Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Swivel LCD Touchscreen
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • DFD AF System, 4K PHOTO Modes
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.
  • ISO 25600 and 10 fps Shooting with AF-S
  • Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
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Panasonic DMC-G85 Overview

  • 1Description

Designed for video and stills shooters alike, the Lumix DMC-G85 from Panasonic is a versatile Micro Four Thirds camera characterized by its quick performance, flexible photo capabilities, and UHD 4K video recording. Using a 16MP MOS sensor, this mirrorless camera has a sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions, and also affords quick shooting speeds up to 10 fps with single-shot autofocus, or 6 fps with continuous autofocus, as well as up to 40 fps when using an electronic shutter function and 30 fps at 8MP with 4K PHOTO Modes. Benefitting working in difficult lighting conditions, 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization can be used to dramatically reduce the appearance of camera shake, and this IS system pairs with select lens' image stabilization systems for Dual I.S.

Complementing the imaging attributes, the camera also incorporates both a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder as well as a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, which has a free-angle design to better enable working from high and low angles. Built-in Wi-Fi is also integrated into the design, which facilitates wireless image transferring and remote camera control from linked smartphones or tablets. Additionally, the body construction is weather-sealed to guard against dust and moisture for working in inclement weather conditions.

Included with the camera body is the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S., which is a standard zoom lens that provides a 24-120mm equivalent focal length range. Its optical design incorporates three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range. POWER O.I.S. is also featured to minimize the appearance of camera shake, and works in conjunction with the camera's sensor-shift IS for more effective shake correction.

16MP Live MOS Sensor
Using a 16MP Live MOS sensor, the G85 is capable of capturing clear, high-resolution stills as well as UHD 4K video. The sensor's design omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve a high degree of sharpness and resolution, and its design also affords a sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. Additionally, fast shooting performance is also afforded, with the ability to shoot at up to 40 fps with an electronic shutter function, 30 fps at 8MP using the 4K PHOTO Modes, 10 fps with AF-S and an electronic shutter, or 9 fps using a mechanical shutter with AF-S.
UHD 4K Video Recording
In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the G85 also supports recording UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100 Mbps. Full HD 1080p/60 is also supported at 28 Mbps in the MP4 format, along with HD recording and Full HD in AVCHD. A built-in stereo microphone can be used during recordings, and features an integrated wind-cut filter for cleaner audio quality when shooting outdoors, or an optional external mic can be used via the 3.5mm jack.
4K PHOTO Modes
Utilizing the 4K video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:
  • 4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8MP images at 30 fps for up to 29 min. 59 sec, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • 4K Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • 4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame.
Dual Image Stabilization
Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, Dual I.S. combines the G85's 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery. Dual I.S. requires the use of compatible Lumix lenses featuring O.I.S.
Depth-From-Defocus AF Technology
For accelerated autofocus performance, DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position in order to suit working with continuous shooting rates up to 6 fps with continuous AF. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications where subject color, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto the moving subjects and ensure precise focus. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • An integrated 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder offers a bright, clear eye-level means for composing images, and features a 0.74x effective magnification.
  • A larger means for image composition and playback, the 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear LCD monitor has a free-angle design to support viewing from a variety of angles. It is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive menu navigation and settings control.
  • The camera body features a durable weather-sealed construction that renders it both dust- and splash-proof for use in trying environmental conditions.
  • Ten programmable function buttons can be used to control a wide variety of settings and tools.
  • The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated to provide approximately 330 shots per charge when working with the rear LCD, 320 shots with the EVF, or 800 shots with the Power Saver LVF mode.
  • A built-in pop-up flash is available to provide additional illumination when working in low-light conditions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets.
Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
Included with the camera body is this versatile 24-120mm equivalent wide-to-tele zoom, which is well-suited to a variety of shooting applications. This POWER O.I.S. system pairs with the camera's sensor-shift IS system, using Dual I.S., for effective control of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. The lens also utilizes a trio of aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to minimize spherical and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness.
Other Camera Features
  • A variety of bracketing modes can be used for shutter speed, aperture, and white balance settings. Focus bracketing is also possible, for up to 999 images with focus steps set in 5 levels, for focus stacking applications.
  • Creative Control modes allow you to apply a unique look to imagery in-camera, and include Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
  • Photo Styles can be used to impart a distinct quality into either stills or videos, and include Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, L. Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, Cinelike V.
  • A Silent Mode can be used to mute camera noises for more discreet shooting in sound-sensitive environments.
UPC: 885170294646
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens
  • Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Body Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-G85 Specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 16.84 Megapixel
    Effective: 16 Megapixel
    Maximum Resolution 4592 x 3448
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type MOS
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13 mm
    Image File Format JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 25600 (Extended: 100 to 25600)
    Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
    1/4000 to 60 Seconds 
    0 to 2 Minutes in Bulb Mode 
    Electronic Shutter
    1/16000 to 1 Second 
    Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/2000 to 60 Seconds 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multiple, Spot
    Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
    Metering Range 0 to 18 EV
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
    Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 16 MP
    Up to 6 fps at 16 MP
    Up to 40 fps at 16 MP
    Up to 10 fps at 16 MP
    Up to 30 fps at 8 MP
    Interval Recording Yes
    Self Timer 2/10-Second Delay
    Recording Modes MP4/H.264
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24p/29.97p [100 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p [20 Mb/s] 
    HD (1280 x 720) at 29.97p [10 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24p/29.97p [24 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94i [17 Mb/s] 
    External Recording Modes 4:2:2 8-Bit
    Recording Limit None
    Video Encoding NTSC
    Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
    External Microphone Input
    Audio File Format AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
    Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49
    Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to +18 EV
    Viewfinder and Monitor
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Eye Point 20 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.74x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
    Monitor Size 3"
    Monitor Type Articulating Touchscreen LCD
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Guide Number 29.53' / 9 m at ISO 200
    Maximum Sync Speed 1/160 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Connectivity 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
    Wireless Wi-Fi
    GPS None
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 10 to 80%
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9" / 128.4 x 89.0 x 74.3 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
    Weight 1.11 lb / 505 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 12 to 60mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 120mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/3.5 to 5.6
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Angle of View 84.05 to 20.44
    Maximum Magnification 0.27x
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.60 x 2.80" / 66 x 71 mm
    Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.9 x 5.1"

