After numerous reinforcements since the start of the year (first, Panasonic DMC-ZS60, Panasonic DMC-ZS100, and Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH; second, Panasonic DMC-GF8 and Panasonic G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS), Panasonic further enlarged its family of mirrorless cameras by introducing the new Panasonic DMC-GX85.
The Panasonic DMC-GX85 (known outside the US as the Panasonic DMC-GX80) represents a more affordable version of the last-year Panasonic DMC-GX8. With its 16MP Live MOS sensor, which features no low pass filter, and a Venus Engine processor, the new GX85 brings high-end performances and image quality, at the level of the DSLR class, and it is nearly half their size. According to the company's statement, the absence of the low pass filter will result in fine detail resolution being boosted by 10% in relation to previous 16MP sensors.
The shutter also witnessed innovations. The Panasonic GX85 boasts a new electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit, whose aim is to minimize the shock caused by the movement of the shutter diaphragm. Moreover, the sound produced in this process is considerably softened.
What is also new when it comes to the mirrorless Panasonic GX85 is the fact that it is equipped with 5-axis Dual IS. This stabilization system was composed by combining an OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a BIS (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis) and it offers up to 4.5 stops of shake reduction (both for stills and movies).
Like the GX8 and the other last-year Panasonic MILC models, the new GX85 shoots 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps and sports the 4K Photo Mode, which brings three new, absolutely amazing functions, which make 4K photography even easier - 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst Start/Stop (S/S), and 4K Pre-burst. What is also vital to point out is that the said 5-axis Dual IS stabilization operates when recording 4K video as well.
Aside from the 4K Photo Mode, the Panasonic GX85 inherited from its last-year predecessors a 49-point contrast autofocus system, which features the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and which brings great speed and accuracy - the exchange of the digital signal between the camera and the lens takes place at the maximum 240 fps, which enables autofocus for only 0.07 seconds!
Furthermore, the DFD and 4K technologies give another Panasonic's last-year innovation - Post Focus. This technology enables users to select a focus point after an image or a 4K video has been captured. While reviewing the captured footage, with a simple touch of the LCD screen, the user can 'set' focus on a particular point, and the camera will extract a still image with the specified plane of focus, regardless of the fact where the original focus area was. This means that users can lay stress on different details within one and the same image by changing the subject with a simple shift of the focus position, which will result in separate photos being produced.
As for advanced options, the Panasonic GX85 also boasts:
- L.Monochrome mode, which offers impressive monochrome capture with rich gradation, at the level of B/W film;
- 4K Live Cropping function, which brings stable panning or zooming while video recording;
- Light Composition function (a new option in the 4K Photo Mode), which synthesizes the images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel.
Capturing subjects takes place via a tiling 3" 1,040,000-dot TFT LCD touchscreen or a 2,764,800-dot electronic viewfinder with 1.39x magnification and 100% coverage. Above all, the GX85 offers built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, a pop-up flash, as well as a hot shoe for external flashes.
The Panasonic DMC-GX85 will appear on the market in May (in both silver and black versions) for $799/£599 in pair with a 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens. For UK shoppers, it will be available body-only (£509) or in combination with the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 OIS lenses (£729).
The news was taken from PANASONIC.