Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review
Our latest test scene simulates both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget switches between the two. The daylight scene is manually white balanced to give neutral grays, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests. Raw files are manually corrected. We offer three different viewing sizes: 'Full', 'Print', and 'Comp', with the latter two offering 'normalized' comparisons by using matched viewing sizes. The 'Comp' option chooses the largest-available resolution common to the cameras being compared.
It's likely the Panasonic G85 uses the same 16MP sensor as the G7, but without an anti aliasing filter. The removal of this filter doesn't make a huge difference in terms ofcompared to the G7, but it also doesn't mean too much additional moiré or . Sharpening is a bit more aggressive on the G85, this occasionally results in a along edges as well as , noticeable along blocks of solid color. The is a good example of overaggressive sharpening crunching away details.
The G85 uses an updated JPEG engine and color atappears slightly punchier than that of the G7; yellows also seem to have less of the nasty . As the ISO increases, color remains slightly more accurate and than that of the G7. JPEGs appears similar to those from (which also uses a 16MP sensor sans AA filter), with no noticeable color improvements as base ISO. The same can be said at .
The camera's noise reduction also appears very similar to that of the: aggressive at both and ISOs. It does offer advantages over that of its predecessor, the G7 though. For instance at ISO 3200, the G85 holds on to detail in the better than the G7 (though it still smooths over the detail in the sponge). But at both camera's , the G85's leaves have been completely smoothed over, while the G7 still retains some detail. This suggests a context sensitive noise reduction system that's often not quite clever enough at recognizing the context, resulting in aggressive levels of NR being applied.
Shutter vibrations resulting in soft images were a real problem for the Panasonic G7. With the G85, Panasonic used a new electromagnetic shutter mechanism and swapped the previously-plastic front plate for a magnesium one. They also gave the camera an electronic first curtain shutter option. So did all this work to mitigate shutter shock?.
Whether using simply theor the , there is no noticeable softness from vibration (sharpness is indicated by alaising in the star).
Raw performance from the G85 is largely unchanged compared to that of the G7. The removal of the AA filter does result in slightly improved. You can expect near identical Raw performance to the .
Because the G7 is best used in E-shutter mode due to shutter shock, the G85 offers some serious advantages in terms of Raw noise levels over its predecessor as high ISOs. This is because there is a noise penalty when using the; files are 10-bit as opposed to 12-bit (as is the case when using the mechanical shutter). It's worth noting that this noise penalty is not an issue when using the new mode on the G85.
Raw files also look similar to those from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, which also uses a 16MP Four Thirds chip with no AA filter, with nearly identicalnoise levels. However the G85 appears to the EM-5 II. In fact, detail from the G85 is only a bit behind the APS-C . Of course, it only takes pushing the ISO to see the advantages of the a6300's when it comes to noise levels.
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