CNET First Look
The GX85's a fast, full-featured Micro Four Thirds for the moneyAn excellent alternative to a similarly priced dSLR
There's a lot in the Lumix GX85 to appeal to family photographers and to first time mirror less buyers. Especially as an alternative to a decent first DSLR. It's got a great feature set, very good photo and video quality for its class. Pretty fast performance, and an attractive, relatively compact design. I'm Lori Grunn and this is the $800 Panasonic Lumix GX85. That's GX80 for you folks in the UK. The camera's main kit configuration comes with Panasonic tiny collapsible 12 to 32 millimetre lens. Lens, which is equivalent to a 24 to 64 millimeter range. It's not a great lens, but it's fine for everyday photography in good light. I like the camera's design. The viewfinder is reasonably big and comfortable, and it has a modest grip and a tilting touch-screen display. For control freaks, it's got both front and back dials, and direct access to most of the things you need. It uses a new 16 megapixel sensor, which doesn't have the blurring effect of an anti-aliasing filter. That means it produces sharper images than the typical micro-filter camera. The extra sharpness also helps it retain detail in low light and produce sharp 4k video. First shooting can easily keep up with kids and pets at about 6.36 frames per second with auto focus. Sort of. I'm used to auto focusing systems choosing the wrong focus area for moving subjects, but the GX 85 just completely failed to lock focus occasionally mid burst. It's fast and fine for stills though. Except the battery life is pretty bad at less than 300 shots.