Wait. Is it the Panasonic Lumix GX85 that just got announced?
No wait, I’m pretty sure it’s the GX7 Mk II.
Truth is, I’m just as confused as you are. But from what I understand it will be known as the GX85 in the United States, the GX80 in Europe and the GX7 Mk II in Japan.
Personally, I like GX7 Mk II, because I feel it’s more of an immediate successor to the GX7.
Though Panasonic releases cameras in a weird order, I got nothing but love for them. They released the Panasonic G7, essentially a striped down version of the GH4 (nothing wrong with that). Though it shared the same sensor as the older GX7 they removed the IBIS.
And today we’re seeing a lot of the same, as the GX85 is essentially a striped down version of the GX8. Again, absolutely nothing wrong with that. I love it. Priced at $799 with the 12-32mm pancake I feel like it can attract a lot of enthusiasts. And seeing as how we’ve seen the GX8 for around $900 new, I wouldn’t doubt that the GX85 cruises down to around $600 pretty soon.
GX85 vs G7 vs GX7 vx GX8
But we are seeing some new things. One in particular thing that I’ve urned for in many past articles… 4k video with Dual IS. The first Micro Four Thirds camera to offer 4k video with IBIS.
But no flat profiles, the GH4 is still the only camera with V-Log… and Cinelike D won’t even make it’s way to the GX85.
There’s also no mic input and no articulating screen, both important for video enthusiasts.
It doesn’t have the 20mp sensor featured on the GX8. Disappointingly, it still shares the same sensor as the GX7 and G7, but at least they removed the AA filter removed. Which I prefer because of the increased sharpness, and the side effect of moiré can be easily treated in post (and Panasonic’s JPEG engine automatically corrects this).
In-Body Image Stabilization has improved to 5-axis on the GX85 versus 4-axis on the GX8. Both have Dual IS with compatible O.I.S. (2-axis) lenses. The GX7 has 2-axis, and the G7 had nothing. Only the GX85 is capable of using stabilization with video.
It doesn’t have weather sealing, like the GX8 and GH4.
One thing I loved about the GX series was the somewhat hidden bounce flash trick. It’s very useful and I was bummed when they announced that the GX8 removed it. But the bounce flash is back in the GX85!
People always ask for my opinion on what camera they should buy and of course it always depends, but I think this makes the list.
One thing that bums me out is that Panasonic has a tendency to nerf some of their product lines to keep a clear distinction between them.
The G7 had the same sensor has the GX7, but they removed the IBIS. That, V-Log and a few other things kept the GH4 the king of video for Panasonic. Probably the same reason why Dual IS wasn’t made available with video for the GX8.
And now with the GX85 or the GX7 Mk II… whatever you want to call it… they include 4k and Dual IS for video… but it doesn’t have flat profiles, a mic input or an articulating screen.
Don’t get me wrong, this is the perfect camera for a lot of people.
For those looking for a little more, all things are pointing to a beast of a GH5 later this year.