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Panasonic G95 / G90 Hands-On Preview: The New Vlogging Champ?



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If you’re firmly committed to full frame, or must have the absolute best autofocus, dynamic range and high ISO noise performance available, the G95 is not the camera for you. But for the vast majority of photographers out there the vast majority of the time, the G95 may turn out to be not only the best vlogging camera for the money, but maybe the best beginner or value-conscious hybrid shooter’s camera as well — taking on not only the new standard in that segment, the FujiFilm X-T30 – but the full frame Canon RP.

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38 thoughts on “Panasonic G95 / G90 Hands-On Preview: The New Vlogging Champ?

  1. This camera makes the upcoming OM-D E-M5 Mark III critically important to Olympus…they simply MUST get that camera right (especially for video), and maybe that's why they've delayed it for so long.

  2. Just picked up a new mostly video client and shot a 3 hour interview yesterday on my G9. The 30 minute recording limit drove me crazy. Definitely picking up a G95!

  3. Jeff Goldblum called – he wants his voice and killer, deadpan delivery back. He’s also a complete convert to Micro four thirds now and says thank you.

  4. Thoughts: G95 crops significantly at 4k – the crop is a very important consideration for vloggers, especially since the two camera bodies now cost the same. G9 doesn't come with vlog, but it's an option, and the time record limit is easily overridden on the G9. My only gripe with the G9 is no 120fps 1080p recording with decent codec. Other than that, it beats the G95 on everything but a bit of weight. The G95 would be my choice if not for the 4k crop. I'm going with the G9.

    Slightly different conclusion on my end, but thank you for the great review!

  5. I like how you've concluded that these types of cameras and really the entire MFT platform is for photographers that think smart. I strongly believe in that too

  6. Got mine and love it. I also use a Nikon Z7, but I still love the m4/3 cameras. I have that 15mm f/1.7 lens too and love that! 🙂

  7. So — you use the G85 for a lot of your production — do you have a post of tips/settings for getting the best performance (AF, stabilization, color, low-light) out of the G85 for photo and video? As a fellow G85 user with no money to upgrade anytime soon, I'd love to benefit from your experience!!! Thanks!

  8. Thank you for a calm, and calming review and comparison — no hype or hyperbole! The current crop of all "major" names in the digital camera world are amazing compared to the camera offerings just 5 years ago — so bashing any one manufacturer or model just isn't a viable approach. Each has its strengths, and as you say, it really comes down to how you use the equipment — what you want to achieve. I bought a G85 in mid-2018 for family photos, family video and slowly branching into "production" with video. I don't regret my choice at all — and it was what I could afford. Have gotten a few native lenses and a ton of vintage glass and adapters. And I still love it! Am I jealous of some features of other cameras — yeeesssss — am I jealous of newer Lumix cameras (G9, G95) — yeeeessssss. But that does not make my camera any less usable. Thanks for your approach and your appreciation of good quality equipment — regardless of the source.

  9. "The HDMI port iiiiiiiiiiis…. micro." Yeah, that's about how I feel about micro HDMI ports too, man. You say so much with so little. 🙂

  10. I've pre-ordered this camera. The G95 will be my 1st mirrorless that I will use for travel. I love that this camera is truly a hybrid. Even though we all do video and probably have Youtube channels – really, in our hearts, we are all photographers. Thanks for the informative review.

  11. Hi Hugh I notice you use the 30mm sigma in a ton of your videos (which always look fantastic). I do a lot of self tape auditions for myself and other actors on my GH5. I use the 42.5 Lumix 1.7 for pretty much all of them but sometimes find that when I want a bit more upper body in the shot the actors have to move a little too far away for my space. the 25mm 1.7 I find a little too wide and gets too much background in or I need the actor really close to camera. Do you find the 30mm 1.4 a superior lens to the 42.5? Have you noticed a difference in autofocus performance compared to native glass? I use face detect autofocus as I am usually the reader and the camera op at the same time and the actors do tend to move forwards and backwards enough where autofocus is important. Also, just curious what f-stop you do these vids at on the sigma? Thanks for any insight you can share with me 🙂

  12. Ugh, Hugh, you have only construed me further. I have been in a months-long internal debate over the Fuji vs. Lumix ecosystems. Right when I lean one way, I am pulled back towards the other. Quite frankly, all this tossing and turning is making me ill. X-T30 with the intention of upgrading in the future, or plan on MFT's continued success? The mind reels.

  13. thanks for the great video, can you suggest me a camera , my purpose is for my youtube channel and i need to get into short films. my budget is 1300 usd and i am considering sony a6400 ? can you suggest me please . thanks a lot !!

  14. Many of the features of the G95 are also on the G85. What's new is the upgraded processor, USB charging/power, headphone jack, 20 megapixel sensor, upgraded LCD panel.. G85 has unlimited video recording (US only). Is the G95 worth the extra $500 over the G85? Depends on your needs. I think the G85 will be enough of an upgrade over my current G3 camera.

  15. So I’ve had the g85/g80 since 2017 and like it a lot but there are a few things I didn’t like that makes me want to upgrade.
    I hike a lot and hate to not been able to use a power bank to charge my batteries. And the fact that it doesn’t have 4K/60 p. I know most cameras doesn’t support 4K 60p but I still want it. Now the g95 doesn’t have it either but the g9 does. The dilemma is that here in Sweden I can get the g9 body for the same price as the g95 body. The g9 is at a 200$ discount right now. I like the smaller form factor but the g9 has many features that I like better then on the g95. G9 has less crop and uses the full sensor and should give a slightly better image when shooting 4K. The g9 has 4K/ 60p. And also has some better specs overall. The only advantage to get the g95 is the slightly smaller form factor. What do you think? At the same price which camera should I get?

  16. Hey can you confirm there's auto-iso in video mode? Like the GH5, it's such an important thing to me personally, but can't find answer anywhere

  17. I truly enjoy your reviews. Your style is different from most as you give an honest opinion on what to expect from these equipment. Thank you and your team for making them. 👍

  18. In an ultra-competitive market, this camera is over-priced. If the G95 was selling for $800, I think people would be interested…. But at $1200 (the only price you can buy it for currently at Amazon or B&H, w/lens), and it's a complete pass. Can't even think about it.

    A near mint GH5 goes used for $1200 (or less). IA new Sony a6400 for $800 or a new
    G85 for $700. I need a B-cam for my venerable but much-loved GH5, and sadly at this price, the G95 ain't it.

    As I said, I love the GH5, but a vlogging camera it ain't… which certainly rules out the G95. Vlogging is (usually) about being a 1 man band, and good auto-focus is a huge element of that. None of Panny's cameras can match their competitors in this respect, especially the G95's likely main rival, the a6400.

    For those thinking the G95 means that Panasonic is 100% committed to the MFT format… I'd say that what is basically a tweaked G85 at this price tag perhaps means just the opposite. Great work as always Hugh.

  19. Have traded in the G85 for the Panasonic S1 as my top of the range camera. Still have the GX80 as my carry everywhere micro four thirds camera and to keep using my existing Panasonic G lenses. Waiting for the GX90 / 95 to replace that as my small , portable camera.

  20. Man, great Preview! How much better 4k video quality offers this camera compared to Olympus OMD M10 mark III` s 4 k which I currently own, Is it worth upgrading in my case? pls someone with expertise answer my Q so I do not make a bad investment! 🙂

  21. Totally agree. I have GX95 and the new 20MP is superb with less noise compared to g85. The only thing I would like to see on Lumix is good autofocus in video… Till than I use manual focus!

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