• PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
  • PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)

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  • New 5-axis in-body sensor stabilizer works with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses in video and still capture modes using class-leading Dual Image Stabilization
  • Eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power by nearly 10% over existing 16-Megapixel MFT sensors
  • Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a Mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
  • Thumbwheel controls, integrated viewfinder and touch control enabled tilting LCD maximize control of the photographic experience
  • Capture spontaneous moments with 4K imaging performance in both 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO and Post Focus. Dust reduction system: Supersonic wave filter

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Better photos with a 200 dollar Canon....Very disappointed with this camera. I can take better shots with my 10 year old, $200 Canon. Here are the deal breakers for me:- Auto focus is GARBAGE- Battery life is abysmal (holds a charge for maybe an hour?)- Wifi capabilities are also GARBAGE (can't connect to anything)- Ergonomics are terrible. You basically end up holding this thing by the lens 90% of the time.I had high hopes but I'm sticking with Canon. If you've read about how this doesn't have AA and produces sharp photos think again. Don't expect the results you'd get from a full frame camera. Do yourself a favor and spend an extra 200 bucks and get a full frame.Also, for anyone who is still going to buy this camera, mine was an open box item but sold as new. The hot shoe connector was scuffed, the plastic baggies were clearly re-taped together and the lcd screen smelled of some kind of scented hand sanitizer... just be extra careful of this.Hope I save some folks the heartache.1Best everyday carry camera everI make my living in photography and video... This is my new favorite camera and here's why. When you carry a camera with you, you take more photos. When you take more photos you improve your craft. When you can easily carry a camera with you it helps keep the passion of photography alive and well even when you also do it for work. This is the easiest camera I have owned in many years to carry with me that also produces images on par with my flagship cameras. I currently own 12 cameras that get used on a regular basis. This is my favorite one. What more can you ask for? Great low light, great resolution, AMAZING video capabilities, built in stabilization that will blow your mind, excellent dynamic range. Then add on crazy features that only Lumix can pull off like post focus and 4K photos... Stop hesitating, this is the camera you've been looking for.5Great IBIS and Lots of feature in a small package... with a few flaws mainly the Tiny Electronic ViewfinderFirst, I am a proud owner & professional Videographer who uses Panasonic gear as my primary tool for VIDEO imaging purposes (for pro photo, I have to use Canon alas - wish it was different.. though for everyday photo the GX85 is perfectly fine). I have owned pretty much all flavors of Lumix cameras from GH1, GH2, G6, G7, GH3, GH4 to the GX85. I was excited about the GX85 as a small camera tool to shoot videos on the go for my events without having to use extra gear (gorilla pod, etc) to film detail & movement shots quickly using the new 5-axis IBIS on the GX85 that no other Panasonic camera has. I was very intrigued and positively influenced by reviewers online to purchase this item for my work.After two events covered (full day weddings), I have to say that there is a lot to like about the GX85 and a few very annoying things to dislike as others have said. Panasonic tends to create many different variations of a camera these days with several big flaws in each so you have to buy them all it seems...The Cons:- The TINY electronic viewfinder is going to be the worse part of this camera. You can barely squeeze your eye into it and accurately use it when you shoot. I don't have big eyes either... After about 5-10mins of usage, my eyes hurt a lot because of the squinting I have to make when shooting with that EVF... And I've never had any issues with other Lumix cameras which I've used for hours non-stop, except the LX100 which I've borrowed in the past and is similarly flawed. I wished they had kept the GX7 type of eyepiece for the viewfinder for this supposedly GX7 mark II update that is the GX85. The resolution isn't bad, and I am not too worried about the ghosting / refresh rate if I can barely get my eyes to see through that EVF viewfinder which also lacks tilting compared to the GX7.- The battery life is not very good either... With the panasonic OEM battery, you can maybe squeeze 1h15min to 1h30 of recording because you have to rely heavily on the LCD display instead of the EVF... With non-Panasonic batteries, you get about the same depending on which one you buy, but you lose the knowledge of knowing exactly when the battery dies as these cheap batteries will display 2-bars and go suddenly to die after about 1h or 1h30 of usage.- LCD display lacks degree of movement... It can only tilt a little bit down or a little up to about 30 degrees... So it's useless for selfies or filming with LCD display flipped open like on a GX8, G7 or GH3/4- Lack of Microphone jack... The audio isn't bad but not nearly as good as a standalone shotgun mic... Plus you get the extra vibration sound from IBIS which can be annoying- SD card slot under the camera next to battery slot... Makes it hard to change cards when mounted on a tripod...- Lack of quick manual AF-S/AF-C/MF switching mechanism like on GX7 or GX8... You can program one of the FN button but it still prevents you from switching from AF to MF when you are recording... which is so crippling as often times you just want to switch on the fly between the AF-C and MF without having to stop recording video.The Pros:- 5-axis Stabilizer IBIS... Used in conjunction with the Panasonic lenses which have IS on lens... this makes it a very good camera for shooting video & stills without too much blur or shake... The videos are not smooth like when you use a gimball... but it definitely helps big time. I'd say it's on par with the Olympus IBIS such as that on EM5-Mark II... There are definitely some artifacts though still like jerk in motion... The supplied tiny 12-32mm lens (equivalent of 24 - 64mm Full frame) seems to do a very good job though working with the GX85 on camera IBIS to remove as much shake as possible. It's not perfect though and you will always get better movement shots with a gimbal or stabilizer. But on the go, it does a very good job filming with little shake when you don't have a tripod with you. It's not perfect though and does create some minimal vibration sound/feel to the body.- 4K and different 1080p video flavors. That's Panasonic's strength... Though it lacks in terms of higher bit rate that you can find on GH4 or GH3. Still the videos are good on this tiny camera- Lightweight / Can be carried in many places without being obtrusive. It's not tiny but small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. The benefits of Micro 4/3...- Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. The improved engine seems to give pretty good results even at ISO 3200 for video & photos. I'm glad it improved... Now let's hope we can actually shoot photos at ISO 6400... It's still not there for ISO higher than 3200... An improvement nevertheless compared to past recent LUMIX iterations.Overall... This is a very good addition to the LUMIX lineup mostly because of the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer Panasonic has finally been able to implement... You only wish Panasonic would actually create a camera that has all of its best features instead of always crippling each new addition with flaws that didn't have to be there... But it's their game these days... Let's hope the GH5 includes the IBIS on the GX85 which is a given, with improved clean & usable ISO6400 video & photo in low light, and I can happily get rid of all my Canon gear for both Photo & Video...4Very good camera for photos and videos. I have used this camera for couple of days only. I bought an open item on BestBuy since no one else had this camera in stock and i got 100 bucks off. This is my second Panasonic after LX100. I have OMD EM5, EM5 Mark II and i have owned EM1 too. I am not a professional photographer and i use m43 cameras to take good quality pictures and videos of my kids and family. I like m43 system due to size, amazing quality lens which are affordable. Also, i prefer a camera which can do both photos and videos.Here are the things i like about GX85 -1) One of the main reason i bought this camera is because it has 5 axis stabilization which works on 4k video. 