low of 100. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

Panasonic decided to skip the anti-alias filter with the Panasonic GX85. This could result in more sharp photos but might cause moire in certain circumstances.

The image underneath displays the GX85's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The GX85 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GX85 dimensions

Panasonic GX85 weighs about 0.94 lbs (426 grams or 15.03 oz) and features exterior size of 122mm x 71mm x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 grams so the Panasonic GX85 is on par in comparison with other rivals.

Photography Glossary

Here is a image of the Panasonic GX85 beside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the GX85.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GX85 Lens info

The GX85 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the GX85.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.640-150mmf/4.0-5.6 220g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-8-18mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH8-18mmf/2.8-22315g
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Sigma-30mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN30mmf/2.8 135g
Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-17mm-f1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.817mmf/1.8 120g
Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-42.5mm-F1.7-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH Power OIS43mmf/1.7 130g
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Panasonic GX85 Connectivity

The GX85 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic GX85 Video info

The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic GX85 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p can provide a fantastic resolution for video recording. You will be able to crop to Full HD in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means you have got little control over your audio. It is probably best to have a look at a different model should you require better audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic GX85 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Panasonic GX85 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic GX85 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GX85 features a 3" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to shift focus points as well as adjust settings by using your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic GX85 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,764k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders are quite useful in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Panasonic GX85 Shutter info

Panasonic GX85 has the ability to shoot continuously at 8.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could cause "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.

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Panasonic GX85 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic GX85 includes both in-built flash plus external flash ability.

Panasonic GX85 Autofocusing info

Panasonic GX85 includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it useful for taking photos of people.

It features 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GX85 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic GX85 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required in low light scenarios or you want more precise focus control.

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Panasonic GX85 Battery life

The battery for the Panasonic GX85 is designed to last for 290 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it less compared with its competitors. The general Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the highest possible (810) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:

Panasonic GX85 for varying styles of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Panasonic GX85 for varying styles of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic GX85 Portrait photography advice

The Panasonic GX85 receives a rating of 72 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable choice to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files & flexibility to use external flash.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Panasonic GX85 as a Street photography camera

Having a fantastic score of 83, the Panasonic GX85 is a tremendous pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
features focus by touch
above average ISO range (25,600)

Panasonic GX85 Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography rating of 62 suggests the Panasonic GX85 is a very decent fit for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
not so great battery (290 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF

Panasonic GX85 as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely critical in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic GX85 gets a very good 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit for your holidays.

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provides touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
bad battery life (290 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display

Panasonic GX85 Landscape photography factors

If you're planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic GX85 with it's above average score of 74 as a landscape camera is a good fit in the current market.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
terrible battery power (290 CIPA)

Panasonic GX85 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera really should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic GX85 is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a dreadful rating of 35.

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built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
missing microphone port

Panasonic GX85 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the GX85, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph listed below offers you a summary of the GX85 compared to it's highest ranked competitors listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may look into as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
Alternative name
Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,764k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Maximum quiet shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
426 gr (0.94 pounds)
122 x 71 x 44mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7")
Battery life
290 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at launch