The Panasonic G85 is a mirrorless camera that’s as rugged as it is advanced. The G85 (not to be confused with the GX85) sports a 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensor on the inside and a splashproof body on the outside.
While the camera’s sensor is good for both 16 megapixel stills and 4K video, the camera also uses a gyro sensor on the inside to minimize camera shake. This new stabilization system combines a five axis body stabilization system with a two axis lens system for up to five stops of stabilization.
Panasonic is known for 4K video and that’s included here as well at 30 fps (Panasonic has also announced that they are currently developing at 60 fps 4K mirrorless, the GH5, but there’s no release date yet). That 4K video capability introduces a number of still photo possibilities, however, including the ability to pull stills from the footage, which is equivalent to shooting a 30 fps burst. The 4K video mode is also essential for Panasonic’s Post Focus mode, which uses the high resolution video to create a still photo that can be focused later, like a light field camera. Macro shooters will likely find the built-in focus stacking feature also pretty handy.
Panasonic says the new Depth From Defocus autofocus system also makes quick work of capturing sharp shots. That’s also paired with a 7 fps burst mode, 9 fps if the focus is locked at the first frame.
On the outside, the G85 is weather sealed to withstand dust and splashes, though not complete submersion. The camera is also equipped with an electronic viewfinder as well as a tilting LCD screen.
Competitively priced at $1,000 with a kit lens, the Panasonic G85 looks to be a solid competitor in the category, especially for video and macro work. The similarly named GX85 has several features in common, but without the weather sealing and not quite as much stabilization. The Fujifilm X-E2S also doesn’t have the same stabilization or 4K, but packs a larger sensor at a similar price point. The Sony a6300 comes in at a slightly higher price point, but with a faster burst mode while still maintaining the 4K and weather-sealing. Panasonic mirrorless cameras have a few intriguing features like the 4K and refocusing mode, and the weather-sealed G85 looks like a good option for adventurous shooters.