Searching for a camera for filmmaking on a budget means finding a camera that’s robust in features and performs well; trading one for the other and quality suffers. The Panasonic G85 doesn’t hold its punches. Playing back your videos in 4K will change the way you view film, and at a reasonable price.
Why We Like It – Panasonic G85 Review
The Panasonic G85—also known as Lumix G80—is a fine example of a high end camera that performs well in the hands of experienced and novices alike; 4K video capture and 16 megapixels is icing on the cake.
Video recording is what the Panasonic Lumix DMC G85 does best; 4K UHD at 24/25 fps. And since movies tend to roll in 24fps, the Panasonic Lumix G85 is in good company. With such a high resolution and fantastic color recreation (in low light, too), the G85 offers image stabilization so your images and video are clear and focused. This is done with its Dual I.S. Mark II system, combining its 5-axis body and a dual-axis from the kit lens.
Image quality had a tough time matching video. Not to say that it’s bad, 16 megapixels still makes for a good camera, and even gets a boost in finer detail without a low pass filter, where APS C style cameras might use a bit of anti-aliasing. The Sony Alpha a6300,however, is much better in the image department.
There’s so much performance packed into such a compact camera which, thankfully, extends to the build quality. For starters, it’s front plate makes use of magnesium alloy for strength, with the entire body being weather sealed. The Panasonic G85 can take a beating, that’s for sure. For waterproofing, however, turn to the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
The G85 features two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the comfortable battery grip, which is easier to handle than the grip on the Fujifilm X-T30. Battery life on both will net you 320 shots a piece. It uses an electronic viewfinder, accompanied by a great 3-inch LCD screen. Using the menu system is a breeze and very new-user friendly; otherwise, altering post focus, picking shutter speed, shutter button, photo mode, and other shooting modes are all adequately spaced apart.
Panasonic cameras are always a joy to use, and always built with care and quality in mind. The Panasonic G85—with its 4K video resolution, 16 megapixels, and excellent autofocus system—we can say, for sure, it has superb value. This is especially true among other mid range mirrorless cameras. And to sweeten the deal, there’s a microphone port for a dedicated audio device.
The Panasonic G85 costs a pretty penny. So what if you’re on a very tight budget? We’d suggest the DJI Osmo Pocket. It’s 4K at 60fps and is great as a pinch hitter.
Panasonic G85 Review Wrap Up
While image quality was average, 4K UHD was what we wanted out of the Panasonic G85—and it delivered, then some. The MVP here has to be its image stability and autofocus system, handling any noticeable shakes of the camera. And it’s a tough camera with weather sealing and magnesium alloy.
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