    Panasonic DMC-G85 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 78.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome addition to my gear!!! So far this has done an awesome job on pics!!! I got this camera as my first mirrorless and I am not disappointed. I have not tried to record with it yet so I am not sure of the jitter issues I heard can happen with focus tracking. Panasonic did release a firmware update on 11/16 to correct. The menus are easy to work with and customization is fantastic. There are 2 custom settings on the main drive dial and the second one will allow for 3 setting. That's 4 total settings to switch too. I am looking forward to working with this camera and combining it with my Nikon d7200 lense with the 4/3 to F mount adaptor. This camera is making for a nice combo with the D7200.
    Date published: 2016-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome APO shipment and Product B&H, I have to say that you earned my trust for overseas delivery. I am deployed currently in the Middle East and the camera + rode mic came well packed and right under two weeks. B&H took very good care to package the equipment and thanks for that. Due to some dumb lithium battery regulation for shipping overseas, B&H was nice enough to install the battery into the camera so that it met the safety regulation for the post office. Just note, it is easier to call B&H to have this done since there seems to be an error when trying to check out over the web. Wish there was an option for that without having to call. Other than that, great service and product!
    Date published: 2017-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many Improvements The G85 compared to the G1 & G5 is a larger more robust camera with better build quality and over 40 new or upgraded features. Many of these new features are complex and will require an extended learning curve with many visits to the advanced manual. The video button remains recessed and is difficult to locate by touch. On off for it would be an excellent feature to be able to add to the Quick menu. My grip still presses the Display button when it is not desired. Yours may not. Overall a step up with welcome improvements vs The G1 & G5. Well done Panasonic. Down load & read the advanced manual If you are considering it as your next camera.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good - not perfect I am a wedding and event videographer, with a GH4 already in the arsenal as well as several other video cameras. We purchased the G85 to upgrade the equipment of our 2nd shooter, so we rely on it for such things as groom's preps and second camera for photo sessions and ceremony. It excels at just about everything we try use it for in good light, however, during receptions, when the lighting comes down, even with onboard lighting, the autofocus becomes absolutely useless. In darker situations, we find it works best focusing manually, and zoomed out to the max. Overall - considering the reasonable price, for us it was a definite upgrade.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gran camara todo terreno Una cmara todo terreno, esta es la mejor definicion para la G85. Las imagenes son vividas y nitidas, con un color agradable, La estabilizacion es excelente, incluso con lentes Olympus. No he tenido ningun tipo de problema con la estabilizacion en video. El 12-60 que viene con la camara, es un zoom muy bueno para su precio, A prueba de agua y polvo, con pantalla totalmente articulada, excelente calidad de imagen en Jpg. Filmacion 4k, e infinidad de modos de personalizacion. Recomiendo para quien busque una camara de excelentes prestaciones a un precio razonable.
    Date published: 2016-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic camera Don't be put off that it's "only" 16MP.? The lack of AA filter plus improved processing means the photos look as good or better than 20MP cameras.? It's lightweight and feels great in the hand. I tried the G9 and it just felt too big and uncomfortable, so I decided to stay with the G85.? The image stabilization is incredible, especially with those Panasonic lenses compatible with Dual IS II.? I was very pleasantly surprised with the high ISO performance as well, getting clean photos up to ISO 6400.? Even though it is contrast detect AF, Panasonic's DFD AF system works amazingly well, even in low light.? Honestly, it's the fastest and surest autofocus I've ever used (and I've been a photographer for 40+ years).? Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2018-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly great camera First I am having no IBIS problems, and have done two hours of walking and panning tests with the kit lens, the 12-35, and the 7-14 all with stellar results. You will notice about a second at the beginning and end of some sweeping pans when the IBIS is not engaged fully, but this lasts only an instant. Facial recognition is great for video, except in dim lighting and then it is good. I also have a GX85, a GH4, and this is a replacement for a GX7. Thus far this is my favorite 4/3 camera,
    Date published: 2016-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Value for 4k video on the market! I got this camera to replace my second gh4 because we shoot a lot of handheld videos. This is hands down the. Eat value as of today for 4k video shooters. The 4k is sharp and clean and very detailed. It's better in low light than my gh4 and we have got so many great shots because of the IBIS. The IBIS hands down spanks our Sony a6500 and they are not even in same ball park in this category. This is a great camera that takes nice stills and amazing video!
    Date published: 2016-12-17
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    1) unlimited 4k video recording or 30min2) crop in 4k video?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Page 29 of the camera's instruction manual states that you can continue recording without interruption, but motion picture files will be recorded and played back in separate files in the following cases:- When using an SDHC memory card: if the file exceeds 4 GB.- When using an SDXC memory card: if the continuous recording time exceeds 3 hours and 4 minutes or if the file exceeds 96GB. In either case, the maximum available continuous recording time is displayed on the screen.Information on 4K Live Cropping is listed on pages 169-171 of the camera's instruction manual (link included below).https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2019-04-16


