Basic Specifications
Full model name: Panasonic Lumix DC-G95
Resolution: 20.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 4/3
(17.3mm x 13.0mm)
Kit Lens: 5.00x zoom
12-60mm
(24-120mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 200 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 1/16000 - 60 sec
Max Aperture: 3.5 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.7 x 3.0 in.
(130 x 94 x 77 mm)
Weight: 26.3 oz (746 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 05/2019
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Full specs: Panasonic G95 specifications
20.30
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Panasonic G95 Review -- Now Shooting!

by Jeremy Gray
Preview posted: 04/05/2019

Updates:
07/02/2019: First Shots (v1.0 firmware) posted
08/01/2019: Field Test posted

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Panasonic G95 Field Test

Panasonic's latest compact Micro Four Thirds ILC aims to be a true hybrid camera

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 08/01/2019

Note: This Field Test was shot using v0.2 pre-production firmware, but we were advised it does reflect production-level image quality and performance.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 300mm (600mm equiv.), f/5.7, 1/640s, ISO 320.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Despite recently launching their new full-frame S1 and S1R cameras, Panasonic is still fully committed to the Micro Four Thirds system. They are different systems for varying uses, and there remains a strong case to be made for the MFT sensor size, including smaller and lighter cameras and lenses. The latest Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic G95 (known as the G90 and G91 in some markets), exemplifies the greatest strength of the MFT system, combining power and performance within a compact, lightweight camera system.

The Panasonic G95 could be described as a "G9 Lite." It incorporates the same 20.3-megapixel MFT sensor found in the high-end G9, but in a smaller camera body, similar to the G85 (which will continue to be sold). However, unlike the G9, which was primarily targeted at stills photography applications, the G95 is more of a hybrid camera. In fact, Panasonic is touting it as its Micro Four Thirds camera which comes closest to being a true hybrid camera, which would be a 50/50 split between photography and video applications.

On paper, there's a lot to like. But let's see how the G95's appealing features perform with real-world use.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 17mm (34mm equiv.), f/6.3, 0.8s, ISO 200.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Key Features and Specs

  • Compact Micro Four Thirds camera
  • Weather-sealed camera body
  • Built-in OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Tilt-swivel touchscreen display
  • 20.3-megapixel image sensor
  • Native ISO range of 200-25,600
  • Depth from Defocus autofocus system
  • 9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 4K Photo modes
  • 4K/30p video and V-LogL recording
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Available in a kit with a 12-60mm lens for $1,200 USD

Camera Body and Handling

I really enjoyed the overall camera design of both the Panasonic G85 and the G9. While they have different target audiences, they both did a nice job of providing many physical controls without making the camera body itself overly large. The G95 does a nice job of blending some of the best aspects of both cameras while doubling down on the idea of being able to operate the camera with one hand. For example, the G95 has white balance, ISO and exposure compensation buttons located next to the shutter release, which is very convenient. You can press one of these buttons and then rotate the rear command dial to quickly change any of these exposure/shooting parameters. Further, all but the Fn3 button, which controls the EVF behavior, are located on the right side of the camera's rear. The shooting mode dial is also within reach of your right hand while shooting, although the drive mode dial does require your left hand for operation while shooting.

The G95 looks similar to the G85 and G9 in terms of its overall shape. The G95 has a new grippier surface, which works very well.

While the G95 is slightly larger than the G85 and weighs a bit more, in addition to expanded physical controls, the G95 also features a more rugged design. This includes a magnesium alloy front frame and Panasonic's full level of dust and splash resistance. I think that the overall feel has also improved. The G95 incorporates a new surface material, which feels grippier than the G85's surface. The G95 feels very sturdy and solid in my hands.

The G95 has been designed to be operated with one hand. You can see that nearly all of the buttons and controls are on the right side of the camera.

A strong feature of the G95, along with numerous other Panasonic cameras, is the vari-angle touchscreen display. The display's touchscreen functionality works well and text and images on the display are sharp and detailed. The display is also generally easy to view in daytime conditions at default brightness, although you can increase the brightness if needed. The only downside of the display is that it has a pretty large bezel, which feels like wasted space. This is nitpicking, however, because the display itself and its articulating design are very good.

When looking at the electronic viewfinder on the G95, its performance is pretty impressive. The OLED viewfinder has 0.74x magnification, which is quite large. The G95 utilizes a new eyecup design and revised materials, which is quite comfortable to use even for extended periods. However, I did find it hard to block ambient light from getting into the viewfinder from the sides without pressing my face against the camera, which limits the utility of Touchpad AF while also introducing the risk of accidentally moving the focus point with my nose.

