TEST 02: FEATURES
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You can achieve a 50MP shot by combining eight sequential shots
The X-Pro2’s Film Simulation modes make it easy to adjust your images on the fly; for example, the saturation-boosting ‘Velvia’ option will give your pictures a lift on dull days. Another feature of this camera is its eye-level ‘hybrid’ viewfinder, meaning you have a choice of a traditional optical viewfinder or a 2.3-million-dot-resolution real-time electronic viewfinder, visible within the same window. It’s a very neat trick indeed.
The PEN-F boasts the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount and sensor as the rest of the Olympus range – it’s the same size as the Panasonic’s, but smaller than the Fujifilm’s. Sensor resolution is 20 megapixels, but there’s also the slightly gimmicky option of achieving a 50-megapixel shot by combining eight sequential shots. Elsewhere, you get JPEG and Raw stills options, a dedicated video-record button, and an exposurecompensation dial. Another rewarding feature is the knob situated at the front of the camera that provides access to Olympus’s on-board digital effects – a nod back to the ISO light-sensitivity dial on the original PEN-F.
Want 4K-video shooting? Then the GX85 has the edge. Its high-resolution video also enables an 8MP still to be grabbed from a video sequence after the event. As you’re shooting at 25 frames per second, it’s far less likely you’ll miss a decisive moment, although you will have to tab through a bunch of frames to select your favourite one. Of course, if your skills are up to it, there’s still the core option to shoot standalone 16MP stills. And if you can’t make up your mind when pressing the shutter release, you can take advantage of what Panasonic calls Post Focus Technology, enabling the area of the image that’s sharp to be adjusted with a finger tap – again, after the original image has been shot. Panasonic hasn’t typically offered image stabilisation within its cameras, but here it offers such a feature, meaning you don’t need a dedicated anti-shake lens.