Panasonic unveiled the Lumix G95 on Friday, a midrange Micro 4 Thirds mirrorless digicam that blends photograph and video instruments into a light-weight physique. The corporate additionally introduced the brand new Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH Energy OIS lens. Whereas the Panasonic Lumix G9 stays the G-series flagship, a few of its options have trickled all the way down to the the brand new G95, which replaces the still-available G85.

The G95 steps up from the 16-megapixel sensor of the G85 to the 20.3-megapixel sensor of the G9. The upper decision shortens the RAW burst buffer to 30 frames, however an up to date Venus engine permits the digicam to seize twice as many JPEGs earlier than slowing down, with a formidable 600-shot buffer. Precise burst fee is unchanged from the G85, providing 6 frames per second with steady focus and 9 fps with mounted focus.

Panasonic calls the G95 “a 50-50 cut up” between photograph and options. The digicam shoots 4K at 30 fps and even provides V-Log L, a function beforehand discovered solely on the video-oriented Lumix GH5S or as a paid improve on the usual GH5. V-Log L is is a flat tone curve that captures extra dynamic vary (Panasonic claims 12 stops), however the G95’s video remains to be restricted to eight bits and 4:2:2 shade, not the 10-bit 4:2:2 video of the GH5 and GH5S.. The G95 additionally provides the headphone port that the G85 was lacking, whereas the HDMI port permits for reside video output whereas concurrently recording to the reminiscence card. Sluggish movement video has additionally improved, with Full HD choices from 60 to 120 fps.

Up to date autofocus algorithms enable the digicam to focus in low mild all the way down to minus-Four EV, in regards to the mild from a full moon, Panasonic mentioned. The autofocus system works in low distinction scenes, reminiscent of fog, all the way down to minus-1 EV. The up to date algorithms develop Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus system, with focusing velocity as quick as 0.07 seconds. A starlight autofocus mode may even be used to seize the evening sky with out reverting to guide focus.

Together with updating the sensor and autofocus, the G95 makes use of a brand new electromagnetic shutter. Panasonic says the change reduces shutter shock, together with providing quieter efficiency than a standard spring shutter. 

5-axis picture stabilization can also be inbuilt, rated at as much as 5 stops of shake discount when used with an optically stabilized lens. Panasonic’s distinctive 4K photograph modes return, together with in-camera focus stacking, Sequence Composition, and 30 fps or 60 fps bursts.

In-camera star strails

A primary for Panasonic, the Reside View Composite mode stitches a number of photographs collectively in a single picture. On this mode, the digicam solely captures the brightest components of the picture to merge after the primary publicity, making the mode splendid for capturing star trails and fireworks. The digicam can proceed to shoot Reside View for as much as three hours utilizing USB energy, topping out at one to 2 hours on battery energy.

Panasonic additionally re-arranged a few of the controls on the weather-sealed physique for simpler one-hand changes. The ISO, publicity compensation, and white stability buttons are simpler to achieve along with your index finger. The tilting touchscreen gives one other approach to management the digicam. The SD card slot was additionally relocated so it’s now not in the identical compartment because the digicam battery (which is rated for 290 photographs, or 900 in energy saving mode).

Whereas the G95 has the identical sensor because the pricier G9, the latter nonetheless stands because the extra superior digicam. The G9 gives a sooner burst mode, 6.5 stops of picture stabilization, a high-resolution mode, and 6K photograph modes, in addition to sooner most shutter velocity and flash sync velocity. The G9 additionally has twin SD card slots and a higher-resolution digital viewfinder. The G95, in the meantime, is available in a smaller, 18.9-ounce physique at a lower cost.

A compact, 10x zoom lens

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Additionally introduced, the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH Energy OIS lens captures a 28-280mm full-frame equal discipline of view, providing a 10x zoom vary appropriate for landscapes to birding and every thing in between. The lens makes use of an optical picture stabilization system that works along with in-body stabilization programs on appropriate cameras. The main focus motor has been constructed for high-speed and quiet operation. Designed with weatherproof cameras in thoughts, the lens can also be splash- and dust-resistant.

Each the brand new lens and Lumix G95 digicam might be accessible in Might. The G95 lists for about $1,200 with a Lumix G 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Energy OIS lens included. The brand new 14-140mm lens will retail for about $600.

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