Panasonic Lumix GX850 Brief Review



  • Other Features : 4K photo modes for Post Focus, Focus Stacking and Light Composition
  • Weight : 9.49 oz (269)
  • Battery : Li-ion
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3" tilting touchscreen, no viewfinder
  • GPS : None
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Built-in
  • Video : 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : No
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : 49
  • Burst Speed : 10 fps (up to 15 shots RAW (100 JPEGs)
  • Shutter Speed : 60 - 1/16000
  • ISO : 100 - 25600 expanded
  • Sensor : 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds MOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-02-14
  • Final Grade: 81 4.05 Star Rating: Recommended

The Panasonic GX850 is a tiny, advanced selfie shooter
Panasonic's GX850 is a compact mirrorless camera with a selfie screen and 4K video modes.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

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.

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Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

Panasonic's most popular models are their super zooms and mirrorless, with models ranging from cameras with huge zooms to mirrorless cameras earning the “smallest yet” distinction like the GM-1. They've been more focused on their mirrorless line lately, without introducing budget point-and-shoots in quite some time.

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