During our recent #UnseenUttarakhand road trip, we had the privilege of having some hands-on experience with the Panasonic Lumix G85 camera. The road trip was designed to explore the lesser known and unexplored reaches of the Rudraprayag district in the state of Uttarakhand. We set out from Delhi on our Bullets and were headed to the first destination on the list, Chopta. The base of the trek to the Chandrashila peak, via Tungnath.
Upon reaching, we could not resist photographing the serene landscapes on the mirrorless G85. The camera is compact and it is ideal for travelling especially on a bike. We used the camera to take some breathtaking shots of the Himalayan landscape. G85 is a mirror-less camera and that makes it stand out from the rest of the mid-range mirrored cameras like the Canon 80D which I was using earlier. Its size makes it an ideal option for bikers, trekkers, and travellers.
We were not lucky enough and the trip was marred by bad weather conditions and heavy cloud cover. This is where the G85’s Intelligent Auto Mode came in handy. The continually changing conditions made it difficult for us to adjust the setting manually and we had to rely on the Intelligent Auto Mode. The mode works surprisingly very well and produces stunning results.
With the camera, you can take some very beautiful high-resolution timelapses. To shoot a timelapse you can adjust the settings and manually set the number of shots over time. The video also gets compiled in the camera itself and you don’t need any external software to carry out the same.
The G85’s image resolution is very sharp and extremely clear when you shoot landscapes in natural light, and with it, you can also shoot amazing 4K videos. The Weather Sealing ensures the camera’s optimum performance in all kinds of weather. We can vouch for the camera during the monsoons as we had no issue at all.
The Panasonic Image App connects the camera to your smartphone and lets you transfer your photos and videos over WiFi. Another cool feature of this camera is the touchscreen control panel. It also has its own battery grip accessory — the first non-GH-series Lumix camera to sport a battery grip. Matching the rugged durability of the G85’s construction, the accessory grip is also fully weather sealed.
One thing that you must remember when you travel with a camera capable of shooting 4K videos – carry a large memory card. You will be needing a lot of space for the 4K videos, and also because you will be clicking literally everything you see with the awesome Lumix G85.