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Sony α7R III (2017)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017)
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Sony α7R Mirrorless Cameras (2017) vs Panasonic Lumix G__ series Cameras (2017)

Analysis:

The Sony α7R III (2017) is an example of a great Mirrorless Camera at its $2,400 budget.

In the case of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017), however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

While the Sony α7R III (2017) wasn't able to make it to the very top of any roundups from sources that perform quality hands-on testing, it still got featured in a large number of them. Expert Reviews, Techradar, camerajabber.com, Photography Blog, DXOMARK, PCmag, shotkit.com, Digital Camera World, Gear Patrol, and Digital Photography Review have all deemed it worthy of a place on their respective shortlists.

Returning to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017), Wirecutter (NYTimes), a source that's known for its high-quality in-depth testing, has great things to say about it. In fact, it was named its "Midrange excellence" in its "For All-Star Kids Sports Photos, Ditch Your Smartphone" roundup, which is quite a feat.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both Mirrorless Cameras, including Techradar, Photography Blog, Pocket-lint, and DXOMARK, preferred the Sony α7R III (2017) over the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017).

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Sony α7R III (2017) was liked best by T3, which gave it a score of 10, while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017) got its highest, 9, score from Pocket-lint.

Lastly, we averaged out all of the reviews scores that we could find on these two products and compared them to other Mirrorless Cameras on the market. We learned that both of them performed far better than most of their competitors - the overall review average earned by Mirrorless Cameras being 7.9 out of 10, whereas the Sony α7R III (2017) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017) managed averages of 9.6 and 8.5 points, respectively.

Due to the difference in their prices, however, it's important to keep in mind that a direct Sony α7R III (2017) vs. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017) comparison might not be entirely fair - some sources don't take value for money into account when assigning their scores and therefore have a tendency to rate more premium products better.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Photography Blog
DXOMARK
PCmag
Digital Photography Review
Digital Camera World
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Techradar
shotkit.com
Expert Reviews
camerajabber.com
Tech. Specs Comparison
Sony α7R III (2017)
$2,298
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (2017)
Sensor
Full-frame
Micro Four Thirds
Sensor Resolution
42 (MP)
16 (MP)
Stabilization
None
Sensor-shift
Video
  • 1920 × 1080 @ 30fps
  • 1920 × 1080 @ 60fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24fps
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps
  • 1920 × 1080 @ 30fps
  • 1920 × 1080 @ 60fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24fps
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps
Significantly higher than average expert review score
Higher than average expert review score
7.9
Overall Avg. for Mirrorless Cameras
8.5
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The 10 best digital cameras in the UAE for 2019” 
Last updated: 20 Jun 2019
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for pros
in “Best mirrorless cameras: Get DSLR-quality photos without the weight, from £399” 
Last updated: 19 Dec 2019
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best cameras for landscapes in 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Mar 2020
shotkit.com
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Full Frame Cameras” 
Last updated: 11 days ago
Gear Patrol
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 100 Best Products of 2017” 
Last updated: 26 Dec 2017
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events” 
Last updated: 1 Nov 2018
Recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “For All-Star Kids Sports Photos, Ditch Your Smartphone” 
Last updated: 6 Nov 2019
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 8
in “The Best Vlogging Cameras of 2020” 
Last updated: 15 Jul 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 6
in “The Best Beginner Cameras of 2020” 
Last updated: 16 Dec 2019
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Mirrorless Camera” 
Last updated: 29 Apr 2020

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