Panasonic G95 is a Rugged Mirrorless with 5-Axis Dual IS and 4K
Panasonic announces new Lumix G95, blending features of photo-centric G9 with video-heavy GH5
Panasonic unveiled the Lumix G95 on Friday, a midrange Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that blends photo and video tools into a lightweight body. The company also announced the new Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH Power OIS lens. While the Panasonic Lumix G9 remains the G-series flagship, some of its features have trickled down to the the new G95, which replaces the still-available G85.
you might expect, the G95 has been treated to a megapixel bump over
2016’s G85, though not too much. The new mirrorless shooter is built
around a 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS image sensor, with Panasonic ditching
the low pass filter for the promise of sharper images. The sensor works
with the company’s Venus Engine image processor for light sensitivity up
to ISO25,600, 9 frames per second continuous shooting for a burst of
600 in JPEG or 30 in RAW formats, and fast autofocus.
camera uses Contrast AF with Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus technology,
which examines several images of different sharpness levels, compares
them with current lens data and calculates the distance to a subject.
This means that users can expect auto focus speeds of around 0.07
G95 also uses combines 2-axis optical IS with 5-axis Body IS to
compensate for camera shake in photos and videos by five shutter stops.
says that the inclusion of an electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit
not only reduces shock from diaphragm movement, but also minimizes
shutter sound – meaning that photographers can employ the mechanical
shutter in quiet shooting scenarios where the electronic shutter would
normally be used.
inclusion of a Post Focus feature means that photographers can select
the in-focus area after the shutter has been pressed, while Focus
Stacking allows for in-camera depth of field adjustment after a shot has
And Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11n Wi-Fi are cooked-in for wireless image transfer and remote operation.
recording at 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution at up 30 frames per
second is possible, with the camera able to output to an external
monitor or recorder at 4:2:0/8-bit in real-time over HDMI, while
simultaneously recording video to the camera’s SD card. Lowering the
resolution to Full HD allows for slow-mo recording at 120 frames per
second. And log recording – which makes up to 12 stops of dynamic range
available – is made possible thanks to included V-Log L.
A headphone jack for audio monitoring joins the G95’s 3.5 mm jack for cabling up an external microphone.
up can be undertaken using the 2,36 million dot OLED Live viewfinder –
with 100 percent field of view, a time lag of less than 0.01 seconds and
10,000:1 contrast – or the 1.24 million dot, 3 inch free-angle
touchscreen LCD display panel.
the outside, the G95 has been treated to a rugged design overhaul, with
a magnesium alloy front structure and seals at every joint to protect
against dust and splashes. There are three new buttons for adjusting
exposure, ISO and white balance, and a front/rear dual dial system for
ease of operation.
All in all, a somewhat modest upgrade on the G85, but a welcome one. The Lumix G95 will go on sale in May for US$1,199.99.