The top of the G95 includes dedicated white balance, ISO and exposure compensation buttons.

Overall, the G95 is an enjoyable camera to use. The control layout is excellent, and the camera is very easy to use and control using just your right hand. The quality of the materials is good as well, especially the new surface covering.

Image Quality

Sharpness and detail

The G95's 20.3-megapixel image sensor produces nicely-detailed images. In the image below, you can see some good detail in a processed raw image, especially when looking at the feathers on the duckling.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 128mm (256mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 200.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 128mm (256mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 200.
100 percent crop. This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Looking at the same image straight from the camera, the detail in the JPEG file is not quite as distinct, although the overall image is slightly cleaner in terms of noise. If you prioritize detail, I highly recommend shooting raw and processing the images in your editor of choice.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 128mm (256mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 200.
100 percent crop from original JPEG image. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

High ISO

The G95's native ISO range is 200-25,600, which is a pretty wide range, especially given its Four Thirds sensor. With that said, in my opinion, the usable range is a bit narrower in practical terms. At ISO 6400, for example, the images become quite noisy, and the dynamic range is a bit compressed. Nevertheless, there is still a good amount of detail.

In the ISO 6400 image below, you can see a pretty dramatic difference between the SOOC JPEG image and a raw file processed with Adobe Camera Raw default settings.

JPEG Image
Panasonic Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4 at 8mm (16mm equiv.), f/2.8, 20s, ISO 6400.
Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Panasonic Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4 at 8mm (16mm equiv.), f/2.8, 20s, ISO 6400.
100 percent crop. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In the JPEG above, we can see that the camera is doing substantial noise reduction processing. This processing is generally effective at smoothing out some of the noise. However, it also basically removes some faint stars, adds some blocky artifacts (especially around the edges of the leaves), and gives the image a bit of a flat appearance.

RAW File
Panasonic Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4 at 8mm (16mm equiv.), f/2.8, 20s, ISO 6400.
100 percent crop from raw file processed with Adobe Camera Raw default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In the raw crop above, we see some better detail but, unsurprisingly, a lot more visible noise. However, the noise is not all that distracting to my eye. The grain isn't too bad and there aren't issues with false color.

In the crop below, I performed additional noise reduction with Adobe Camera Raw, and I think that the result does a good job of balancing detail retention with reducing noise.

Panasonic Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4 at 8mm (16mm equiv.), f/2.8, 20s, ISO 6400.
100 percent crop from raw file converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Overall, I am impressed by the G95's high ISO performance. I would generally want to keep the ISO at 3200 or below in most cases -- which is the default maximum ISO when using Auto ISO -- but you can push the camera a bit further and still achieve good image quality.

Overall

Overall, the G95 produces good image quality across many different situations, including shooting in low light. The G95 may have a smaller sensor than similarly-priced APS-C cameras, but I don't think that it results in a dramatic variance between the G95 and APS-C cameras in terms of overall image quality.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 at 46mm (92mm equiv.), f/6.3, 2s, ISO 640.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Shooting Experience

Autofocus

Like most modern Lumix cameras, the G95 utilizes Panasonic's contrast-detection-based Depth From Defocus (DFD) autofocus system. It is the same autofocus system as was found in the G85, which means it has 49 AF points, can focus in as little as 0.07 seconds and is rated for low-light autofocus down to -4 EV, provided that there is enough contrast. Further, the focus control system inside the G95 operates at 240 frames per second and incorporates vector and distance tracking for continuous autofocus.

In the real world, these sophisticated features resulted in good autofocus performance. The focusing is quite quick in most situations, and I found it to be accurate as well. Take for example the image below. The bittern was obscured by a lot of vegetation, but the G95 was still able to quickly lock in on the subject and maintain focus despite the distractions. The G95's focusing proved reliable, and I was able to reasonably anticipate what the DFD focus system would do while shooting.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 300mm (600mm equiv.), f/5.7, 1/500s, ISO 400.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

There are a variety of nice autofocus features as well. You can change the size of the single-point autofocus area mode, for example, and you can create custom AF area configurations through the Custom Multi focus group mode. The G95 also includes Face/Eye detect autofocus. One of my favorite aspects of the camera is the Touchpad AF, which allows you to use the touchscreen to move the autofocus point around the frame even when you are shooting through the electronic viewfinder.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 156mm (312mm equiv.), f/4.6, 1/640s, ISO 320.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In lower light, the G95 proved to be a capable camera. Even with the somewhat slow 100-400mm lens, which is an f/6.3 lens at its telephoto end, the G95 focused quickly and accurately in dim conditions. Continuous autofocus performance was also good, although the contrast-detect system has a slight tendency to wobble. This can be a bit distracting while shooting, although it rarely results in focus misses.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 156mm (312mm equiv.), f/4.6, 1/400s, ISO 2000.
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Performance

