Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix G80 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.125secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.75secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.75secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8.7fps (185 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 7fps (52 shots)

With continuous AF active, and AF tracking selected, we were able to shoot at 6fps (JPEG). The camera is said to offer 200 shots at 9fps when shooting in JPEG mode, or 40 raw shots, however we managed 185 JPEGs at 8.7fps, and 52 raw images at 7fps.

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Face and eye detection focus is particularly helpful for portrait and people photography, giving a very high success rate, and the camera produces images with very pleasing colour and skin tones. Exposure is reliable, and the camera produces images with good levels of detail. Dynamic range is good, and there are a number of ways to expand this, whether by using the HDR mode, shooting and processing raw images, or by using the iDynamic option. Focus was also successful in low-light conditions, producing usable images even when shooting at ISO3200 and ISO6400.

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) Lens test images

Lens Performance - The Panasonic 12-60mm lens performs well and provides a useful 5x optical zoom range from 24mm to 120mm equivalent. Detail is good, although images are softer towards the corner of the frame, and you can get sharper, more detailed photos from other lenses. The camera has options for shading compensation, diffraction compensation, and the camera will automatically correct for purple fringing. The macro performance of this lens is quite impressive, with the lens able to focus on subjects close to the camera, and at full-zoom it can produce pleasing background blur or bokeh. The in-camera sensor based 5-axis image stabilisation system, works well, and the image stabilisation works when using the continuous shooting mode as well. 

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is very well controlled and detail is good right up to ISO1600, with detail dropping off slightly at this setting. Detail drops off further as the ISO speed is increased, and noise increases, but photos taken at ISO3200 are good. Noise becomes more noticeable at ISO6400, but images should still be usable. Noise increase again at ISO12800, although colour saturation remains surprisingly good even as the ISO speed is increased. Images show the most noise at ISO25600, and this ISO speed is best avoided. Noise reduction can be set from -5 to +5, and we left the camera on the default setting for these images.

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performance is good, with almost identical results when using the tungsten preset. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting, and like other Panasonic cameras, there are no fluorescent presets available. We would like to have seen more options here, for example for a "White priority" option for stronger white balance correction, as featured on more recent Canon cameras, and on Olympus cameras.

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a vast array of creative effects available, and a number of them have additional options, for example you can change the position of the sun when using the sunshine effect. There are additional options for adjusting dynamic range, including highlight / shadow adjustment, iDynamic, plus an HDR shooting mode (JPEG only). Focus stacking takes a number of shots at 8mp, using the 4K photo mode, and you can combine them in-camera after taking them for a photo with a area of the image in focus.

Panoramic | 1/640 sec | f/7.1 | 12.0 mm | ISO 200
Panoramic | 1/640 sec | f/7.1 | 12.0 mm | ISO 200

The G80 features an automatic panoramic mode, and will automatically stitch the photos together as you pan from one side to the other. Detail is good, and the camera produces an image with a fairly good resolution. 

Video - There are a large number of video options including photo styles, filter options (creative effects), 4K live cropping, snap movie, format (MP4 / AVCHD), manual modes, focus, continuous AF, metering, highlight / shadow, iDynamic, iResolution, diffraction compensation, luminance level, ex tele converter (2x crop without image quality loss for FullHD video), digital zoom, stabiliser (IS, e-stabilisation options, focal length set for legacy lenses), flicker decrease, silent operation, mic level display, mic level adjust (-12 to +6 levels), special mic, mic level limiter, wind noise reduction, and lens noise cut. There are options for zebra pattern display, monochrome live view, and constant preview. You can also divide video in playback mode.

The Lumix G80 uses the full width of the frame when recording FullHD video, and the amount the image is cropped when recording 4K video is quite minimal, as shown here:

Panasonic Lumix G80 Video Crop Factror
Panasonic Lumix G80/G85 Video Crop Factor

Video quality is very good, and thanks to the 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation system 4K video also benefits from image stabilisation. This is something that was introduced with the Panasonic Lumix GX80. Results are good even when recording at ISO3200 and ISO6400 in low-light. Image stabilisation is also extremely effective for FullHD video, and the results are very good, so that whether you're recording 4K video or FullHD video you are capable of producing great video, even when recording handheld.

You can find additional G80 / G85 videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.


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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85)

After the rainOld State House, BostonDurham CathedralDirty Floater #2Alnwick CastleFoggy morningHouse in the FogHeather in the fogDurham, OwengateHercules above a foggy Curbar EdgeWheels on FireAnother flarCorfe Castle,Dorset.A Diving board.Corfe Castle,Dorset.

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themak 7 1.0k Scotland
19 Sep 2016 12:51PM
IQ looks very good - apart from the rendering of the front of Sarah's black jacket.
josa 8 25 Czech Republic
19 Sep 2016 4:58PM
One question about EVF-does it have colour tearing like my GX7? I hope not...
ChrisV Plus
13 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2016 5:00PM

Quote:IQ looks very good - apart from the rendering of the front of Sarah's black jacket.

There's something odd happening with the top of the zip. Shutter speed suggests it can't be motion blur and her face is tack sharp, as is the lower part of the zip. I wonder if there's something on the lens?
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
19 Sep 2016 5:36PM
I think it's just a bit behind the focus, and there's a bit of green CA as it's catching the light. The purplish blur across the jacket front is harder to explain.
20 Sep 2016 7:17AM
A problem I see on the g80 is the MIC connection, It appears too close to the center. Potentially not allowing the screen to turn and flip freely when an external MIC is connected
aardvark7 13 1
27 Sep 2016 5:36PM
"...good results up to ISO3200 and above..."?

Surely, it's either up to, or it's beyond. It can't be both!

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