5 axis stabilization was mainly offered by Olympus and recently by Sony. Once you are used to 5 axis stabilization, there is no turning back. It gives you the freedom of taking handheld sharp pictures in low light. Videos are not jittery and shaky.2) Speaking of videos, 5 axis stabilization works extremely well on 4k and even with Olympus primes. BTW, i mainly used prime lens so i didn't test the Panasonic dual stabilization. It came with a kit lens though i haven't tested the kit lens. Also, unlike Olympus focusing in video tends to go back and forth a lot, Panasonic keeps the focus in lock on the subject during video and when the focus shifts, it is very smooth. Videos are just better on panasonic and 4k video is sharp.3) Auto Focus for photos is way more accurate than EM5 Mark II. I have 2 daughters who don't like to stand still. Even with my olympus lens, it's ability to nail focus in motion is amazing. It makes using EVF way more fun. Somehow it knows where i want to focus and this rarely happened with EM5 Mark II using EVF unless i am using Single point focus. I used AFF with Face/eye tracking on GX85.4) EVF is good size and good quality. I think it is very functional EVF, granted there are bigger and better EVF. It is bigger and better than my LX100 and EM5 EVF. EM5 Mark II EVF is slightly bigger.5) Image quality is pretty awesome! it is similar to EM5 MarkII. I cannot test the RAW since lightroom doesn't support it, but the jpegs are excellent. Looks more saturated than LX100.6) It is a pretty looking camera.7) The camera is very responsive and doesn't feel sluggish. I like the menu system of Panasonic and Quick menu is awesome, similar to Olympus Super control panel.8) USB charging is nice feature. No need to take the battery out.Here are few things i wish GX85 had -1) Weather sealing. I have used my Olympus EM5 Mark II with 12-40 lens in the rain and snow. You don't have to worry about the camera.2) it is a bit heavy for a m43 cameras, i was expecting it to be lighter.3) i prefer SD card slot on the side than next to the battery. not a big deal.4) Needs a thumb grip, hopefully Panasonic or some third party will come with an external grip.Overall, i am very happy with this camera. I am thrilled that Panasonic finally added 5 axis stabilization. I highly recommend this camera. 5Best 4K camera for the price.While I can't say for sure that it's the best for the price (as I'm now very biased), this is at least a huge steal for the price. I'm been pleasantly surprised with the video and even photo quality from this little camera (and the silent shutter is awesome too, love using that). The IBIS is spot on when using any non-native, non-IS lenses. 4K video is EXCELLENT and it's been pairing nicely with my Sony A7rii camera.IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE: Mine came setup with PAL so I had only 25fps available. Get on Youtube and there's several guides to help you make the switch. I now get 4K at both 24p or 30p. NEXT, there's a way to UNLOCK D-CINE profile on this also with the help of Youtube. For $500 I don't think you'll get better than this! I would get another one in a heart beat.5M43 and Mirrorless Have Come a Long Way This review isn't about the technical aspects of the camera. This review is tailored towards the consumer who wants a small, compact and capable mirrorless camera that they could take everywhere with them. This review if for:- Someone who understands the importance of some really good food pics- Likes adventure and looking back at it through pics and videos- Explores around town and takes photos along the way- Has cute pets and likes cute pet pics- Has an eye for design and wants photos of cool spaces- Wants to travel light but not miss a photo momentBasically this is a review for the photographer/social media influencer/enthusiast who believes the best camera is the one they have on them.Just a couple housekeeping notes:* Before I continue, I have to put out a disclaimer and say that I was chosen as part of Panasonic and Lumix USA s campaign (#PanasonicAdvocate) to test this camera out and share my experiences with an unbiased and honest review. And that is exactly what I m going to do as these opinions are my own and I have literally been using this camera almost every day for over a month.** All images posted to this review are taken with the kit lens.I started out my mirrorless journey with the Panasonic GF1. It was a pioneer amongst the mirrorless cameras and to this day remains one of my favorite cameras to have used. Since then, I ve owned mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fujifilm and now Sony so it s kind of cool how this all came full circle when Panasonic approached me with the gx85.DISLIKESLet s get the things I dislike out of the way because they re not a deal breaker for me, they re simply just things I think can be improved upon. While I appreciate and have grown to love the tilt screen, I wish this camera flipped all the way up for selfies and group shots. Selfies aside, when I m traveling, this is super useful trying for getting quick self-portraits.This is also my first touch screen for a camera. While I love the option to quickly change my focal points with a touch of the screen, I find that when I put the camera up to my eye to compose a shot through the EVF, the touch focus point is so sensitive that it moves around like crazy.The camera is also a bit heavy for it s size. I read that people complained that it s predecessor seemed dinky in the hands and while they improved that with the gx85 feeling robust, in my opinion, it s a touch too heavy for such a compact m43 camera.On that same note, because the added weight is attributed to making the camera feel more robust, they really should have made this weather proof. It would cancel out any negative feelings one has towards this camera being slightly heavy for a small compact.High ISO = mehhh photo quality. There s not much to this point other then when you have a small sensor and you re pushing it s ISO, images tend to smudge up, noise builds and the clarity becomes lost. It s not horrible by any means and they ve come such a long way since the first m43 cameras, but larger sensor cameras will always have the edge when it comes to high ISO.LIKESIt s so cute/cool. Yea I said it. Whatever lol. I m big on how cameras look these days. I think the aesthetic of ones tools are a direct representation of ones style. For me, I love when cameras can embody a retro rangefinder look while still infusing some modern design elements without looking like the two are fighting against each other. When I think of retro and modern design friction, I think of some of the Olympus bodies. When I think of the perfect blend of retro and modern, I think of the Leica Q.The buttons and dials are all fantastic. So much so I rarely use any of the touch screen buttons to navigate around for settings and the camera interface and menus.The build quality is first rate. I know I said earlier it was a tad bit too heavy and while I stick with that statement, it really does feel good in the hands regardless.Start up time is instant. Something Sony really needs to take note on.I love the kit lens. It s so small but provides a good range and the quality is really good for what it is. It s also built well for a kit lens so the overall vibe of this combo still feels like a premium product.The image stabilization on this thing is BANANAS. My Sony A7RII also has 5-axis image stabilization, but the gx85 also takes advantage of lens I.S. created a Dual I.S. system. Video clips feel like they re taken