YOU Should Buy A Panasonic G85, And Here’s Why!

by birtanpublished on May 20, 2021

Yeah we're currently recording on the Panasonic Lumix G 85 it is the best camera for its price point anything else in its competition cannot even come close to touching it I would argue that it does not have any competition it's got the best stabilization it's got the best preamps it's got the best 4k video quality at its price point and darn it is it just a good camera so we very recently released a video called should you buy a Lumix G 85 in 2019 this video is not that this video is me trying to spend the next X amount of minutes however long this video is trying to convince you that you should absolutely

Buy one because it is the best camera you're gonna find for the price let's get to it what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out so we're finally here it's been a minute since I've been so enthusiastically behind a Panasonic Lumix camera that I dedicated a whole video on why you should buy it the last one being the G h5 which oh yeah so so good well it's the JT fives turn as I've owned this camera for a few months now and it's been used like I said in almost every single video you've seen of mine in the time frame whether you knew it or

Not I'm sneaky so let's get into the part of the video where we go point by point and I try to use my magical power of persuasion to convince you why if you were on a budget this is the camera for you and you know what let's pop the JT 5 on the tripod so we can spend the rest of the video actually seeing and hearing what it can do look at that just remember how big the JT 5 was it's a tiny thing it replaces this whole big rig since we're now looking down the barrel of the JT 5 let's start off with the video quality because frankly it's one of the JT 5 strongest feature now I

Know that most cameras these days all have pretty darn good looking image quality there isn't really a camera out there right now that just straight-up sucks that's kinda what we're gonna turn you should buy series into is everything's great now there is I'm so sick of the negativity everything's really great but the JT 5 is something special it has 4k 30 frames per second that can be recorded in def that's a very very rare camera especially at this price point that does not have a recording limit I mean not

Only that but its image quality is fantastic like most of the reason I keep this camera around besides the 4k live crop that we'll talk much more about here in a second is how good the image quality looks for almost no effort Panasonic colors aren't something that most people are clamoring about almost all of that praise is given to Canon for some reason Wow but I think the images are nice and vibrant with plenty of customization in the camera itself if you want it and it just looks darn good like right now all the image you're

Seeing is straight out of the camera with the cinah like V profile I've got the lighting setup that's pretty much it that's all you need combine that with some fantastic preamps in a consumer camera and this is the total package there are only two big weaknesses of the GD v and they really aren't that bad considering the price but just for clarity's sake and making sure that I'm not like telling a fits here there are two negatives in my opinion that's the sensor size in the autofocus Panasonic has terrible continuous autofocus and the older the camera gets the worse it

Gets I mean I'm that's not up for debate that sorry that's just a statement of fact it's unusable the other weakness is the sensor itself and the new g95 will come equipped with the newer 20 megapixel sensor like the one found in the g9 which should be able to do great things I can't wait to get my hand on one of those suckers but sometimes I do find the 16 megapixels in the G 85 lacking mostly when I'm taking like macro photography that's real the only problem I have with it the sensor size I don't care about micro four-thirds I think mark 4/3 is great but don't take

My word for it let's hop outside so you can see the JT 5 in its natural habitat the vlogging test now we're back out again for the vlogging test even though we're out here for the beginning now we're gonna do the actual vlogging test where we're gonna walk around show you the stabilization show you the video quality show you everything about this camera because it's so good now I'm a big fan I know I say this all the time I've said that even in this video itself but I'm a very big fan of Panasonic cameras there is nothing else in the market quite like a Panasonic camera I

Mean yes they do have micro 4/3 sensors which some people get all up in arms about I really like microphone or third sensors because it buys you a few big things one like right now we're seeing the stabilization you can't do that with a bigger sensor unless you get a much bigger body to the image quality with that Sun flare I've got a halo name is called fantastic it's great when you combine the stabilization the flip screen the audio everything you combine that all together I do not understand why more people do not use Panasonic

Cameras they're like the perfect vlogging style camera the only problem they have is the auto focus but you just don't use the auto focus here let me show you how to auto focus with the g85 I'm touching the screen I'm focusing on my face done guess what I never have to worry about now as long as we're right here I don't have to worry about auto focus who cares about auto focus when you don't use it oh it's so good I just love half the reason I make these you should buy videos is just because I love a lot of the technology we've got out right now and I find that there's so

Much negativity online about Panasonic tiny micro four-thirds Sony garbage colors canon and everything Nikon what it's just there's so much negativity out there I really want these videos to be positive because everything out there is great there's no real there's not really a bad camera out there today like the technology today is fantastic that's what this you should buy a series of videos is about and we have totally gone off track but it's important I want you to know that okay you've been able to see the vlogging it's amazing this camera is so good

