Panasonic G95 Field Test: Latest Lumix Micro Four Thirds camera aims to be a true hybrid camera


posted Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 3:54 PM EST

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Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras have long focused on combining imaging performance and video capabilities within a compact form factor. The Panasonic G95 may embody this hybrid camera spirit more than any of the company's previous Lumix cameras. Aimed at enthusiast photographers, the G95 delivers many of the best features from the G9 while building upon the legacy of the G85. During my hands-on time with the G95, I found it to be something like a Panasonic G9 Lite, which is definitely a good thing.

One of the shared features between the G95 and the flagship stills-oriented G9 camera is the 20.3-megapixel Four Thirds image sensor. This sensor produces nice, detailed images across a wide range of ISO settings. The autofocus system is the same one as is found in the G85, which means that it's a contrast-based Depth From Defocus AF system with 49 focus points. Focusing proved to be quick and accurate, even when working in low light situations. Shooting speeds impressed me as well as the G95 can shoot at up to 9 frames per second with locked autofocus and 6 fps with full continuous autofocus.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens at 400mm (800mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 1250. This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw.

On the video side of the equation, the G95 offers 4K recording up to 30p, Full HD up to 120p and includes numerous advanced features, such as pre-installed V-LogL (a feature that's a paid software upgrade for the GH5, for example).

To read my full thoughts on the Panasonic G95, including a discussion of its new body design, imaging performance, shooting experience and video performance, head to my Panasonic G95 Field Test

Panasonic G95 Field Test