Panasonic has released the G95 (G90 outside North America), a follow-up to the widely regarded G85.
Photography blogs have been stepping over each other to review the new camera. I guess I will join the fray. However, I am not interested in purchasing this camera. I own the G9 and am wildly happy with that camera. As a backup I also own the vastly under-rated G7. I am simply a curating service for all the other click bait articles regarding the G95.
Basically the reviews are positive. The G95 is viewed as a nice follow-up to the G85. As a hybrid mirrorless camera the performance of video and photos is more than adequate for all but the most discerning photography snobs.
I’m happy with the reception the G95 is getting especially given the full frame frenzy of today’s photographers. There is a place for micro 4/3 cameras. Street and travel photographers find the performance to be adequate and the size to be perfect for their work. I think the G95 is great for those needing a nice everyday rig for photography and video. It’s perfect as a backup to the G9 (photography) or GH5 (video).
Features that I think are pretty groovy are the Dual I.S. 2 five -axis image stabilization which combines in-body and lens stabilization and dust and drip proof rugged housing. V-log comes pre-installed for folks digging video.
So that’s my summation. Here is what the pros who were lucky enough to get a hand-on look from Panasonic think of the G95:
DPReview’s First Look Review of the G95
DPReview seems to like it as a stills camera but finds issues with the video capability.
It offers an extensive degree of direct control, a flip-out touchscreen and in-body stabilization: a combination that’s unusual at this point in the market. This is enough to make it an attractive enthusiast stills camera but a significant video crop undermines its video-making credentials.
Panasonic will promote the G95 as hybrid camera, fully capable of photo and video. The market for this camera is not likely going to notice any video limitations. Those users will likely gravitate to the GH5 anyway.
The one capability that I love greatly in the G9 is 6K Photo mode. The G85 does not have that option. DPReview suspects that the video limitations and lack of 6K Photo is due to the processor not being as powerful as G9
DPReview indicates the G95 favors comparatively with Sony’s a6400 and Fujifilm’s X-T30.
Overall DPReview likes the G95. They seems to like the Sony a6400 better for photos and Fujifilm for video. So, again for a hybrid camera the G95 has a lot going for it.
We really liked the balance of size, price and features that the G85 offered for both stills and video shooting. We were disappointed by the significant crop in video mode, but overall we felt it offered wide-reaching capability at a sensible price in a camera we all liked shooting with.
DpReview’s Chris and Jordan took their pre-release copy out to run it through it’s paces around town.
Chris thought it was a “nice”, comfortable camera. His main complaint seems to be with processing power. No 6K photo or high-res photo modes was brought up. He thought there wasn’t much to get excited about for photographers.
I mean, sure, if you want excitement and micro four thirds capability then you want to go with the G9. No question. But you will also pay for that level of awesomeness.
Jordan liked the headphone jack, unlimited record time, log recording and best stabilization in its class. He didn’t really think the image crop was that significant, likely due to the audience this camera is trying to reach. If you have interest in both photos and video along with time-lapse he thinks the camera “makes a whole lot sense”.
Gordon Laing First Look Hand-on Review of G95
Gordan Laing got himself a review copy from Panasonic. He went through all the buttons, specs and menu items. A very handy guide indeed.
He suspects that the camera will do exactly what Panasonic aims to do which is to appeal to both videographers and photographers. He suspects video creators and vloggers will like the built-in stabilization, articulating screen, headphone and microphone jacks, unlimited recording times and flat profile for grading.