Panasonic Lumix G90 G95 Review - Performance

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The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.85secs 
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.3secs 
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.6secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (580 shots before slowdown)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 8fps (35 shots)


Focus and shutter response are both excellent. We tested this with the Panasonic 12-60mm lens, and a fast UHS-II card. You can shoot an impressive number of JPEG images before the camera slows down.

 

Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) Sample Photos

Colour reproduction, particularly outdoors, is very pleasing, with great results possible. Exposure is reliable, and dynamic range recorded is also good. There are options to expand the dynamic range recorded using the iDynamic option, or you can shoot using the HDR option, with the camera combining the shots in-camera. Focus is reliable, and fast, with a very high success rate in a variety of situations. 

 

Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) Lens test images

Close-up performance of the 12-60mm lens is very good, letting you get close to your subject, as well as creating a pleasing background blur (or bokeh). The performance of the 12-60mm lens is generally good, making it a good kit lens option for the camera, without breaking the bank. Some vignetting was noticed when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens, although there are in-camera options to correct for vignetting (shading compensation) meaning this shouldn't be a problem when switched on.

There's also an option to correct for diffraction for when you use smaller apertures. Distortion correction is automatically applied, and can't be switched off, helping avoid any barrel and pincushion distortion. Similarly purple fringing is automatically corrected in camera.

 

Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - For the lowest noise and best detail possible we would recommend using ISO100 to ISO800, as images have low levels of noise and good levels of detail. For lower light situations ISO1600 to ISO3200 still provides good results, although noise increases and detail is reduced. At ISO6400 noise levels become stronger and we'd try and avoid this setting if possible. Above this noise becomes stronger again, and the higher ISO speeds are best avoided. 

Noise compared to the competition...

Noise performance is similar to the Panasonic Lumix G9, with perhaps a very slight improvement at some ISO speeds. Compared to the Fujifilm X-T30, the X-T30 gives better results, at higher ISO speeds, whilst the G90 starts to struggle at ISO6400 and above. Compared to the Sony Alpha A6400, the A6400 gives better results, and usable ISO6400 images, whilst the G90 starts to struggle at this ISO speed. Compared to the Canon EOS M50, again, the M50 gives better results (with better definition, and colour saturation at higher ISO speeds), although, as Canon's noise reduction is quite low, the difference isn't as big as you might think. 

 

Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten lighting, and mixed lighting. You can leave the camera on AWB or you can select "AWB Cool" for a more neutral (and whiter) result, or you can select "AWB Warm" if you'd like your results warmer still. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting, and under natural light. 

 

Video - The Panasonic Lumix G90 offers unlimited 4K UHD video recording at 30/25/24fps (at 100mbps), as well as a V-Log L profile, which will be of great interest to those looking for expanded dynamic range in video and later grading. FullHD high speed video can be recorded at 120, 100, 90, 75, 60 or 50fps. Microphone and headphone sockets can be found on the side. There's also 4K Live Cropping available. 

Image stabilisation includes optical image stabilisation (in the lens, when a lens with O.I.S is used), sensor based image stabilisation (sensor-shift), plus there are options for electronic image stabilisation as well as an "I.S. Lock" function. ISO speeds can be selected up to ISO6400. You can watch additional videos from the G90 on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.

 

 


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11 May 2019 2:25AM
Isn't it time you stopped twittering about battery life - the technology involved in cameras gets more and more complex, the technical solution to battery life is simple, buy a spare or two.

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Hear hear! Good to see the battery's still the BLC12E, of which I have six with one always in trouser pocket. (I have 3x G6. I look forward to replacing them with 3x G90 in a couple of years' time!)
lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
15 May 2019 12:24PM
An alternative is just to plug a power bank into the camera. It will power the camera and then charge it (if necessary) when the camera is off.

Having the power bank in your pocket (as we press guys used to do when working in the mountains or arctic climes) your armpit keeps everything operating as normal in cold conditions.

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