Panasonic GX850 overview
Panasonic GX850 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially revealed on January of 2017. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 4592 x 3448. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9" in other countries.
The GX850 is scored #53 out of 112 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #277 out of 1436 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.
Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic GX850 family
The Panasonic GX850 has a history of related cameras. Below, you can see all previous and brand new models alongside key specs.
Panasonic GX850 Gallery
You can look at the GX850 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic GX850 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic GX850 based on criterias that are normally seen as important in a camera.
Panasonic GX850 Sensor features
The Panasonic GX850 houses the Venus Engine processor chip. The sensor dimension on the Panasonic GX850 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a minimum of 100. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
Panasonic chose to omit the low pass filter on the Panasonic GX850. This may result in more clearer images but could cause moire under some situations.
The graphic below displays the GX850's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The GX850 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic GX850 dimensions
Panasonic GX850 is 0.59 pounds (269 gr / 9.49 oz) & has outside dimensions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 325 gr and the Panasonic GX850 is lighter as compared to its competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a pic of the Panasonic GX850 beside a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show the button arrangement on the GX850.
Panasonic GX850 Lens features
The GX850 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for sale. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the GX850.
Panasonic GX850 Connectivity
The GX850 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and in some cases change settings without connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic GX850 Video features
The highest video quality on the Panasonic GX850 is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p is an exceptional quality for video. You can downsample to Full HD to get cleaner video. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you have decent SD cards with good write speed. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order an alternative camera in case you want better sound for your video clips.
Panasonic GX850 Weather Sealing
Panasonic GX850 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.
Panasonic GX850 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GX850 is equipped with a 3 inch tilting display screen having a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.
The display is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group photos if required. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can switch focus point and adjust settings with your finger.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specs for Panasonic GX850 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Panasonic GX850 Shutter features
Panasonic GX850 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/500s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can lead to "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.
Panasonic GX850 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic GX850 comes with just built-in flash without external flash ability.
Panasonic GX850 Autofocusing features
Panasonic GX850 comes with only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is handy for portrait photography.
It supports 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GX850 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Panasonic GX850 can use manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.
Panasonic GX850 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic GX850 is made to last for 210 photographs with respect to the CIPA specifications making it lower in comparison with it's rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 338. Samsung NX mini offers the highest (650) battery life for this type of cameras.
Below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:
Panasonic GX850 for various types of photography
The following diagram provides a summation of the Panasonic GX850 for various types of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography features
The Panasonic GX850 has a rating of 66 which is very good, meaning that it is a fine fit for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Panasonic GX850
Getting a fantastic rating of 80, the Panasonic GX850 is a wonderful pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic GX850 Sports photography details
A average sports photography rating of 53 suggests the Panasonic GX850 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic GX850 Travel photography info
Size is really critical when picking a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic GX850 gets a great 79 as a travelling camera which is a terrific choice to purchase for your vacations.
Panasonic GX850 Landscape photography factors
For those who are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GX850 with it's very good score of 71 for a landscape camera is a good pick compared to its competition.
Panasonic GX850 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic GX850 is a very decent option as a vlog camera as it receives a nice score of 73.
Panasonic GX850 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the GX850, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line graph below will give you an overview of the GX850 vs it's highest scoring rivals shown previously.
There are more cameras you might view as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.