Pansonic’s DMC-GX85 Drops Anti-Aliasing Filter, Keeps Body+Lens IS System

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Panasonic today has announced the new GX85, a mirrorless system camera designed to be a bit of a budget alternative to their GX8 model. The most immediate spec change is a drop to 16 megapixels instead of 20, but you’ll also see the removal of the AA filter to help increase resolution performance by a claimed 10% over models with one in place. 4K video is also along for the ride with the same burst and photo extraction modes as the GX8. Also carried over are an integrated high-rez viewfinder and the new dual AF system that lets the 5-axis in-body AF work in tandem with the 2-axis system in existing Panasonic lenses for even better stabilization performance (a feature also seen in Olympus bodies paired with their new 300mm pro lens). A new electromagnetic driven shutter improves some shutter shock issues the big bro could experience, and along with the absent AA filter could tip the favor towards the GX85 for some shooters even if it’s the ‘lower’ model.

The GX85 is slated to run $699.99 for body only, or as a kit with 12-32mm compact zoom for $799.99.

The Brand New Standard of LUMIX G

High Image Quality and High Performance Packed in a Compact Body

LUMIX GX80 – To Capture Life on the Move

Panasonic is proud to introduce a new DSLM(Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera DMC-GX80 for LUMIX G that incorporates a host of advanced technologies and practical functions in a compact body.

The DMC-GX80 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save it as a 4K Photo. It is easy to get 4K PHOTO with three 4K PHOTO modes; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. Post Focus, Light Composition, 4K Live Cropping are also available.

The LUMIX GX80 incorporates new 5-axis Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer) for more effective suppression of blur. Combining an O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S.(Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the 5-axis Dual I.S. compensates for a larger range of movement than ever before. Users can enjoy blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low light situations.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without Low Pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high resolution image in detail with high contrast, impressive color reproduction. The LUMIX GX80 adopts an electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit. The shock caused by the movement of shutter diaphragm is dramatically reduced and the shutter sound is also minimized. This shock reduction enables users to release mechanical shutter even in the situations where they had no choice but to use electronic shutter.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps*1, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec*2. A variety of extensive AF functions including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF enhance usability to comply with wide-ranging shooting situations.

The DMC-GX80 integrates a LVF (Live View Finder) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution and approx.100% color reproduction. This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. The new 3.0-inch large, approx.1040K-dot high resolution static-type touch monitor with approx. 100% of field of view tilts up by 80-degree and down by 45-degree which enables shooting in either high or low angle even easier.

For even more creative photography, the LUMIX GX80 integrates a new L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style, that offers an impressive monochrome picture with rich gradation like that of a B/W film. Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are also new additions to conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets that allow users to choose best shot later.

Thanks to the connectivity of Wi-Fi®, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.

Featuring a sophisticated exterior design that fits well in hand, the LUMIX GX80 brings users an exciting photographic experience in everyday life.

*1 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

*2 In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 (CIPA).

1 .4K capability bringing the evolution in videography/photography – 4K video and 4K PHOTO

Taking advantage of the high speed signal readout capability of the sensor and high speed signal processing, the LUMIX GX80 is capable of recording 4K video*1*2. Despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy efficiency and the size is kept compact for high mobility. The LUMIX GX80 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60 Hz) / 50p (50 Hz) videos with practical full-time AF.

Thanks to this 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO with which users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting a frame of the most photogenic timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. In the 4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All these functions in 4K PHOTO enables saving pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution, which is good enough for printing in A3 size, without missing the spur-of-the-moment.

The LUMIX GX80 comes with the Post Focus function that enables users to select in-focus area even after shooting. You can get multiple shots with different focus point with a single shutter release to choose from. It is helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing focused subject. This function has been developed by combining the DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology that enables measuring the distance to the subject and the 4K technology. Operation is quite simple and easy – just shoot an image in a Post Focus mode and touch on the point where you want to set focus while playing it back.

In addition, the LUMIX GX80 incorporates Light Composition function as a new option of 4K PHOTO mode. The camera synthesize the images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel. This makes it possible to produce more luxurious, dramatic image of situations such as fireworks or night scenery in camera with ease.

Not only these, the LUMIX GX80 also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording that realizes stable panning or zooming in video recording. In panning shots, you can just set the viewing angle to start and end with to get smooth panning imagery without using a special equipment like a slider. In zooming, you can set the after-zoomed viewing angle first, so that the subject can be perfectly in the frame. Thanks to the digital operation, the imagery of zooming is smooth because it does not move zoom lens physically.

FOR EUROPE

*1 About motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording

– Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures.

– Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].

(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)

– Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [AVCHD] in Europe.

– Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD] [VGA].

– Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [MP4] in [4K].

– When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

– When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.

– When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.

*2 For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.

FOR OTHER REGIONS

*1 About motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording

– Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures.

– Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].

