Panasonic DMC G81

Panasonic DMC G81

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The DMC G81 was introduced by Panasonic in April 2016. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.


The DMC G81 features a CMOS sensor in Four Thirds size that has an area of approximately 17 x 13 mm² (0.68" x 0.51").

This infographic compares the DMC G81's sensor to other common formats:

Infographic: DMC G81 comparing sensor sizes

(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)

The DMC G81's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The DMC G81 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFour Thirds
Sensor area17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68" x 0.51")
Resolution (physical)16.84 megapixel
Resolution (effective)16.00 megapixel
Pixel size14.20 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 9 frames/second

All compatible Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses can be mounted to the DMC G81.

Currently, approximately more than 80 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses are available, not counting lenses by third-party manufacturers. Further lenses can be connected via suitable adapters.

Interchangeable lens
MountPanasonic Micro Four Thirds (MFT)

The DMC G81 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.74x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

Simulated viewfinder DMC G81

The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the DMC G81. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).

Tip: If the viewfinder image of the DMC G81 is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.

Resolution2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DMC G81's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed60s

The DMC G81's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO

The DMC G81 supports all common metering modes.

The Panasonic will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

The DMC G81's auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points49
Manual focus

The DMC G81 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Panasonic's hotshoe. Very useful for indirect flashes or for trigggering remote flashes.

(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
DMC G81 display and touch screen

The DMC G81 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.04 megapixel. That's about average.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The DMC G81's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Touch screen

When recording videos with the DMC G81, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.

The camera features a connector for an external microphone, a neccessity for good video sound. A built-in mike will record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is mostly not desired. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Panasonic DMC G81 at a glance:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone

The DMC G81 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Panasonic's connectivity at a glance:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

What memory cards can be used with the Panasonic DMC G81?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Panasonic DMC G81:

The DMC G81 doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The DMC G81 features a built-in stabilizer. A plus when using legacy zooms or tele lenses without stabilizer.

A nice addition is the Panasonic's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.

The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Panasonic over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.

The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.

The DMC G81 is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.

The Panasonic's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Environmentally sealed

The Panasonic DMC G81 works with a BCL12E LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 330 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC G81's battery at a glance:

TypeBCL12E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life330 photos

The Panasonic DMC G81's dimensions are 128.4 x 89 x 74.3mm³. (5.1" x 3.5" x 2.9"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 505 grams (16.3 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Front and top view of the DMC G81 with dimensions:

Panasonic DMC G81 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC G81 Dimensions (Width / Depth)

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DMC G81 is clearly bigger:

Panasonic DMC G81 size comparison
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