Moving M43 G85 w/PL12-60 to Z5 w/24-200? Anyone do this?

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Moving M43 G85 w/PL12-60 to Z5 w/24-200? Anyone do this?

I'm currently using a G85 w/Panasonic Leica 12-60. I have other lenses, but this is the workhorse combo. This is for stills. I'm not a video person.

I'm considering a Z5 w/24-200 (and add the 40mm as my prime once it's out).

I tried the Canon RP w/their 24-240, and while I liked the results in both cleaner ISO and deeper color bit depth, I didn't like the RP controls, the front weight of the 24-240, nor the "backwards" zoom control. (I've also used Sony, and just really don't like their camera bodies.)

In researching, the Z5 looks to be most of what, at a budget (for a used body) that I can afford. I don't think I need the Z6.

The Z5 would provide me:

  • More resolution for cropping (up to 24 from 16)
  • Cleaner high ISO
  • Better AF for moving subjects and better face/eye detect (not sports or BIF, just social and family stuff)
  • AF joystick

What I lose in moving to the Z5:

  • Dedicated external controls for drive mode and AF mode (I use both regularly on the G85)
  • Everything gets a bit bigger and heavier (1245g up from 820g)


  • Aside from lens options, Am I missing anything from the above (I think the 24-200 and 40mm will be 95% of what I want).
  • Does the 24-200 resolve well enough to take advantage of the higher megapixels? I don't want to add resolution if it's not used
  • Has anyone here done this exact switch? Any feedback from real world comparisons is appreciated.
  • Is the boken on the 24-200 pretty pleasing? I'd probably use the long end for family portraits (Christmas cards and things like that).

Thanks for any help/input.

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Panasonic Leica 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Panasonic 100-300mm F4-5.6 II Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS +2 more
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