(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)

– Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD] [VGA].

– MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:

– When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

– When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.

– When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.

*2 For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.

2.New 5-Axis Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer) to be free from any type of blur

The LUMIX GX80 incorporates the new 5-axis Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer) for more effective suppression of blur. Combining an O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S.(Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the 5-axis Dual I.S. compensates for a larger movement which was conventionally uncontrollable, making it possible to use 4-step slower shutter speed*1. By making the most of both O.I.S and B.I.S., it is highly beneficial not only in wide angle but also in telephoto and in the adverse situations such as at nighttime or in one-hand shooting.

The 5-axis Dual I.S. works in both photo and motion picture recording including 4K video. Panasonic LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Cameras offer a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses and most of them are going to comply with this 5-axis dual I.S. in LUMIX GX80*2 and the B.I.S. compensates for the camera movement even when a lens without O.I.S. is used.

*1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=32mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=64mm), when H-FS12032 is used.]

*2 Firmware update is required for some lenses.

3. The high image quality with real-to-life detail and impressive color reproduction

The LUMIX GX80 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive color reproduction.

Removing the Low Pass Filter, the limiting resolution is improved by approx.10%* while detecting high frequency component to suppress generation of moire by the Venus Engine, which is designed for GX80.

The Venus Engine even reproduces vibrant, impressive color for such as clear sky by dividing hue, saturation, and luminosity, and finely adjusts them separately. Taking advantage of these fine tuning capability, LUMIX GX80 enables users to choose a preset of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction as they like according to the shooting subject in Photo Style. Notably, L Monochrome is a new option added to the Photo Style, making it possible to shoot impressive monochrome photo with deep black and rich gradation like that of a B/W film.

The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise even in low-lit situations and at max. ISO 25600.

The LUMIX GX80 adopts an electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit. The shock caused by the movement of shutter diaphragm is dramatically reduced by approx.90% in comparison with a conventional spring-powered shutter unit. Consequently, the shutter sound is also minimized. This shock reduction enables users to release mechanical shutter even in the situations where they had no choice but to use electronic shutter. Moreover, structure of the new shutter unit without motor and gears achieves considerable downsizing of the unit itself and therefore the camera profile.

*Panasonic comparison with DMC-GX7.

4. High speed response and practical AF/MF options

The Contrast AF in DMC-GX80 achieves even higher speed, higher precision focusing with digital signal communication at max. 240 fps. Furthermore, the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*1 calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the DMC-GX80 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*2 and high speed burst shooting at 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus.

The Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely even without AF assist lamp in extremely low-lit situations to -4EV, which is as dark as under the moonlight. Plus, the DMC-GX80 integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with auto focus. This can be achieved by accurate calculation of contrast value in a smaller AF zone.

A total of 49 focus detection area realizes more flexible composition together with Custom Multi AF mode in which users can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-GX80 incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of human face. With the Pinpoint AF, users can magnify the target area to set precise focus.

*1 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

*2 In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 (CIPA).

5. Intuitive control for operational comfort

The DMC-GX80 integrates LVF (Live View Finder) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution and approx.100% color reproduction. This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. It comes with the Eye Sensor and the Eye Sensor AF starts auto focusing by just looking into the LVF not to miss the shooting opportunity.

The 3.0-inch large, approx.1040K-dot high resolution static-type touch monitor with approx. 100% of field of view. It tilts up by 80-degree and down by 45-degree which enables shooting in either high or low angle even easier.

To further enhance the controllability, the DMC-GX80 comes with thick, solid grip for a stable holding even in one hand. The front/rear dual dial system enables direct setting – for example, users can adjust white balance with a front dial and set ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or seeing the noise effect, which is helpful in the complex lighting situations.

6. Other Features

?Exposure / WB / Focus / Aperture Bracket NEW

In LUMIX GX80, Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are new additions to conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets for users to choose best shot later. In Focus Bracket, max.999 images can be shot with different focus points. The Aperture Bracket lets users have multiple shots with different depth of field.

?Creative Control in P/A/S/M Mode

The DMC-GX80 integrates a variety of artistic functions that adds fun to digital photography. The popular Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options. Effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable. Now it is possible to apply one of these filters even in P/A/S/M mode. Users can combine favorable setting and filter to make the most intentional image. Also, DMC- GX80 is capable of taking pictures “with” and “without” filter effect simultaneously, so that users can compare them to choose later.

?Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones

The LUMIX GX80 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once connecting the camera and smartphone/tablet installing Panasonic’s dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shooting / browsing / sharing images remotely. Plus, the LUMIX GX80 users are eligible to have free 100GB storage on Google Drive™ to save photo and video data*.

*Users need to register to LUMIX CLUB to get the ID in advance and activate the account service by 30 September 2016.

?RAW data development in Camera

?AC/USB Power Charging

?Silent Mode

?Multiple Exposure

?Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation