REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix G95 – Inside Imaging

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22 July 2019

PANASONIC LUMIX G95: The latest Panasonic M4 / 3 camera is compact, weatherproof and capable of delivering 20 megapixel still images. 3840 x 2160 pixels 4K video with incorporated Log recording.

Once again, Panasonic has produced a "hybrid" mirrorless camera that caters to both photography enthusiasts and film buffs and has a realistic price tag. In our tests, the review camera achieved excellent performance with the Lumix G-Vario 12-60 mm f / 3.5-5.6 ASPH amplifier. Objective POWER OIS and recommend this kit to anyone looking for a walkaround combo.
PVR: body only, $ 1499; with 12-60mm weather proof lens $ 1799; 10x zoom kit with 14-140 mm lens, $ 2199.

Lumix G95
Panasonic Lumix G89 camera with the kit lens weatherproof 12-60mm that will be offered with the camera body.

Panasonic proves it has not abandoned Micro Four Thirds with the release of Lumix DC-G95 camera, which improves the capabilities of previous models. The The 20.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor is the same as used in the GH5, G9 and GX9 models and is paired with an "enhanced" Venus Engine processor, which supports enhancements to its video capabilities. There is no low-pass filter on the sensor to optimize the resolution.

The new camera is slightly larger and heavier than the G85 it replaces, with a deeper grip and additional controls. Dedicated buttons for white balance, ISO and exposure compensation have been added.
Internally, there have been major changes, most achieved by transferring existing technologies from more sophisticated models to the new camera. The new Dual IS 2 5-axis camera stabilization system now boasts up to five stop shake correction. The autofocus system has 49 selectable sensor points and uses DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology. Panasonic says the focus can lock a subject in just 0.007 seconds. Users can select any focus point in the frame and a new AF sensitivity mode provides tracking sensitivity adjustments.

G95 is the first medium level G-series camera with integrated V-LogL support for video recording and microphone and headphone sockets. It is also equipped with a 3.5 mm jack for microphone and headphones. an optional battery grip (DMW-BGG1) is also available.

Tests have shown that the G95 is excellent with the Lumix G-Vario 12-60mm f / 3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER OIS lens. This kit is recommended for photographers looking for a versatile "daily" combination.

Points of purchase:
1. The G95 The front frame in die-cast magnesium is robust and light and has anti-spray and dust-proof gaskets around joints, dials and buttons. The control layout has been designed to allow one-handed use.
2. The camera battery can be recharged via AC or USB and a new power saving function can extend the battery life approximately 290 strokes / charge up to a maximum of about 900 rounds / refill.
3. The new internal processing features allow the sensor to record a wide dynamic range for more uniform grades and to apply an optimal tonal, saturation and brightness processing to record JPEG images from the most natural aspect .
4. Noise reduction processing is enhanced with further processing that preserves details and textures, especially with images recorded at medium to high sensitivity levels.
5. The monitor resolution has been increased to 1,240,000 points and users can benefit from well-designed and integrated touch controls. The OLED LVF (Live View Finder) has a resolution of 2,360,000 points and a magnification of 1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent).
6. G96 supports 4K / 25p video recording and can be transmitted in real time to an external monitor / recorder via the HDMI port. A high-speed video mode allows users to record slow-motion video in Full HD at 120 fps (1 / 4x), 90 fps (1 / 3x) and 60 fps (1 / 2x). The pre-installed V-Log L allows you to output the video at 4: 2: 0/8-bit depth.
7. High speed burst shooting is supported up to 9 fps in AFS mode or 6 fps with continuous AF and AE settings. The buffer memory can store up to 300 JPEG files or 45 RAF.RAW files.

Distributor: Panasonic Australia, Ph. 132 600; www.panasonic.com.au
– Margaret Brown

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