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PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Bundle $449.99 with 21% back in points worth $94.24!

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PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 MIRRORLESS CAMERA WITH 12-32MM AND 45-150MM LENSES BUNDLE for $449.99 from FOCUS Camera.
On top of the amazing price, Rakuten is offering 21% back in points ($94.29).

I just bought gh5s during this week, but I am SOOOO tempted XD.

https://www.rakuten.com/shop/focu...GX85WK-KT2

Plus, if you are planning on buying something, use Rakuten! they give 20% back in Rakuten points! which got me another glass within budget Smilie
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These kit lenses are very good btw. I have this exact same setup. Most of the time kit lenses are throwaways but panasonic puts in decent ones. Handheld 150mm video is insane, the stabilization is crazy good
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Is this any good for low light photography?
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Is this any good for low light photography?
I'm interested in this as well. I seem to remember this going on sale not too long ago (although maybe not as good a deal) & there being criticism of the camera. I was looking at sony a6000...more expensive now but was hoping for a deal. Should I bite on this?? I take a good amount of low light photos. Thanks!
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I'm interested in this as well. I seem to remember this going on sale not too long ago (although maybe not as good a deal) & there being criticism of the camera. I was looking at sony a6000...more expensive now but was hoping for a deal. Should I bite on this?? I take a good amount of low light photos. Thanks!
Sony a6000 is a bit dated compared to this. It doesn't even have touchscreen lcd being released on 2014 (can you believe that??). On top of that, native lenses is expensive compared to the Lumix system. I'd say go for this one
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Hmm this works for the Lumix G9 bundles as well.
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So kinda new to Rakuten. I assumed the point value (noted in $) was synonymous with the cash back but when I click through it says 1% cash back and the 21% in points. So, those "points" & the $$$ equivalent, are what? Credit on account w/ Rakuten for future purchases? Trying not to be a complete noob. I DID read through the basic info & FAQ on their site...it is ALL about the cash back w/ no mention of the point system (unless I missed it) 😟
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I have this camera. Its a nice camera, takes great pics and 4K video. Just wish it had an articulating screen and a mic port. Didn't realize how important those were for the 4K videos.
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So kinda new to Rakuten. I assumed the point value (noted in $) was synonymous with the cash back but when I click through it says 1% cash back and the 21% in points. So, those "points" & the $$$ equivalent, are what? Credit on account w/ Rakuten for future purchases? Trying not to be a complete noob. I DID read through the basic info & FAQ on their site...it is ALL about the cash back w/ no mention of the point system (unless I missed it) 😟
I know. It's confusing because Rakuten bought E-Bates. Simply, the 1% cash back is REDEEMABLE in cash like E-bates used to be (or Retailmenot), and the Rakuten Points are NOT. These points can be used for any purchase within Rakuten.com/shop with exchange rate of 100pts = $1.

So you get both 1% cash back and 21% in points (think of it as store credit).
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Need a camera for 4k video (or at least 1080p) and to take really nice photos.. is this the one? Have 1000 to spend on everything.. If not, anyone have a recommendation to do the above? Assume it needs a MIC in port and it seems this one does not.
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I have a couple of photos if it helps anyone. TBH, as a beginner camera and even for enthusiasts, $450 for a GX85 bundle is great. The points makes it even more sweeter.

Do I have any knocks against this camera? I do. As mentioned, no mic port (not an issue in relatively quiet environments). Autofocus hunts a bit, not an issue for photos but kinda annoying in video. Battery life is adequate, not the greatest.
Even with the above detractions, I adore this camera.

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Need a camera for 4k video (or at least 1080p) and to take really nice photos.. is this the one? Have 1000 to spend on everything.. If not, anyone have a recommendation to do the above? Assume it needs a MIC in port and it seems this one does not.
This camera takes wonderful photos, especially with prime lenses. I've been pretty happy with the shots I take with this camera paired with an Olympus 45mm f/1.8. The bundled 45-150mm zoom lens is pretty good too.
While I don't do a lot of 4K recording I've been pretty happy with the quality of footage. The biggest knock, indeed, is that it has no mic port. You would have to get an external audio recorder.