The G95 offers strong overall shooting performance. The camera is snappy and agile in the field. The G95 can shoot full-resolution images at up to 9 frames per second when using AF-S and 6 frames per second when using continuous autofocus. The camera's speeds are solid for the camera class, although I do wish that it could record more raw images, as buffer depth is around 30 raw frames when shooting at 9 fps. You can record many more JPEG images in a burst, however, so if you need to record an extended sequence of action, you'll need to shoot JPEG only.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/8, 1/500s, ISO 200.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Another important aspect of performance with the G95 is its 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 image stabilization system, which works really well. There are occasionally instances when the viewfinder image can move quite a bit as the stabilization kicks in, but it's a small price to pay when the resulting image is stable and sharp. This effect was most prevalent with the 100-400mm lens I used and was not nearly as noticeable with the shorter lenses.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 318mm (636mm equiv.), f/5.8, 1/500s, ISO 2000.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

It's also important to consider performance in the context of powering on the camera, playing back images and navigating menus. In all of these regards, the G95 performed well, although sometimes playback was a bit sluggish when trying to view 4K videos. Overall, however, the G95's performance is very good.

Video

As mentioned earlier, Panasonic is aggressively positioning the G95 as a hybrid camera. Expectations should be tempered slightly, though, as this camera is not as full-featured as a GH5. However, it offers a lot more in the video realm than the G85 did at a similar price point. Some of the G95's video features include 4:2:2 8-bit recording over HDMI, Cinelike gamma, zebra patterns, a center marker and custom settings for autofocus speed/tracking. Something that the G95 does uniquely in Panasonic's MFT lineup is offer V-Log L pre-installed, meaning that users who enjoy grading their video and getting the most out of the sensor can do so right out of the box. Previously, the V-Log L was a paid firmware upgrade option for the GH5 and GH4 cameras.

Panasonic G95 4K Video #1
3840 x 2160 video at 29.97 frames per second. 100-400mm lens, ISO 200, 1/125s.
Download Original (201 MB .MP4 File)

A really nice feature when using the G95, which applies perhaps even more for video than stills in many cases, is the articulating display. This makes it very useful for vloggers who need to see their framing and focus while in front of the camera, but it is also useful when shooting from lower angles.

Looking more at specific video features, the G95 can record 4K UHD (3,820 x 2,160) video at up to 30 frames per second, which is competitive for cameras in this category. The camera does a really nice job producing high-quality 4K footage with good exposure, impressive color and a solid dynamic range. At lower ISO settings in particular, video is crisp and detailed.

Panasonic G95 4K Video #2
3840 x 2160 video at 29.97 frames per second. 100-400mm lens, ISO 400, 1/125s.
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One downside of the 4K recording is that the camera does crop the footage a bit, something that the G9, which is certainly a more stills-oriented camera, does not do. With that said, quality is definitely impressive, thanks in part to the 100Mbps bit rate for 4K video recording.

Panasonic G95 4K Video #3
3840 x 2160 video at 29.97 frames per second. 100-400mm lens, ISO 3200, 1/30s.
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When looking at autofocus performance, the G95 is quite impressive. The contrast-detect autofocus system does a good job of being able to keep up with moving subjects and smoothly switching focus planes without much wobbling or indecision. Even in low light and when using slower lenses, autofocus speeds are generally pretty quick.

Panasonic G95 4K Video #4
3840 x 2160 video at 29.97 frames per second. 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens, ISO 200, 1/2000s.
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In addition to high-resolution video, the G95 also does high-speed video. You can record Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) video at up to 120 frames per second, which allows for 4x slow motion when played back at 30fps. This mode uses manual focus, though, which can be a little bit challenging at times but still works well.

Panasonic G95 High Speed Video
1920 x 1080 video recorded at 120 frames per second, played back 4x slow-motion at 30 fps. 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens, ISO 200, 1/1000s.
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Further, for handheld video shooting, the G95 is a really nice choice thanks to the built-in image stabilization system. The video below was shot handheld using the 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens and also shows off continuous autofocus performance.

