Panasonic Lumix GX850 Review

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Panasonic debuted not just the video-centric GH5 but also two more junior versions within the Lumix line.

The Lumix GX850 (known as the GX800 in countries other than the United States) is touted as the “ultimate high-performance small mirrorless camera.” It features a touchscreen that can be tilted to an angle of 180 degrees and is unabashedly marketed toward those who take selfies. In point of fact, this particular Lumix model is the first one to provide a new 4K Selfie option in addition to 4K video and 4K photo possibilities.

Another key feature of the model is its ability to take panoramic photos; in fact, Panasonic has designed the device such that it can do this even when the screen is flipped up to take a selfie. In addition, there is a new Background Control option that allows you to determine whether you want to record backgrounds that are crisp or backgrounds that are out of focus without having to manually modify the aperture.

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The camera does not come with the most recent version of the 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, which can be found in the GH5 and the GX8, which is disappointing but comprehensible when taking into account the model’s intended market. Instead, a 16MP alternative is provided in its place.

The absence of an optical low-pass filter in the camera makes it possible to capture minute details, and as a result, it might be an attractive option for photographers searching for a second camera body to use for landscape or macro photography.

Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, in addition to capabilities for focus stacking and post-focus, as well as a plethora of creative control and photo style choices. There is also a new Venus processing engine, in addition to a technique called Depth From Defocus (DFD) AF, which claims to bring subjects into focus in as low as 0.07 seconds.

Panasonic Lumix GX850 Superzoom Bridge Camera

The Lumix FZ80 (or FZ82 if you’re outside the US), on the other hand, is a low-cost superzoom bridge compact camera that boasts a significant 60x optical zoom. This begins at a usefully broad focal length that is similar to 20mm in typical 35mm terminology and culminates in a setting that is 1200mm, which is an extremely long focal length.

You can use this in conjunction with an Intelligent Zoom option, which doubles the effective maximum focal length to 2400mm, and you can increase this even further with the LT55 Tele Conversion Lens, which is a combination that is said to be powerful enough to capture the cratered surface of the moon.

Images and movies are captured by an 18.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor, which is thankfully paired with a Power O.I.S. technology that works effectively for both still photography and video recording.

The FZ80 and FZ82 have the option of recording films to the UHD 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) standard, just like the GX850 and GX800. These cameras also include choices for high-speed video and the same remarkable 4K Live Cropping mode that can be found on a variety of other Lumix models. Because of this, the user is able to predetermine zoom and panning motions prior to recording videos, which eliminates the need for any manual changes to be made while the films are being recorded.

The autofocus mechanism of the FZ80 follows in the footsteps of many previous Lumix models by using Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology. This technology, which claims to focus rates of about 0.09 seconds, is featured in the FZ80. You may also use the touchscreen on the camera, which has 1.04 million dots, to set the focus with your finger. Above the touchscreen is an electronic viewfinder that is 0.2 inches in size and has a resolution of 1.17 million dots.

The model comes with a variety of helpful additional features, such as built-in Wi-Fi and timelapse filming, as well as a macro mode that can focus on subjects as close as 1 centimetre away from the camera.

The announcement of the first Leica variable aperture zooms

Additionally, Panasonic has released a new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens, which is included as an accessory in one of the available package configurations for the GH5. It is reported to continue functioning normally even in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius, supports the most recent Dual IS Mark II technology, has been designed with a design that is dust- and splash-proof, and has been made with a dust-proof and splash-proof design.

This is the first lens that has been introduced from the new Leica DG Vario Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 series. The series will also include optics with focal lengths ranging from 8-18mm and 50-200mm, the development of which was revealed at the Photokina event in the previous year.
In addition, the business has said that it intends to replace four of its already-existing lenses with more up-to-date variants.

These lenses, namely the Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II Asph. Power O.I.S., the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power O.I.S., the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power O.I.S., and the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power O.I.S., support both Power O.I.S.

The GX850 and GX800 are scheduled to be released in March, and they will be available in colours like black, silver, tan, and orange for a price of a little under £500. (US pricing to be confirmed). The FZ80 and FZ82, on the other hand, will be offered simultaneously with a suggested retail price of $399 or £329.99. The cost of the lenses has not been made public at this time.

Panasonic Lumix GX850 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (extends down to 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Panasonic RW2)MPO
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x, 4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/500 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitChildSilky SkinBacklit SoftnessRelaxing ToneDistinct SceneryBright Blue SkyRomantic Sunset GlowVivid Sunset GlowGlistening WaterClear NightscapeCool Night SkyWarm Glowing NightscapeArtistic NightscapeGlittering IlluminationsHandheld Night ShotClear Night PortraitSoft Image of a FlowerAppetizing FoodCute DessertFreeze Animal MotionClear Sports ShotMonochrome
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Storage typesmicroSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLH7
Battery Life (CIPA)210
Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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