Camera review Panasonic Lumix G90: the mirrorless for the masses

Market “cronotech” mirrorless cameras is now experiencing a real boom. Small camera with interchangeable lenses and professional potential photo and video meets the needs of the time: bloggers, travelers, photos and videoentries appreciate the opportunity to continually have a camera with you to create high-quality content. New camera Panasonic G90 produces the impression of a device that will appeal to a variety of users: from beginners, shooting in auto mode, to serious users already had to

deal with conventionally “professional” equipment. Let’s see how interesting this camera.

Specifications

Panasonic Lumix G90 Sony α6400 Fujifilm X-T30 Canon EOS M50
Image sensor 17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS The 23.5 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) Exmor CMOS The 23.6 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS IV The 22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Effective sensor resolution 20.3 MP 24.2 MP 26.1 MP 24.2 MP
Built-in image stabilizer Built-in camera, 5-axis No No No
Mount Micro 4/3 Sony E-mount Fujifilm X-mount Canon EF-M
Photo format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW 14-bit JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.30), RAW 14-bit
Video format AVCHD, MP4 XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 MPEG 4 MP4
Frame size Up to 5184 × 3888 Up to 6000 × 4000 To 6240 × 4160 Up to 6000 × 4000
Video resolution Up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p Up to 4096 × 2160, 30p Up to 3840 × 2160 (25 fps)
Sensitivity ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100 ISO 200-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200 ISO 200-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200 ISO 100-25600 expandable to ISO 51200
Shutter Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
long (Bulb); silent mode
1/4000—30 c; long (Bulb); silent mode Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 30 s;
electronic shutter: 1/32000 – 30;
long (Bulb); silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 30 s;
long (Bulb)
The burst speed Up to 9 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter 11 frames per second Up to 8 frames per second up to 20 frames per second with electronic shutter; with the extra 1.25 x crop – up to 30 frames per second Up to 10 frames per second with frame focus, up To 7.4 frames per second with focus tracking
Autofocus Contrast, 49 points Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 points Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 points Hybrid, Dual Pixel CMOS, 143 points
Metering modes TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot 1200-zone evaluative: multi-segment, center-weighted, spot, spot for standard/large plot, averaged for the entire screen, in the brightest region TTL-metering in 256 points: multipoint, center-weighted, srednevzveshanny, spot TTL-metering at 384 zones, evaluative/partial/center-weighted/spot
Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5.0 EV (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps) ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments
Built-in flash Built-in, guide number 9 (ISO 200), the guide number of 6.4 (ISO 100) Built-in, sync 1/160 sec, guide number 6 (ISO 100) Built-in, guide number 7 (ISO 200) Built-in, guide number of about 5 (ISO 100)
Self-timer 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with
Memory card SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II) Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC up to UHS-I Single slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
Display LCD, 3 inch, 1 240 thousand points, touch, tilt LCD, 3 inch, resolution 921 thousand pixels, touch, tilt 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points of inclined LCD, 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points, touch, swivel
Viewfinder Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED with 2360 thousand points)
Interfaces microHDMI, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm microphone, 3.5 mm headphone microUSB, misroDMI, 3.5 mm Jack for microphone HDMI, USB 3.1 (Type-C), 2.5 mm for external microphone/remote control misroUSB, miniHDMI, external MIC
Wireless modules Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
Food Li-ion battery DMW-BLC12, 8,7 W · h (1200 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery NP-FW50, 7,3 WH (1020 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery NP-W126S with a capacity of 8.7 WH (1200 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery LP-E12 capacity of 6.3 W·h (875 mAh, 7.2 V)
Dimensions 130 × 94 × 77 mm 120 × 67 × 60 mm Of 118.4 × 82,8 × 46,8 mm 116,3 × 88,1 x 58,7 mm
Weight 536 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 403 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 383 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 387-390 grams (incl. the battery and memory card), depending on the color variation
Current price 79 990 rubles for the version without lens (body) ; 99 990 rubles for the version with lens (kit) 69 990 rubles for the version without lens (body), 82 990 rubles for the version with a complete lens E 16-50mm 64 990 rubles for the version without lens (body), 69 990 rubles for the version with a complete lens XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 44 500 rubles for the version with lens (kit)

The main features of the camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 (G90 or just) replaced the model Lumix DC-G80, but this is no ordinary cosmetic upgrade. For several of its characteristics new camera models closer to the older grade – GH5 and G9, which implies greater opportunities and interest in the device, not only from the novice of photographers. Let’s first list the main distinctive features of DC-G90.

The 20.3-megapixel sensor borrowed from the older model G9. Format sensor – Micro 4/3, crop factor – 2. The sensor is not equipped with an optical low-pass filter, which allows to obtain high-quality, perfectly detailed images. The reverse side of this missing filter – the risk of moire in some scenes.

The camera uses advanced image processor Venus Engine, which also means improving the quality of the photo.

The image stabilization system — a proprietary Panasonic technologies, which we have had to evaluate with other camera models. The use of Lumix lenses allows to combine their optical stabilization internal stabilization of the camera due to the Dual I. S. 2, giving a total win of up to five stages of stabilization. In practice this means shooting at much longer shutter speeds, and therefore the opportunity not to raise too much sensitivity for obtaining high-quality images. The maximum available sensitivity in this case was higher — ISO 25600.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 has 49 focus areas and allows continuous shooting with a frequency of 9 frames per second. The manufacturer claims improved autofocus in low light and low contrast that is typical for evening or foggy landscapes. The camera has a number of features to facilitate night photography: Starlight AF, MF Assist 20x, Live View Boost.