Panasonic G95 4K Video #5
3840 x 2160 video at 29.97 frames per second. 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens, ISO 200, 1/320s. Handheld.
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Overall, while I am not a primary video user, I am impressed by the video quality, performance and overall features of the Panasonic G95. I think that it offers a lot of performance and value for its price. The camera is easy to use while still offering many more advanced options and settings, which I think is an important balance to strike.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 280mm (560mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 200.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In the Field

When using the G95, there are many nice aspects of the camera which stood out. The articulating display in particular proved very useful. It works well not only for recording video as I mentioned above, but it is also very useful when shooting from low angles on a tripod. Rather than needing to bend down, I could easily compose the scene while upright and use the touchscreen to move the focus point around and evaluate captured images. Further, the G95 offers very good controls. The buttons and dials are all conveniently arranged and work well for quickly changing camera settings. The body design, in general, is very nice and an makes for an enjoyable experience.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/640s, ISO 500.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 500.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 1600.
This image has been cropped. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

For shooting wildlife images, the G95 is a solid option. It has reasonably fastshooting speeds, even with continuous autofocus. While 6 fps isn't blazingly quick, it's plenty fast for many situations. Further, the autofocus system is fast, accurate and offers good coverage across the image area. This makes it easier to focus on subjects near the edge of the frame, which is very useful. The G95 also performs well in low light, both with respect to autofocus, but also when considering the overall image quality.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm lens at 60mm (120mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/10s, ISO 200.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
Panasonic Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4 lens at 8mm (16mm equiv.), f/2.8, 20s, ISO 6400.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm lens at 23mm (46mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/50s, ISO 200.
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When doing landscape photography, the G95 is also a good choice despite its small sensor size. The 20-megapixel sensor delivers good image quality with impressive resolving capabilities for a Micro Four Thirds camera. Further, the sensor produces flexible raw files, which allow for pretty good recovery of shadow and highlight detail which may be lost in scenes with wide dynamic range.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm lens at 60mm (120mm equiv.), f/6.3, 0.8s, ISO 250.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO 2500.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Another important consideration for both wildlife and landscape photography is that the G95 offers weather sealing and is a quite compact, lightweight camera body. Further, the Micro Four Thirds system in general is compact, including the Panasonic 100-400mm zoom lens (200-800mm equivalent) I used. It is much smaller and lighter than similar lenses on APS-C or full-frame camera systems. This is also the case with wide-angle zoom lenses, which are nice options for landscape photography.

Overall, using the Panasonic G95 in the field was a very positive experience. The camera is well-designed, has good features and offers impressive all-around performance.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 640.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Panasonic G95 Field Test Summary

A very good all-around compact camera

What I liked:

  • Intelligent camera body design
  • Very useful articulating display
  • Good image quality
  • Impressive autofocus and performance
  • Many features, both for still photography and video
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/640s, ISO 1250.
This image has been cropped. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

What I didn't like:

  • Somewhat shallow raw buffer depth
  • Not available as a body only purchase

The Panasonic G95 is a really nice all-around Micro Four Thirds camera, offering a wide range of features at a good price point. The camera is well-designed, has good image quality, performance and a wide-ranging feature set. I enjoyed shooting with the G95 and really appreciate how it fits into Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds camera system as a whole.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 318mm (636mm equiv.), f/5.8, 1/500s, ISO 250.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

 

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Panasonic G95 Review -- Product Overview

by Jeremy Gray

As Panasonic's new S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras hit store shelves, the company wants to show that they still remain committed to the Micro Four Thirds system and the idea behind it to blend performance and portability. The new Panasonic G95 camera (known as the G90 and G91 in some markets outside the US) hopes to exemplify this commitment by combining some of the performance of their flagship stills-oriented Lumix G9 camera with the compact and lightweight form of the Lumix G85.

The new G95 incorporates the 20.3-megapixel Four Thirds sensor found in the G9, the same general size of the G85 and some video features brought down from the GH series. In fact, Panasonic says that the G95 is their camera which comes closest to being a true photo/video hybrid camera. Whereas the G9 is more oriented toward still photography and the GH5 is aimed more at video-heavy users, the G95 aims for a 50/50 split.

Target Audience

It is not always obvious who the target audience for a particular camera is, but in the case of the G95, Panasonic has been very clear. The G95 is aiming to be a true hybrid content creator and will be targeted at both amateur photographers and videographers. While it does share some features with the G9 and also with the GH5, the G95 sits below those flagship cameras in Panasonic's lineup, aiming to be more affordable than either of them. Similarly, while it shares features with the G85, the G95 is meant to be a better alternative to the G85, which will remain in Panasonic's lineup.

