Panasonic G85 camera sets new value for money standard

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Panasonic G85 camera sets new value for money standard

Panasonic has unveiled G85, a weathersealed mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that shoots 4K videos.

Plenty of announcements have come from Panasonic’s booth at Photokina 2016. Here is the Panasonic G85 camera, which will be referred to as G80 in some markets. The pair is identical and will replace the G7, which is part of the company’s SLR-like series of shooters.

This is a greatly-specced mirrorless camera that will certainly be appealing to enthusiast photographers and videographers. Alongside its specifications, the release date and price information of the G85 have been confirmed by Panasonic. Here is what you need to know about it!

Panasonic G85 / G80 replaces G7 with new shutter and improved image stabilization technology

Panasonic G85 is a mirrorless camera with a 16-megapixel image sensor that does not have an optical low-pass filter. A Venus Engine powers the shooter, which is capable of handling videos at 4K resolution with a maximum frame rate of 30fps.

Panasonic G85 front
Panasonic G85 employs a 4K-ready 16MP AA-less filter and a new, improved shutter mechanism.

One of the key features of the device is said to be the new 5-axis Dual IS 2 system. There is a gyroscopic sensor that is the base of the 2-axis Optical Image Stabilizer and 5-axis Body Image Stabilizer combination. Together they cut down camera shakes, resulting in blur-free photos and videos.

Moreover, a new shutter and a front panel made out of magnesium are available in the camera. This way, shutter shocks are reduced by up to 90% and blur will be a distant memory.

As usual, users will have the possibility to extract 4K stills from 4K movies thanks to the 4K Photo mode. As for the Contrast AF technology, it supports Depth from Defocus, making autofocusing quicker and more precise.

This is a weathersealed camera whose quality/price ratio will be almost impossible to beat

The specifications list continues with a 9fps burst mode, 25,600 maximum ISO sensitivity, 3-inch articulated LCD touchscreen, built-in electronic viewfinder (that is bigger than the one of its predecessor), and an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/16000th of a second.

Panasonic G85 back
The specs list of the Panasonic G85 is even more impressive when you find out that it costs a little under $900.

Believe it or not, this is a weathersealed camera. As a result, you will be able to take it outside in harsh conditions when using it in combination with a weathersealed lens. This feature is a novelty of the G-series.

Other improvements are the Focus and Aperture Brackets. They are joining the Exposure and White Balance Brackets. Moreover, a power-saving option is available and it should improve the battery life up to 800 shots on a single charge.

In-body RAW development, WiFi, time-lapse photography, and stop-motion animation are just a few names in a long series of features. At $899.99, the Panasonic G85 will surely become a best-selling camera as soon as it gets released by the end of this year.

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