• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Panasonic G85 advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $2795
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 140 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Leica CL advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 74 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    16 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    483g vs 728g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Very good high ISO performance and dynamic range; Fast and accurate autofocus; Excellent 4K video recording quality and features.

  • OLPF-less sensor is prone to moiré; Electronic viewfinder struggles in low light; Continuous autofocus is limited to 6fps shooting; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic G85
Panasonic GH4
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO
Leica CL
Panasonic GH4
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G7
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Leica CL
Panasonic G7
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Panasonic G85
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6500

Panasonic G85
Sony A6500
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
Leica CL
Sony A6500
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G95
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
Leica CL
Panasonic G95
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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