with a gimbal (super amateur clips btw).I ll never buy a camera without Wi-Fi. Many times, I like to post photos instantly, especially when I m traveling. The Wi-Fi on the gx85 works great with the app and transfers images relatively fast. I ve yet to loose connection while transferring photos.And like many current mirrorless cameras, the autofocus is lightning fast.OVERALL IMPRESSIONSJust like with every other mirrorless camera out there, there are still some short comings. Most of which I didn t feel the need to mention because we ve heard it time and time before. The most notable for me being battery life. It makes sense though when you have a small battery trying to give life to an almost all electronic device (LCD, EVF, shutter, etc.).With those little gripes aside, I still do believe mirrorless is the future and this camera is just part of that journey.The Panasonic gx85 is a great, be-with-you-at-all-times camera. As you can see by the photos I ve posted, that s exactly what happened. The gx85 was with me at all times. It came with me to dinner, it came exploring in my Jeep and it came with me to hang out with some friends.Will I be using it for paid work? No, but that s because I have my Sony line of cameras to do that for me. Is it capable for paid work? Absolutely! Just ask any of the social influencers making a killing per post with an iPhone. 54K IBIS! No 29 min limit! Hooray!Let's start by talking about 4K. The GX85 shoots 4K at 100 Mb/s, the as GH4. The GX85 will shoot 4K as long as your battery and storage allow. For me, my 64GB filled up after 1 hr 29 min, but hey, the camera filled that card up, no questions asked (battery held up, almost). If you want to shoot video in 1080P or lower, shoot in AVCHD and you will have unlimited recording time. You can officially retire that camcorder for good.In my opinion, this camera is better than the GH4 for video. Even though the GH4 has more bitrates for 720P/1080P and some flat profiles, the fact is that the GX85 and GH4 have identical best image quality, but your handheld footage on the GX85 will look much better than on the GH4 because of its excellent IBIS. After repeated claims that IBIS is impossible in 4K because of overheating, two years later, Panasonic somehow combine IBIS and 4K in a tiny body that can continuously shoot an hour and a half without any signs of overheating. Heh. Good one, Panasonic.If you want to bypass internal codecs, you're in luck because this camera also has clean HDMI out for external recorders. In short, while the GH4 still has some "pro" features some "pros" might want, in practice, the GX85 is every bit the video shooter that the GH4 is, at basically half the price and with IBIS! Chew on that!Anyway, many of the other reviews cover what I would have covered anyway, which is that this is a beautiful camera that is a superb stills shooter, but I just wanted to address the video issue, too, since a lot of these points were not made in the press releases (probably to protect the GH4's reputation as a high end video shooter).Despite all this talk of video, I'm mainly a still shooter. Ever since receiving my GX85, I find that I simply cannot put it down. This is a gorgeous little camera. I initially started using MFT because of its balance of size and quality, but over time, I had been trending toward bigger cameras because they had the best features. However, a weird thing happened. I took my camera out less and less. When I got the GH4 to be the camera to end it all, I pretty much stopped taking my camera to social events completely because the GH4 just felt too formal. But ever since I received my GX85, I want this camera around me all the time! I love shooting pictures again.The image quality on this camera is easily the best I've ever seen in any Panasonic camera I've tried yet. There is no shutter shock. Thanks to the lack of an AA filter, improve shutter, and IBIS, I find that pictures are sharp to the last pixel! There is no softness whatsoever.Are there downsides? Yeah, small ones, but it seems like almost every downside has an upside. For instance, I prefer charging in an external charger so I can be charging a battery while using another one, but in-camera USB charging has a huge upside for keeping my camera bag light! I must say, though, the port cover for the HDMI/USB is kind of annoying to open, but hey, I'll get used to it. The tilt screen is a bit stiff and doesn't have huge freedom of movement, but on the other hand, it's super low profile and functional enough.Blah blah, I could go on and on, but a lot of people consider the GF1 to be the best MFT camera that Panasonic has ever made. To me, this camera, the GX85, is their best camera since the GF1. It's a camera that combines usability, stylish looks, superb stills performance, and 4K prowess. And it even comes with a pretty good kit zoom lens. It is excellent bang for the buck.As an aside, I feel bad for GX8 buyers. I wonder how many of them feel a bit bitter about the improved shutter and IBIS on the GX85, which is considerably cheaper than the GX8 ever was.5Great family camera, shutter issueBought this in the recent sale as our family camera and something to take on our trip overseas. I wanted something that was compact enough to carry in my jacket pocket but also gave me the option of putting on longer zooms to start capturing our daughter who is a bit camera shy. I was just tired of looking at blurry family pictures and wanted to start learning how to take better photos before our daughter got too old. It was loads of fun and really glad I picked it up.(updated - shutter issue)I wanted to highlight something odd I've experienced and recommend you check your camera when you first get it. I had only seen this mentioned here in one of the reviews so either no one else is reporting this or the the two of us are the only 'lucky' ones.I like to stay in burst mode since at any time I may switch from a landscape shot to a portrait one where i like to take a few pics just in case. occasionally the camera will take 2 shots at the single shutter press.It doesn't happen all the time and when it does happen, it stays that way for a few minutes then goes back to normal operation. This is not related to bracketing/etc. - i've taken about 3 weeks worth of photos so i feel that i'm somewhat comfortable handling the shutter button yet every once in a while it decides to double dip. i have not found a pattern yet.In single shot mode everything is great. it also happens in electronic shutter mode so i suspect it could be the shutter button. it's a little annoying but not enough yet to send it back to Panasonic and risk having it come back worse. For now I've simply added removing the few duplicates to my workflow.anyone else seeing this?(end of update)Some things to note:- the grip on the camera is rather small and the camera is a bit heavy. I like the weight but holding the camera with my large hands does end up stressing my fingers after a while. I feel like I have to dig into the camera body with my fingers for a firm grip. Try to grab it in person to make sure you're comfortable with it.- while you can recharge the battery in the camera via USB - came in really handy in our trip - you can not transfer data via USB and power the camera at the same time. Since it only uses USB 2, getting those large RAW files and 4k videos means more often than not your battery will run out before the transfer is done. this forces you to get the data directly out of the card.- it has a great touchscreen interface - you can take pictures by simply tapping the location on the screen - much like our smartphones. this means you can track your kids across the screen by moving your fingers and taking burst shots as they run around.- you can take a photo and then decide which parts of the photo you'd like to focus on. this is great when you're just starting to learn depth of field and the different focusing methods. it saved us a number of precious moments. will probably use this less as i get more proficient - but for now it's a great safety net.- as has been discussed, you can't really put this into auto focus on video and pay attention to your kids. you need to watch the camera and either help it focus once in a while or simply take over the focusing. we did lose a few video moments because i was watching the kids vs. the camera and it lost focus and never regained it.