Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

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thomas610 Forum Member • Posts: 50
Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

Can anyone with a panasonic GX80/GX85 or very similar model let me know how the camera fares when taking urban night photography? I'm struggling to find any samples. Thanks

Aberaeron Senior Member • Posts: 6,539
Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

thomas610 wrote:

Can anyone with a panasonic GX80/GX85 or very similar model let me know how the camera fares when taking urban night photography? I'm struggling to find any samples. Thanks

It's OK.

You're welcome.

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007peter
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use imaging-resource.com, find iso3200/6400 still life
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http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

select your camera, and scroll down to the bottom, you will see a series of LowLight iso still live.  For me, the most useful are iso3200 and iso6400.

When I shoot @night with my Panasonic GF6, I found myself @the mercy of

  • ISO3200 with Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 (fast prime helps to lower iso)
  • ISO6400 with slower Panasonic kit zoom (with help of image stabilization)

So if you want to shoot lowlight with Panasonic 12-32 kit zoom, I found myself hitting the iso6400 wall fairly quickly.

Image Resource iso3200/6400 test shots allow you to compare high iso images.  Generally, you will find Olympus enjoy about 1~2 stop of high iso advantage over Panasonic.  So if you shoot @night regularly, you might want to buy an Olympus instead,.

kristian2000
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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

thomas610 wrote:

Can anyone with a panasonic GX80/GX85 or very similar model let me know how the camera fares when taking urban night photography? I'm struggling to find any samples. Thanks

I think the G85 is acceptable. No, it's not going to be as good as a full frame or current aps-c cameras, but especially when paired with the PL 15mm f/1.7 you can make photos at night. Below are a few from a trip to NYC last year, GX85 paired w/PL 15mm

hectorpatrick Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

The GX80/85 is good for low light photography, particularly with any of the newer lenses that will allow Dual IS or Dual IS2 so that you can keep the shutter speed low and therefore the ISO rate as well. Even better, use the electronic shutter, but be aware that that this is only really suitable for static subjects.

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rashid7
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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!
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just a couple "reality check" responses to other posts.  Most Oly cameras use the same sensor as Lumix, so no diff in useable ISO!  (in-camera JPEG processing does differ slightly).

The old sensor in the 1st EM5 and the newer 20 MP sensors (manufactured by Sony) yield less noise on long exposures, but selecting the in-camera long exposure NR pretty much takes care of that issue anyway.

The E-shuter on GX85 leaves less latitude in bringing up shadows due to it giving only a 10 bit color file.  It generally has no advantage over the excellent"soft" mechanical shutter on those cameras.

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tt321
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It's fine, but no miracles

There was a lot of exposure compression in post, so some of the darker areas have been lifted quite a bit.

ZeBebito
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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!
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kristian2000 wrote:

thomas610 wrote:

Can anyone with a panasonic GX80/GX85 or very similar model let me know how the camera fares when taking urban night photography? I'm struggling to find any samples. Thanks

I think the G85 is acceptable. No, it's not going to be as good as a full frame or current aps-c cameras, but especially when paired with the PL 15mm f/1.7 you can make photos at night. Below are a few from a trip to NYC last year, GX85 paired w/PL 15mm

Very nice captures!! 👍🏼

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alcelc
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Better than the older pany models...
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Because of the powerful Dual IS, it can generally cover most of my travelling need, day or night. ISO3200 is better than GX7 and ISO6400 is usable. For general low lighting shots fast speed lens is no longer a must for me.

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Stejo
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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

I've done my fair share of urban night photography on a G7 which is quite similar to the GX80. All you need is a decent prime. Say f/2 or better, that's acceptably sharp wide open.

Long as you stay below ISO1600 everything's fine. If you have to go to ISO3200 or god forbid 6400 it's rarely pretty.

That's assuming you care to keep the moving parts somewhat sharp, so 1/50 is the slowest shutter you'd be willing to use. Otherwise, with the IBIS on the GX80 if you're shooting still life, you don't really care if it's night or day.

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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

thomas610 wrote:

Can anyone with a panasonic GX80/GX85 or very similar model let me know how the camera fares when taking urban night photography? I'm struggling to find any samples. Thanks

If ISO3200 is fast enough for you, then I think the camera is quite acceptable. I use a G85 which should have the same performance as the GX80/85. ISO3200 paired with a fast prime (f/1.7, for example) can cover a lot of low light shooting.  But even f/2.8 is fast enough for me, a lot of the time.

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Re: Calling all Panasonic GX80/85 (Or similar) Owners!

some shots from Salamanca...

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