PANASONIC LUMIX G85
is fully released and 30 after so you can select the frame which absolutely nails the action. The Burst mode is more conventional and will shoot at 30 fps for as long as the shutter button is held down… up to a duration of 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Alternatively, the Start/Stop mode does the same thing, but one press of the shutter button starts the sequence and a second press ends it. Usefully, you can now batch save ‘4K Photo’ sequences of up to 150 frames (so multiple saves will be needed for longer sequences).
Following the GX85, the G85 also gets the Light Composition mode which again records at 30 fps, but only registers the brighter new pixels in each frame. These are subsequently combined into a single image and this process is primarily designed for subjects such as fireworks or star trails.
The G85 also has the nifty ‘Post Focus’ function which again records a high-speed burst of 4K video frames, but this time changing the focus point each time – which represents a burst of 49 frames in this case – so you can subsequently select the one with the desired plane of focus. You simply touch – on the monitor screen – the subject matter in the image that you wish to be in sharp focus, and the camera finds that frame. Alternatively, you can have multiple versions of an image with different focus points, but also usefully there’s now a Focus Stacking option so that frames with different focusing points can be combined to, for example, create an image that’s absolutely sharp from foreground to background (no matter what lens aperture has been used). Automatic correction is applied for any misalignment of the frames. Just imagine how powerful all these functions are going to be when you can have 19 MP stills…
Drive mode dial also accesses the ‘4K Photo’ modes and the ‘Post Focus’ function. The new 12-60mm ‘kit’ zoom is weather-proofed too, and has a focal range equivalent to 24-120mm. Top panel control layout is dial-based, including front and rear input wheels.