Undrstanding Panasonic


Mu-43 Rookie
Aug 3, 2018
Hi, I’m new here and new to m4/3. Been shooting for near 60 years from FF to p&s. Recently purchased a GX85 which included some kit lenses. Also purchased the 15/1.7 and will purchase the 12-35/2.8. The latter 2 lenses will be my optics kit. Down the road a fast 50 makes sense but I’m not there yet.

A couple of questions:

1) All I can locate on Panasonic's site is a shop page. There appears to be no part of the site that explains what their focus in cameras is or how any of it fits into a logical product portfolio. After Nikon and Fuji, this is somewhat unusual approach to marketing and support. Can anyone provide a link to their USA or Global camera site?

2) What do the model numbers stand for? Currently there's a G series with 1 numerical digit, a G series with 2 numerical digits, a GH series, a GX series with 1, 2 and 3 digits. That’s 6 nomenclatures which I assume mean something. GX meaning rangefinder styling is about all I’ve figured out.


Mu-43 Regular
Feb 13, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Panasonic is a crazy conglomerate that sells practically everything electrical or electronics related... best you can do to see a useful cohesive strategy is in their imaging and camera division. They have a strong pro video group, which greatly benefits their hybrid cameras.

Going off memory from their US product names:
Fewer digits = higher end. 1 digit = "pro", 2 digit = "enthusiast", 3 = "entry level"

S - Full frame
G - Photo focused
GH - Video/Photo hybrid
GX - Compact
GM - Extra compact

They've also adopted a few industry standard suffixes, like R, which means high-res, and S, which means more video focused.


Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Jun 26, 2013
Real Name
Andrew Lossing
You won't really find a comprehensive explanation of Panasonic's system from Panasonic themselves, but you're probably already at the best resource for getting your questions answered. I agree that model naming conventions have, over time, gotten hideously complex.

The GX series has been a highlight of their lineup for a long time: first you had the GX1, their first 16mp body in rangefinder styling, and it was focused as a street camera. Same with the next model, the GX7, which came considerably later (hence the weird number jump). It included IBIS for the first time with Panasonic, and a built in EVF. Next was the GX8, an up-market, larger street camera with a bigger grip and viewfinder, as well as a 20mp sensor. From there, Panasonic went back to midrange with the successor, your 16mp GX85. The successor to the GX85 is the GX9, which has a 20mp sensor like the GX8 did, but is similarly built to the GX85. It's been a strange road.
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