Last Updated on June 30, 2020
Panasonic LUMIX GX850 Introduction Video
Panasonic LUMIX GX850 Overview
The new Panasonic LUMIX GX850 (also known as GX800 in Europe and GF9 in Japan) 4K Mirrorless ILC Camera fits the needs of many photography enthusiasts. Unveiled at CES 2017 together with other Panasonic products, the compact GX850 is a great choice for those who need a camera that they can easily slip into their pocket. It’s also an excellent option for those who are take selfies seriously, since its features allow the user to easily capture self-portraits.
Design & Features
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Panasonic LUMIX GX850 4K Mirrorless ILC Camera is its small and lightweight body, which makes it ideal for travelers and anyone else who needs a camera that can be easily lugged around. The next thing you’ll notice is its 3-inch rear LCD display, which can be flipped up and rotated up to 180 degrees to face the front. The display has a 1,040K-dot resolution and is touch-enabled, allowing you to easily navigate through the menus, activate the shutter, and choose your desired focus points.
In terms of image quality, the GX850 can more than deliver with its LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm lens and its Four Thirds sensor that has a 16 MP effective resolution. It doesn’t have a low-pass filter, so you can take clearer and sharper pictures. This is even true when you’re shooting at night or in dark areas; the camera’s impressive low light performance ensures that you can enjoy great image quality, no matter what the lighting situation is. The speed of the subject is likewise not a problem since the GX850 has the LUMIX DFD focusing system, which provides it with speedy and precise AF.
Just like the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and FZ80, the GX850 comes with excellent 4K video recording capability. It can record 4K MP4 videos with a resolution of 3840 x 2160p at 30 frames per second or 24 frames per second. (It can also capture HD videos up to 60 fps, depending on the format and resolution you choose.) The camera comes with the 4K PHOTO mode, which allows you to record 4K photos at 30 fps and choose the frame that you like best, as well as Post Focus and Focus Stacking features that give you more control over focus points.
Pros and Cons
Just like any other gadget, the Panasonic LUMIX GX850 4K Mirrorless ILC Camera has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to weigh these factors carefully before buying the camera to ensure you’re making the right purchase. We’ve listed some of its pros and cons below:
It’s compact and lightweight
The GX850 measures 4.2 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall, and 1.3 inches deep, and it weighs around 269 grams once you’ve installed its battery and memory card. This makes it one of the lightest and smallest mirrorless cameras in the market, and it’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-quality camera that can take great photos and videos but won’t take up too much space in your bag.
It lets you take 4K selfies
Whether you snap loads of selfies every day or take occasional groupfies with your friends, the GX850 is ideal for you. Its 180-degree tiltable screen lets you easily see how you look before snapping the shutter, allowing you to capture the perfect angles and take the best selfies. It even has a hands-free auto shutter, which means you can capture a photo simply by waving your hand in front of the camera. The GX850’s Beauty Retouch, Panorama Selfie, and other advanced functions, on the other hand, let you enhance your pictures and ensure they look fantastic before you upload them online.
It’s not too expensive
Retailing the $549.99, the GX850 is not exactly cheap for the average consumer. But, considering that some mirrorless cameras reach $800 to nearly $1,000, the GX850 can give you great value for money.
It doesn’t have an EVF
Just like the Panasonic GF7 and GM1, the GX850 doesn’t have an electronic viewfinder. This isn’t a deal breaker for many, but it might be a problem if you’re used to having an EVF. This can also be an issue if you consider that the FZ80, which is considerably cheaper than the GX850, has a 0.2-inch EVF with a 1,170K-dot resolution.
It has a limited capacity for 4K recording
The camera can record continuous 4K videos up to five minutes only. The limited time is due to the GX850’s small body size, which easily heats up with sustained 4K recording.
The Panasonic LUMIX GX850 4K Mirrorless ILC Camera is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a compact, lightweight camera with 4K capability and a reasonable price point. It does have its drawbacks but, on the whole, they can be overshadowed by the camera’s many interesting and useful features.
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Contrast Detection: 49|
|Display Screen||3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,040,000)|
|Self Timer||10 seconds, 2 seconds|
|Connectivity||HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB|
|Battery||1x Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 680 mAh|
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.2 x 2.5 x 1.3″ / 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3 mm|
|Weight||9.49 oz / 269 g with battery and memory card|
|Package Weight||1.55 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.693 x 5.591 x 4.173″|
Unboxing the Panasonic LUMIX GX850
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