Panasonic introduced Friday the Lumix G95 ruggedly-designed digital single lens mirrorless camera, which will be the successor to the company’s popular G85 model.

The Lumix G95 will hit retail in May at a $1,200 suggested retail price with a Lumix G 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens included.

It is optimized for both precision still shooting and up to 4K video image capture on the go, and includes a 20.3-megapixel (Micro Four Thirds) Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the company’s Venus Engine image processing technology.

The company also announced a new Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH Power OIS lens ($600).  It has a 35mm equivalent range of 28-280mm, or a 10x zoom range, suitable for landscapes and closeups. The lens uses an OIS system that works in conjunction with in-body stabilization systems on compatible cameras, like the G95. It is also optimized for weatherproof action.

For effective handheld, long-zoom and low-light shooting, the Lumix G95 camera is equipped with a 5-axis Dual Image Stabilizer (IS) to produce sharp images and reduce or eliminate blurring. The system is said to enable shooting at a 5-stop slower shutter speed by combining both optical image stabilization and 2-axis in-body image stabilization techniques.

The Contrast AF System features Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology optimized for both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between camera and lens at a maximum of 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto-focusing of approximately 0.07 sec., Panasonic said.

The camera is capable of up to 9 fps (AFS/MF) burst shooting performance, and up to 6 fps (AFC) for up to 600 (JPEG) or 30 (RAW) images and more.

The best results under a variety of shooting situations, the camera packs a selection of AF functions, including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF.

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The Lumix G95 integrates an OLED Live View Finder (LVF) with 2360K-dot high resolution in approximately 1.48x/0.74x (35mm equivalent) magnification capability. A 1,240-dot 3.0-inch LCD rear touchscreen is also included.

For video, the camera is capable of 4K video recording capability in 3840×2160 pixel resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4. Image output to an external monitor is possible as the camera is recording in real-time via an HDMI connector.

A High Speed Video features enabled capturing slow motion video in Full HD at 120 fps (1/4x), 90 fps (1/3x) and 60 fps (1/2x). The camera also includes 4:2:0 chroma sub sampling/8-bit log recording built-in V-Log L.

Additional features includ a 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks for high-quality audio capture.

To capture fleeting still images, the camera’s Lumix 4K Photo function records up to 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. In addition, Auto Marking and Sequence Composition are included along with Post Focus, Focus Stacking, Light Composition and 4K Live Cropping to add creative options through 4K PHOTO mode.

To quickly share images and video, the camera suppors wireless connectivity to external devices like a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.2 (Low Energy) or Wi-Fi while maintaining a constant connection with minimal power consumption.

The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB. Panasonic also provides an optional battery grip (model DMW-BGG1) to ensure longer battery life in the field.

By Greg Tarr

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