Less bulky than a DSLR, the LUMIX G85 is the compact 4K video-enabled Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with true-to-life photo image quality.
Class leading 5-axis body stabilization that when mated to LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses for a "Dual IS" effect.
4K Video recording at 30p/24p 100 Mbps plus a 3.5mm port for external microphones. (Full HD 60p 28Mbps)
Weather sealed splash proof and dustproof, rugged enough to withstand even the most challenging environments.
16-Megapixel MFT eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power sensor.
Recording file format: Still image - JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard) ; Motion picture - AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch), MP4 (Audio format: AAC 2ch)
Description: The Panasonic LUMIX G85 offers over 27 LUMIX compact lens options built on the next-generation interchangeable lens camera standard (Micro Four Thirds) pioneered by Panasonic. Its “mirrorless” design enables a lighter, more compact camera body that includes cutting-edge video, audio, creative controls, wireless, intelligent-focusing, gyro sensor control in body image stabilization and exposure technologies not possible with traditional DSLRs. And with the exclusive LUMIX 4K Ultra HD video pause and export as a 4K PHOTO mode, you’ll never again miss that one shot that perfectly captures a scene.
★★★★★58 real customer reviews average rating: 4.6 stars (scroll to see all)
5 Stars By C. Hawkins on 2016-11-14 Reasonably priced Micro 4/3s Progress I have been thinking of buying the OMD EM1 Mark 2. I am an enthusiast and take pictures of my family and for travel. Many years ago, I sold my Canon bodies/lenses to get into Micro 4/3’s. Like many, my investment in film lenses led me to Canon bodies in the electronic world. However, it became clear to me that the electronic world offered new opportunities as the technology improved. It looked like Micro 4/3 sensors would be the sweet spot for most photography in this new world. My first 4/3’s camera was a Panasonic. I loved it.
Later I upgraded to the OMD EM5 Mark 2 for the better-quality sensor, better in-body stabilization system, and small size. The technology was advancing.
Update: I have used the camera for some time now. There have been two firmware updates to improve stabilization and stabilization "hum" and I am using the Panasonic 100-400 with dual IS. I cannot say enough about how good this camera is, and at the price, it is a great value. I have added some pictures using the zoom lens and 12-60 lens for illustration.
Time passed, looking for my next upgrade. It is not picture quality driving me, but 4K video and, frankly handling. Don’t like the size of the existing OMD camera for handling. Just a bit too small physically.
Out comes the OMD EM1 Mark 2 for body only almost $2,000, but looks like better handling. Very professional features, especially fast focus and rapid fire. Also, higher pixel stills is interesting technology. But What. $2,000.
I found the G85. I bought it despite the stability issue. I do not have a noise issue in video. Price is right. I am using it and it meets my needs. (I expect a firmware update, but camera is entirely usable for photography, which is my focus, pun intended. I have also made some video’s and they are passable. There is a little “jump” at the start of the pan, but for me, I could survive. I expect that Panasonic will fix this, as the GX85 does not exhibit this behavior.)
Handling is much better with a larger size handle for holding and taking pictures. Still light and better than dslr’s for everyday picture taking. This is the next generation of Micro 4/3’s. Frankly, I like the on-off switches on the right side, and this does it. (You can set up the dual switch on EM2 2 to be the on-off switch but too expensive to buy just for this.)
Picture quality is superb. Not the reason to upgrade or switch brands.
I had forgotten, but I much prefer the Panasonic UI to the Olympus. I much prefer the Panasonic smartphone apps, in addition.
Micro 4/3’s is really where the action is, as there is strong and vibrant competition. I wish all markets were like this. I expect features to improve and prices to fall.
5 Stars By Lou Gabriel on 2017-01-09 One of the best value cameras out today! Highly recommend to all! One of the best value camera out there. Hands down. For current users, I highly suggest to do the following: Go to menu --> Setup --> beep (page 2) --> Turn off the beep volume and E shutter volume This was a huge annoyance for me at first, and I was relieved to find it in the settings. Battery saving options are also within the page 2 of setup such as Live View Mode (30fps), Monitor Luminance, and Economy.
