I managed to get my hands on a second Panasonic G85 with the original firmware on it (Thanks Suneel!). I knew I had a perfect opportunity to compare the IBIS improvements made by the new firmware and so I set to building a small rig. I mounted both cameras on my video tripod and took a series of pans, tilts and diagonal shots at both 12mm and 60mm on the 12-60mm kit lens that comes with the G85.
As for the results? Well I’d say they speak for themselves. It’s incredible what a difference the new firmware makes. I think Panasonic has definitely fixed the IBIS problems that people were initially worried about. While it would have been great to ship the cameras with the IBIS working correctly in the first place, they did a great job responding to consumer concerns and getting a fix out to us quickly. If you haven’t already updated your G85, you can get the firmware here:
Camera: Panasonic G85 – http://amzn.to/2gG1jUs
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 – http://amzn.to/2gFUnGX
Tripod Head: Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Head – http://amzn.to/2hHAdtU