Panasonic Lumix GX85 / GX80 review

It’s a super-stylish go-faster hybrid It’s a downsized delight

Panasonic Lumix GX80
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

In terms of bang for your buck, the Panasonic was a good deal when it was first launched seven years ago. Today, it is arguably even better value thanks to the fact the price has gone down, when the cost of newer rival models has gone up. For us, image quality is number one, followed by build and handling, and then value for money – and on all of these counts, it’s hard to find fault with the GX80. Furthermore, its retro look is hard to resist


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    Attractive price

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    4K video

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    Retro styling


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    Autofocus is showing its age

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    Only 16MP resolution

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The Panasonic Lumix GX85 was launched back in 2006 - back when mirrorless cameras were a novelty. Remarkably it is still on sale today - and its longevity means that the camera now represents great value for money, and one of our recommendations for the best cheap camera to buy. Known as the GX85 in North America and Australia, it is sold as the GX80 in the UK and Europe.

A large part of its ongoing appeal goes down to the fact that it was a camera ahead of its time. Its retro styling has since become more popular amongst manufacturers - and despite its age it does feature in-body image stabilization and a touchscreen LCD.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps. 

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