The Sony A6500 will work for those that can live with the time limit to recording and the rolling shutter. The 4K image is great even if we’re not crazy about the color science. The 1080P on the A6300/A6500 is weak. We sold our A6300 and are waiting for the GH5.
Thank you Panasonic, for making something so affordable that can be used to generate acceptable images for some contexts. Now’s the time to grab a G7 if you want a cheap 4K video camera that is okay when properly lit and exposed.
Two more reviews of the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K, which after our disappointment with Sony’s new FS7 II again becomes relevant to us. It’s not a perfect camera and you might be playing a bit of a lottery in ordering one, but for the price it’s truly amazing.
We are happy and surprised to see Panasonic release firmware so quickly that appears to have solved the issue. This new version 1.1 firmware is available here.
Various sources and users have reported this firmware has resolved the issue (that is, at the same level of the GX85 which is not perfect but far better than the G85 on release) and these two videos have been released:
An announcement was made on Panasonic’s official Facebook account stating that: “A Firmware update for the LUMIX DMC-G85 is being planed for release this week!”.
Hopefully that will end all the issues around IBIS for video and we will again be able to recommend this camera. Still, it’s disappointing that we don’t have better dynamic range or color space after all these years. This camera will hold us over until the GH5.
This video camera interests us for ENG purposes. We’ve been waiting to see more footage and reviews. Preliminary findings are positive as is this review by Bob Kovacs:
This video camera is more like a FS7+ than it is a Mark II. There’s really no big changes but some useful ergonomic improvements that will make this $10,000 camera interesting to a few people.
New features of note:
- Electronic variable ND (think Sony FS5)
- Rec. 2020 Colour Spcae
- Better Ergonomics/physical design/controls
- Lever lock E Mount
Pros will appreciate some of these improvements but really we were hoping for a better sensor or other technological improvements that just were not provided. This may push down prices on the FS7 which would be good. The sensor, autofocus and video codecs remain identical.
“Less than a week ago, Panasonic became aware of some reports that the G85’s image stabilization wasn’t delivering the same level of smooth performance that the GX85 is while slow panning in video mode. Panasonic is working to solve the issue with a firmware update as soon as we can. Panasonic appreciates all the valuable feedback and always focuses on meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations.”
Source: Panasonic Instagram Post
There is much to like about the GX85. What it was missing the G85 was supposed to add but with the new IBIS issue in the G85 the GX85 still stands out as a contender if you need small and are willing to sacrifice some features. Let us not forget what the very affordable GX85 can do:
We are not saying that the Olympus E-m1 Mark II lacks rolling shutter, only that we have not observed it significantly in the few videos released so far. More testing will eventually clarify the amount of rolling shutter present.