• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic G85 advantages over Nikon Z6

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1997
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    728g vs 1175g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    50 vs 35 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z6 advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    25.3 vs 22.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,299 vs 656 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.3 vs 12.5 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.74x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 9.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 9.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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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.

  • Great image quality; Terrific high ISO performance; Fast AF speeds; Eye AF; Swift 12fps burst shooting; In-body image stabilization; High-quality 4K video; Robust build quality; Familiar Nikon design.

  • Single XQD card slot; Default high ISO NR a bit strong; No 4K 60p; 1/200s x-sync speed; Limited native lens selection (at this time).

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic G85
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon Z6
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic G85
Panasonic GH5
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon Z6
Panasonic GH5
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7 III

Panasonic G85
Sony A7 III
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z6
Sony A7 III
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon EOS R

Panasonic G85
Canon EOS R
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G95
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
Nikon Z6
Panasonic G95
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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