- the screen doesn't tilt up for group selfie pictures. not unusual for these and sony cameras but still a bit limiting when on the road and trying to do selfies. we ended up using our phones paired with the camera but still not as nice as having everyone looking at themselves on the camera.- the video audio is a bit weak. I knew this going in and frankly was expecting worse but it's still not as good as i'd like particularly when you see the great video quality that it produces.- those 4k videos are big. if you've only shot 1080p, make sure your PC, display and storage can handle it. I had problems playing the 4k footage on my surface pro during the trip - requiring me to downscale it to 1080p before being able to show it to folks. this was the i5 surface pro. the camera itself does an excellent job of playing 4k directly to a 1080p TV but that means you'll need to keep your videos on the camera and show unedited footage.So finally if you're looking for a fun family camera and something that you can learn photography on but still feel comfortable handing it to your significant other for those shots that a phone won't do, consider this. my only regret is not getting it sooner and losing out on our daughter's earlier adventures.-enjoy5Very nearly perfect small micro four thirds bodyNo camera is perfect, but for my purposes this very nearly is.I purchased this as an upgrade from an Olympus E-PL6. The first thing I noticed is the outstanding focusing system. It seems to get the focus razor-sharp far more often than my previous camera. Although the viewfinder is small I appreciate having one for the benefits of being able to track moving subjects better, stabilizing the camera and achieving critical focus with manual focus.The various 4K photo modes and video capability are welcome upgrades but they seem to consume the battery fairly quickly, so buy some spare batteries.The operational ergonomics of the camera became a MUCH quicker affair when I figured out how to set up the custom "Q menu" to my liking (same button as "Delete"). I also set up the FN1 button to be the "Focus Mode". Now that I have the camera set up the way I like it it's a joy to use. Also note that there is an "Advanced Owner's Manual" that is only available online on Panasonic's website that is well worth reading.The "standard" JPEG color profile gave me JPEG colors that I didn't care for. Use the "Natural" profile instead, set the Contrast to +1, Noise Reduction to -5 and Saturation to +2. In the Auto White Balance menu, set it to A:1 M:1.5Solid Camera with great featuresFor the current price, this is a great camera. I have owned a GF1/G1/GX1 and was interested in getting a newer body. The GX85 has exceeded my expectations. It has given new life into my Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lens by adding image stabilization that my other bodies did not offer. The camera is very responsive, and has a nice set of options for editing raw files in-camera if you are traveling. The 2 included kit lenses make a nice travel set, although I would still bring the 20mm with me for low light & small depth of field shots. I'll give a quick rundown of my pros and cons :Pros- Image stabilization for all lenses- Fast and accurate auto-focus.- Has a viewfinder...maybe not the best one around, but it works fine.- wifi for sending photos to phone- Quiet Mechanical Shutter / Silent Electronic Shutter- Full size strap lugs (works with Op/Tech straps)- Built in flash with ability to bounce- Great Raw Buffer (50 shots Raw, 41 Raw+jpeg)- Raw images can be processed by the last version of Lightroom 6.3 desktop.- Can charge through USB port.Cons-------- Even at low iso settings there is some noise in the images. This is not exclusive to this camera, but the sensor is not as good as the larger APS-C or full frame options.- Auto ISO - Not the best implementation of this feature... no way to set minimum shutter speed.- Microphone is pretty bad for shooting video... a shame since the video quality is very good.- Battery life is just ok. Does not come with a wall charger in the box.- All plastic construction and all black version looks a bit boring.In summary, this is a great camera for shooting stills and video where you don't care about the audio quality. It seems to have slipped under the radar of most enthusiasts because it lacks the flagship features (no audio jack, nothing special about viewfinder, not the highest megapixel count etc). The biggest selling points are the image stabilization, fast & accurate auto-focus, new shutter design and overall "responsiveness" of the camera.5May be the perfect compromise between quality and sizeThis is my 3rd m43 camera, replacing an Olympus e-pm2 which replaced an e-pm1. I should also point out that my main system is an APS-c based dslr.The primary reason for having a m43 system is size and the e-pm2 has served me well for a couple years. However, I still prefer to use VF. While I did sometimes use LV on my dslr, I prefer VF because it is more steady the way I hold a camera. So after using the e-pm2 for a couple years, I started looking for a m43 body with VF. Olympus bodies that have VF have the traditional slr look and are too big for traveling. I have been intrigued by Panasonic GX7 since introduction. After reading up on many reviews, GX85 appears to be a better deal than GX7. However, I never ordered a GX7 for a side-by-side comparison, I cannot really answer that question. The rest is a comparison between GX85 and e-pm2.GX85 is substantially heavier than e-pm2 and so is the size. I am not concerned about the weight increase as I am used to handling much heavier APS dslrs. The size is still acceptably small compared to my dslr. As a matter of fact, the increase in camera thickness makes it easier to hold, which I did not expect but that is pleasant surprise.The shutter vibration and sound are head and shoulder improved over e-pm2. There isn't much vibration even using the mechanical shutter. This is by far the best among all cameras I owned in the last 40 years. This really helps me to build confidence that I can rely on this camera for important shots. I never developed this confidence with e-pm2 except when it is on a tripod.I am slowly getting used to the user interface. The availability of the two control dials makes a huge difference. I have already assigned functions to them to make it more like my main dslr. Overall, I think the interface is reasonably well designed.Now on to the VF which is the main reason for getting this camera. It is poor compared to the optical VF on my dslr. There is visible lag that the back LV screen does not have. But I used it for framing and improved stability, it serves these two purposes well. Together with the improved shutter, this is a much better camera than e-pm2.While the IBIS is improved over e-pm2, I don't think it is as good as that of my dslr. The built-in flash is unlikely to be useful if you use anything else other than the 12-32 kit lens.I have not had a chance to use other functions and features. Comparing to my main 24 MP dslr, there is still a small but visible difference in IQ. Since I am using this camera as my travel camera, they serve different purposes. Given what I have tried so far, it is a very capable camera. It may be the perfect compromise between quality and size. I highly recommend it.5Huge disappointmentI was excited to get the GX85. Friends had the Lumix and loved it. My first disappointment was when the battery died after less than 1 day use. Less than 100 images, no flash, no special effects. I immediately ordered 2 more batteries. Later 2 batteries did not last a day. Then the LED screen did not display an image but the viewfinder still worked. Finally I could not download images from the camera to my laptop with the cable provided. I was able to put the memory card in my old Canon and saved the download. Needles to say I returned the camera and extra batteries. It took about a month for all these failures so I probably just got a lemon. Amazon was very prompt in refunding my purchase. Of course there are no black friday deals now to replace my hoped for upgrade.1