Key Features

  • Compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera body
  • Magnesium alloy front frame and weather-sealing
  • Improved ergonomics and usability when compared to the G85
  • 2,360K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.74x magnification
  • Tilt-swivel touchscreen display
  • 20.3-megapixel image sensor
  • Native ISO range of 200-25,600
  • Depth from Defocus autofocus system
  • 9 frames per second continuous shooting with AFS, 6 fps with AFC
  • 4K/30p video recording
  • Pre-installed V-LogL
  • 4K Photo
  • 5-axis Dual I.S.2 image stabilization system
  • Microphone and headphone jacks
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy
  • USB power supply/charging

Camera Body and Design

The G95 is generally the same size as the G85, although it is slightly larger in every dimension and weighs just a bit more. Specifically, the G95 is 5.13 inches (130.4 millimeters) wide, 3.68 in. (93.5mm) tall and a maximum of 3.05 in. (77.4mm) deep. It weighs 18.9 oz (536 grams) with battery and card, which is 1.1 oz (31 grams) heavier than the G85. Regarding ruggedness and weather sealing, the G95 is constructed using a magnesium alloy front frame and thorough sealing around joints and controls, and when used with a weather-sealed lens, it offers Panasonic's full level of weather resistance.

The G95 includes numerous improvements and changes over the G85. The shape of the camera has been revised, and the front and rear grips have been changed to be more comfortable. Further, the actual surface of the camera has changed as well, thanks to feedback from G85 users suggesting their cameras are a bit too smooth and difficult to grip. Another effort to improve usability comes in the form of larger buttons, something that G9 owners have enjoyed on their flagship MFT camera.

Within the reach of your shooting hand, the G95 offers many important controls, including dedicated ISO, White Balance and Exposure Compensation buttons near the shutter release. On the G85, the top deck included a Fn1 button that controlled exposure compensation, by default, but ISO and white balance were handled via directional buttons on the rear of the camera. The G95 has been designed around the idea of simple, intuitive one-handed operability. The top of the camera also includes a drive mode dial to the left of the viewfinder and a mode dial to its right. The G95 also retains the G85's built-in flash.

Panasonic has also designed the G95 to be easy to use while shooting through the OLED viewfinder. The EVF has the same specs as the one found in the G85, 2,360K dots with 0.74x magnification, but it features a new eyecup design and uses improved materials.

Continuing with the back of the camera, the G95 incorporates a similar 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen display as the G85 and G9, but ups the resolution from 1,040K to 1,240K dots. In terms of rear controls, the G95 has eliminated the four directional buttons found on the back of the G85 in favor of a rotating control dial with directional buttons and a single Menu/Set button in the center -- a control shared with the G9 and GH5. Beneath this dial, there is a Fn2 button (Q. Menu) and a DISP. button. Above the dial, there is a Playback button and AF/AE lock button with a surrounding focus mode lever. To the left of the EVF, there is a single button, the Fn3 (LVF) button. This means that nearly every button is accessible to your right hand while shooting.

Shooting Features

The G95 utilizes the same 20.3-megapixel sensor as is found in the G9. To help ensure resolving capabilities and overall image quality, the sensor does not include an optical low-pass filter. While this increases the risk of moiré, which did appear in our lab testing, it has benefits as well, as the G9 delivered impressive overall image quality in our review. The native ISO range of the G95 is 200 to 25,600, which can be expanded downward to ISO 100, the same as the G9 and G85.

To help keep your shots sharp at slower shutter speeds, the G95 includes a similar Dual I.S.2 image stabilization system as is found in the G85, which promises up to five stops of image stabilization with lenses offering up to a 280mm equivalent focal length. This system offers 1.5 fewer stops of stabilization than the newer iteration found in the G9 but remains compatible with Dual I.S.1 and I.S.2 lenses. Every current Panasonic lens featuring O.I.S. is compatible with at least Dual I.S.1, but many are compatible with Dual I.S.2., including the 12-60mm kit lens that comes with the G95 in the US.

The G95's autofocus system is also the same as found in the G85, which means it uses Panasonic's Depth From Defocus contrast-detect autofocus technology and includes 49 autofocus points. Panasonic claims the AF system acquires focuses in as little as 0.07 seconds and can focus in low-light down to -4 EV (AFS at ISO 100 and f/2), provided that there is ample contrast in the subject. In low contrast scenarios, such as the 10 percent contrast test target Panasonic uses for testing, the G95 is rated down to -1 EV. The G95's focus control system operates at 240 frames per second and utilizes vector and distance tracking for continuous autofocus.

Additional autofocus features include Custom Multi focus group mode, Face/Eye detect autofocus, Full Area AF (which allows for focusing on any point in the entire frame) and Touch AF. Further, you can also set the autofocus point to automatically rotate when you switch between landscape and portrait orientations while shooting.

Still Photography

For shooting specifically in low light, the G95 offers the same Live View Boost functionality as is found in the G9 and GH5 series. This allows you to temporarily brighten the display to check composition when in dark shooting conditions. Further, the G95 includes Starlight AF, which allows you to focus on stars in basically pitch-black night shooting conditions. For general manual focus work, the G95 offers a 20x enlarged view Manual Focus Assist feature and focus peaking.

