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MrALLCAPS: Panasonic has been releasing high end bodies, with weather sealing, as well as some zooms, but what about the Primes? You have a 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 45?mm and more, yet none of them a weather sealed.

Seems like they're only focused on videographers and not Still shooters, like they say they are.

err...Panasonic just released the 200mm F/2.8 WITH the G9... Then there is the 12mm f/1.4 released last year. Both being weather sealed...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (393 comments in total)
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Stejo: Seems better and cheaper than the EM1ii which is a very successful camera. It's also cheaper and more feature packed than any FF offering.

Looks like another home run for Panasonic, especially when street price gets knocked down a couple hundred $.

@RED Stejo is talking about launch price. E-M1 II has been out for over a year and as such, has gone down in price a little.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

@Mark9473 Japan didn't follow the naming convention. Presumably because the GF series was and still is doing very well. And as far as I can tell, same with the G8 series. The naming convention was explained @ DPR, though I can't remember where.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 07:06 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

@PedroMZ which is why I said "albeit, no(t) real flaghship per say, just the higher end GX#", meaning the GX8 is the highest level GX. Mind you, the GX8 is ~$1200 USD, in the states, which is not nearly "less than half the price".

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 07:03 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

Starting with GX8 Panasonic changed their numbering system. With their Gx line, G# = Flagship (starting with this new G9). G## = mid level (starting with G80/85) and G### = entry level (G850). The new G9 has no predecessor. It's the first of it's line. The GX line has the same numbering system, albeit, no real flagship per say, just the higher end GX# starting with the GX8.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
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VEK: With development of mirrorless cameras I want cameras without center placed viewfinders so i do not have to press my nose to the backside.
Make alle mirrorless cameras with the viewfinders at the left side!

If the viewfinder is in the middle it does not suit both left and right eyed people equally. ;)
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all joking aside, I totally understand why left eyed users wouldn't want a viewfinder on the left corner.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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alandalsong: If you can still touch the sink while operating the camera, the solution is not really effective. The thermal contact between the source and sink is so poor, it hardly helps.
Just my opinion.
Flame on!

To be fair to the OP, if the heat sink is working but it's cool to touch, I would think you can probably get a smaller heat sink made with better materials and be good enough (and still cool enough to touch).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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BJN: He likes the MFT format because, "...it's really small and compact..." so let's build and strap on a huge heat sink rather than consider a GH-series camera that doesn't have the heat dissipation issue.

To be even fairer, considering the GF7 can only do 1080P at 60, you could get a GH2 used for about $200-250. Quite a bit smaller and cheaper than a used GH4. Bonus being it's even smaller than the GF7 with ridiculously large heat sink.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
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(unknown member): Why buy this over the Olympus E-M10II? No EVF, no IBIS. Those are massive advantages.

The amount of pages a manual has, has nothing to do with how intuitive or bad the UI is.
Oh and btw, I haven't read my GX8 manual... Because I haven't needed too.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 06:32 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: The GM series provided camera bodies that looked like toys but performed like real cameras. The GX850 and its earlier GF cousins now add more toy-like features to make sure that they are more likely to be used like toys.

The GM easy use features could be mentally brushed aside by more serious users - the GF7/8 and GX850 models leave the toy image intact and continually in the user's face.

Did Panasonic ever regret that they made the GM series such a capable camera that they needed to revise it to appeal to less involved users? For every new less involved user won over there might be three others who are waiting for the next GM that might never come.

If, and only "if", we can ignore all attempts to make it look "a lightweight" inside there beats a solid heart of capable camera. Myself - couldn't be bothered - I will keep my GM5 forever if need be.

Sorry, don't have it on hand, just remember reading about it. I do know that at least up to GF7 the GF line was Panasonic best selling camera. Not sure about GF8 and it's too early for GF9.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 20:32 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: The GM series provided camera bodies that looked like toys but performed like real cameras. The GX850 and its earlier GF cousins now add more toy-like features to make sure that they are more likely to be used like toys.

The GM easy use features could be mentally brushed aside by more serious users - the GF7/8 and GX850 models leave the toy image intact and continually in the user's face.

Did Panasonic ever regret that they made the GM series such a capable camera that they needed to revise it to appeal to less involved users? For every new less involved user won over there might be three others who are waiting for the next GM that might never come.

If, and only "if", we can ignore all attempts to make it look "a lightweight" inside there beats a solid heart of capable camera. Myself - couldn't be bothered - I will keep my GM5 forever if need be.

