Can the GX85 use an external viewfinder? Which ones work?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by WaltP, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Can the GX85 use an external viewfinder?

    Which ones work? Oly VF-x?

    Would help a lot in bright sun and macro work.

  2. stagor

    stagor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Sorry but I just have to ask, what's wrong with the built in one?
  3. Thanks. Got it. GX8 looking better.
  4. Just not very easy to see in bright desert light.
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  5. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    I don't think so. Of current m4/3 cameras, the GX85 has the worst viewfinder. It's a great camera, but not the one you want if you want a great viewfinder. I find the viewfinder good enough.

    Honestly, I just wish there were a cheap aftermarket rubber eyecup I could put on my GX85's viewfinder. I think sealing external light and making it a bit more comfortable would help a lot. But as far as I can tell, there is no such thing.
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  6. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    That's a bummer. Panasonic made a cheap eyecup add-on for the GX7, which as far as I know has the same EVF, albeit tiltable. It definitely helps.
  7. Bif

    Bif Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    San Angelo TX
    Bruce Foreman
    In a very practical sense, in bright daylight (desert also), what you have to do is "shield/shade" the evf with your hand or large brimmed hat (or billed cap) or do both. This is what I do and while not perfect it does work for me.

    One of the best EVF setups you're going to find on a camera is on the G85, or for less money a used G7 although there will be no IBIS you find on the G85 or GX85.

    Good luck, Walt. I hope you find this info helpful.
  8. Stanga

    Stanga Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 16, 2016
    Have you tried the Panasonic app? I bought a cheap Android phone with a 5.5 inch screen to link the camera (a GX8 in my case) to the phone for "external" viewing. The phone has no sim card in it. It's just used as a viewer.