Getting back to night shooting, the G95 introduces Live View Composite, a first for Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras. The additive capture mode can be accessed by putting the camera into manual mode and then rotating the shutter speed all the way past bulb and to LC. Once the shutter speed is set to LC, you can turn on Live View Composite in the camera's shooting menu. From here, you set an initial exposure time from 1/2s to 60s, and the camera will run a noise reduction algorithm. After this, the camera captures and compiles any additional light information gathered onto the sensor for up to three hours, meaning that a static light source, such as city lights, will not be continuously recorded in your nighttime scene. Raw files are supported, in addition to JPEG.

Additional new shooting features for the G95 include a L. Monochrome D Photo Style and a new Grain Effect, features we first saw introduced on the GX9. The new black and white style offers deeper blacks and richer gradation than previous monochrome styles. Further, the G95 has added AWBc (cool) and AWBw (warm) auto white balance options for retaining cool and warm tints, respectively.

The Panasonic G95 includes in-camera raw processing and Clear Retouch, which allows you to remove unwanted objects from a scene using the touchscreen.

Looking at continuous shooting performance, the G95 can record images with AFS at up to 9 frames per second and with AFC at up to 6 frames per second. These are roughly the same speeds as the G85. Buffer depths on the G95 are 30 raw images or 600 JPEG images when recording at full-resolution at the camera's maximum shooting speeds.

Speaking of shooting speeds, the G95 has mechanical and electronic shutters offering exposures as fast as 1/4,000s and 1/16,000s, respectively. An electronic first curtain option is also provided, up to 1/2,000s. The longest exposure supported is 30 minutes, in bulb mode.

Like other Panasonic cameras, the G95 includes 4K Photo functionality. This allows you to capture 4K images (8 megapixels) at up to 30 frames per second with an "unlimited" buffer. This mode is accessible via a dedicated mode on the camera's drive mode dial and includes the standard trio of modes: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (start/stop) and 4K Pre-Burst, which starts recording images before you fully depress the shutter. The G95 offers a 4K Photo Bulk Saving function, which automatically stores 150 4K photos to your card, complete with EXIF data. Otherwise, the photos are saved as an .MP4 file and you will need to extract stills, without EXIF data, on your computer.

The G95 includes a couple of additional neat 4K Photo features, including Auto Marking and Sequence Composition. Auto Marking allows you to set priority to detect action or faces, which are both handled via the autofocus system. When the camera adjusts focus when detecting motion or identifies a face, it establishes marking points in the 4K Photo sequence. There's a Sequence Composition function as well, which allows you to combine from 3 to 40 frames into a single frame. For example, if you shot an action sequence of a bird flying, you could combine the individual frames into a single shot showing the bird at different points of flight. Like other Panasonic cameras, there is also 4K Photo focus control, including Post Focus and Focus Stacking.

The G95 is compatible with the same weather-sealed DMW-BGG1 vertical grip that was released alongside the G85. It comes with an additional battery, effectively doubling the battery life of your camera and making vertical photography easier.

Video

Having established that the G95 is designed to be a hybrid camera, it should come as no surprise that it includes numerous interesting video features. It's not quite a GH5, but the G95 does seem quite capable as a video camera. It can record 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) video at up to 30 frames per second with no recording limit, depending upon ambient temperature (more on that in a bit), and it has high-speed modes for Full HD video as well. When recording at Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, the G95 can output from the sensor at up to 120 frames per second, which can be played back as 4x slow motion with a 30fps timeline output. 4K video is cropped, by the way, like it was on the G85 (the G9 and GH5(S) offers full sensor readout when recording 4K and can shoot 4K/60p).

The G95 does have some new tricks up its sleeve. Firstly, it has V-LogL included, making it the second Lumix camera after the GH5S to offer it pre-installed. It also includes both mic and headphone jacks, the latter of which is not included in the G85. V-LogL is 4:2:0 8-bit, although the camera can output 4:2:2 8-bit video over its HDMI port. Panasonic states that with an accurate exposure, the user can expect up to 12 stops of dynamic range when recording V-LogL video. While the GH5 series offers better range, Panasonic believes that the G95 can still work as a B or C camera. Looking further at video quality, the G95's 4K video has a 100Mbps bit rate and FHD records at 28Mbps, which are the same specs as the G85.

Coming back to thermal management, it's notable that the G95 doesn't have a recording limit when shooting 4K video. However, if the camera is used in hot environments, the internal sensors may detect excessively high ambient temperatures and then warn you that the recording may need to be stopped. Panasonic told us that this is unlikely because of the company's extensive history with thermal management and focus on designing products with intelligent heat dissipation, including both heat simulation during design and iterant thermal testing with actual cameras.

