• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX85 advantages over Nikon Z7

  • Less expensive
    $598 vs $3097
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    43 mm vs 67 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    498g vs 1175g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.5 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.6 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    44 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z7 advantages over Panasonic GX85

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.35 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
    26.3 vs 22.9 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,668 vs 662 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.6 vs 12.6 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 400 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 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 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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

  • Excellent build-quality; Good ergonomics for its size; Built-in 5-axis Dual IS, Built-in EVF; Tilting LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Excellent 4K video quality; Fast autofocus and burst modes; Generous buffers; Tons of advanced features; Built-in Wi-Fi.

  • EVF could be better; Sluggish RAW and RAW+JPEG buffer clearing; No external mic and headphone jacks; Slow x-sync speed; Mediocre battery life.

  • Familiar design in a compact form; Rugged build quality; Gorgeous EVF; Excellent image quality; Good autofocus; In-body image stabilization; Good 4K video recording.

  • Single card slot; Not as good at subject tracking as some Nikon DSLR cameras; Limited native lens selection (although adapter works well); Limited buffer depths.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon Z7
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-PL8
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon Z7
Olympus E-PL8
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher max flash sync
Nikon Z7
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon Z6

Panasonic GX85
Nikon Z6
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1583
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1583
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS R

Panasonic GX85
Canon EOS R
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1732
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS R
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $1732
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
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