Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Panasonic. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Panasonic, is a camera from Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, while Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a Large Sensor Superzoom camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85, features has a resolution of 16.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, features a sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from MirrorLess category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Key Features:
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||48.4% larger pixel area|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 921k dots||11.4% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||505 g vs 831 g||326 g lighter|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Dxo Color Depth||22.8 vs 22.1||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.5 vs 11.7||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||656 vs 517||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots||0% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.74 vs 0.7||0.04 better magnification|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs 9 fps||3 fps faster|
|Flash Range||13.5 vs 6.2||7.3 better flash range|
|Battery Life||360 shots vs 330 shots||30 more frames with a single charge|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||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 | 12.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 326g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 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 . Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1" sized CMOS sensor and Venus Engine processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 has a sensor area 0.5x bigger compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000|
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000|
|Model||Lumix DMC-G85||Lumix DMC-FZ1000|
|Announced||Sep 19, 2016||Jun 12, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||1"|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3448||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||125|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||94||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||12.0 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, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||71||64|
|DxO Color Depth||22.8||22.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.5||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||656||517|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||505 g||831 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 89 x 74 mm||137 x 99 x 131 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||n/a|