Panasonic Lumix GX850 Summary
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.
|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||Good Good|
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Panasonic GX850 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|10 FPS Drive, 15 Images||Spot-Metering|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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