• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 849.7mm2
  • 61.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Panasonic G85 advantages over Sony A7R IV

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $3164*
    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 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 70 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.6 fps vs 7.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    50 vs 32 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A7R IV advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.0 vs 22.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,344 vs 656 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 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
  • Newer
    5 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    61.0 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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.

  • Outstanding image quality; Excellent high ISOs; Fast AF performance with Eye-AF tracking; 10fps bursts at full-resolution; Improved ergonomics; Dual UHS-II card slots; Higher-res EVF.

  • Expensive; No 4Kp60; Buffer clearing could be faster; Menus are still frustrating; Touchscreen underutilized; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G7
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Sony A7R IV
Panasonic G7
  • $3287
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic G85
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A7R IV
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $3287
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic G85
Panasonic G95
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $782
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
Sony A7R IV
Panasonic G95
  • $3287
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • High resolution composite
  • $782
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon R5

Panasonic G85
Canon R5
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3449
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R IV
Canon R5
  • $3287
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3449
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Panasonic G85
Nikon Z7 II
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2530
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $3287
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC
  • $2530
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
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