Panasonic Lumix G85 / G80 review

Launched in 2016, this Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera has survived well - but today it is the price that appeals most

Panasonic G80
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G85 (aka the G80) was launched back in 2016 - and our review dates back from when this camera was first launched. But that is a long time ago in mirrorless camera terms. So it is perhaps a bit of a surprise that it is still on sale. Back then we commended the camera for its creative and functional features, plus several of its innovations – but still said it felt a step back in terms of its design. That traditional design now becomes a benefit - offering a fully-articulated screen, as well as a high-resolution eyelevel viewfinder - features that you might otherwise not find at this price. As such, despite it showing its age in places - this has become an attractive budget beginner's camera.


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    Five-axis in-body image stabilization

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    Upto 120mins of continuous video recording

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    Articulating screen AND an eyelevel viewfinder

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    Weather sealing


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    Older 16-megapixel sensor

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    Dials and buttons are easy to knock out of place

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With nearly 25 offerings in the Lumix G-series range of cameras, Panasonic’s latest addition, the G85 (also known as the G80 in the UK and Europe) slots in at the high-mid market – somewhere slightly above the feted G7 in the G range, but a step below the premium GH range. With so many of the same specifications as the G7, however, you’d be forgiven for questioning the point of the G85.

So what’s actually new? For a start, the G80 has no anti-aliasing filter. For all intents and purposes, this should mean that the G80 will deliver sharper, more detailed captures than its older sibling. On top of this, the G80 boasts a brand-new five-axis stabilization that allegedly works in conjunction with the lens’ dual IS. On the flip side, the G80 has taken a hit when it comes to size and weight, balancing out heavier than the G7 by almost 100 grams, while the shots per charge promised by the battery has been reduced to 330 from 360. 

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Camera reviewer, Digital Photographer Magazine