Panasonic DC-G100

20MP Four Thirds sensor | High brightness fully articulating LCD | 4K/30p video

What we like:

  • Compact body
  • Bright display easy to see outdoors
  • Directional audio

What we don't:

  • No in-body image stabilization
  • 4K video is cropped
  • 10 minute 4K/30p limit
  • No headphone jack
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 is a compact, DSLR-shaped Micro Four Thirds cameras designed for selfies and vlogging.
The G100 is one of the most compact cameras in its class, though in-body stabilization was removed to achieve that. A directional microphone uses face detection to keep audio 'focused' on the subject. While the camera supports an external mic, there is no headphone socket for monitoring audio. Battery life is on the low end of the spectrum, but the camera can be charged over its USB port.
The G100 packs a large sensor, clever mics and lot of Panasonic's video know-how into a small body that can use any Micro Four Thirds lens
The G100 uses Panasonic's Depth from Defocus AF system. Based on initial use, we found the system to be responsive, but it tends to 'flutter' like Panasonic's other DFD-based cameras, which is especially distracting when vlogging. The camera can shoot bursts at 10 fps but that's without a live view. For that, you'll need to drop down to 4 fps.
The G100 is all about video and has many features from higher-end models. Its weaknesses come right away, though: 4K is cropped, image stabilization is only digital and lens-based, and the recording time limit is 10 minutes. Full HD video is un-cropped and of excellent quality. If you can get the 4K limitations, the G100 has numerous capture tools, plus support for Log recording. The Nokia-designed directional audio system is impressive.
So far, image quality looks good. We like the out-of-camera colors, and noticed that skin tones are more realistic than on previous Panasonic cameras. Noise at high ISOs is fairly low, though Panasonic applies a fair strong amount of noise reduction, which reduces detail somewhat.
The G100 packs a large sensor, clever mics and lot of Panasonic's video know-how into a small body that can use any Micro Four Thirds lens. However, the already cropped 4K video is cut into further by the camera's electronic stabilization. We'll be testing the G100 to see how this pans out for vloggers.

Jeff Keller


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