Great cameras in small packages

For Panasonic Lumix GX85 review. A stormy afternoon at Margaret River.  Shot using 12mm 1/250 sec at f/10, ISO 200. Pic Mogens Johansen, The West Australian
Photo of Mogens Johansen

These two new Panasonic cameras are pocket-size but full of benefits.

The perfect travel camera can be hard to find. Some have all the features but are too bulky and others are compact but not versatile enough. But a couple of recent releases from Panasonic offer a solution.


The lovely Lumix DMC-TZ110 will fit in your pocket. The modern slick design will appeal to travellers who are looking for a go-anywhere camera. It has a very useful 10x optical zoom (25-250mm equivalent) and the Leica lens retracts neatly into the camera when not in use. The heart of the TZ110 is a 20 megapixel 1-inch processor with 5 axis image stabiliser, it also has the full range of PASM modes as well as 4K photo and video. The camera has a 3-inch fixed 1040k dots touch screen as well as a LCD Live View Finder (LVF), a handy feature when harsh sunlight makes it difficult to see the screen on the back. It costs around $850.


The Lumix DMC-GX85 is Panasonic’s new compact mirrorless system camera. It is a trendy retro-looking camera with functionality similar to some DSLR cameras. 

It has a 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor with 5 axis dual image stabiliser, full range of modes as well as Panasonic’s 4K photo and video. 

It has fast, six frames per second continuous shooting, a good 49 area autofocus system and a 3-inch 1040k dot tilting touch screen and LCD Live View Finder. With a 12-32mm lens kit, this costs around $995. 


I like the build quality of both cameras. They’re easy and intuitive to use and have a host of cool, useful features like scene presets, creative controls and wi-fi, 4K and video modes.