Panasonic has released the LUMIX DMC-GX85, featuring new technologies including 5-axis image stabilisation (IS), an advanced sensor and 4K Photo and Video.

The DMC-GX85 is Panasonic’s first G Series camera to incorporate 5-axis in-body stabilisation. This operates during both photo and video recording, including 4K shooting, to deliver stable imaging in situations where that was not previously possible - from capturing images at slow shutter speed or with a telephoto lens, to handheld video shooting.

Furthermore, using any one of the 13 compatible Panasonic lenses, users can also enjoy Dual IS, which now combines the new 5-axis in-body stabilisation with the original 2-axis optical stabilisation in the lens. This provides stabilisation in both photo and video from wide angle to telephoto, and offers the photographer effectiveness even when shooting handheld with lenses such as the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm.

The camera’s 16 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor sees the Low Pass Filter removed for even more highly detailed images, with an improvement in resolution of around 10 per centi. At the same time, Panasonic’s new Venus Engine supresses moiré.

The DMC-GX85 has a new shutter mechanism, electromagnetically driven instead of spring driven, meaning a reduction in size for a smaller camera profile. In addition, the shutter is much quieter and shock caused by the shutter is virtually eliminated, providing extra confidence to the photographer, even in challenging shooting situations.

The DMC-GX85 backs these new capabilities with all the benefits of Panasonic’s 4K feature suite. 4K Video offers four times the resolution of Full HD and easy to use 4K Live Cropping for stable panning and zooming during recording.

4K Photo – now with a dedicated on-camera button - ensures precision in capturing the defining shot with 4K Pre-burst mode which shoots 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released. Post Focus mode allows the user to choose the focal point of an image, after the shot has been taken.

The DMC-GX85 has a high-resolution 2764K-dot Live View Finder offering 0.7x magnification (35mm camera equivalent).  The 3-inch 1,040K-dot rear monitor has a tilting design.

The DMC-GX85 will be available in Australia in late May from photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers. The body is available in black or two-tone silver and black.

DMC-GX85 pricing and availability:

Body only (DMC-GX85GN-K, -S): RRP $1099
Single lens kit with 12-32mm lens (DMC-GX85KGNK, S): RRP $1199
Twin lens kit with 12-32mm & 45-150mm lenses (DMC-GX85TWIN-K, -S): RRP $1449
Zoom lens kit with 14-140mm lens (DMC-GX85ZOOM-K, -S): RRP $1699

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