Additional video features include Cinelike gamma, zebra patterns, a center marker, custom settings for autofocus speed and sensitivity for video and more. Further, as mentioned earlier, the articulating display should work nicely for vlogging. Further testing is needed, of course, but it will be interesting to see if the G95 succeeds as a true hybrid camera.

Ports, Power and Connectivity

The G95 uses the same DMW-BLC12 battery pack as the G85 and is CIPA rated to capture approximately 290 images on a single charge using its default power mode with either the EVF or LCD. The camera does include a Power Save LVF shooting mode, which only enables the viewfinder when the shutter is at least half-pressed. When in this mode, the camera is rated for 1,000 shots. The G95 is also compatible with the same DMW-BGG1 vertical grip as was released alongside the G85, which itself comes with a battery, effectively doubling the battery life of your camera and making vertical photography easier. The vertical grip is weather-sealed as well.

However, the G95 comes with a different battery charger than the G85 did, the DMW-BTC12, which includes a USB-AC adapter. The new battery charger is plugged into a wall outlet via a cord rather than plugging the entire unit into the wall. The G95 can also be charged via USB or powered via USB, although you do need a battery installed in the camera to use USB Power Supply, as it first charges the battery which then subsequently powers the camera. Including a standalone charger as well as offering USB charging/power is rather handy. You can, obviously, easily have a spare battery charging, ready to go, or if you're recording video for long periods of time or shooting stills for an extended time, you can easily continuously power the camera over USB -- either via an outlet or portable USB battery pack.

Looking at the ports, the G95 adds a 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to its 3.5mm mic jack, Micro-B USB 2.0 port, HDMI Type-D port and a 2.5mm remote port. These ports are all located on the left side of the camera. On the right side, there's a single UHS-II SD card slot, offering a small but convenient improvement over the G85, which had its SD card slot down inside the battery compartment.

With respect to wireless connectivity, the G95 adds Bluetooth 4.2 (Low Energy) in addition to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. You can use your smartphone as a shutter release or utilize its GPS to add GPS data to your image files as you are shooting using Panasonic's Image App.

G95 versus G9 versus G85

The Panasonic G95 is not a replacement for either the G85 or the G9, although it promises features and performance above and beyond the G85 with some advantages over the G9 in certain cases as well.

The new G95 has the same 20.3-megapixel sensor as the G9, versus a 16-megapixel sensor found in the G85. Despite utilizing the same sensor as the G9, though, the G95 offers the same 4K Photo modes and performance as the G85, meaning that the G95 does not offer the G9's 6K Photo functionality.

The G95 does not include the same advanced DFD autofocus system as is found in the G9, meaning it won't focus as quickly nor include as many autofocus points as the G9. Similarly, the G95 does not shoot as quickly as the G9, topping out at 9fps when using AFS and 6fps with continuous focus, which is 3fps slower than the G9 in both cases. It also doesn't offer the G9's ultra-fast 60fps (AFS) and 20fps (AFC) full-res burst modes with electronic shutter. The G95's top full-res burst rate remains at 9fps regardless of shutter type. The G95's top shutter speeds and X-Sync speed aren't as fast as the G9's either.

However, the G95 is smaller and more compact than the G9, while offering improved physical controls and ergonomics compared to the G85. Like the G9 and unlike the G85, the G95 includes dedicated ISO, white balance and exposure compensation buttons near the shutter release. Unlike the G9, there is no status display on the G95, which makes sense given that there simply isn't any room for one on the G95's smaller body.

The G95's viewfinder is improved when compared to the one found in the G85, featuring a redesigned eyecup and improved quality of materials, but offers the same 0.74x magnification (in 35mm equivalent terms) and resolution. This means that it is not quite as large or high-resolution as the EVF in the G9, which has 3,680K dots versus 2,360K and a 0.83x magnification.

There is a new shooting mode present in the G95, however, which marks a first for Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras. The G95 includes a Live View Composite mode, which works similarly to Olympus's "Live Composite" shooting mode.

There is also another rarity with respect to video shooting on a Lumix MFT camera; the G95 includes V-LogL built-in, something no other Panasonic MFT camera besides the GH5S has offered. Granted, the V-LogL is not the same 4:2:2 10-bit as you can record with a GH5S. The G95 also has no 4K video recording limits, while the G9 is limited to 29:59 at 30/24p. But the G95's 4K video is cropped (~1.25x) while the G9 and GH5/GH5S are full width.