DC-G90 implemented unstressed and quiet shutter that allows to improve the sharpness of images with a high level of detail, and to photograph in situations that require the observance of complete silence.

A large number of creative modes and artistic filters allows you to create images with a variety of interesting effects. Although this option and is aimed mainly at newcomers to the world of photo, a number of effects can be interesting and professional photographers. Particularly noteworthy are the possibilities of shooting in monochrome format, which is a kind of imitation black and white film. For better styling, you can also choose the degree of granularity of the image. L. L. Monochrome and Monochrome D is a new styles for photography, allowing you to achieve more subtle tonal transitions.

For wireless communication with the camera available modules Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 (low energy consumption). A Bluetooth connection allows you to take pictures and to start and stop capturing video with a smartphone or tablet. Using the Panasonic Image app for Android/iOS you can also control such functions as zoom and focus, and sharing images in social networks.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 allows you to shoot video in 4K (V-LogL). In the chamber appeared headphone Jack.

To my test camera came with three lenses: Leica 12-60/2.8-4.0 wide-angle Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph. and the “fix” Panasonic Lumix H-HS043E-S 42.5 mm f/1.7 G Aspherical Power O. I. S.. In the course of the test my goal was to take pictures of various genres and in different conditions to try to create an objective picture of what can be obtained using the Lumix DC-G90 average Amateur photographer.

Appearance and ergonomics

Already at first glance the Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 gives the impression of a solid professional camera, only in miniature. She is not as compact and light as many competitors in the class (for example, the same Sony a6400, about which we recently discussed): there is a fairly large and comfortable grip for the right hand lug on the rear panel under your thumb, the viewfinder is of large size, built in flash and the steering wheel. Camera weight without battery and memory card — 481 grams, dimensions — 130 × 94 × 77 mm. In flat ladies clutch such a device, of course, will not fit, but standard small bag — no problem. The camera is equipped with anti slip coating, resembling an artificial skin and pleasant to touch. Due to the materials and thought-out grip Lumix DC-G90 securely in the hand. Another good news — the presence of dust and moisture protection, which is especially important for photographers who lead an active lifestyle — for example, travel bloggers. Frame front of the camera made of magnesium alloy, and all joints, control wheels and buttons is hermetically protected with a sealer.

On the left edge are the connectors for microphone and headphone, USB Type-C (which, in addition to transmission of information can be used to charge the camera) and microHDMI.

 

On the right side is a connector for a memory card. The camera supports cards SD/SDHC/SDXC.

 

Top, left to right are:

  • Selector drive mode and timer. The drive is quite tight and requires some effort to rotate. Use one finger to rotate it is unlikely to succeed.
  • Hotshoe + built in flash that opens with a lever on the left.
  • Dial to select shooting mode is also quite stiff, combined with lever on-off switch of the camera.
  • Two wheels responsible for adjusting settings + button.
  • Selection button white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, and video recording.

On the rear panel are:

  • a programmable Fn3 button;
  • large viewfinder with rubber Eyecup;
  • LCD display;
  • the lever type switching focus button focus lock;
  • button view images;
  • selector disc menu button in the center.
  • quick button menu.
  • button to change the type of display information.

Front is a lens mount with button release lens, and lamp the AF-assist illuminator.

The bottom is the battery compartment and tripod socket. They are far enough from each other to the tripod site is not blocked the access to the battery.

Viewfinder and screen

OLED viewfinder on the Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 was inherited from the previous model DC-G80. Its resolution is 2360 thousand points, and the magnification ratio of 0.74 H. Little changed the appearance of the Cup — a hole in it now has a circular shape. To work with the viewfinder I was comfortable — the color rendition and contrast at a good level. However, in most situations I prefer to work on screen.

LCD screen compared to the earlier model has increased its resolution from 1 040 to 1 240 thousand thousand pixels, while its size remains the same — three inches. The screen is equipped with a touch cover and is rotatable in all planes hinge. And it is the most convenient, albeit negatively affects the size of the camera. It makes shooting from difficult positions (for example, level earth/water), gives you the opportunity to do a self-portrait or selfie, and when the camera is not in operation — it is convenient to close and thus to protect from damage. Swivel mechanism works smoothly to deal with him is very nice. The display also caused positive emotions, with the exception of a small number of situations when shooting on a bright setting sun desire to go to work through the viewfinder I did not have.

 

Overall the ergonomics of the camera I liked. At first, the granularity of control seemed even excessive, and a habit I have configured via the quick menu. However, in this analog technique has its own charm. And certainly users for whom Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 will be the first serious camera, dedicated controls under the white balance adjustment or ISO will not seem superfluous. Perhaps, declared the principle of intuitive operation there really were implemented.

Interface

Menus is classic Panasonic cameras way: the left column spaced main sections, on the right – sub-items, which can be opened. Accessible navigation using the analogue controls, and touch method — user can choose the most comfortable option. Some menu items are grayed out when shooting in RAW format, has a limited set of settings with intelligent auto mode. The camera also has fast menu by pressing the Fn2 button: here are all the basic settings that you can change with a few taps on the touch screen.

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