If you want to see what 4K looks like from a GX85, I found this video while looking for reasons to purchase the GX85: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSuum4IRNyU


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I'm interested in this as well. I seem to remember this going on sale not too long ago (although maybe not as good a deal) & there being criticism of the camera. I was looking at sony a6000...more expensive now but was hoping for a deal. Should I bite on this?? I take a good amount of low light photos. Thanks!
You can't beat bigger sensors like Sony's and Nikon's (APS-C / Full Frame) when it comes to low-light. However, you can still take decent low light shots with this camera (micro four-thirds).

In general, a fast/bright lens (f/2.0 or lower) helps. If you're not shooting fast moving subjects, you can lower your shutter speed. And of course, crank up the ISO (I try not to venture above 1600 though).
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I have a couple of photos if it helps anyone. TBH, as a beginner camera and even for enthusiasts, $450 for a GX85 bundle is great. The points makes it even more sweeter.

Do I have any knocks against this camera? I do. As mentioned, no mic port (not an issue in relatively quiet environments). Autofocus hunts a bit, not an issue for photos but kinda annoying in video. Battery life is adequate, not the greatest.
Even with the above detractions, I adore this camera.



This camera takes wonderful photos, especially with prime lenses. I've been pretty happy with the shots I take with this camera paired with an Olympus 45mm f/1.8. The bundled 45-150mm zoom lens is pretty good too.
While I don't do a lot of 4K recording I've been pretty happy with the quality of footage. The biggest knock, indeed, is that it has no mic port. You would have to get an external audio recorder.

If you want to see what 4K looks like from a GX85, I found this video while looking for reasons to purchase the GX85: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSuum4IRNyU




You can't beat bigger sensors like Sony's and Nikon's (APS-C / Full Frame) when it comes to low-light. However, you can still take decent low light shots with this camera (micro four-thirds).

In general, a fast/bright lens (f/2.0 or lower) helps. If you're not shooting fast moving subjects, you can lower your shutter speed. And of course, crank up the ISO (I try not to venture above 1600 though).
Okay that video looks great! Now where can we get a gx85 with a mic IN port for 1000 or less? Smilie
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Okay that video looks great! Now where can we get a gx85 with a mic IN port for 1000 or less? Smilie
Hmmm. Not a GX85, but perhaps a G85 or G9 then use the cashback to pick up a prime lens?

Or even maybe consider a Sony a6400 or the older a6500?
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Hmmm. Not a GX85, but perhaps a G85 or G9 then use the cashback to pick up a prime lens?

Or even maybe consider a Sony a6400 or the older a6500?
Would you pick an a6400 or G9 for video and stills?
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Would you pick an a6400 or G9 for video and stills?
Personally, I lean heavily towards G9 because I already have lenses for it and its features are something I want. I have not read enough about the a6400, but I feel it's also a capable beast itself.

The Sony a6400 has the benefit of a larger sensor (better low light performance) and extremely quick and competent autofocus. It can record in 4K and do 1080p slow motion recording. Unfortunately, lenses for the Sony camera are generally larger and more expensive. That's... all I know and remember about what's notable for the a6400.

The Panasonic G9 is still micro four-thirds so you still run into some low light issues. Autofocus is not as fast as Sony's but still good I read, and improved with the new firmware update (which also added a ton of video features [https://www.dpreview.com/news/077...-g9-video]). Autofocus tracking can now detect all sorts of animals as well as people. You can shoot an 80MP still in High-Res mode (You need a tripod for this feature). You can do burst shots in 6K at 60fps and 4K at 30fps. The camera can record in 4k @ 60 fps and you can do also 1080p slow motion. Also m4/3 lenses adapters are plentiful.
One major crux though is that is a recording limit Frown. 10 minutes for 4K 60 fps, 30 minutes for 1080p 60 fps.

It's kinda unfair that I'm pumping up the G9 more than the a6400, but I'm genuinely interested in the G9.

If you are leaning towards video, get the G9. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with either camera.
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