When on vacation the Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 – Best Compact Camera for Travel is a great choice, but we were really blown away by this Lumix camera.
The Lumix series has always had a simple, successful aim: Take as many advantages of DSLRs as possible, including interchangeable lenses, and shrink them down to a compact camera that’s easier to fit in a pocket and more affordable. Don’t let the callback to traditional cameras evident in the lines of the Lumix GX85 fool you: This is one of the most modern cameras you can buy, and one of the best point and shoot cameras (note: this camera offers an interchangeable lens, but we like it for the point and shoot like simplicity) we’ve seen, period.
In addition to switching out lenses, the GX85 sports a 16-megapixel sensor, a max ISO of 25,600 and the ability to record 4K video. The back of the camera features a 3-inch touchscreen that holds most of the controls for the camera. When you combine this with Panasonics new processor and the unique image stabilization for clearer pictures, you can see why this is one of the top digital cameras of 2016.
The autofocus system is also worth calling out, since it uses the Post Focus feature: This is an autofocus trick that uses 49 AF areas and allows you to choose which one to, well, focus on, by tapping the touchscreen after the shot. This allows you to snap a shot and then choose how the camera interprets it to get just the right look.
You can preorder the Lumix GX85 now, but the cameras won’t actually ship until the middle of May. The price is set at $800, and that includes the lens. It’s a very impressive number considering all the high-end features that this camera comes with, and is yet another reason to recommend this model highly. However, if you want to check out alternatives – always a good idea – head over to our reviews of the best point and shoot cameras for 2016 to get some extra clarity of your own.