Panasonic Lumix GX850 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Panasonic Lumix GX850 Assessment

The Panasonic GX850 puts excellent image-quality into a compact camera body. Even though the GX850 is a mirrorless, this and its price puts it in competition with Premium Compact cameras while having the advantage of interchangeable lenses and higher image-quality.

Its image-quality is very comparable to other Micro Four-Thirds cameras. Noise is low until ISO 3200 and the processor balances well noise-reduction and image-detail. Colors and Auto WB are not perfect but rather good, producing realistic colors and neutral greys in most situations. There is a hint of softness and more occasional over-exposure than usual but not by much.

The powerful processor in the GX850 makes focus very quickly and capture full-resolution images at 10 FPS or 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS. 4K Sensor output allows it to capture bursts of 8 MP images at 30 FPS or short 4K videos from which Focus Stacking can be performed directly in-camera.

There are entirely expected compromises on the GX850. The big ones are the lack of a viewfinder, either built-in or optional, a tiny battery and limited controls. The LCD is rather good yet does not always show a correct preview and can get washed-out in bright-light with no remedy. The short battery-life is a bigger issue than usual since the GX850 charges internally.

All in all, the Panasonic GX850 is a highly capable digital camera. It produces nice images while offering a number of advanced features unmatched by most cameras its size.

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PROS CONS
Low image noise until ISO 3200 Slight general image softness
Nicely saturated colors Metering overly bright
Very good Automatic White-Balance Dynamic-range not as wide as competition
Very fast autofocus Wrong Live-Histogram
Instant shutter-lag No built-in EVF
Fast and highly responsive Preview not always Exposure-Priority
Extremely compact Missing video mode
Advanced feature-set Video recording delay
Solid built quality Poor battery-life
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By Neocamera on 2017-10-16

Panasonic GX850 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/16000-60s
2 Axis Digital LevelFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
10 FPS Drive, 15 ImagesSpot-Metering
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 1 MegapixelsMicro Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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