2017 Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 Images Quality And Specification Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 (known as the GX800 and GF9 in some regions) is the brand’s most lightweight exchangeable lens Camera (as of Springtime 2017) and uses the same 16MP Four Thirds indicator as several of its buddies. Marketed kitted with a 12-32mm retractable zoom capability, stand-out functions consist of a 180-degree flip-up contact LCD, Panasonic’s outstanding Depth from Defocus AF and 4K movie catch.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850/GX800 review
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 review

At its primary the GX850 symbolizes a mixing of Panasonic’s style-oriented GF-line with the ultra-compact-oriented GM-line and changes both the GM5 and GF8. However, its most similar brother currently on the market is greater, EVF-sporting GX85.

Key Features

  • 16MP Four Thirds MOS sensor
  • 4K/30/24p movie capture
  • 4K Picture way of 8MP pictures at 30 fps
  • 5 fps jolts with ongoing AF
  • 3″ 1.04M-dot contact LCD flicks ups 180 degrees
  • Wi-Fi

Panasonic’s primary client for this digicam is the sporadic client looking for a carry-everywhere-cam for recording family or buddies. This client is someone who likes a selfie-screen to an EVF and prefers ease-of-use and compactness. Since this ‘lifestyle’ digicam client is likely to use you for a variety of different types of photography, we’re going to see how it works in a variety of circumstances.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 Images Quality

Raw DR

If we look at what happens if we gradually underexpose Raw information, then lighten up them up (as if raising dark areas from pictures taken under less-than-perfect lighting), you can see you works very well. Its more compact indicator indicates it’s more noisy than the very APS-C receptors, but the distinction even here is quite little. Evaluate it to most of its immediate colleagues and you’ll find its Raw information provide similar, if not better versatility when handling.

If we look at ISO Invariance, where we give different ISO configurations the same visibility, then force up the the same illumination, you can see no factor in the level of disturbance in the information. This indicates either that you is including basically no disturbance of its own to the information or that there’s already a bit of boosting even at ISO 200, to get rid of the little quantity of disturbance included after the preliminary catch. For all realistic reasons, it’s about as ISO-invariant as they get.

Scenery photography

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 Images Quality
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 Images Quality

We temporarily described how capturing Raw is the best way to get the most image out of the digital camera’s 16MP Four Thirds indicator, something that shows very actual for landscape photography lovers looking for great powerful variety in their pictures. DR, by the way, represents the variety between the smartest shiny your indicator can deal with and the pitch-dark overall tone you consider useful, before being overwhelmed by disturbance.

Overall, Raw DR from the GX850 is on par with that of the digital camera’s big bro, the GX85 and as effective as any 16MP Four Thirds indicator on the marketplace. The digicam provides a degree of ISO invariance, significance you can perfectly underexpose by several (three) prevents, to guard the emphasize details, then take the dark areas in ‘post,’ without any actual charge (as has been done in the image above).

The kit zoom offers a 24-64mm equiv. field of view, which is useful for walking around and exploring. However, the slow aperture range of F3.5-5.6 means the lens is not the best for low light, especially if your subject is moving
The kit zoom offers a 24-64mm equiv. field of view, which is useful for walking around and exploring. However, the slow aperture range of F3.5-5.6 means the lens is not the best for low light, especially if your subject is moving

For travel and holiday photography lovers weight, dimension and stability are all key. The GX850 – assisted by its little retractable zoom capability – is among the actual, least heavy ILCs on the marketplace, but it isn’t weather-sealed and provides the cheapest battery power ranking of any digicam in its class.

Its little dimension also means the digicam has no actual hold indent. That, along with the smooth completing, makes the GX850 vulnerable to falling from one’s hand. This customer used a hand band during this evaluation. It’s simply not a great body design to carry around all day perfectly. Though it is lightweight enough to fit in little bag or bag, but probably not a wallet. That said, the physical construction of the GX850 is reassuringly heavy. It might not endure being decreased, but it should have no problem being broken around a bit.

An out-of-camera JPEG shot at ISO 3200. Low light JPEGs look decent, though noise reduction occasionally smooths over detail.
An out-of-camera JPEG shot at ISO 3200. Low light JPEGs look decent, though noise reduction occasionally smooths over detail.

For the informal customers wanting to papers their holiday activities, the digicam will likely never make its way into Raw method. So how do low light/high ISO JPEGs from the GX850 look? Not too poor. Noise decrease is a tad overaggressive and awkward, but that can be called down from within the ‘Picture Style’ establishing. And the kit lenses’ visual image stabilizing does a reasonable job at decreasing tremble without having to force ISO too great.

The digicam also has a built-in pop-up display, but it tends to lead to bleached-out pictures when capturing most near topics. This is very actual if you use the display with the selfie screen.

Sports and action photography

Use electronic first-curtain mode instead of the electronic shutter to avoid the effects of rolling shutter
Use electronic first-curtain mode instead of the electronic shutter to avoid the effects of rolling shutter

The GX850 is better suitable for social photography than it is for activities or activity capturing. That being said, there are ways to set up the digicam to capture activity.

While you could change on the activities method on the digital camera’s change, you’ll have better outcomes if you do the following: Set the digicam to Auto ISO and Shutter Concern with Digital First-Curtain Shutter method allowed. This method will help you avoid moving shutter, but will also restrict you to a 1/500 sec max shutter rate. Next set your drive rate to ‘M (w/ Live View).’ This will provide you 5 fps jolts with ongoing auto-focus. If you are capturing JPEGs, you can get up to 100 pictures in a rush with a quick enough card. Lastly set your auto-focus to AF-C pick either the single or multi place AF method and use the touchscreen display screen to move the region over your topic.

While your photos may not find their way into the pages of Sports Shown, you should have some excellent outcomes with the above configurations, unless of course 1/500 sec is not quick enough for the topic you are capturing. You can also try out the digital camera’s 4K Picture method, which will provide you a 30 fps rush, but with lower-resolution information and the risk of altered fast-moving topics thanks to electronic shutter (rolling shutter).

Autofocus

Our preliminary examining indicates the GX850’s auto-focus works in the same way as the GX85’s did, so we’ve involved that digital camera’s analyze photos below. Note: the GX85 has a 1 fps benefits over the GX850, 6 fps vs 5 fps. That distinction aside, AF efficiency between the two is indistinguishable.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 Specifications

Price
MSRP $549 (body only)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 200-25600 (extends down to 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
  • MPO
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2x, 4x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 49
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/500 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Child
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description DMW-BLH7
Battery Life (CIPA) 210
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None