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  • New 5-axis in-body sensor stabilizer works with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses in video and still capture modes using class-leading Dual Image Stabilization
  • Eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power by nearly 10% over existing 16-Megapixel MFT sensors
  • Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a Mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
  • Thumbwheel controls, integrated viewfinder and touch control enabled tilting LCD maximize control of the photographic experience
  • Capture spontaneous moments with 4K imaging performance in both 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO and Post Focus. Dust reduction system: Supersonic wave filter
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Better photos with a 200 dollar Canon....Very disappointed with this camera. I can take better shots with my 10 year old, $200 Canon. Here are the deal breakers for me:- Auto focus is GARBAGE- Battery life is abysmal (holds a charge for maybe an hour?)- Wifi capabilities are also GARBAGE (can't connect to anything)- Ergonomics are terrible. You basically end up holding this thing by the lens 90% of the time.I had high hopes but I'm sticking with Canon. If you've read about how this doesn't have AA and produces sharp photos think again. Don't expect the results you'd get from a full frame camera. Do yourself a favor and spend an extra 200 bucks and get a full frame.Also, for anyone who is still going to buy this camera, mine was an open box item but sold as new. The hot shoe connector was scuffed, the plastic baggies were clearly re-taped together and the lcd screen smelled of some kind of scented hand sanitizer... just be extra careful of this.Hope I save some folks the heartache.1Best everyday carry camera everI make my living in photography and video... This is my new favorite camera and here's why. When you carry a camera with you, you take more photos. When you take more photos you improve your craft. When you can easily carry a camera with you it helps keep the passion of photography alive and well even when you also do it for work. This is the easiest camera I have owned in many years to carry with me that also produces images on par with my flagship cameras. I currently own 12 cameras that get used on a regular basis. This is my favorite one. What more can you ask for? Great low light, great resolution, AMAZING video capabilities, built in stabilization that will blow your mind, excellent dynamic range. Then add on crazy features that only Lumix can pull off like post focus and 4K photos... Stop hesitating, this is the camera you've been looking for.5Great IBIS and Lots of feature in a small package... with a few flaws mainly the Tiny Electronic ViewfinderFirst, I am a proud owner & professional Videographer who uses Panasonic gear as my primary tool for VIDEO imaging purposes (for pro photo, I have to use Canon alas - wish it was different.. though for everyday photo the GX85 is perfectly fine). I have owned pretty much all flavors of Lumix cameras from GH1, GH2, G6, G7, GH3, GH4 to the GX85. I was excited about the GX85 as a small camera tool to shoot videos on the go for my events without having to use extra gear (gorilla pod, etc) to film detail & movement shots quickly using the new 5-axis IBIS on the GX85 that no other Panasonic camera has. I was very intrigued and positively influenced by reviewers online to purchase this item for my work.After two events covered (full day weddings), I have to say that there is a lot to like about the GX85 and a few very annoying things to dislike as others have said. Panasonic tends to create many different variations of a camera these days with several big flaws in each so you have to buy them all it seems...The Cons:- The TINY electronic viewfinder is going to be the worse part of this camera. You can barely squeeze your eye into it and accurately use it when you shoot. I don't have big eyes either... After about 5-10mins of usage, my eyes hurt a lot because of the squinting I have to make when shooting with that EVF... And I've never had any issues with other Lumix cameras which I've used for hours non-stop, except the LX100 which I've borrowed in the past and is similarly flawed. I wished they had kept the GX7 type of eyepiece for the viewfinder for this supposedly GX7 mark II update that is the GX85. The resolution isn't bad, and I am not too worried about the ghosting / refresh rate if I can barely get my eyes to see through that EVF viewfinder which also lacks tilting compared to the GX7.- The battery life is not very good either... With the panasonic OEM battery, you can maybe squeeze 1h15min to 1h30 of recording because you have to rely heavily on the LCD display instead of the EVF... With non-Panasonic batteries, you get about the same depending on which one you buy, but you lose the knowledge of knowing exactly when the battery dies as these cheap batteries will display 2-bars and go suddenly to die after about 1h or 1h30 of usage.- LCD display lacks degree of movement... It can only tilt a little bit down or a little up to about 30 degrees... So it's useless for selfies or filming with LCD display flipped open like on a GX8, G7 or GH3/4- Lack of Microphone jack... The audio isn't bad but not nearly as good as a standalone shotgun mic... Plus you get the extra vibration sound from IBIS which can be annoying- SD card slot under the camera next to battery slot... Makes it hard to change cards when mounted on a tripod...- Lack of quick manual AF-S/AF-C/MF switching mechanism like on GX7 or GX8... You can program one of the FN button but it still prevents you from switching from AF to MF when you are recording... which is so crippling as often times you just want to switch on the fly between the AF-C and MF without having to stop recording video.The Pros:- 5-axis Stabilizer IBIS... Used in conjunction with the Panasonic lenses which have IS on lens... this makes it a very good camera for shooting video & stills without too much blur or shake... The videos are not smooth like when you use a gimball... but it definitely helps big time. I'd say it's on par with the Olympus IBIS such as that on EM5-Mark II... There are definitely some artifacts though still like jerk in motion... The supplied tiny 12-32mm lens (equivalent of 24 - 64mm Full frame) seems to do a very good job though working with the GX85 on camera IBIS to remove as much shake as possible. It's not perfect though and you will always get better movement shots with a gimbal or stabilizer. But on the go, it does a very good job filming with little shake when you don't have a tripod with you. It's not perfect though and does create some minimal vibration sound/feel to the body.- 4K and different 1080p video flavors. That's Panasonic's strength... Though it lacks in terms of higher bit rate that you can find on GH4 or GH3. Still the videos are good on this tiny camera- Lightweight / Can be carried in many places without being obtrusive. It's not tiny but small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. The benefits of Micro 4/3...- Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. The improved engine seems to give pretty good results even at ISO 3200 for video & photos. I'm glad it improved... Now let's hope we can actually shoot photos at ISO 6400... It's still not there for ISO higher than 3200... An improvement nevertheless compared to past recent LUMIX iterations.Overall... This is a very good addition to the LUMIX lineup mostly because of the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer Panasonic has finally been able to implement... You only wish Panasonic would actually create a camera that has all of its best features instead of always crippling each new addition with flaws that didn't have to be there... But it's their game these days... Let's hope the GH5 includes the IBIS on the GX85 which is a given, with improved clean & usable ISO6400 video & photo in low light, and I can happily get rid of all my Canon gear for both Photo & Video...4Very good camera for photos and videos. I have used this camera for couple of days only. I bought an open item on BestBuy since no one else had this camera in stock and i got 100 bucks off. This is my second Panasonic after LX100. I have OMD EM5, EM5 Mark II and i have owned EM1 too. I am not a professional photographer and i use m43 cameras to take good quality pictures and videos of my kids and family. I like m43 system due to size, amazing quality lens which are affordable. Also, i prefer a camera which can do both photos and videos.Here are the things i like about GX85 -1) One of the main reason i bought this camera is because it has 5 axis stabilization which works on 4k video. 5 axis stabilization was mainly offered by Olympus and recently by Sony. Once you are used to 5 axis stabilization, there is no turning back. It gives you the freedom of taking handheld sharp pictures in low light. Videos are not jittery and shaky.2) Speaking of videos, 5 axis stabilization works extremely well on 4k and even with Olympus primes. BTW, i mainly used prime lens so i didn't test the Panasonic dual stabilization. It came with a kit lens though i haven't tested the kit lens. Also, unlike Olympus focusing in video tends to go back and forth a lot, Panasonic keeps the focus in lock on the subject during video and when the focus shifts, it is very smooth. Videos are just better on panasonic and 4k video is sharp.3) Auto Focus for photos is way more accurate than EM5 Mark II. I have 2 daughters who don't like to stand still. Even with my olympus lens, it's ability to nail focus in motion is amazing. It makes using EVF way more fun. Somehow it knows where i want to focus and this rarely happened with EM5 Mark II using EVF unless i am using Single point focus. I used AFF with Face/eye tracking on GX85.4) EVF is good size and good quality. I think it is very functional EVF, granted there are bigger and better EVF. It is bigger and better than my LX100 and EM5 EVF. EM5 Mark II EVF is slightly bigger.5) Image quality is pretty awesome! it is similar to EM5 MarkII. I cannot test the RAW since lightroom doesn't support it, but the jpegs are excellent. Looks more saturated than LX100.6) It is a pretty looking camera.7) The camera is very responsive and doesn't feel sluggish. I like the menu system of Panasonic and Quick menu is awesome, similar to Olympus Super control panel.8) USB charging is nice feature. No need to take the battery out.Here are few things i wish GX85 had -1) Weather sealing. I have used my Olympus EM5 Mark II with 12-40 lens in the rain and snow. You don't have to worry about the camera.2) it is a bit heavy for a m43 cameras, i was expecting it to be lighter.3) i prefer SD card slot on the side than next to the battery. not a big deal.4) Needs a thumb grip, hopefully Panasonic or some third party will come with an external grip.Overall, i am very happy with this camera. I am thrilled that Panasonic finally added 5 axis stabilization. I highly recommend this camera. 5Best 4K camera for the price.While I can't say for sure that it's the best for the price (as I'm now very biased), this is at least a huge steal for the price. I'm been pleasantly surprised with the video and even photo quality from this little camera (and the silent shutter is awesome too, love using that). The IBIS is spot on when using any non-native, non-IS lenses. 4K video is EXCELLENT and it's been pairing nicely with my Sony A7rii camera.IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE: Mine came setup with PAL so I had only 25fps available. Get on Youtube and there's several guides to help you make the switch. I now get 4K at both 24p or 30p. NEXT, there's a way to UNLOCK D-CINE profile on this also with the help of Youtube. For $500 I don't think you'll get better than this! I would get another one in a heart beat.5M43 and Mirrorless Have Come a Long Way This review isn't about the technical aspects of the camera. This review is tailored towards the consumer who wants a small, compact and capable mirrorless camera that they could take everywhere with them. This review if for:- Someone who understands the importance of some really good food pics- Likes adventure and looking back at it through pics and videos- Explores around town and takes photos along the way- Has cute pets and likes cute pet pics- Has an eye for design and wants photos of cool spaces- Wants to travel light but not miss a photo momentBasically this is a review for the photographer/social media influencer/enthusiast who believes the best camera is the one they have on them.Just a couple housekeeping notes:* Before I continue, I have to put out a disclaimer and say that I was chosen as part of Panasonic and Lumix USA s campaign (#PanasonicAdvocate) to test this camera out and share my experiences with an unbiased and honest review. And that is exactly what I m going to do as these opinions are my own and I have literally been using this camera almost every day for over a month.** All images posted to this review are taken with the kit lens.I started out my mirrorless journey with the Panasonic GF1. It was a pioneer amongst the mirrorless cameras and to this day remains one of my favorite cameras to have used. Since then, I ve owned mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fujifilm and now Sony so it s kind of cool how this all came full circle when Panasonic approached me with the gx85.DISLIKESLet s get the things I dislike out of the way because they re not a deal breaker for me, they re simply just things I think can be improved upon. While I appreciate and have grown to love the tilt screen, I wish this camera flipped all the way up for selfies and group shots. Selfies aside, when I m traveling, this is super useful trying for getting quick self-portraits.This is also my first touch screen for a camera. While I love the option to quickly change my focal points with a touch of the screen, I find that when I put the camera up to my eye to compose a shot through the EVF, the touch focus point is so sensitive that it moves around like crazy.The camera is also a bit heavy for it s size. I read that people complained that it s predecessor seemed dinky in the hands and while they improved that with the gx85 feeling robust, in my opinion, it s a touch too heavy for such a compact m43 camera.On that same note, because the added weight is attributed to making the camera feel more robust, they really should have made this weather proof. It would cancel out any negative feelings one has towards this camera being slightly heavy for a small compact.High ISO = mehhh photo quality. There s not much to this point other then when you have a small sensor and you re pushing it s ISO, images tend to smudge up, noise builds and the clarity becomes lost. It s not horrible by any means and they ve come such a long way since the first m43 cameras, but larger sensor cameras will always have the edge when it comes to high ISO.LIKESIt s so cute/cool. Yea I said it. Whatever lol. I m big on how cameras look these days. I think the aesthetic of ones tools are a direct representation of ones style. For me, I love when cameras can embody a retro rangefinder look while still infusing some modern design elements without looking like the two are fighting against each other. When I think of retro and modern design friction, I think of some of the Olympus bodies. When I think of the perfect blend of retro and modern, I think of the Leica Q.The buttons and dials are all fantastic. So much so I rarely use any of the touch screen buttons to navigate around for settings and the camera interface and menus.The build quality is first rate. I know I said earlier it was a tad bit too heavy and while I stick with that statement, it really does feel good in the hands regardless.Start up time is instant. Something Sony really needs to take note on.I love the kit lens. It s so small but provides a good range and the quality is really good for what it is. It s also built well for a kit lens so the overall vibe of this combo still feels like a premium product.The image stabilization on this thing is BANANAS. My Sony A7RII also has 5-axis image stabilization, but the gx85 also takes advantage of lens I.S. created a Dual I.S. system. Video clips feel like they re taken with a gimbal (super amateur clips btw).I ll never buy a camera without Wi-Fi. Many