25 Reasons to buy a Panasonic G85

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25. Touchscreen

G85 Touchscreen

The touchscreen is easy to use. You can change options silently, without using the physical buttons.

Touchpad AF lets you select a focus point on the rear screen while using the viewfinder. This is a fantastic feature and this touchscreen is useful in multiple ways.

24. Menu System

G85 Menus

The menu system is organized well and intuitive. The touchscreen only makes it better. You can change menus and options easily.

23. EVF

G85 Electronic View Finder

The Electronic View Finder is a Live view. So what you see is what you get. Any changes to the exposure including  aperture, shutter, iso and white balance are effective immediately so you know what image you’re getting.

22. Focus Peaking

This is such a great feature to see exactly what’s in focus. It illuminates the focus areas within the depth of field. It’s available in manual focus mode.

21. Zebras

Highlight overexposed areas with zebra patterns to determine if the exposure needs adjusting.

20. Custom Settings

Has four custom modes: C1, C2-1, C2-2, and C2-3. Ten programmable function buttons can be used to control a wide variety of settings and tools.

19. 4k Video

4k video @ 100mbps. It also features a 4k photo mode and post focus, useful for focus stacking.

18. Bracketing

The G85 has the same updated bracketing options as the GX85, including aperture and focus bracketing (in addition to exposure and white balance). When bracketing aperture, users can select to bracket 3, 5 or all available apertures.

When bracketing focus, users select the number of focus ‘steps’ between shots, as well as the number of shots, which can range from 2 to 999.

17. Time Lapse

Want to create time lapses? This is your way to go. This has a built in time-lapse mode to add variety to your videos.

16. External Battery Grip

This camera has battery grips availble so you can record even longer w/o changing batteries. There’s even 3rd party grips available so you don’t have to pay full price.

Battery Grip, 3rd-party: https://amzn.to/2KtVusg
Panasonic Battery Grip: https://amzn.to/2KtW2hA

15. Unlimited Recording Time

Unlike the G7, the g85 has unlimited recording time – so as big as your SD card can handle.

14. Remote Shutter Port

The remote shutter port makes it fantastic to capture fireworks photography.

Buy a Remote Shutter: https://amzn.to/2H3UqJs

13. The 12-60mm Kit Lens

This is a fantastic lens, beating out the 12-32 in the same range and giving you that extra reach from the 42mm supplied w/ the G7. This is a fantastic travel lens giving you a FF equivalent of 24-120mm.

12-60mm Lens: https://amzn.to/2MUSN4s

12. Electromagnetic Shutter

New shutter mechanism eliminates ‘shutter shock’ which plagued the G7.

11. Separate SD and Battery Slot

If you ever have this camera on a rig, being able to change out the SD card is really helpful.

SD Card: https://amzn.to/2Kru2uY
Spare Batteries: https://amzn.to/33sO8wA

10. Microphone Input

It’s more than adequate for vlogging. One less item to worry about. Put the mic on the hot shoe and plug it in!

Rode Mic: https://amzn.to/2H1W3ak

9. Articulating Screen

Provides flexibility in shooting situations. You can shoot low, high or yourself, Vlogging style.

8. WiFi App

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets.

7. Cinelike D Color Profile

This camera doesn’t support LOG, but you have the next best thing – a color profile you can use to do basic color correcting and grading.

6. Adapted Lenses

With a speedbooster like the Viltrox EF-M2, you can adapt canon EF lenses. Other speedboosters and lenses are also compatible.

Viltrox EF-M2 Speedbooster: https://amzn.to/2YYdEKu
Sigma 18-35mm: https://amzn.to/2H05G9p

5. Weather-sealing

This camera is weather-sealed. It’s both dust and splash proof which gives you more flexibility in shooting conditions.

4. HDMI Pass-thru

You can connect this to external recorders, even while recording.

3. Panasonic Warranty

You can feel safe knowing that your camera and lens is covered under the 3-year panasonic warranty


In-Body Image stabilization is fantastic. Combine this with a stabilized lens and you have Dual image stabilization.

1. Value

25 Reasons to buy a G85 in 2021

With all the reasons mentioned here, this camera is a great bang/buck. I got it on sale for $640. Remember this camera was $1000+ when it first released. To be able to buy this camera at $300 to $400 lower is a great bargain.

G85 with Kit Lens: https://amzn.to/2KtRoQN


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