The Lumix G95 is Panasonic’s latest SLR-style M43 body which boasts some significant updates over the existing G85 model (which remains in the line-up). It continues Panasonic’s trend towards slightly larger M43 bodies so it’s a little bigger than the G85 with a better-shaped handgrip (but it’s still pretty compact in overall terms) and styled more like the flagship G9 with a similar dial-based control layout.
In fact, it gets the G9’s 21.77 megapixels ‘Live MOS’ M43 sensor which has an effective pixel count of 20.3 million and goes without an optical low-pass filter to optimise the resolution and dynamic range. It also has the five-axis ‘Dual I.S. 2’ image stabilisation – combining both lens-based and in-body system – which gives up to five stops of correction for camera shake. ‘Dual I.S. 2’ also works when shooting video, including at the 4K resolution. The maximum continuous shooting speed increases (compared to the G85) to 9.0 fps with AF/AE locked to the first frame, and to 6.0 fps with frame-by-frame AF adjustment. The burst lengths extend to 600 JPEGs or 30 RAW files.
As on the G9, the DFD (‘Depth From Defocus’) contrast-detection autofocusing operates at 240 fps, giving a quoted autofocusing speed of 0.07 seconds. The AF functions include Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-Shot AF and Low Light AF which gives an extended sensitivity down to EV -4.0 (at ISO 100). However, the G95’s AF system employs 49 measuring points rather than the G9’s 225.
Interestingly, the G95 has been given a host of video-related upgrades and is the first non-GH series model to have V-LogL recording for easier post-camera colour grading. Panasonic says the V-LogL recording gives up to 12 stops of dynamic range. The G95 also now has a stereo audio output for connecting headphones as well as an input. The G95 records 4K UHD (3840x2160 pixels) at 25 fps or 24 fps in the MP4 format, and can deliver an 8-bit 4:2:2 colour output to the camera’s HDMI terminal while also recording internally (at 8-bit 4:2:0). High-speed Full HD recording – for slow-mo effects are available, at 100 fps (i.e. 1/4x), 75 fps (1/3x) and 50 fps (1/2x). Video clip durations are now no longer artificially limited, so only the memory card’s available storage and the battery life impose any retsrictions.
There’s the choice of Panasonic’s ‘4K Photo’ high-speed capture modes – for 8.3 megapixels stills – which operate at 30 fps, but now with a new newly ‘Auto Marking’ function which notes where there are obvious differences between consequtive frames and so serves as search option. There are both ‘Post Focus’ and ‘Focus Stacking’ functions which allow for the desired in-focus area or depth-of-field to be selected after capturing a sequence of images. Alternatively, there’s a new (at this level) focus bracketing option – capturing up to 999 frames – as well as an aperture bracketing which allows for the varying of the depth-of-field. Also new is an L.Monochrome D ‘Photo Style’ preset for more dynamic-looking B&W images, in-camera battery charging and the addition of Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity to compliment the WiFi. A new optional battery grip – the DMW-BGG1 – adds a second battery pack to extend the G95’s shooting range, and of course, a set of vertical grip controls.
The tilt-adjustable 7.62 cm monitor screen has a slight increase in resolution, up to 1.24 megadots, but now has static-type touch controls. The EVF is the same 2.36 megadots OLED-type panel as before, with a magnification of 0.74x (35mm equivalent). The magnesium alloy diecast bodyshell is weather-sealed.
The Lumix G95 will be available in Australia from June priced at $1499 for the body only or $2199 with a new version of the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS zoom – designated model II –which now features a weather-sealed external construction. For more information visit http://www.panasonic.com.au