times, I like to post photos instantly, especially when I m traveling. The Wi-Fi on the gx85 works great with the app and transfers images relatively fast. I ve yet to loose connection while transferring photos.And like many current mirrorless cameras, the autofocus is lightning fast.OVERALL IMPRESSIONSJust like with every other mirrorless camera out there, there are still some short comings. Most of which I didn t feel the need to mention because we ve heard it time and time before. The most notable for me being battery life. It makes sense though when you have a small battery trying to give life to an almost all electronic device (LCD, EVF, shutter, etc.).With those little gripes aside, I still do believe mirrorless is the future and this camera is just part of that journey.The Panasonic gx85 is a great, be-with-you-at-all-times camera. As you can see by the photos I ve posted, that s exactly what happened. The gx85 was with me at all times. It came with me to dinner, it came exploring in my Jeep and it came with me to hang out with some friends.Will I be using it for paid work? No, but that s because I have my Sony line of cameras to do that for me. Is it capable for paid work? Absolutely! Just ask any of the social influencers making a killing per post with an iPhone. 54K IBIS! No 29 min limit! Hooray!Let's start by talking about 4K. The GX85 shoots 4K at 100 Mb/s, the as GH4. The GX85 will shoot 4K as long as your battery and storage allow. For me, my 64GB filled up after 1 hr 29 min, but hey, the camera filled that card up, no questions asked (battery held up, almost). If you want to shoot video in 1080P or lower, shoot in AVCHD and you will have unlimited recording time. You can officially retire that camcorder for good.In my opinion, this camera is better than the GH4 for video. Even though the GH4 has more bitrates for 720P/1080P and some flat profiles, the fact is that the GX85 and GH4 have identical best image quality, but your handheld footage on the GX85 will look much better than on the GH4 because of its excellent IBIS. After repeated claims that IBIS is impossible in 4K because of overheating, two years later, Panasonic somehow combine IBIS and 4K in a tiny body that can continuously shoot an hour and a half without any signs of overheating. Heh. Good one, Panasonic.If you want to bypass internal codecs, you're in luck because this camera also has clean HDMI out for external recorders. In short, while the GH4 still has some "pro" features some "pros" might want, in practice, the GX85 is every bit the video shooter that the GH4 is, at basically half the price and with IBIS! Chew on that!Anyway, many of the other reviews cover what I would have covered anyway, which is that this is a beautiful camera that is a superb stills shooter, but I just wanted to address the video issue, too, since a lot of these points were not made in the press releases (probably to protect the GH4's reputation as a high end video shooter).Despite all this talk of video, I'm mainly a still shooter. Ever since receiving my GX85, I find that I simply cannot put it down. This is a gorgeous little camera. I initially started using MFT because of its balance of size and quality, but over time, I had been trending toward bigger cameras because they had the best features. However, a weird thing happened. I took my camera out less and less. When I got the GH4 to be the camera to end it all, I pretty much stopped taking my camera to social events completely because the GH4 just felt too formal. But ever since I received my GX85, I want this camera around me all the time! I love shooting pictures again.The image quality on this camera is easily the best I've ever seen in any Panasonic camera I've tried yet. There is no shutter shock. Thanks to the lack of an AA filter, improve shutter, and IBIS, I find that pictures are sharp to the last pixel! There is no softness whatsoever.Are there downsides? Yeah, small ones, but it seems like almost every downside has an upside. For instance, I prefer charging in an external charger so I can be charging a battery while using another one, but in-camera USB charging has a huge upside for keeping my camera bag light! I must say, though, the port cover for the HDMI/USB is kind of annoying to open, but hey, I'll get used to it. The tilt screen is a bit stiff and doesn't have huge freedom of movement, but on the other hand, it's super low profile and functional enough.Blah blah, I could go on and on, but a lot of people consider the GF1 to be the best MFT camera that Panasonic has ever made. To me, this camera, the GX85, is their best camera since the GF1. It's a camera that combines usability, stylish looks, superb stills performance, and 4K prowess. And it even comes with a pretty good kit zoom lens. It is excellent bang for the buck.As an aside, I feel bad for GX8 buyers. I wonder how many of them feel a bit bitter about the improved shutter and IBIS on the GX85, which is considerably cheaper than the GX8 ever was.5Great family camera, shutter issueBought this in the recent sale as our family camera and something to take on our trip overseas. I wanted something that was compact enough to carry in my jacket pocket but also gave me the option of putting on longer zooms to start capturing our daughter who is a bit camera shy. I was just tired of looking at blurry family pictures and wanted to start learning how to take better photos before our daughter got too old. It was loads of fun and really glad I picked it up.(updated - shutter issue)I wanted to highlight something odd I've experienced and recommend you check your camera when you first get it. I had only seen this mentioned here in one of the reviews so either no one else is reporting this or the the two of us are the only 'lucky' ones.I like to stay in burst mode since at any time I may switch from a landscape shot to a portrait one where i like to take a few pics just in case. occasionally the camera will take 2 shots at the single shutter press.It doesn't happen all the time and when it does happen, it stays that way for a few minutes then goes back to normal operation. This is not related to bracketing/etc. - i've taken about 3 weeks worth of photos so i feel that i'm somewhat comfortable handling the shutter button yet every once in a while it decides to double dip. i have not found a pattern yet.In single shot mode everything is great. it also happens in electronic shutter mode so i suspect it could be the shutter button. it's a little annoying but not enough yet to send it back to Panasonic and risk having it come back worse. For now I've simply added removing the few duplicates to my workflow.anyone else seeing this?(end of update)Some things to note:- the grip on the camera is rather small and the camera is a bit heavy. I like the weight but holding the camera with my large hands does end up stressing my fingers after a while. I feel like I have to dig into the camera body with my fingers for a firm grip. Try to grab it in person to make sure you're comfortable with it.- while you can recharge the battery in the camera via USB - came in really handy in our trip - you can not transfer data via USB and power the camera at the same time. Since it only uses USB 2, getting those large RAW files and 4k videos means more often than not your battery will run out before the transfer is done. this forces you to get the data directly out of the card.- it has a great touchscreen interface - you can take pictures by simply tapping the location on the screen - much like our smartphones. this means you can track your kids across the screen by moving your fingers and taking burst shots as they run around.- you can take a photo and then decide which parts of the photo you'd like to focus on. this is great when you're just starting to learn depth of field and the different focusing methods. it saved us a number of precious moments. will probably use this less as i get more proficient - but for now it's a great safety net.- as has been discussed, you can't really put this into auto focus on video and pay attention to your kids. you need to watch the camera and either help it focus once in a while or simply take over the focusing. we did lose a few video moments because i was watching the kids vs. the camera and it lost focus and never regained it.