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Panasonic’s new G90 packs a punch

Panasonic has announced the G90 – the replacement for its super-popular G80/G85 over the last few months.

Known as the G95 in America, the G90 features a 20.3-megapixel Four-Thirds sensor, up from 16-megapixels on the predecessor camera and the new model is being firmly targeted at photographers seeking a hybrid camera capable of capturing stills and video footage.

The G90 features a higher-resolution Four Thirds sensor.

The sensor features no low-pass filter so images should be sharper and the G90 packs Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine processor and 5-axis Dual Image Stabilisation system, which which combines OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) with BIS (Body Image Stabiliser) and is good for 5-stops of compensation.

The G90 features a fairly rugged build, with splash and dust resistance, along with a redesigned grip for a firmer hold. There’s also a 2,360k-dot Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and a 3-inch vari-angle OLED LCD, which will prove useful when shooting awkward low/high compositions for stills or when shooting video.

With a 3-inch OLED LCD, the G90’s design is also splash/dust resistant.

The G90’s autofocus system can lock on to subjects in as little as 0.07seconds and boasts Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology. Offering a burst rate of 9fps (single focus) or 6fps (continuous focus), the G90 also sports a 4K Photo mode, where 8-megapixel JPEGs can be extracted from 30fps bursts.

A new Live View composite mode, which releases the shutter at designated intervals, combining areas of high brightness in a single picture, while keeping the background the same, should make long exposure photography easier. The G90 also offers a decent battery life, with 900 images acheiveable on a single charge.

The G90/G95 is suitable for photographers who want stills and video.

Unlike the older G80/G85, the G90/G95 gains an headphone port, alongside the external mic port and the camera can shoot 4K video (3840×2140) at 30p/25p, along with Full HD at up to 60p and a slow-motion video mode in Full HD at 120fps. The compact G90/G95, which weighs in at just 536g, also packs Panasonic’s V-Log profile for further editing options.

Images and video are written to a single SD card and the G90/G95 will be available from June, priced at £899 / €1,075.