Panasonic Lumix G95
Panasonic Lumix G95. Image courtesy Panasonic.

Looking to appeal to both photographers and videographers, Panasonic has released a new hybrid mirrorless camera, the Lumix G95.

This camera does seem to offer tech for both camps. Namely, for videographers, it seems well suited to vloggers with its flip-around screen. The camera sports a 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with a new Venus engine and 5-axis in-body stabilization. Additionally, the G95 can shoot stills at 9 fps, or 6 fps with continuous autofocus. Additionally, the camera can record 4K video at 30 fps or 1080 video at up to 120 fps. Video output is limited to 8-bit both internally and externally. However, the camera does come with Panasonic’s V-LogL picture profile for a boost to dynamic range and more latitude in post-production.

However, the G95 has a big crop factor of 1.26 for 4K video. That’s more than its predecessor, the G85.

Similar form factor with a bigger grip

While the G95 is slightly heavier than its older sibling, the Lumix G85, there are reasons for the weight increase. In total, the G95 weighs 1.9 pounds. It has a weather-sealed body, so you shouldn’t need to freak if you get some water on the camera when you’re out vlogging. It’s likely the extra weight, however, is coming from the camera’s bigger grip. Also different from the G85 is the addition of more dials for tactile control.

As said before, the G95 does have a flip-around rear display. Combined with its other video specs, it seems like it’d make for a notable vlogging camera. It’s also got a headphone port in addition to the microphone input. That’s a very important feature for professional videographers.

G95's flip-around screen
The G95’s flip-around screen makes this camera a camera from vloggers. Image courtesy Panasonic Panasonic.

Also featured is 5-axis IBIS to smooth out shots and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Autofocus

The G95 uses Panasonic’s contrast depth-from-defocus AF system. It doesn’t use phase-detect pixels. This new image engine can achieve focus in .07 seconds and offers face and eye detection to track subjects.

You can watch Richard Wong tests the G95’s continuous autofocus in the video below:

Photo shooting

Panasonic has also included 4K Photo mode into the G95, so users should be looking forward to rapid image capturing and post-focusing. Users also get photo styles like L.Monochrom D for in-camera black and white capture. Also added is “live view composite recording” — the combines bright and dark areas into a single picture.

Pricing and availability

The G95 will be out this June and is priced at $1,199 for the body and a 12-60 mm f.3.5-5.6 kit lens.

Image courtesy Panasonic

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