Imaging Resource Confirms Lumix G85 Huge Bang for the Buck

Posted Apr. 14th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

Imaging Resource Confirms Lumix G85 Huge Bang for the Buck

I wrote a post a few weeks back about how impressed I was with the Lumix G85. You can read it here at Panasonic LUMIX G85 Shooting Experience Huge Bang For The Buck. There were a fair number of naysayers, which were part of five pages of responses, over on the DPReview MFT forum which is unfortunately typical. But Imaging Resource just posted their review of the G85, and they seem to agree with my thoughts about this camera giving you a lot of value and technology for the money.

The Lumix G85 with 12mm-60mm kit lens has been under the radar since its release. That’s starting to change.

For those looking for a great camera in an affordable, lightweight, weather-sealed, and easy to use package, this may be the camera for you. I know I love the two I have.

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  1. John RentonOn Apr. 24th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    As the icing sugar on the cake, DXO have just added their raw conversion module for this body to OpticsPro 11.
    As Daniel will verify, its noise reduction algorithm is about the best currently available, although I’m finding the the noise at ISO 3200 from the G80/85 is fine grained and manageable.
    Also, the jpegs can be pushed around quite a bit before they begin to break.
    I’ve spent far too much on m43 bodies over the years but I think Panasonic have finally nailed it with this one, my only criticism being that the shutter button is too sensitive (cured by back button focus) and the rear buttons aren’t that easy to find and operate with your eye to the EVF.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 27th, 2017 (4 weeks ago)

      Could not of said all of the above any better John. Thaks for input.

    • Louis BerjOn May. 5th, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

      I’m using the smaller brother, the GX80 for macro photography along with a 45/2.8 Elmarit and I have noticed improved sharpness and lower noise at iso1000-1250. It makes a great combination and I’d expect the G80 to produce the same results.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 5th, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Louis. Appreciate your comments.

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    Joel KleinerOn Apr. 18th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    Thank you all, interesting reports and results.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 18th, 2017 (1 month ago)

      Thaks for dropping by Joel. See you soon in Namibia.

  3. Bill ShanneyOn Apr. 18th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    I brought the G85 with the new 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens on an 18 day Australia and New Zealand trip in March. I was more than pleased with the results. It did everything I asked well, including my favorite 4K stills modes and movies. I was never much of a movie shooter until I recently got more serious about shooting Panasonic M4/3.
    I still pick up my GX85 whenever I’m traveling light and always have a GX7 IR conversion in my bag. Thanks for your G85 review.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 18th, 2017 (1 month ago)

      Thaks for stopping by to add your comments Bill.

  4. Marko KoskenojaOn Apr. 16th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    I bought the G85 with the 12-60 kit lens based on your review and David Thorpe’s. I love the camera so much that I bring it along on my daily hikes, snowshoes or ski trips with my dog.

    I use to bring my Sony RX100 mk3 but I find the G85 much more usable with it clipped on my backpack strap with Peak Designs Capture.

    Now I need to buy the new Panasonic 100-300mm II lens to bring the wildlife closer.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 16th, 2017 (1 month ago)

      Thanks for your input Marko. I’m not surprised by your comment that the G85 is “much more useable”. Panasonic is the leader in ease of use among all cameras I’ve tried. Not sure why, but seem to have a great team designing user interface and ergonomics. They aren’t always perfect but they’re most often better than the competition.

      Regarding the new 100-300mm lens. I predict you will be very, very pleased. I’ve been shooting one the past three weeks, doing lots of tests and the new 100-300mm version ll is a major improvement over the old design. Especially for fast auto focus and much smoother zoom. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Ann BaldwinOn May. 1st, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

      I am a bird photographer. My favorite camera is the G85. I use it with the Panasonic new 100-300mm lens or, if I don’t have to hike too far, the 100-400mm lens. I get some wonderful shots of birds in flight. If I am shooting beside pros with huge cameras and lenses, they dismiss me as a little old lady with a mediocre set-up. Not so!! I also have a Sony RX10iii, which is great for JPEGS straight out of the camera, but noise levels are high above ISO800. I have been using Panasonic mirrorless cameras for stills and video for the past decade. Love them, though why I sold my GH4 I’ll never know, and I’m trying not to lust after the GH5.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 1st, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

      Ann, those of us on the cutting edge are always dismissed as not knowing what we’re doing. I’ve been 3-5 years ahead all my competitors my entire career. You have to know your needs and few of those shooting the monster lenses and full frame bodies have ever asked themselves why they need such expensive, heavy, archaic equipment. You’re on the right track young lady and don’t let anyone suggest otherwise. Keep up the good work and the faith.

  5. Dennis LindenOn Apr. 14th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    It’s hard to be the middle child between the GH5 and the GX85, but this camera is actually an astonishing prospect. Far more rugged than my GX, it would give me some confidence in bad weather, and I can buy 2 for the price of a single GH5. There is another fellow i follow that also likes the G85 over the GH5 or OMD1ii,

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend, wherever you are.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 14th, 2017 (1 month ago)

      I’m actually an equal fan of both cameras Dennis. The GH5 just has a bit more fire power and a bit better AF. Both are in my camera bag. Thanks for join gin the conversation.

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