Meet Panasonic’s affordable new 4K mirrorless camera, the Micro Four Thirds Lumix GX85
Stephan Jukic – April 05, 2016
The popularity of Micro Four Thirds cameras is growing heavily as part of a wider trend in the popularity of mirrorless shooters and 4K models in particular, which dominate the compact ultra HD camera market today.
These highly portable, tough and remarkably small but powerful shooters are popular specifically for these reasons and for the simple fact that they’re much easier to deal with than their DSLR cousins.
Panasonic has been a consistent leader in this particular market niche, along with rival Sony and their 4K shooters are some of the best 4K mirrorless models on the current market, with attractive prices to boot.
Now, the latest addition to the family, the new Panasonic Lumix GX85 is quite possibly one of the most affordable 4K shooters to come along in recent months, with a retail price of just $800, which includes 4K video recording, high resolution photography and a removable lens, along with one bundled lens thrown in for good measure.
The GX85 mixes a blend of robust features and compact size that are in many ways similar to 4K cousins from the same brand, like the Lumix GX8 and the somewhat bulkier Lumix G7KS. However, this new shooter is also distinctly its own device, featuring an especially compact body that’s less than a couple inches thick and not even five inches wide. Furthermore, the camera’s weight fills out at roughly one pound.
Despite this small size, the new Lumix GX85 offers the most powerful image stabilization system yet put into a Lumix camera, offering a five-axis in-body stabilization system that delivers image steadying power of a type comparable to that found in much pricier cameras.
The new GX85 also delivers on some truly great photo and video chops as well, with a 16 megapixel photo sensor, the ability to record 4K UHD video at 30 and 24 frames per second and the also cool feature of still shot extraction from sequences of captured 4K footage. This feature can be enabled in the “4K Burst” mode, which allows for recording of 30 images per second at an 8 megapixel native resolution, with a buffering feature allowing for 30 more 4K still frames before and after a shot is captured. The camera also comes with 4K cropping for the extraction of HD video from any 4K UHD recording. Furthermore, zoom and pan-and-scan effects can be added within the camera.
Even more interestingly, the Panasonic Lumix GX85 also comes with focus bracketing technology for selecting focal points for images even after they’ve been captured. These can be selected on the cameras adjustable 3-inch touchscreen, which is settled in close to the GX85’s digital viewfinder.
Last of all, the Lumix GX85 might be of interest to fans of decent low light shooting ability in their mirrorless camera, with an ISO range of 100-25,600 and the ability to shoot in RAW and RAW+JPEG modes.
Panasonic is releasing the new Lumix GX85 in late May, with a price of roughly $800, which includes a 24-64mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.
Story by 4k.com