Panasonic's Latest Mirrorless Camera, the Lumix G95, is Rugged Enough for Field Use

Christine Persaud

Published: 04/09/2019 08:59:19 AM EST in Vision

Panasonic's Latest Mirrorless Camera, the Lumix G95, is Rugged Enough for Field Use

Panasonic Canada's new Lumix G95 digital single lens mirrorless camera is ruggedly design, such that it can be confidently used in the field for capturing both photos and videos.

The camera has a 20.3MP sensor and Venus Engine, and features an optimum gradation setting to provide a wide dynamic range for smoother gradation; a tuned three-dimensional colour control to detect hue, saturation, and brightness to apply optimal control according to the value of each factor; and a Tuned Multi Process NR to boast high noise identification accuracy and preserve details even after the noise reduction process. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise even in low-lit situations and at a maximum ISO 25600.

The 5-axis Dual Image Stabilizer (I.S.) 2 allows the use of a 5-stop slower shutter speed. Combining an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S), 2-axis, and Body Image Stabilizer (B.I.S.), 5-axis, it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable, says Panasonic. Both O.I.S. and B.I.S. are finely controlled based on information detected by a high precision gyrosensor. It is highly beneficial not only in wide angle but also in telephoto and adverse situations, such as at night or with one-handed shooting.

The 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 works for both photo and motion picture recording, including 4K video. Most of Panasonic's digital interchangeable lenses will comply with the 5-axis Dual I.S. in the G95.

The Contrast AF System features Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology to calculate the distance to the subject by evaluating several images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the high speed AF is approximately 0.07 sec and high-speed burst shooting is 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC).

Further, the Venus Engine is more capable of tracking moving subjects, and prevents out-of-focus shots, even when the subject is fast-moving or when an obstacle cuts across in front of the subject. Newly added AF Sensitivity mode lets the user set the tracking sensitivity according to the shooting situation, including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF enhance usability to comply with wide-ranging shooting situations.

Optimized for handheld field use, the camera can be easily used one-handed. Newly added buttons let the user adjust exposure, ISO, and white balance, while buttons on the back are positioned centering around the wheel dial, providing quick access to the target item in both shooting and playback. The grip is also redesigned for a more stable, comfortable hold.

To withstand heavy field use, the G95 boasts a rugged design with a front structure composed of a magnesium alloy full diecast front frame. It also features a splash/dust-resistant construction thanks to the use of sealing in every joint, dial, and button.

The large Live View Finder (LVF) has a high magnification ratio of approx.1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent). The OLED display features 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field-of-view. Adoption of OLED for the LVF achieves high speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast. With an eyepoint of approximately 20 mm, it offers high visibility with comfort for users wearing glasses. Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3" LCD rear monitor with 1240K-dot high resolution features free-angle shooting. It tilts up and down by approximately 250-degrees, which makes shooting at either high or low angle easier.

An electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit reduces the shock caused by the movement of the shutter diaphragm and shutter sound is minimized. This enables users to release the mechanical shutter even in situations where they previously had to use the electronic shutter.

In addition to photos, the G95 can shoot 4K video in 3,840x2,160 at 30p(60Hz Area) or 24p in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p(60Hz Area) videos with practical full-time AF.

It is also capable of real-time image output to an external monitor/recorder via HDMI simultaneously while recording video. The High Speed Video lets users record slow motion video in Full HD. The 3.5mm microphone jack and newly added headphone socket comply with serious sound recording.

Frames can be extracted from 4K burst files using 4K Photo, which has a new Auto Marking function. Sequence Composition makes it possible to make a stromotion image by synthesizing multiple images shot at a fixed frame with 4K Photo. A unique image reflecting the subject's motion can be produced easily in the camera without needing a special retouching process. The camera also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording that realizes stable panning or zooming in video recording.

Other features include post-focus for selecting the in-focus area, even after shooting; focus stacking for adjusting the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with the post focus function; L.Monochrome D in Photo Style for shooting monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows while preserving the details; Exposure / WB / Focus / Aperture Bracket; and Live View Composite Recording whereby the camera releases the shutter at designated intervals of exposure time and synthesizes the parts with high luminosity to produce a single picture.

Featuring both Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz for connectivity, the camera can be connected to a smartphone or tablet and communicate with Panasonic's Image App for iOS or Android. Using the apap, you cana shoot, browse, and share images remotely.

The Panasonic Lumix G95 will be available at select Canadian retailers and the Panasonic eStore in May 2019 for an MSRP of $1,800.

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Panasonic's Latest Mirrorless Camera, the Lumix G95, is Rugged Enough for Field Use

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