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OlyPent: 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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OlyPent: 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 (683 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 (683 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 (683 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 (683 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
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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Lyff: The Pentax K3 II (and even the original K3) should be with the D7200, outside of the af, the sensor is similar but the body quality (controls and materials, full weather sealing), the burst rate without crop,ibis, all features like astro tracer, pixel shift, the focus peaking ( and the nice feature that automatically burst when you're in focus with a manual lense) it really feels like an high end ASPC camera like the 7D II & D500.

As a canikon shooter (at work I use mostly a D810 & 5DII) I was pretty skeptical about Pentax lense line up and their reputation for bad af performance,, but outside of af tracking their af is really fast (even faster than the D810 in dim light when you use the central point), the controls are a little disturbing at first but really smart when you're used to, and above everything the ability to stabilise all lenses (like the sigma f/1.8 zooms) on an aspc sensor all these things really made me rethink about going full frame for my personal use.

Yeah, it was. My wife wanted one for her K-5. I guess it's a good thing that she's now distracted by other things (new born) for her to care about the lens...and thankfully, you just can't find it in store and test it out even if you wanted to. 18-35mm for other mounts, sure, for Pentax, nope.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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Gesture: Round up the usual suspects.

Panasonic one of the usual suspects?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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Lyff: The Pentax K3 II (and even the original K3) should be with the D7200, outside of the af, the sensor is similar but the body quality (controls and materials, full weather sealing), the burst rate without crop,ibis, all features like astro tracer, pixel shift, the focus peaking ( and the nice feature that automatically burst when you're in focus with a manual lense) it really feels like an high end ASPC camera like the 7D II & D500.

As a canikon shooter (at work I use mostly a D810 & 5DII) I was pretty skeptical about Pentax lense line up and their reputation for bad af performance,, but outside of af tracking their af is really fast (even faster than the D810 in dim light when you use the central point), the controls are a little disturbing at first but really smart when you're used to, and above everything the ability to stabilise all lenses (like the sigma f/1.8 zooms) on an aspc sensor all these things really made me rethink about going full frame for my personal use.

Err...why bother mentioning about how 'One' lens (and as far as I can tell, this is the only one that has such problems) in the entire library has bad AF on Pentax? You do realize there are...umm...more than the Sigma 18-35mm available?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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Rezaul0: This camera is important in the m43rds universe, and important as a weather sealed, fast 4k video type camera solution in the mirrorless universe- along with being the first to get the Sony 20MP m43rds sensor. it is very help full

Hmm..yes, I think you are correct.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 07:00 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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cheetah43: Time after time new cameras are introduced which have shortcomings. The shutter problem here - is it elementary or not? If it is, why not eliminate it before introducing the camera? Why do the JPEGs show subdued colours? Isn't this elementary? Then, size and compactness. People complain either way. The grips are hideous full stop. You either have a compact [no grip] and leave the heavy telephoto at home, or you carry the heavy stuff. It is ridiculous to be talking about a pocketable IL compact in conjunction with a 200mm heavy zoom. The manufacturers have absolutely no excuses about the elementary stuff. They have to get such matters in hand and not come up short. Features? Great! Compromises? Not great! Cut down on features in order not to have silly compromises!

I would have expected changing default JPEG settings to your taste to be elementary...or are you suggesting that default jpeg settings should be perfect for everyone? And what's wrong with the grip? As for heavy zooms...other than the 100-300mm, 100-400mm...what zoom in M43 is actually 'heavy' (or large for that mater). Besides, of course cameras are introduced time and again with shortcomings...if it didn't, there would be only one camera as it would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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Rezaul0: This camera is important in the m43rds universe, and important as a weather sealed, fast 4k video type camera solution in the mirrorless universe- along with being the first to get the Sony 20MP m43rds sensor. it is very help full

Whoa, Raist3d is correct...dude, you just copied his comments...I can't fathom a reason why you would bother doing such...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
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Mark9473: It's a shame they can't seem to shake off this shutter shock problem. Otherwise it's a dream camera and a great system.

Yip, hasn't been a problem so far.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
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User3723086768: MFT fans can say whatever they want, but you can get a Sony A6000 for half the price with way better noise performance... and thinner.
I guess this is a great camera if you don't mind the low light quality and the depth of field implications.

Um...then you attach a lens on the A6000 and all it's size advantages goes poof.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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