PhotoJoseph takes on The Big Easy with the all-new GX85, a compact, no-nonsense mirrorless camera.
Without a doubt, New Orleans is one of the best cities in the world for street photography. The abundance of color, history and welcoming people make for incredible photographic opportunities – assuming you have the right camera.
Fortunately, I was shooting with the all-new Panasonic LUMIX GX85, which is so small and compact that it’s completely unassuming in a photographer’s hands.
I took the GX85 all over New Orleans. This was my first impression.
Comfort Without Compromise
In my experience, bigger, bulkier cameras are hard to maneuver on the go and tend to scare people away. Having a compact camera made it easier for me to get up close and personal with the street musicians and artists that make New Orleans so unique.
Even with multiple lenses, the GX85’s compact size also made it easy to carry all day, and it wasn’t intrusive when shooting street portraits.
Due to its lightweight frame, it was easy to capture unique angles of New Orleans’ many street performers.
Focus on Sharper Shots
Unsurprisingly, the camera performed beautifully.
One of my favorite features from the GX85 – or lack thereof – was the absence of an anti-aliasing filter. This made for some of the sharpest photos I’ve ever seen, and the in-camera JPEGs were universally gorgeous.
Typically, when I’m shooting travel and street photography, I don’t want to think about post-processing later, so getting a perfect JPEG out of the camera is my goal. I had no problem doing that with the GX85.
Vibrant colors jumped off the GX85’s touchscreen display as I wandered New Orleans’ city streets.
My Final Thoughts
In my honest opinion, the Panasonic LUMIX GX85 is the ultimate travel and street photographer’s camera, providing professional-level power in a lightweight, compact, and non-intimidating form.
Likewise, New Orleans was the ultimate city to explore with this new camera.
Check out more shots from my tour of New Orleans and read more about my background below.
PhotoJoseph’s Bio, Camera Impression, Captions & more for LUMIX GX85
“PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a photographic storyteller, educator, and creative mind. He’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years. In 2010, he launched what quickly became the world’s number one Apple Aperture resource, which has now evolved into PhotoApps.Expert.
Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photography. Today, you can find Joseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his home town of Ashland, Oregon, speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool and teaching workshops on photography in person and online on lynda.com.
Joseph leads multiple identities online; as a photographer, visit www.PhotoJoseph.com and follow @photojoseph on twitter and Instagram. For PhotoApps.Expert, follow @PhotoAppsExpert. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph’s projects and identities at Joseph.info.