Announcement: Panasonic GX85 Camera


Panasonic has just made its rangefinder style more affordable, with the Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera. This compact camera packs a 16MP Live MOS sensor that omits the optical low-pass filter for high-resolution image capture and sharp UHD 4K video recording. This system provides 4K Photo capabilities, so users can quickly and easily pull stills from the 8MP video feed. Also, Dual I.S. technology is packed into the compact body, which uses a magnetic 5-axis in-body stabilizer with compatible lenses for maximum stability.

A major highlight of this camera is its retro body design. The rangefinder aesthetic makes the camera system very small compared to other systems and it comes equipped with a 2.76m-dot 0.7x electronic viewfinder in the upper right corner for natural eye-level composition. The GX85 also features a rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD for intuitive control over focus points and other settings. Besides this, there are a variety of buttons and dials for tactile control during shooting.

In terms of features, the GX85 is fully loaded. It can capture high-resolution 16MP raw images at up to 10 fps and at sensitivities up to ISO 25600. Benefitting imaging is a Depth-From-Defocus autofocus system that can quickly calculate subject distance to find focus more accurately and quickly. Dual Image Stabilization will then make sure images are sharp by compensating for camera shake.

Video has always been a major feature of Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras, and the GX85 is no exception, with UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps. 4K video is recorded at a rate of 100 Mbps in the MP4 format for excellent detail. Full HD at up to 60 fps is also available and a built-in stereo mic will capture clean sound. 4K video proves for multiple 4K Photo modes where there are multiple options to choose from for your situation.

This camera will be available in black and silver in a kit with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Lens.

Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera 
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor Live MOS (17.3 x 13.0mm)
Effective Pixels 16.00 MP
Total Pixels 16.84 MP
Maximum Resolution 4592 x 3448
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Still Image File Format RAW, JPEG, MPO
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
Viewfinder Type 2,764k-dot LCD Live View Finder
Frame Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x (35mm equivalent)
Eyepoint 17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0
Shutter Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Still Images: 1/4000-60 seconds, 2 minutes (Bulb)
Motion Picture: 1/16000-1/25 second
Electronic Shutter: 1/16000-1 second
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 second
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 10 fps at  full resolutio n
Self-Timer 10, 2 sec.
Exposure Metering System 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Metering Method Multi, Center-Weighted, Spot
Metering Range 0 to 18 EV
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV step, Max ±3 EV, single/burst
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 200-25600 (Extended: ISO 100-25600)
Autofocus System Contrast AF
Number of Focus Points 49
Focus Modes AFS (Single), AFF (Flexible), AFC (Continuos), Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to 18 EV
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Control TTL
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Flash Synchronization 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain
External Flash Interface Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, 3, 4, Color Temperature Setting
White Balance Bracketing 3 exposures
Movie Recording 3840 x 2160: 30p, 24p (100 Mbps)
1920 x 1080: 60p (28 Mbps), 30p (24, 20 Mbps), 60i (17 Mbps), 24p (24 Mbps)
1280 x 720: 30p (10 Mbps)
640 x 480: 30p (4 Mbps)
File Format AVCHD, MP4
Audio Recording Yes, built-in stereo mic
Audio File Format AVCHD: Dolby Digital 2 ch.
MP4: AAC 2 ch.
External Microphone Input N/A
Headphone Jack N/A
Maximum Recording Time 29 min., 59 sec.
Monitor 3.0" 1,040k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
Interface USB 2.0 Multi
Micro HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi Yes
Power Source 1 x Li-ion battery pack (7.2 V, 1025 mAh, 7.4 Wh)
Battery Life Rear Monitor: 290 images
LVF: 270 images
Operating Environment Temperature: 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Humidity: 10-80% relative
Dimensions 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.7" / 122 x 71 x 44mm
Weight 0.9 lb / 426 g with SD card and battery


Does this camera allow for a extender to attach a filter?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a mirrorless camera that uses interchangeable lenses with the micro four thirds mount.  Majority of the lenses compatible with this camera would have a standard filter thread, so wouldn’t need any sort of extra accessory in order to use a filter.  That being said, the 12-32mm lens that comes in a kit with the camera has a 37mm filter thread, so can use standard 37mm filters.

Where is the 2.5mm jack for the external microphone on this camera? I can't find it, but it's mentioned in the specs.

Hi Scott,

Our apologies for the confusion. This was an error and has been corrected. There is no mic jack on this camera.

can you use nikon lenses with some kind of adapter. thanks

Hi Paul,

Yes you can, though you will lose electronic functions such as aperture control, autofocus, auto exposure, and Exif data. A simple adapter that will mount the lens easily is this option from Vello. Other options called Speed Boosters and Lens Turbo can also provide increased image quality with more shallow depth of field and larger apertures.