Panasonic expands Lumix family with GX85, a compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds shooter

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Panasonic’s Lumix family of digital cameras added another member on Tuesday with the introduction of the GX85, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that’s a bit more affordable than its predecessor.

The GX85 features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that doesn’t use a low-pass filter, resulting in finer detail. Panasonic says its new Venus Engine helps reduce the moiré that a low-pass filter is typically used to negate.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a new 5-axis stabilization system to help with lenses that don’t have optical image stabilization. For lenses that do have built-in stabilization systems, the two can work in tandem for even steadier shots. There’s also a new electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit to reduce shock caused by the movement of the shutter diaphragm (and enable stealth shooting).

Around back is a 3-inch touch display that tilts up by 80 degrees and down by 45 degrees, making it easier to shoot at high and low angles, respectively. Optionally, the 16:9 LVF (live view finder) boasts 2.764 million dots with 35mm camera equivalent magnification and 100 percent field of view although unlike last year’s GX8, the LVF here sits in a fixed position.

The GX85 is also 4K capable, capturing video at 3,840 x 2,160 at 30p or 24p. There’s also 1080p capture (60Hz), should you not need maximum resolution, and a Post Focus function that lets users select an in-focus area after a shot has been snapped.

Panasonic says the GX85 will be available late next month in your choice of black or silver color schemes priced at $799.99 with a 12-32mm kit lens.

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Awesome!! The inclusion of the stabilization in the camera body is a HUGE advancement, as although there are a plethora of great lumix/leica brand m4/3 lenses, there are some reeeeally interesting lens from Olympus without stabilization (they do it in-camera) such as the really slick 15mm with the scratch-proof lens cover (great lens to keep on for get-togethers and picnics, as it barely protrudes from the camera making it more of a compact point-and-shoot form factor that you wouldn't feel bad just tossing in your pocket or purse). That's the real selling point of this camera, which was never mentioned. x]