• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic G85 advantages over Panasonic GH5 II

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $2098
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 108 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GH5 II advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    1840k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 9.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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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 G7

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G7
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Panasonic GH5 II
Panasonic G7
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic G85
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1274
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GH5 II
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More dots on screen
  • $1274
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic G85
Panasonic GH5
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GH5 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G9
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1048
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Panasonic GH5 II
Panasonic G9
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • More dots on screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1048
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G95
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $765
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
Panasonic GH5 II
Panasonic G95
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More dots on screen
  • $765
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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