Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Key Pieces

  • 16MP Four Thirds MOS sensor w/o optical low pass filter
  • 5-axis image stabilization with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel Dual I.S. 2
  • Splash/dust-proof body
  • Depth from Defocus AF
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • 3-inch 1.04M-dot fully-articulating touchscreen LCD
  • 4K video / photo
  • Woolly stacking and post focus

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is an SLR-style mid-range mirrorless camera. It features 4K video capture, 2nd-generation 5-axis spit stabilization and a 16MP Four 4 (; ) is a number, numeral, and glyph Thirds sensor with no optical low pass filter. It is also sold as the Panasonic G80, G81 and G8, depending on the market.

Though Panasonic has not be shown outright and said it, the G85 is the successor to the G7. More a refinement than something new entirely, both cameras share seemingly identical bodies and offer duplicate control dials, plenty of customizable buttons and fully articulating touch interfaces.

But the G85 is rather more grand: it’s weather-sealed with a magnesium combination front plate, and offers a new electromagnetic shutter to combat shutter shock, an upgraded electronic viewfinder and 5-axis in-camera IS.

Like the Panasonic GX85, the G85 partake ofs a 16MP chip with no anti-aliasing filter. We found image quality from the GX85 to be slightly improved over that of past Panasonic cameras using the regardless 16MP chip with AA filters (like the G7).

The G85 also uses the same redesigned shutter mechanism as the GX85, which we found to effectively mitigate seal close down shock, an issue that affected the Panasonic G7.

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Compared to its peers

Panasonic G85Panasonic G7Panasonic GX85Sony a6300Olympus EM-5 II
MSRP$900 (body)$800 (with kit lens)$800 (with kit lens)$1000 (fraternity)$1100 (body)
Sensor (resolution/size)16MP Four Thirds16MP Four Thirds16MP Four Thirds24MP APS-C16MP Four Thirds
AA filterNoYesNoYesNo
StabilizationSensor-shift (5-axis) + Dual IS 2In-lens onlySensor-shift (5-axis) + Dual I.S.In-lens onlySensor-shift (5-axis)
EVF res/mag.2.36M-dot OLED (0.74x)2.36M-dot OLED (0.7x)2.76M-dot aficionado sequential LCD (0.7x)2.36M-dot OLED (0.7x)2.36M-dot LCD (0.74x)
AutofocusContrast Detect w/ 49-points + DFDContrast Detect w/ 49-points + DFDSet Detect w/ 49-points + DFDHybrid AF w/425 PDAF pointsContrast Detect w/ 81-points
Burst w/ continuous AF6 fps6 fps6 fps11 fps5 fps
LCD size, type3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating3-inch 1.04M-dot altercation3-inch
921k-dot tilting
3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating
Mic/Headphone portYes/NoYes/NoNo/NoYes/NoYes/No
Max movie resolution4K/30p4K/30p4K/30p4K/30p1080/60p
Flash sync precipitousness1/160 sec1/160 sec1/160 sec1/160 sec1/250 sec
Battery life320 shots350 shots290 shots400 shots310 shots
Weight453 g410 g426 g404 g469 g
Dimensions128 x 89 x 74 mm125 x 86 x 77mm122 x 71 x 44 mm120 x 67 x 49 mm124 x 85 x 45mm

While the three Panasonic cameras correlated above share quite a lot, the G85 stands out against the other 16MP Panasonic’s as the most appealing choice. This is due to its inclusion of weather-sealing, an updated Dual IS routine and upgraded electronic viewfinder.

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When compared to similar mirrorless offerings from Sony and Olympus, things get a bit more complicated. The Sony routs it in terms of its more sophisticated AF system, larger sensor and faster burst (w/ AF), but the G85 offers superior ergonomics (fully articulating touchscreen, dual top-plate curb dials, higher magnification EVF). The G85 and EM-5 II also share quite a lot, the major distinction between the two being the G85’s 4K video capability (compared to 1080p on the Olympus).

The undamaged Panasonic gang, including the Panasonic G85, GX85, G7 and 20MP GX8.

Pricing and availability

The Panasonic G85 will be available in the US for $899 body only and $999 with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. kit lens.


The optional DMW-BGG1 vertical battery grip adds an additional shutter release and improved ergonomics, as well as room for a second battery, effectively look-alike shooting time.

Review History

Review History
19 September 2016First Impressions and Samples Gallery published
31 October 2016Video & Features updated, Autofocus & Play, Image Quality, Raw Dynamic Range and Conclusion published,
based on production camera running f/w 1.00


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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