There are of course plenty of other differences among the three siblings. The following table compares major features of the North American models, though even it is not exhaustive:

Feature / Model
Lumix G9
Lumix G95
Lumix G85
Sensor
20.3MP w/o OLPF
20.3MP w/o OLPF
16.0MP w/o OLPF
ISO Sensitivity
200-25,600; Ext. 100
200-25,600; Ext. 100
200-25,600; Ext. 100
Stabilization
5-axis Dual I.S. 2
(6.5 stops)
5-axis Dual I.S. 2
(5 stops)
5-axis Dual I.S. 2
(5 stops)
Autofocus
Advanced DFD
225 area
DFD
49 area
DFD
49 area
Top full-res burst rate,
M-shutter
12fps (AFS)
9fps (AFC)
9fps (AFS)
6fps (AFC)
9fps (AFS)
6fps (AFC)
Top full-res burst rate,
E-shutter
60fps (AFS)
20fps (AFC)
9fps (AFS)
6fps (AFC)
9fps (AFS)
6fps (AFC)
Mechanical Shutter
1/8,000-60
Bulb Max 30min.
X-Sync=1/250
1/4,000-60,
Bulb Max 30 min.
X-Sync=1/200
1/4,000-60
Bulb Max 30 min.
X-Sync=1/160
Electronic First Curtain
1/2,000-60
1/2,000-60
1/2,000-60
Electronic Shutter
1/32,000-1
1/16,000-1
1/16,000-1
EVF
3,680K-dot OLED
0.83x, 21mm eyepoint
2,360K-dot OLED
0.74x, 20mm eyepoint
2,360K-dot OLED
0.74x, 20mm eyepoint
Top Status LCD
Yes
No
No
Rear Monitor
3.0" 1,040K-dot LCD
free-angle touchscreen
3.0" 1,240K-dot LCD
free-angle touchscreen
3.0" 1,040K-dot LCD
free-angle touchscreen
No. Control Dials
3
3
2
Top Deck WB/ISO/EV Buttons
Yes
Yes
No
Card Slots
2 x UHS-II
1 x UHS-II
1 x UHS-II
High-res Composite Mode
Yes
No
No
Microphone Jack
Yes
Yes
Yes
Headphone Jack
Yes
Yes
No
4K Video
60p/30p/24p
full width
30p/24p
cropped
30p/24p
cropped
4K Video Time Limits
60p up to 15min
30p/24p up to 29:59
No time limitation
No time limitation
V-LogL
No
Yes (4:2:0 8-bit)
No
High-speed Video
4K Max 60p
Full HD Max 180p
Full HD Max 120p
No
6K Photo
Yes (30fps)
No
No
4K Photo
Yes (60/30fps)
Yes (30fps)
Yes (30fps)
Live View Composite
No
Yes
No
L.Monochrome D
Yes
Yes
No
Grain Effect
Yes
Yes
No
Auto White Balance
AWB / AWBc
AWB / AWBc / AWBw
AWB
Wi-Fi
802.11a/n/ac (5GHz)
802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth
4.2 LE
4.2 LE
No
Built-in Flash
No
Yes
Yes
USB Port
USB 3.0 Micro-B
USB 2.0 Micro-B
USB 2.0 Micro-B
HDMI Port
Standard Type-A
Micro Type-D
Micro Type-D
USB Power/Charging
Yes
Yes
No
Battery
7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh
7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7Wh
7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7Wh
CIPA Battery Life
Monitor/EVF
400/380 shots
290/290 shots
330/320 shots
Battery Grip
DMW-BGG9
DMW-BGG1
DMW-BGG1
Body Construction
Full Mag-alloy
Mag-alloy front
Mag-alloy front
Dust/splash Resistant
Yes
Yes
Yes
-10°C/14°F Operation
Yes
No
No
Dimensions
136.9 x 97.3 x 91.6mm
130.4 x 93.5 x 77.2mm
128.4 x 89 x 74.3mm
Weight
(w/ battery, card)
658g
536g
505g

In summary, the G95 is designed to offer an improved compact ILC user experience above and beyond that of the G85, while at the same time, offering some of the key features of the G9 and doing a better overall job of blending photo and video capabilities into a single camera body than either the G85 or G9.

Panasonic G95 Pricing & Availability

The G95 will be hitting store shelves in May. There are some regional differences to point out, however. In the United States, the situation is simple, the G95 will only be officially available in a kit with the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S. lens. For those who hoped to upgrade from the G85 or other older Panasonic camera, the lack of a body-only option will surely disappoint. In other markets, there are some variations. For example, in European markets, the G95 has an OLED rear display rather than the LCD in the North American version, and some markets will have a kit option with a revised 14-140mm zoom lens that now features weather sealing.

 

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