Let's go back to talking about how good this camera is see you in a second next up might be the most important aspect the price because frankly none of us are made of money despite what it may look like from the line of cameras constantly parading around my house I promise not made of money here the Lumix GT 5 can be had brand new for $700 with a kit lens now that definitely sounds like a lot if you spend any time around cameras you know that that's just a drop in the bucket compared to some of the other cameras we've compared here recently instead of buying new however you could

Do like I did and buy the same thing used for about 500 bucks which takes a good deal and makes it a great phenomenal deal why aren't you doing this yet you should hound the bnh website until another used one pops up deal like four five hundred dollars there nothing else that offers what I use gd5 can the g7 is missing the stabilization doesn't play well with monitors and doesn't have the 4k live crop oh don't you worry it's common about it the Canon m50 is missing the stabilization the high quality 4k and canons never ever

Even heard of 4k live cropping their version of 4k live cropping is cropping their 4k images 1.6 to 1.7 times and then taking their autofocus away boom the g7x mark too much the same the sony a6000 is missing stabilization and a flip screen and a mic input kenan SL 3 you know same thing as the other Canon cameras the sony RX 0 is the one that comes close because it has much of the same but it has a teeny tiny little battery that lasts like almost no time at all and it does not have unlimited 4k recording so on and so forth there are a lot of cameras in this price range not a

Single one of them can touch the g85 not only can the camera itself be had for fantastic deals but the kit lens is actually pretty good too the twelve to sixty three point five to five point six might not be the fastest lens in the world but you can see right now that it works pretty well in low light and comes equipped with Panasonic's dual is technology like we saw in the vlogging test I mean that turns this camera into a vloggers dream it Panasonic cameras why are you not like the only thing that people talk about for vlogging but the lens ecosystem as a whole can have some

Real gems hidden inside of it for very reasonable prices and case in point is this little fella this is the Lumix 25 millimeter 1.7 which is a 50 millimeter equivalent lens which can be had for about $100 or so used again for 600 bucks you could have a legitimate entire video production camera system with both a 24 to 120 equivalent zoom and a 50 millimeter fast prime for some shallow depth of field work like come on come on now let's talk about that absolute my absolute favorite feature and single-handedly the reason I got the GD 5 to begin with those that watch the gh

5 video know what's coming and I've only mentioned it like three or four times now in the video that's the 4k live crop this feature will change your life if you make any kind of YouTube product video it is hands down the single most useful feature any camera could ever have ever period autofocus not important stabilization not important 4k live cropping basically what it does is it sets the camera to 4k output and lets you choose between to 1080p boxes of various sizes inside of that 4k output and then when you hit record the

Camera will then pan tilt or zoom for you it will do that all for you without ever moving the camera this single feature has no kidding no kidding without a single shred of hyperbole or I'm not exaggerating here it's changed everything about how I record my YouTube videos you absolutely could just record a 4k clip and then do the same thing in your editing software with keyframing but that's a pain in the butt this is way easier and as it's capturing in progress you can still move the camera or add different lighting effects or you could do this too moving objects it's

Not just a stable image that you're cropping across it's actually like the camera cropping wildlife or your video was happening it's this is a feature that's so useful it sells the darn camera by itself I mean the the biggest negative of the Panasonic s1 they're full-frame camera in my opinion is that it doesn't have 4k live cropping that would make that camera the almost perfect camera I feel so strongly about these things that we're at 1,300 words now and I've only talked about three darn aspects of this camera what what even is this camera for 500 bucks okay

Okay really quickly before this video gets even more out of hand I just I like the G 85 you might not have noticed but it's got a fully articulating touchscreen which like mentioned in the vlogging test makes the autofocus not even matter I guess if you're gonna have terrible autofocus at least make a way that it just shred of doesn't matter because you can do all of the focusing in front of the camera and never need to worry about hunting autofocus again it's also got access to the OG Panasonic camera app that's right up there with 4k live crop for how useful it is this app

Gives you full control over the camera with your phone or iPad unless you change everything without even needing to be near the camera physically the camera is also amazing it has a full assortment of physical dials and with two separate modal buttons and one of my favorite camera user interfaces around with full touch functionality to sort and change those settings and use that interface and a nice little touch the SD card slot is on the side instead of on the bottom for much quicker and easier removal and changing whoo-hoo bringing it back to the beginning if you

Are looking for a budget camera this is one that you should absolutely be considering autofocus is an overrated feature because no matter the brand it will fail from time to time if you can figure out how to tap to focus either through the g85 screen or from the app you'll never need to worry about that again and at the same time you have access to awesome stabilization lenses 4k so much more so yes you should absolutely go buy a Lumix G 85 thanks for watching

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