With revolutionary audio and a lightweight body, the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 (G110 in some regions) is the company’s take on the facing-the-camera vlogging camera.
The G100 is a specifically designed 20MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera for vloggers and content creators. It features a monitoring audio system that operates in combination with the camera’s face recognition system and a flip-out panel that, by contrast, engages multiple easy-to-use modes.
Panasonic Lumix G100: Price
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A smart-looking little gadget, the Panasonic Lumix G100, but does the Lumix G series require another model? It may be argued that the Lumix brand has done better than anyone else to add to the vlogging boom. Panasonic has a wide variety of models that will do the job of the all-new G100, as one of the leading innovators of video-capable compact cameras. But if you’re familiar with the Lumix G and GH sets of cameras, you may be wondering why in this crowded section there’s still a need for another camera.
Panasonic Lumix G100: Key Features
At the heart of the G100 sits a 20.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor, capable of recording high-quality 4K/30p video. It can also capture Full HD video at up to 120fps for dramatic slow motion images. Panasonic has put all frame rate options, including up to 8x rapid video modes, all at the S&Q spot on the mode dial of the camera, to keep it easy. Using its intervalometer parameters, it is also possible to create time-lapse and stop motion sequences inside the camera. Great for making interactive footage for B-roll.
The G100 also features a 5-axis Hybrid I.S. When combined with a lens that is compatible. Hybrid image stabilization is a fancy way of communicating that the camera uses a mixture of optical image stabilization in some lenses and camera electronic image stabilization. The G100 is limited to 4-axis stabilisation during 4K shooting.
The camera immediately flips into Video Selfie Mode when the LCD panel is turned forward to face the customer. This improves the field depth, keeping both the face and the surroundings in view. We are pleased to announce that the intelligent face-recognition and tracking algorithms of the G100 can reliably recognise and lock onto faces.
To execute its ultimate USP, the camera uses the same technique; an OZO Audio by Nokia microphone series. The G100 uses three microphones and face monitoring as the first consumer camera of its kind to deliver OZO Audio to accompany whoever talks on camera. The premise is that the G100 would optimize the orientation of the audio recording signal to fit the presenter’s location as a user talks to the camera.
The optional DMW-SHGR1 pocket tripod/tripod grip is a strong companion accessory and if you go for the G100, it’s almost a no brainer given the package price. Via a short non-removable cable, the SHGR1 screws through the camera’s tripod thread and plugs into its microUSB port. It has three buttons on it – shutter, record and sleep – as well as an adjustable ball head. The tripod grip ergonomically makes it much more comfortable to take selfies and gives an extra bit of length to your limb. This would help to tackle the cropping problems created by shooting in 4K and E-stabilization.
The G100 has a combination of features that are extremely appealing to travel vloggers, particularly as it eliminates the need to hold an external microphone and makes it particularly easy to get quality footage in front of and behind the camera on-the-go.
While we believe that in one region, in particular, Panasonic dropped the ball. The G100 only has a micro USB instead of USB-C for its power supply. This is a challenge since there is no way to detect audio coming from the G100, except with an external microphone input. With the X-T200, a camera also targeted at vloggers, Fujifilm faced the same problem. But the X-T200 has a USB-C input and comes with a dongle in the box to connect the configuration as desired to a normal 3.5mm headphone socket. It’s an easy matter, but for Lumix, a company is known for giving video makers what they need, it’s a conspicuous mistake. Maybe Panasonic feels that vloggers usually don’t need audio recording. But when you hear that the G100 has the ability to film in V-Log L, which is a flat color profile that helps professional content makers to rate their footage better in color, it’s particularly weird. Advanced programmers very frequently choose to monitor audio.
Panasonic Lumix G100: Key specifications
- 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
- Electronic image stabilization (works in sync with in-lens IS)
- Directional audio with a tracking mode
- Fully articulated high-brightness 1.84M-dot LCD panel
- The 3.68M-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder
- Video up to 4K/30p and FHD up to 120p with quick/slow options
- Mechanical shutter extends to 1/500 sec, electronic shutter to 1/16,000 sec
- Camera type: Mirrorless
- Announced: 24th June 2020
- Sensor: 20.3Mp Four-Thirds type CMOS
- Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
- Screen: 3-inch 1,840,000-dot vari-angle touchscreen
- Viewfinder: 3,480,000-dot electronic viewfinder
- Key video specifications: 4K (3840×2160) at 24,25,30p and 100Mbps, V-Log L and Ozo Audio by Nokia
- Weight: 310g body only, 352g with SD card and battery, 412g with the 12-32mm lens
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 115.6×82.5×54.2mm
Panasonic Lumix G100: Conclusions
With the Lumix G100, there are tiny niggles we have, including the absence of a headphone jack or a USB-C slot, which would have addressed that. We would have preferred a degree of in-body stabilisation as well, but we understand that there would be a rise in size/weight. The lack of 4K/60p video capture, which would be provided by most of the market (including smartphones), is another downside.
Plus, as the first LUMIX camera to aim vloggers directly, the G100 is a stellar attempt. In a variety of scenarios, particularly for travel and home studio-style presentations, it is portable and can provide high quality stills and video.
The G100 is a big step towards improving one’s output level for someone who reaches the boundaries of their imagination with a smartphone or pocket camera. Getting access to an increasingly common lens mount and impressive in-camera audio often places most of the rivalry in a different league. The G100 is a key to an established Lumix camera system that can really take an innovative individual from a beginner to a full-time professional.