    Does this have hdmi output live view while recording to sd card?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This will do live HDMI output while recording to an SD card.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this the best lumix for in camera Focus stacking?
    Asked by: Grant
    Of the Panasonic Lumix cameras, we would prefer to use the DMC-G85 yes. More features, more control, better form factor and build quality.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    hdmi output while recording 4K video in SD card?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the g85 has full 4k output via HDMI while recording to the memory card.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this camera made in Japan?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Camera is made and assembled in China.
    Answered by: Roger G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is there a headphone jack or some other way of monitoring audio recording and playback through headphones?
    Asked by: Tony
    There are a few microphones that have headphone jack for monitoring. See Shure VP83S for $300.
    Answered by: Roger G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    am only able to use the widest (10mm) setting on canon 10-18mm kens attached to G85 with Vello adaptor, no focus capability. anyone have any experience using wide angle (any brand). i use aperture pref. and man focus. are any zoom lenses usable with these adaptors w MFT cams?
    Asked by: Norman
    Vello makes two adapters. If you are using the Vello Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Auto Lens Adapter B&H # VELAEMFTCEFA, it would offer autofocus but only selected lenses. In terms of only being able to use the lens at it's widest focal length, you may want to contact Vello directly for further assistance by calling 212-594-2120.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    How many times release does the G85 shutter unit is durable?(The GH5 & G9 showed : The shutter unit is durable for approx. 200,000 times release . Thanks.
    Asked by: lan
    Normally manufacturers do not list such numbers for there are warranty issues. I would imagine for this consumer camera, 100,000 to 125,000 would be a reasonable number.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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