Pros: Stills quality is very nice and sharp, even from the 12-60mm kit lens. Image quality and bokeh are stunning when paired with the 25mm f1.7. The dual IS is really good for stills and even more amazing in video. Two custom settings within the dial are really helpful for saving your own shooting modes. I personally save Shutter-priority video moves to these in different recording formats (i.e. 4k30fps, FHD60fps). There are also plenty of fn buttons to customize. There are also color profiles to shoot in that may be customized. I find that the "Natural" profile to be the most pleasing in video. There is also Cine-D for those wanting a flatter look or for grading. Weather sealed - Not much to say here other than, great! Coming from a Nikon APSC camera, I am amazed at how light and robust the mirrorless form factor is. There is little fatigue in carrying it in your hands all day. The LCD screen that allows a full swivel is really neat for selfies/vlogging. Finally... the video. Most buyers are probably here b/c of this and yes... it does not disappoint. The detail is amazing! BUT, the real shocker is the image stabilization. When paired w/ dual IS and E-stabilization turned on, the video is practically gliding (especially @ wider angles - 12mm). I am not joking. Walking with the camera is buttery smooth, no jittery videos.
Cons: It's only up to 16MP stills, though I still find the image quality to be very good even when an image has been cropped in edits. I found that the image is a bit noisy at higher iso (6400 and above), though this is not really a bother to me. I find that it gives it a natural feel to lowlight shots. You can always dial it down with a bit of NR in Lightroom and other software. A slight crop to the 4k video recording. This was not a con for me, but others may think it. There's a lot to learn w/in the settings of this camera. Take the time to read the advanced handbook. Experiment!
In summary, I highly recommend this. If you are on the fence, JUMP OVER!
5 Stars By James Biesty on 2016-12-03 I want to shoot and then minimize editing as much as possible so that's why I like the G85 so much I mostly use this for video and I'm very impressed with this camera. I want to shoot and then minimize editing as much as possible so that's why I like the G85 so much. The 4k video quality with standard un-graded settings is better than the GH4 I replaced this with. The clarity and color is better with the standard settings and I don't really have time to get lost in post processing. I also compared this to the Sony RX10iii and its 4k video quality was just a tiny bit less detailed but the overall look was better with the G85. Also the menu settings are so much easier with the g85 over the Sony. Also the button placement is much more intuitive with the G85. Auto focus seems about the same but I mainly use manual for video to make sure it stays in focus. Especially because I'm shooting in a controlled environment. I'll miss the wide focus range but not by that much and I can always buy more lenses with the G85. Another thing is the G85 seems like it has a touch less crop shooting in 4k so I can get a slightly larger angle. That bothers me with all cameras when shooting 4k and I wish I could get the 35mm equivalent of 24mm out of it instead of more like 28mm in 4k. Also it seems that the Pictures were much better with the G85. It seems that whenever I put the RX10iii in auto focus to try to get some kid pics for fun 1 out of 5 pics came out correctly where almost every pic comes out correctly with the G85. For me the f3.5 does a good job but it sure does look better with the f2.8 12-35 lens. I thought my untrained eye might not pick that up but it did. Everything looks better even when comparing f3.5 vs. f3.5. It's pricey so it might not be for everyone. I also tried the Sony a6300 and it was an amazing camera but it overheated very quickly weather I pulled the monitor away from the body or not. So there was no way I could keep it and that's a major deal breaker. The G85 can get warm but never get's so hot that it over heats and shuts down when shooting for extended periods in 4k. I shot for about 4-5 hours in a row shootiing 5-8 minute vids at a quick turn around and it never shut down. It got a little warmer than the GH4 and Sony RX10iii but never malfunctioned so all is well.
The one issue I have with the G85 is I wish there was a 4k 30mbps instead of just 4k 100mbps. I shot around 40 5-8 minute videos and it was something like 122Gb. I had to use compression software to keep it which is a bit anoyying. Love the water/dust resistance and that is what kept me from keeping the G7. It also feels like a better made camera than the G7 with a more intuitive layout too.
If you are like me, an intermediate, who needs a good camera with 4k for work but doesn't want to go too deep into the post processing world it's hard to find a better camera.
5 Stars By PreparedZombie on 2017-08-18 Everything I expected The Panasonic G85 was my first mirrorless camera after years of using a Nikon D40 DSLR. I wanted a camera that's good for photography and video, and the G85 has lived up to my expectations. Not only is the camera good, but I also like the well developed ecosystem of lenses and accessories, which continues to grow and improve.
