Panasonic G95

We are fans of Panasonic. They have often created the best value 4K cameras. The G85 was a good value because it gave you excellent image quality (better than the GH4 in several ways) as long as you could live without the 4K slow motion or V-Log.

But with the Panasonic G95 (also known as the G90 and G99 depending on your region) we still lack 4K slow motion, 10-bit or V-Log, and the price has gone up. There are some improvements for sure, but we fill Panasonic missed their target on this one. Just wait for a sale on a GH5 or a G85 to get the best value. The G95 is too close the GH5 to make sense for a lot of people.

Key features of the Panasonic G95:

  • 4K at 30FPS
  • 1080P at 120FPS
  • V-Log L (but 8 bit codec)
  • Better autofocus than the G85
  • $1200
  • IBIS
  • More of a crop than the G85 on account of the 20MP sensor

Panasonic AG-CX350 4K 1-Inch Sensor Video Camera

Key features include:

  • 1-Inch sensor
  • 20X Optical zoom lens
  • OLED viewfinder
  • 3.2-Inch monitor screen
  • Timecode
  • Optional wireless abilities
  • Rings for zoom, focus, and iris
  • HEVC
  • 10-bit 4K
  • $3700

The one thing that surprised us is that both 4K and 1080P have a max 60 FPS rate.  We were expecting 120 FPS or more in 1080P mode.

We find that larger sensors are needed for 4K video cameras than what were used in 1080P video cameras, so we will welcome this new camera from Panasonic.

A More In-Depth Hands-on Look at the Panasonic S1/S1R

These are interesting cameras but Panasonic’s targeting the higher end market is a departure from its approach with M43 where it released very affordable products for the features they offered. Premium is where the camera makers believe the money is at I guess.

Regardless, we wish Panasonic success because they have shown more innovation the Nikon and Canon and we’d be happy to have them survive as a competitor.

Here’s Lok’s first Look: