After three years, Panasonic introduced the successor to the popular G80. He was very successful, awarded with prizes, such as the Dpreview Gold Award. The core is the new 20.3 megapixel Dual Live MOS sensor. The sensor is equipped with 5-axis stabilization, which is appreciated especially when shooting video, it is given a lot of attention. I would like to remind you that this is a MFT system, ie Micro Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm), smaller than APS-C. Sensitivity ranges from 200-25600 ISO, focus points are 49. The time range is from 60 sec to 16000 (electronic shutter). Serial shooting reaches a speed of 9 fps. Stabilization can also communicate with stabilized Panasonic dual-stabilized lenses. Sharpening uses a “sharpening out of focus” system, where the system determines the direction of movement of the AF mechanism, depending on the nature of the blur. Of course there is a great compositing of the sharpness in the composite image. The device also offers filters and effects, while the current two black and white modes were L.Monochrome D with strong contrasts.
So many basic facts. When Panasonic introduced this model in April, I wrote that success will certainly depend on price. I was afraid of the threshold of thirty thousand, it was not exceeded, it lacks 4 thousand, so we are 26 thousand (June 2019). The main competitor in the MFT class is apparently the Olympus E-M 5 Mk II, which, however, is 4 years old, 16 meters long, does not have an OLED viewfinder and a 4K video. So even the comparison machines don’t have to worry about the paňák novelty (and vice versa, Oly wouldn’t hurt the bucket of cold water on his head to wake up, five models in three years, that’s not really a show of serious commitment). The competitor could be Fujifilm X-T30 for 24 thousand, but it is APS-C and therefore a different category.
The price is fine, 26 thousand for a sealed camera with full control (3 rollers) is a very reasonable amount. Videoers may be somewhat disappointed by the video clipping, which will also be reflected in 4K photoshoot.
When we are at the flashlight, it lasts 290 photos, it’s not much. You can get better results (no viewing, no flash) when taking a photo shoot.
Who does not enjoy iA, can set Palette or creative filters. In the menu you can turn on whether the device, in addition to the filtered photos, also save the unfiltered, that is very reasonable. He can do it even with RAW on, this is what Panasonics have done for a long time, and it is commendable that they have stayed there, by no means all manufacturers are holding on to it! From various filters I like the Baby Camera (probably because I am childish) – on the demo here below.
The device is fast enough for action photography. Nine windows per second can also break fast action, and continuous focusing is able to maintain sharpness with reasonable probability at this frequency.
It is a state-of-the-art, constructionally and ergonomically mature machine at a very reasonable price. Of course, the image quality depends a lot on the lens – there is virtually a lot to offer in the MFT class today. I had a set 12-60 on it and it is also very good, though slightly limited by the aperture range F3.5-5.6. It is fast, responsive and offers the benefits of a mirrorless camera – especially a perfect OLED electronic viewfinder with a full picture of the picture and its parameters. If I had to give something to minus, then maybe just a clipped video, but that’s a little bit of a benefit compared to the benefits.