Why Exactly Would a Photographer Want the Panasonic G100?

The Panasonic G100 doesn’t have in-body image stabilization on the sensor, but it has its 5 Axis Hybrid IS system.

Besides being a terribly kept secret, the Panasonic G100 camera is boasting a whole lot in terms of upgrades and features. But, most of those are catered to the content creator. However, considering how much Panasonic has brought the tech in their Micro Four Thirds cameras forward, there’s still a lot packed into there. Unfortunately, they removed in body image stabilization in favor of a super small camera body. But, the company demonstrated to us how their Hybrid IS system works in a video. It uses a gyrosensor built into the camera and a few other tricks. In addition to all that, Panasonic emphasized to us just how bright both the LCD and the EVF are.

With that said, the Panasonic G100 is probably best utilized with Olympus and Panasonic lenses that have image stabilization. Despite the small size, this would be a body that I’d throw a nice Voigtlander lens on. The lack of sensor based image stabilization is a pretty big turn off, but we’re very curious to see just how good the one in this camera is. We’ve got some more specs from our meeting below.

What you should know is the pricing:

  • G100 KK – $749.99  – camera only – $50 Instant Rebate + FREE $99 Bundle (DMW-ZSTRV – Battery + External Charger)
  • G100 VK – $799.99  – camera with Tripod grip – $50 Instant Rebate + FREE $99 Bundle (DMW-ZSTRV – Battery + External Charger)
  • DMW-SHGR1 – $99.99  – Tripod grip only
  • This is mostly a video camera, but they’re targeting it to photographers too
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Four thirds 20.3MP sensor. This is a Micro Four Thirds camera
  • Time lapse
  • Smartphone button for easier connection
  • 1840k touch lcd
  • 5 axis-hybrid IS
  • 3680k dot viewfinder
  • 3.5mm mic jack
  • Vertical video capabilities
  • No in-body stabilization
  • In-body gyro sensor
  • Ozo audio (computational audio using three mics to seer the array and active noise canceling)
  • Ozo is developed by Nokia
  • Background noise suppression is great
  • No low pass filter
  • ISO 25600
  • DFD autofocus
  • Low light af -4 elf
  • Face and eye detection
  • AF works at 120fps
  • Stop motion animation
  • Focus stacking 4k functions
  • Slimming mode for selfies
  • Soft skin mode
  • Background defocus control after the picture was shot
  • Instagram style filters
  • Hands free shutter mode
  • Segment videos if you wish
  • Raw processing done in camera if you wish
  • USB charging
  • 80 mins in 4k 30p
  • No web cam and no weather sealing

Personally, no weather-sealing is a deal breaker. In 2020, every camera should have weather sealing. There’s no excuse for it to not be that way. But the rest of the camera seems pretty awesome. It’s all about the connected web, being small and lightweight, and all about recording audio. That’s awesome, honestly! Cameras have needed better in-camera audio for a while now. Though for photographers, I wish there were more features. I wish that Panasonic would try to push the envelop a bit more. They could have done this in a few ways. A rangefinder style camera body–which they do a great job of, is one way. Weather sealing is another. And specifically for photographers, I’d like different ways to be able to play with images. A high resolution and high color mode is a fantastic way to get started. Alternatively, the old 16MP sensor is still my favorite from the Micro Four Thirds group. If they guaranteed super clean high ISO output, I think that lots of folks would be sold.

We’re going to have to call this in for review though. It’s seemingly a nice camera, but we’re not totally sure why a photographer would buy it just yet.