Conclusion

What we like What we don't
  • Very good image quality
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Well-built, weather-resistant body
  • Comfortable in the hand - grip just the right size
  • Numerous direct controls and twin control dials; highly customizable
  • Autofocus system is responsive and tracks fairly well
  • Single autofocus speeds are excellent
  • Solid 4K and 1080 video quality in good light
  • No time limit for video capture
  • Built-in V-Log L support
  • Larger than average electronic viewfinder
  • Fully articulating display with good touch features
  • Minimal rolling shutter
  • Mic and headphone sockets
  • Generally reliable wireless connectivity
  • USB charging
  • Image quality behind similarly priced APS-C peers at high sensitivities
  • Large crop limits wide-angle 4K video
  • 4K crop reduces video quality, especially in low light
  • Distracting 'wobble' while camera is continuously focusing
  • AF-C tracking not as good as best-in-class models (like Sony a6400)
  • No way to switch between multiple faces when using face detection
  • Eye sensor not disabled when LCD is moved from default position
  • Poor quality and no autofocus when shooting high frame rate video
  • More expensive than competitors (though it includes a more versatile kit lens)
  • Still uses USB 2.0
  • No external battery charger included

Overall conclusion

Processed with Adobe Camera Raw. Adjustments limited to white balance and exposure.
Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 @ 17mm | ISO 200 | 1/400 sec | F7.1
Photo by Carey Rose

While not mind-blowing, the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (G90 or G91 in some regions) is a well-designed, responsive and easy-to-use midrange mirrorless camera. It has very good image quality, a solid, weather-resistant body, in-body image stabilization, numerous tools for video capture and a respectable autofocus system. Ironically for a company that makes cameras like the GH5 and GH5S, the biggest weak point on the G95 is its 4K video capture, which has a large crop and distracting 'wobble' as it tries to focus. It does cost more than its closest competitors, the Sony a6400 and Fujifilm X-T30, but it comes with a much more versatile kit lens.

The G95's build quality is very good. It's weather-resistant, with a large grip and plenty of buttons to keep you out of the menus. Its OLED EVF is larger than average, and the fully articulating screen has good touch features and doesn't block the mic socket. Two things we would've liked to have seen would be: a way to disable the eye sensor when the LCD is flipped out, as its prone to accidentally 'tripping' in those situations, and support for USB 3.0.

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Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 @ 22mm | ISO 200 | 1/320 sec | F7.1
Photo courtesy Robert Rose

The DC-G95's still image quality is very good, with pleasing JPEG color and noise reduction that does't smear detail at lower ISOs. As one would expect, the G95's APS-C peers have less noise at higher ISOs and when brightening shadows. The camera's Depth from Defocus AF system is pretty good, though not best in class. The most frustrating thing about DFD is its tendency to 'wobble' when trying to focus on a subject, which is distracting, especially when capturing video.

Despite the good selection of video features, such as V-Log L support, mic and headphone sockets, and low rolling shutter, we feel that Panasonic dropped the ball by having a 1.25x crop when capturing 4K. This reduces video quality and really limits your options for wide-angle shooting.

Overall, the Lumix DC-G95/G90/G91 is a very good Micro Four Thirds camera that's well worth considering. However, it's all-around capability is slightly marred by its middling video, an area which the G95's rivals are taking increasingly seriously.


What we think


Carey Rose
Reviews Editor
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 is full-featured, well-built, easy to use and take control over, and if you can't tell from the photos I've taken with it, I enjoy using it. And yet, I can’t help but find it a little unremarkable. Perhaps it’s that this market segment is so crowded; it’s hard to ignore the many other options that you can get for similar or less money, sometimes with a larger sensor to boot. So is the G95 a bad camera? Certainly not, but I would argue it’s going to struggle to stand out among such strong competition.

Compared to other midrange mirrorless cameras

The closest competitors to the Panasonic G95/G90/G91 are the Sony a6400 and Fujifilm X-T30. Both cameras are cheaper with their standard kit lenses and can be bundled with nicer lenses for around the same price as the G95 with its 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens.

While the DC-G95's autofocus system is pretty good, the Sony a6400 is a much better performer, and easier to use. The a6400's image quality is better at high ISOs due to its larger sensor, and the ability to brighten shadows is impressive. Video isn't the a6400's strong suit either, with lots of rolling shutter, a sizable crop when shooting at 30p and the lack of a headphone socket. It also lacks the built-in image stabilization of the G95, its user interface has a higher learning curve and the EVF is considerably smaller.

Like the Panasonic, Fujifilm X-T30's comes with lots of direct controls, though it does have a few ergonomic flaws and its EVF is smaller. While not as good as the Sony, the X-T30's AF system is competent, and image quality is excellent. The X-T30 really shines in terms of video, with spectacular quality and numerous capture aids. The only catch is that the X-T30 is limited to 10 minutes of 4K capture, unlike the G95, which can keep on going.

Scoring

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G95
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Conclusion
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 is a good all-around mirrorless camera, though it doesn't stand out in any particular area. Its build quality is very good, with plenty of direct controls, in-body IS and an EVF that is much larger than those on its peers. Image quality is very good, though behind its competitors that use larger sensors. Video quality is fine in daylight, but falls behind when light is poor. In addition, a 1.25x crop when shooting 4K video doesn't limits your lens selection for wide-angle video capture.
Good for
Those seeking a rugged, stills-focused camera for travel and photos of friends and family.
Not so good for
Those seeking a light and portable camera; videographers and wedding photographers.
83%
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