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Canon T7i vs Panasonic G85 – Comparison

Let’s check out how the Canon T7i compares to the mirrorless 4K-capable Panasonic G85. Both are priced under $1000 so it’s quite a tough decision to make if you’re buying your first compact camera.

Our comparison table below covers the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon T7iG85
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.6x2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40004592 x 3448
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)Yes
Lens MountCanon EF/EF-SMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO51,200100
AF Points4549 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points450 phase
Continuous Mode6fps6fps*
LCD3.0" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots1,040,000 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.48x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/30/24p)3840x2160 (30/24p)
 1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (60/30/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSD SD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimitedUnlimited
RAW Buffer Size2762
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Timex0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots320 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes
Weight18.8 oz (532g)17.8 oz (505g)
Size5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0"5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9"
Release Date20172016

Canon T7i Advantages:

  • 8 More Megapixels – The amount itself has nothing to do with quality, but by having more, you can print larger and crop a lot without losing details.
  • Bigger Sensor – APS-C is bigger than MFT and you can expect better high ISO results
  • Higher Max ISO -1 stop higher maximum ISO. Not an advantage for most situations because it’ll result in images with way too much noise, but it could prove to be useful in really extreme low light places
  • AF System – The Panasonic G85 has 4 more AF points, but they’re all contrast based. The T7i on the other hand has 45 phase-detection points and they’re all cross-type. Phase is faster and better suited for fast moving subjects, whereas cross-type is even more accurate in low light situations. Both cameras offer AF that’s usable for stills and action, but the T7i is better here.
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs /160
  • Connectivity – The T7i also has built-in NFC and Bluetooth support
  • Battery Life – Twice as long battery life
  • Less Expensive – The T7i body is around $150 cheaper

The Canon T7i is a DSLR and is therefore a little bit bigger, but the weight difference is very minimal. The main advantages of it are more megapixels, a better AF system for action/low light and slightly better noise performance.

Video wise, the articulating LCD screen, stabilization, touchscreen and Canon’s Dual Pixel AF are all a welcome addition. There’s no 4K, but if you don’t need it then it’ll be fine with Full HD at 60fps.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

Panasonic G85 Advantages:

  • Body Image Stabilization – The G85 has built-in Image Stabilization. Great if you use lenses that aren’t stabilized!
  • 9 vs 6fps – Both cameras can shoot at 6fps with continuous auto focus, but hte G85 can go up to 9 if you choose AF-S.
  • Focus Peaking – Every mirrorless camera offers focus peaking. If you’re focusing with a manual lens or have a bad eye sight, the camera highlights what part of your image is in focus. Great for video too!
  • Viewfinder – Its coverage is 100% and what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what you get (exposure wise too)
  • 4K Video – One of the most affordable 4K (30p) cameras out today!
  • UHS-II – The G85 supports SD UHS-II cards which have faster minimum writing/reading speeds
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000
  • Slowest Shutter Speed – 60″ vs 30″. Both have Bulb mode though.
  • RAW Buffer – 62 vs 27, much better if you photograph action in RAW.
  • Environmentally Sealed – Despite being this affordable, the G85 is sealed and more protected for shooting in rain/snow/dust areas
  • Size & Weight – The camera is a lot smaller and slightly lighter

If you want 4K video, the G85 is an obvious winner. It offers focus peaking, UHS-II and environmental sealing, which is why it’s better as an all-around video camera. Not to mention its smaller size (the weight is fairly similar though). It’s of course just as good as photography, and the built-in stabilization that works for both photos and videos is awesome to have.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

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