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Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 Review : Verdict



Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 (7)

Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix G80 is available for £599 body only which makes it good value for money as an interchangeable lens camera with 4K video recording and built-in image stabilisation. Some alternative cameras available at a similar price point / similar features include the following:

Sony Alpha A6300, 24mp, Lens based IS, 11fps, 4K video, £1069 body only
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, 16mp, 10-11fps, 5-axis IS, FullHD video, weather-sealed, £749 body only
Canon EOS M5, 24mp, 9fps, Lens based IS, FullHD video, £1049 body only
Fujifilm X-T2, 24mp, 8fps (11fps with battery grip), Lens based IS, 4K video, weather-sealed, £1399 body only

Have a look at more compact system cameras with an EVF in our Top 12 Best Premium Mirrorless Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Panasonic Lumix G80 Verdict

Externally, while the Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 may look very similar to the Panasonic Lumix G7, the G80 offers a weather-sealed camera body, new shutter unit and image stabilisation (IS) system, along with the latest 4K shooting features. The Dual IS Mark II system combines the camera's 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilisation with optical image stabilisation (if the lens features this) to give the best of both systems, and up to 5 stops of image stabilisation. The new shutter unit gives an impressively quiet shutter sound, something that used to be an issue on Panasonic cameras.

The magnesium alloy body and weather-sealing make this a much more compelling option for those who like to shoot in all weather conditions, and with the optional (weather-sealed) battery grip you can extend the battery life as well as improve handling with larger lenses. 

The 16-megapixel sensor combined with the latest image processing from Panasonic, gives impressive image quality, with very good levels of detail possible. Noise performance is also rather impressive, giving good results up to ISO3200 and above. Image stabilisation works with 4K video recording, which means you can record steady, high-quality 4K (UHD) video even when using the camera handheld.

The G80 offers 4K photo, which has a number of different options for capturing 8-megapixel photos at 30fps, making sure you don't miss the all-important moment. Added to the G80 is focus stacking, which can work well to produce an image with more of the frame in focus. There is also post focus, which lets you re-focus your photo after you've taken it, plus a light composition mode for shots of fireworks, or light painting.

The Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 offers a compelling set of features, along with impressive image quality for both stills and video. With DSLR styling, weather sealed body, along with a large range of compact Micro Four Thirds lenses, and a very competitive price point, the G80 is definitely one of the best mirrorless cameras recently released. 

Panasonic Lumix G80 Pros

  • Dual IS system with 5-axis image stabilisation
  • 2-year warranty
  • Image stabilisation works for 4K/FullHD video
  • Excellent image quality possible
  • 4K Photo / Video 
  • Excellent buffer for continuous shooting
  • Good value for money
  • Improved battery life possible
  • High resolution large EVF
  • Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Noticeably quieter shutter
  • Weather-sealed body

Panasonic Lumix G80 Cons

  • Slight hum from the 5-axis IS system
  • Does not record Cine 4K video resolution (see GH4R)
  • Stronger white balance correction option would be nice

Features5/5
Handling5/5
Performance4.5/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict



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themak 4 1.0k Scotland
19 Sep 2016 12:51PM
IQ looks very good - apart from the rendering of the front of Sarah's black jacket.

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josa 5 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
10 2.0k 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 4 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 10 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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