Panasonic Lumix DC-G95

20MP Four Thirds sensor | In-body image stabilization | Mic and headphone jacks

What we like:

  • Very good image quality
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • V-Log L support

What we don't:

  • Significant crop in 4K
  • Focus prone to 'fluttering'
  • Image quality not as good as similarly priced peers
The G95 is Panasonic's midrange stills/video hybrid mirrorless camera. It's a Micro Four Thirds camera with a 20MP sensor, built-in image stabilization and a rugged, SLR-style design.
The G95's body is medium-sized and has a large grip, making it easy to hold. It has a good selection of customizable buttons and dials though it lacks a joystick for moving the AF point (the touchscreen can handle that task). In addition to a fully articulating LCD, the G95 also has a larger-than-average EVF. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the connectivity options.
The G95 is a good camera - just not the star stills/video hybrid we'd hope for
The camera uses Panasonic's depth-from-defocus AF system, providing fast, quiet autofocus. Single AF performance is excellent, while in continuous AF mode it's good but not class-leading. The G95's 6 fps shooting with continuous focus isn't especially quick. Battery life is not particularly impressive, though USB charging is supported.
The G95's image quality is very good, and competitive with its peers at lower ISOs. JPEGs have pleasing colors, and Panasonic applies a fairly light amount of noise reduction in order to retain detail. Raw images provide plenty of flexibility for processing, without a significant increase in noise.
The G95 includes extensive video features (V-Log L support, headphone and mic sockets), but a significant crop in 4K mode limits wide-angle capability and overall quality. 1080 video is better and allows manual-focus 120p shooting for slow-mo effects.
Given the quality of Panasonic's other stills/video hybrid cameras, the G95's 4K performance is a bit disappointing. It's a fine camera that's engaging to use and can handle a wide range of tasks well.

Richard Butler

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