- the screen doesn't tilt up for group selfie pictures. not unusual for these and sony cameras but still a bit limiting when on the road and trying to do selfies. we ended up using our phones paired with the camera but still not as nice as having everyone looking at themselves on the camera.- the video audio is a bit weak. I knew this going in and frankly was expecting worse but it's still not as good as i'd like particularly when you see the great video quality that it produces.- those 4k videos are big. if you've only shot 1080p, make sure your PC, display and storage can handle it. I had problems playing the 4k footage on my surface pro during the trip - requiring me to downscale it to 1080p before being able to show it to folks. this was the i5 surface pro. the camera itself does an excellent job of playing 4k directly to a 1080p TV but that means you'll need to keep your videos on the camera and show unedited footage.So finally if you're looking for a fun family camera and something that you can learn photography on but still feel comfortable handing it to your significant other for those shots that a phone won't do, consider this. my only regret is not getting it sooner and losing out on our daughter's earlier adventures.-enjoy5Very nearly perfect small micro four thirds bodyNo camera is perfect, but for my purposes this very nearly is.I purchased this as an upgrade from an Olympus E-PL6. The first thing I noticed is the outstanding focusing system. It seems to get the focus razor-sharp far more often than my previous camera. Although the viewfinder is small I appreciate having one for the benefits of being able to track moving subjects better, stabilizing the camera and achieving critical focus with manual focus.The various 4K photo modes and video capability are welcome upgrades but they seem to consume the battery fairly quickly, so buy some spare batteries.The operational ergonomics of the camera became a MUCH quicker affair when I figured out how to set up the custom "Q menu" to my liking (same button as "Delete"). I also set up the FN1 button to be the "Focus Mode". Now that I have the camera set up the way I like it it's a joy to use. Also note that there is an "Advanced Owner's Manual" that is only available online on Panasonic's website that is well worth reading.The "standard" JPEG color profile gave me JPEG colors that I didn't care for. Use the "Natural" profile instead, set the Contrast to +1, Noise Reduction to -5 and Saturation to +2. In the Auto White Balance menu, set it to A:1 M:1.5Solid Camera with great featuresFor the current price, this is a great camera. I have owned a GF1/G1/GX1 and was interested in getting a newer body. The GX85 has exceeded my expectations. It has given new life into my Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lens by adding image stabilization that my other bodies did not offer. The camera is very responsive, and has a nice set of options for editing raw files in-camera if you are traveling. The 2 included kit lenses make a nice travel set, although I would still bring the 20mm with me for low light & small depth of field shots. I'll give a quick rundown of my pros and cons :Pros- Image stabilization for all lenses- Fast and accurate auto-focus.- Has a viewfinder...maybe not the best one around, but it works fine.- wifi for sending photos to phone- Quiet Mechanical Shutter / Silent Electronic Shutter- Full size strap lugs (works with Op/Tech straps)- Built in flash with ability to bounce- Great Raw Buffer (50 shots Raw, 41 Raw+jpeg)- Raw images can be processed by the last version of Lightroom 6.3 desktop.- Can charge through USB port.Cons-------- Even at low iso settings there is some noise in the images. This is not exclusive to this camera, but the sensor is not as good as the larger APS-C or full frame options.- Auto ISO - Not the best implementation of this feature... no way to set minimum shutter speed.- Microphone is pretty bad for shooting video... a shame since the video quality is very good.- Battery life is just ok. Does not come with a wall charger in the box.- All plastic construction and all black version looks a bit boring.In summary, this is a great camera for shooting stills and video where you don't care about the audio quality. It seems to have slipped under the radar of most enthusiasts because it lacks the flagship features (no audio jack, nothing special about viewfinder, not the highest megapixel count etc). The biggest selling points are the image stabilization, fast & accurate auto-focus, new shutter design and overall "responsiveness" of the camera.5May be the perfect compromise between quality and sizeThis is my 3rd m43 camera, replacing an Olympus e-pm2 which replaced an e-pm1. I should also point out that my main system is an APS-c based dslr.The primary reason for having a m43 system is size and the e-pm2 has served me well for a couple years. However, I still prefer to use VF. While I did sometimes use LV on my dslr, I prefer VF because it is more steady the way I hold a camera. So after using the e-pm2 for a couple years, I started looking for a m43 body with VF. Olympus bodies that have VF have the traditional slr look and are too big for traveling. I have been intrigued by Panasonic GX7 since introduction. After reading up on many reviews, GX85 appears to be a better deal than GX7. However, I never ordered a GX7 for a side-by-side comparison, I cannot really answer that question. The rest is a comparison between GX85 and e-pm2.GX85 is substantially heavier than e-pm2 and so is the size. I am not concerned about the weight increase as I am used to handling much heavier APS dslrs. The size is still acceptably small compared to my dslr. As a matter of fact, the increase in camera thickness makes it easier to hold, which I did not expect but that is pleasant surprise.The shutter vibration and sound are head and shoulder improved over e-pm2. There isn't much vibration even using the mechanical shutter. This is by far the best among all cameras I owned in the last 40 years. This really helps me to build confidence that I can rely on this camera for important shots. I never developed this confidence with e-pm2 except when it is on a tripod.I am slowly getting used to the user interface. The availability of the two control dials makes a huge difference. I have already assigned functions to them to make it more like my main dslr. Overall, I think the interface is reasonably well designed.Now on to the VF which is the main reason for getting this camera. It is poor compared to the optical VF on my dslr. There is visible lag that the back LV screen does not have. But I used it for framing and improved stability, it serves these two purposes well. Together with the improved shutter, this is a much better camera than e-pm2.While the IBIS is improved over e-pm2, I don't think it is as good as that of my dslr. The built-in flash is unlikely to be useful if you use anything else other than the 12-32 kit lens.I have not had a chance to use other functions and features. Comparing to my main 24 MP dslr, there is still a small but visible difference in IQ. Since I am using this camera as my travel camera, they serve different purposes. Given what I have tried so far, it is a very capable camera. It may be the perfect compromise between quality and size. I highly recommend it.5Huge disappointmentI was excited to get the GX85. Friends had the Lumix and loved it. My first disappointment was when the battery died after less than 1 day use. Less than 100 images, no flash, no special effects. I immediately ordered 2 more batteries. Later 2 batteries did not last a day. Then the LED screen did not display an image but the viewfinder still worked. Finally I could not download images from the camera to my laptop with the cable provided. I was able to put the memory card in my old Canon and saved the download. Needles to say I returned the camera and extra batteries. It took about a month for all these failures so I probably just got a lemon. Amazon was very prompt in refunding my purchase. Of course there are no black friday deals now to replace my hoped for upgrade.1
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