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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.

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