Likes: * The controls are intuitive and responsive, with many switches and buttons to quickly access the setting I need, and there's a lot of ways to customize the controls to my preference. The touch screen further augments the physical controls, and I use it often. I also like the two custom modes on the dial to quickly access my often used settings. * The ergonomics and hand comfort are good. Controls can be reached without straining my fingers. I can carry the camera and kit lens without a strap, and not feel any noticeable discomfort. * It can reliably and quickly focus under low light and tricky conditions. Better than my old DSLR. * The image stabilization is outstanding. It allows for almost effortless hand holding at normal focal lengths, and reasonably feasible hand holding at 300mm and longer focal lengths. * The image quality is very good, better than my old DSLR in terms of dynamic range, sharpness, noise performance. Since I don't plan on using crazy high ISO, I don't need a larger sensor, and the compromises of an inferior system. * Did I mention the system? Not only is this camera weather sealed, but Panasonic has a growing number of weather sealed lenses to match. One of the reasons why I didn't go with the Sony E-mount system. I'm also enjoying the benefits of a 600mm-equivalent tele lens that isn't ridiculously bulky and heavy. * It actually has a built in flash. Since I don't plan on limiting my self to an indoor studio, and don't plan to lug around a bulky external flash, this was a must have feature for me. If Fuji would have thought of such a revolutionary idea, maybe I would be using their camera instead. * It has the video features I need - external mic jack, tilt and swivel screen, peaking, zebra stripes, and manual exposure. Many other mirrorless cameras I looked at were missing one or more of these. * Panasonic has addressed the early problems of stabilization humming and jerky panning with firmware upgrades. I no longer have any serious complaints about the camera, and it shows they take their camera business seriously. * The kit lens is noticeably more capable than most other kit lenses elsewhere. Not only is the zoom range wider and longer, but it's weather sealed to match the camera body. This is the lens I use most often.
Dislikes: * It would have been nice to incorporate a wireless remote shutter release that doesn't involve a smartphone, like the inexpensive infrared remote on my Nikon D40. Instead I'm forced to buy a more expensive and less convenient cable release.
Overall, a very capable camera and system, and priced lower than the competition I looked at. Looking forward to getting a lot of use from this new camera.
5 Stars By Dr. Dan on 2017-04-11 Got $1K? You've just found your new camera. I'd been researching cameras at the $1K price point for a long time. I narrowed my search to a few competing models, such as the Sony a6300/6500, Canon 80D, and Olympus OMD EM1. All of them had very compelling features and I'm pretty sure I would have been happy with any of them. But none offered the value quotient or best all-around performance than the Lumix G85... on paper, at least. When my camera arrived I had very high expectations. This camera has met or exceeded my expectations in just about every aspect:
- Performance is ON POINT. Focusing is super fast and tack-sharp. The shutter makes a beautifully quiet flutter sound, and if you need it totally silent you have the capability of doing so in "Silent Mode." One caveat I must point out is the continuous autofocus, which can drive me crazy. It hunts around too much, especially when things get dark.
- The body isn't exactly compact but is a good deal smaller than even the smallest DSLRs like my mother-in-law's Nikon D3300 (another fantastic camera). Still, it feels solid in my hands and will provide good balance for heavier long zoom lenses, which is what I wanted.
- The 12-60mm kit lens is extremely versatile, focuses quickly, and takes very sharp pictures. As expected, it's not the best for indoor shots or blurring backgrounds... you will need a faster lens (F2.8 or lower) for that. But otherwise, it performs admirably plus is stabilized and weather-sealed, to boot! I've been adding more lenses to my kit, but the 12-60mm will continue to get regular use.
- The menu system is easy to use once you familiarize yourself with it. I'd played with the Sony menus at my local Best Buy and found them confusing.
- Battery life is average. I went on a camping trip last weekend. I thought using just the optical viewfinder would make a huge difference but alas, two days, 300+ snaps and a few videos later, the battery died on me. I've subsequently purchased a couple back ups.
- The in-body image stabilization is a game-changer. Although only stabilized Panasonic lenses will offer me DUAL stabilization capabilities, you won't have to be afraid of picking up non-stabilized Olympus lenses. (I have my heart set on the 40-150mm F2.8!)
IN CONCLUSION: there's so much more that I could say, but I'll wrap up talking about the value proposition of this camera. For a thousand bucks, where else can you find: - a quality weather-sealed and stabilized camera body - a VERY GOOD stabilized/weather-sealed 12-60mm kit lens - a fully-articulating screen - great quality stills and awesome 4K video-shooting capability?
