Many years ago, Panasonic turned the video world upside down with its GH series of mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras. Things really took off with the introduction of the GH4 in 2014, the first mirrorless ILC to offer 4K video recording. Not only was the GH series compact and lightweight, but it was also much more affordable than traditional cinema cameras. It’s no surprise, then, that even high-end filmmakers and serious video makers have embraced cameras like the GH4 and GH5 for a variety of creative uses.
But what about us mere mortals? What about casual video creators? What about bloggers and vloggers who often need a camera that’s really small, highly portable, and easy to use? Well, many have chosen to simply use a smartphone. It can work in a pinch, but with their small sensors and physically limited lens designs, these cameras can have big downsides in terms of image quality and versatility.
Well, Panasonic seems to have a solution for that: the new Panasonic Lumix G100.
Despite its name, the new Panasonic G100 isn’t a successor to the previous G95, but rather an all-new Micro Four Thirds camera model that combines a compact and lightweight SLR-style design with a host of camera-centric features. video. And like many other Lumix cameras, the new G100 is also well-equipped with a nice range of photo features for good measure. This is a true mirrorless mirrorless camera for those looking for a lighter, more affordable and easier to use option compared to Panasonic’s “Swiss Army Knife” video cameras in the full frame GH5 and S series.
Like many of Panasonic’s current Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras, the new G100 centers around a 20.3-megapixel Four Thirds sensor with no optical low-pass filter, paired with a fast Venus Engine image processor and a 49-point contrast-detection AF. system with DFD. This compact ILC also offers 4K UHD video recording at up to 30 fps and 1080p video at up to 60 fps. For photos, the G100 of course offers RAW and JPEG capture, 4K PHOTO modes and continuous burst shooting up to 10 fps.
To take the video a step further, the G100 includes a sophisticated Nokia-powered computer audio system with its built-in microphones, offering different spatial recording patterns depending on subject or location as well as a unique audio tracking mode from topic. In addition, the camera offers a 5-axis hybrid IS system (optical + electronic IS), a pre-installed V-LogL picture style for those who want more flexibility to edit their footage in post-production workflows and updated video UI features that include a larger video recording indicator, frame markers for different aspect ratios, and support for vertical video recording.
Scheduled to go on sale in late July, the upcoming Panasonic G100 will be sold in the US in kit form paired with an ultra-compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS lens at retail price. from $749.99. Additionally, there is a second kit that includes the DMW-SHGR1 Tripod Grip accessory that will cost $799.99 USD. The Tripod Grip itself will sell for $99.99 on its own. However, until August 1, Panasonic is offering an instant $50 discount + FREE $99 bundle (DMW-ZSTRV – battery + external charger) for the camera + lens kit and the kit with the tripod handle.
We’ve already received our Panasonic G100 review sample, and our G100 review is already well underway! Head over to our Panasonic G100 Hands-On Preview for a detailed look at all the camera features, as well as our classic First Shots series of lab sample images and a whole lot of images from the real world gallery. Lots more to come with our Panasonic G100 review, so stay tuned!