Panasonic is bringing their popular 4K video and photo features into a tiny body that weights less than 10 ounces. The Panasonic Lumix GX850 is a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a selfie screen.
The camera appears to be a more budget-friendly version of the GX85, trading the electronic viewfinder for a selfie screen that flips forward. When the screen is in the selfie position, the camera automatically switches over to a selfie mode.
The camera uses a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor that's found in a few of their entry level systems. That sensor is still capable of capturing 4K video, a pretty good feature for a $549 camera, though that's at 30 fps and not the 60 fps of the new GH5. The 4K video enables a number of different modes that Panasonic has added to all their latest cameras, including a fun mode that allows you to adjust the focus after the shot or focus stack for sharper images. The 4K photo mode is slower -- since it takes a short 4K video clip -- but it introduces several fun features, along with a 4K selfie mode.
While the selfie screen indicates the GX850 is more consumer oriented, the camera still includes a number of advanced functions, including RAW shooting and manual modes.
The Panasonic GX850 is an affordable mirrorless camera with a few nice 4K features and a small body. The camera faces close competition with the stabilized Olympus PEN E-PL8 as well as the Fujifilm X-A3 with a larger sensor, though neither option offers 4K features.