The GF line has been Panasonic's bestselling M43 line. And selling the GM line for $300 means they are losing $$$ on each unit sold. Yet it was done to at least get some money back from a failed line.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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Raist3d: Dpreview - you have completely ignored the awesome street photography use this camera provides. And as for action- it shares the DFD of the gx85/Gh4 and can do some reasonable tracking.

You also seemed to miss (maybe I did) the double raw buffer over gm5. The camera operation that's so fast and as for lack luster color, did you try vivid with some contrast and saturation? Or standard? I find that at night it can work well.

I used to always fix WB with my GF1. I never need to do any WB fixes these days with my GX8. I would say WB has been significantly improved if not fixed in general.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
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QuikFrame: Does this seem like it would be good for vlogging?

Is it one of the few pocket camera that has a selfie function? If so, I would think it would be rather useful for vlogging

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: The GM series provided camera bodies that looked like toys but performed like real cameras. The GX850 and its earlier GF cousins now add more toy-like features to make sure that they are more likely to be used like toys.

The GM easy use features could be mentally brushed aside by more serious users - the GF7/8 and GX850 models leave the toy image intact and continually in the user's face.

Did Panasonic ever regret that they made the GM series such a capable camera that they needed to revise it to appeal to less involved users? For every new less involved user won over there might be three others who are waiting for the next GM that might never come.

If, and only "if", we can ignore all attempts to make it look "a lightweight" inside there beats a solid heart of capable camera. Myself - couldn't be bothered - I will keep my GM5 forever if need be.

Err...GF series sold like hotcakes while GM sold like bricks so I highly doubt that.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 00:40 UTC
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(unknown member): Why buy this over the Olympus E-M10II? No EVF, no IBIS. Those are massive advantages.

Because it's significantly smaller? Lighter? Faster AF? 4K?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (692 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Mirrorless has really come of age when it comes to AF, I dare say that in some ways this is much better at subject tracking than an entry or prosumer DSLR, even with depth tracking mirrorless is offering solid performances. When you consider that Panasonic manages this with pure contrast detect it's even more impressive.

Well, considering Panasonic's DFD is faster in AF (and can AF in darker places) than Olympus's (not including the soon to be released, E-M1 II) PDAF (or any AF mode)...I'm not sure what 'light' Olympus has seen.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:36 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (692 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "There is only one real area it struggles: JPEG image quality."

I know what you meant, and I get it and all: we all convert raw files anyway, but it still comes out sounding funny, as in: "we here at dpreview think the G85 is a great camera, highly recommended, just as long as you don't mind the fact that it doesn't take very good pictures." (!)

Has it really come to this?

So everyone takes only JPEG photos? Shoot, I must be doing it wrong then...

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:23 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (692 comments in total)
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Betico: These Chinese manufactures are now as good, if not better, than their Japanese competitors. One simple example:
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 is as good as the Fujifilm X-T2, but it costs almost half of the price.

Lol, Panasonic is a 98 year old Japanese company...
As for where they were made, my GF1 was made in Japan...as well as ALL of my Panasonic lenses (my GX8 was made in China though).

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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anomalous: Why is everyone so casually accepting of Panasonic (and other manufacturers) removing a necessary part of a digital camera: the AA-filter?

I would be happier to buy the G85 if it had a strong AA filter rather than the current situation of no AA filter.

Does everyone else just accept that photos are now supposed to contain false colour and moire everywhere? What happened to colour accuracy? It's so puzzling to me.

Err...so where is the false colour? And where is this Moire that, as you say, should be showing up everywhere?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (692 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: In your May "2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200", you called the Olympus E-M5 mark II "outstanding" and gave it a 81 point silver award. I was puzzled that such a camera, very good overall and with some truly outstanding features including industry-leading IS and FF level high res IQ, could not make a gold. I trust that the G85, which falls into the same price range and you recommend for the same kind of photography, is truly a good camera and deserves a gold which makes the E-M5 II silver ever more difficult to understand. Something quite similar happened with the E-M10 mark II which, together with the E-M5II, was EISA's camera of the year in its category. I really like your site and consult it regularly but if this is not bias I don't know what is, and it's a let-down.

Err...we are talking about a Panasonic camera. They are less known than Olympus, they are less popular than Olympus and frankly, they sell way less than Olympus (on Amazon). So why in the world would an Amazon owned company, have a bias towards Panasonic over Olympus? That makes zero sense. I think you'll just have to submit to the idea that the G80/85 actually does deserve a gold.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
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