Panasonic Announces Rugged, Splash/Dust Proof G85 Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic just announced the 16-megapixel DMC-G85 (G85), a new rugged, mirrorless camera, which is the latest model in the Lumix G series at the photokina 2016 show in Germany. The Panasonic G85 is splash and dust-proof and includes 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2 for getting sharp shots in difficult shooting conditions.

According to Panasonic, the new "5-axis Dual I.S. 2," features more effective suppression against blurring in images.

“By adopting a new gyro sensor, the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis) are finely controlled to take maximum advantage of both stabilization systems,” Panasonic said in a press announcement today. “Users can enjoy blur-free photo and video shooting not only in wide angle but also in telephoto, even in low light situations. Plus, the adoption of a new shutter unit and magnesium front panel reduces shutter shock by approx. 90% to suppress even the slightest level of shake.”

The Panasonic G85 will be go on sale in October 2016 for $999.99 with a 12-60mm lens, and for $899.99 body only.

Below is an excerpt from Panasonic’s press announcement today on the new Lumix G85.


“The Panasonic G85 packs a host of advanced functions and technologies that let users capture unmissable moments. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save as a 4K PHOTO. The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec. The burst shooting performance is also improved to achieve 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) up to 300 (JPEG) / 45 (RAW ) images or more.

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX G85 features a rugged design and splash / dustproof construction. It integrates an OLED LVF (Live View Finder) with 2360K-dot high resolution in approx. 1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification capability. The free-angle 3.0-inch large, approx. 1040K-dot touch-control monitor with approx.100% field of view makes shooting in high and low angles easier.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without Low Pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high resolution images in detail with high contrast, impressive color reproduction and max. ISO 25,600 high sensitivity.

The LUMIX G85 is capable of serious video recording, too. It records smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p (60Hz) or 24p in MP4. The LUMIX G85 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor/recorder via HDMI simultaneously while recording video. The 3.5mm microphone jack provides high quality audio recording with an external microphone.

Panasonic’s unique technologies further enrich the user’s photographic experience. The newly integrated Focus Stacking function lets users adjust the depth of field after shooting by simply selecting the focusing area.

For even more creative photography, the LUMIX G85 incorporates the L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style, which offers an impressive monochrome picture with rich gradation like that of B/W film. Thanks to the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone or tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images. Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are also newly added to the conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets that allow users to choose the best shot after shooting.

The newly available Battery Grip DMW-BGG1 (sold separately) realizes comfortable, long time shooting. “