In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Semi-Pro Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Panasonic and Fujifilm. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor. Fujifilm X-T2, on the contrary, features CMOS X-TRANS III sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Key Features:
Fujifilm X-T2 Key Features:
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6.2 vs No||6.2 better flash range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||505 g vs 507 g||2 g lighter|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||368.16 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||38.9% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||14 fps vs 9 fps||5 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||325 vs 49||276 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Battery Life||340 shots vs 330 shots||10 more frames with a single charge|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.77 vs 0.74||0.03 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps | 14.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 2g less than the Fujifilm X-T2. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Are Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor . Fujifilm X-T2, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS X-TRANS III sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Fujifilm X-T2 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.6x larger than the one featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85||Fujifilm X-T2|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 or Fujifilm X-T2, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Fujifilm X-T2 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X-T2. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85||Fujifilm X-T2|
|Announced||Sep 19, 2016||Jul 07, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Type||CMOS||CMOS X-TRANS III|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||23.6 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||368.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3448||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Fujifilm X|
|Number of Lenses||94||43|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||325|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||14.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off||Auto, standard, slow sync, manual, commander|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||3840 x 2160 (29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||505 g||507 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 89 x 74 mm||133 x 92 x 49 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots||340 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS II|