If you want to spend more for marginal upgrades in any particular area of photography, then spend more. But if $1K is your budget, you've just found your new camera. This thing is awesome.
5 Stars By TylerShaw on 2016-12-22 Hands down best affordable camera out. I've had a few Canon cameras over the years, most entry to mid grade, and I was excited to move to mirror less 4/3. I was well aware of all the potential issues and shortcomings of micro 4/3.
After shooting around 8 hours of video and 120 GB of images...I have to say, I'm very very impressed. This is hands down the best camera I've ever owned. The features and quality for the price are unmatched. This is the only camera I've found that will endlessly record 4k video at room temperature without overheating. You can charge it while recording too which is awesome. I have been using a SanDisk 128 GB u3 card and it has preformed well. I did have an issue with a regular class 10 SD card not being fast enough to record 4k for more than a few seconds.
5 Stars By Chuck Darney on 2017-08-28 A very capable camera that suits my needs very well! I've been using a Canon S3-IS for 10 or 15 years and a Canon AE-1 for many years before that. I was looking for a small, waterproof camera that would be suitable for travel. I had considered something like the GoPro but, frankly, at my age it would be overkill for the action. I decided a digital SLR would better suit my needs. Having always owned Canon I went with them first. Very capable but expensive and HEAVY! A little research led me to the micro four thirds format for weight and capability. It's also "weather resistant" which I had a chance to test on a recent trip to Isle Royal National Park. I've since gotten an Olympus 14-150 lens for it and I couldn't be happier! I can take long shots, short shots, portrait and anything in between. I love the ability to shoot panorama shots, the time lapse feature works flawlessly. Multi-shot and 4K video is on a quickly accessible dial which is important to me for taking pictures of my grandson. I'm still experimenting with the myriad features available and I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to master a small fraction of them. The pictures are a fairly close shot and a time lapse turned to video (it does that too!) of a Moonflower opening.
5 Stars By Gnex User on 2017-12-27 Awesome upgrade from GX7 I purchased the G85 as an upgrade for my GX7. Originally I struggled with switching systems, as I like the form factor of Fujis and the engine on the Sony's; I ultimately stuck with the M4/3 due to its size: I can fit two bodies, 5 lenses, and everything else I need in the Think Tank Trifecta 8 and go. The key features that made me go with this camera:
- Weatherproofing: the kit lens is weatherproof, as well as several other oly/pana lenses. Pop one on and get as close to that waterfall as you want. - IBIS: couple this camera with one of the Voigtlanders wide open and you can shoot night photos no problem - 4K photo mode: awesome for the kids, takes a one second clip in 4K and you can pull a still right out - EVF: HUGE upgrade over the GX7, bright and beautiful - Ergos: feels good in the hand and it's built tight - buttons have a firm reassuring feel to them - Upgraded Shutter and AF
Only downsides to the camera are downsides to M4/3 in general: photos get noisy with high ISO and you can't rapid fire RAW photos at 12FPS. You can clean up the first in Lightroom and get by with 4K photos on the second.
5 Stars By Shochbaum on 2017-03-13 better then i would ever think best 4k camera. looking forword to getting a gh5 one day but, this is a great place holder till then.
side note, if you have a microphone, make sure the cord did not block the light sensor on the viewfinder. took me to long to figure it out that the cord was tripping the sensor and shutting the lcd screen off.
5 Stars By psynchro on 2018-03-08 I love this camera I love this camera. Here are a few points to know: - stabilization is insanely good; practice just walking with it if in wide angle mode. - custom settings are very important to learn and use well. Learn what they save and what they don't, and differences between photo and video modes. This is very important and I suggest you watch youtube to learn this. I personally use c1 for auto photo (and video), c2a for custom manual video, c2b for auto video 4k, c2c for timelapse settings. These may sound similar, but they are all very different and you should find what matches your needs. The timelapse setting for instance has a very different size ratio and uses jpgs while for everything else I use raw. - kit lens is nice but you'll want something faster because low-light shooting is understandably bad on this small sensor. - One thing that helps with bad low-light video is to shoot in 4k with -5 contrast and -5 in all other settings with noise reduction off. Expose as best you can. Then import it into your NLE or handbrake and create a prores 422 file with 1080 resolution. This reduces the noise significantly, and you can further reduce it in your editor. I add film grain too.