Panasonic DMC-GX85 Digital Camera Review : High-end features don’t have to come at a high-end price.

While flagship cameras like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 are exciting, I’m almost always more intrigued by stellar entry-level options. A lot of people seem to lose their minds over cameras like the Sony A7R II that come loaded for bear and promise you the moon, but how many people can afford one? Not many, that’s for sure.

So when a camera like Panasonic’s Lumix GX85 ($799 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens) comes along with 4K video, top-of-the-line image stabilization, and a boatload of forward-thinking features; it’s got my undivided attention.

If you’re okay without weather-sealing, this is the diamond in the rough—the GX85 has all of Panasonic’s high-end features and decent performance all at an accessible cost. For anyone looking to save a buck and go with a sub-$1,000 camera, you’re not going to find a more affordable option with this many features.

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