Panasonic debuted its new mirrorless camera system today, the GX85. It’s the little brother to the GX8, complete with much of the features that users loved in its predecessor, as well as a brand new 16MP sensor and upgraded 5-axis Dual I.S. stabilization.

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The 5-axis dual image stabilizer combines the optical image stabilizer (2-axis) and a body image stabilizer (3-axis) in order to achieve a more powerful way to compensate for motion.  The I.S. will work in both photo and video modes and will work with most of Panasonic’s line of interchangeable lenses.

The new 16-megapixel live MOS sensor comes without a low pass filter and features Panasonic’s new Venus Engine technology. This will allow the new GX85 to capture images with greater sharpness, contrast and color reproduction. In fact, removing the low pass filter alone allows the GX85 to resolve about 10% more fine detail than Panasonic’s previous 16-magapixel sensors.

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Of course, it also wouldn’t be a modern Panasonic camera release without the inclusion of 4K video recording. The GX85 can record high-resolution 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p or 24p in addition to 1,920 x 1,080 60p videos with practical full-time AF.

Panasonic has  also included their DFD auto-focus technology to give this little unit some impressive AF capability. According to the press release the GX85 can acquire focus as fast as 0.07 seconds.

Key GX85 features include

  • 4K video and 4K photo screen capture
  • 4K live-cropping
  • 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor
  • Contrast AF system with Panasonic’s DFD Technology, which can achieve an autofocus speed up to 0.07 seconds
  • Multiple AF functions
  • Max of 8 fps
  • Live View Finder with 2764k-dot equivalent resolution with the ability to tilt the screen 3.0-inch LED screen 80 degrees up or 40 degrees down

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The camera also includes other extra features such as:

  • Filter options for its P/A/S/M modes
  • Monochrome mode
  • Silent mode
  • Wi-Fi
  • In-Camera raw development
  • Multiple exposure
  • Time lapse/Stop motion

The camera definitely has the features that most photographers, professional and amateurs, are looking for;  4K video, fast AF and the ability to change lenses.  However, the image stabilization is what we believe will separate itself from others in its class. With the improved I.S., we can definitely see this camera being used as preferred daily vlogging camera as well as a personal camera for photographers.

The Lumix GX85 is expected to start shipping at the end of May and will be priced at $799.99.  The camera will be available in either black or silver and will include a 12mm-32mm kit lens.