Panasonic GX850

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Revealed January 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #54 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #291 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GX850 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GX850 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GX850 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX850 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GX850 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX850 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX850 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX850 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GX850 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GX850 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX850 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GX850 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX850 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GX850 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX850 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GX850 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX850 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GX850 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GX850 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX850 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GX850 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

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.

doesnt have low pass filter
exports RAW formats
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has built in flash
has HDMI port
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes focus by touch
nice clear screen (1,040 thousand dot)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
selfie friendly screen
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
tilting screen
very good ISO range (25,600)
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low maximum shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
missing external mic port
missing headphone port
not so great battery power (210 shots)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 329 gr and the Panasonic GX850 is lighter as compared to its competitors.

Photography Glossary

Below is a pic of the Panasonic GX850 beside a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button arrangement on the GX850.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.614-42mmf/3.5-5.6 190g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-25mm-F1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.825mmf/1.8 136g
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Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Four-Thirds lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
Sigma-56mm-F1.4-DC-DN-C-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN C56mmf/1.40g
Panasonic-Leica-Summilux-DG-25mm-F1.4 lensPanasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.425mmf/1.4 200g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-PZ-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 95g
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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.

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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 screen and viewfinder Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

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.

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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.

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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 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the highest (750) 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.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible

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.

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tilting screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization

Panasonic GX850 Sports photography details

A average sports photography rating of 52 suggests the Panasonic GX850 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/16,000s)
MP count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/500s)
no image stabilization
not so great battery (210 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus

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.

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boasts focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
low battery life (210 per charge)

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.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery (210 shots)

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.

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selfie friendly screen
touch screen
features face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
no image stabilization
no external mic port

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
Also called as
Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/500 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264
Max video resolution
Video format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
269 grams (0.59 lb)
Physical dimensions
107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Battery life
210 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at launch