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Panasonic Lumix G90

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Price as Reviewed:

£899.00 (Body Only)

Panasonic’s SLR-style Micro Four Thirds camera follows on from where the Lumix G80 left off, but how does it differ? Michael Topham put it to the test

Panasonic Lumix G90: Live View Composite mode

We’ve seen Live View Composite modes on other cameras before, but this is the first time we’ve seen it featured on a Panasonic camera. It’s intended for those who enjoy shooting long exposures at night with moving elements – traffic trails, fireworks and star trails in the night sky being a few different examples.

To use Live View Composite mode you’re first required to enter manual mode and then rotate the shutter speed past Bulb mode to the Live Composite (LC) setting. This unlocks Live View Composite from the G90’s main menu where you get the option to set the initial exposure time from 1/2sec to 60sec, with ISO and aperture being set in the usual way.

Live View Composite

Users will find Live View Composite mode from the list of options in the main menu

After the camera has captured a black frame for noise reduction, a further press of the shutter starts the exposure. As the screen refreshes each time a new image is captured, you can watch any brighter pixels from subsequent images build up on the first image until you’re happy with the result. Exposures can be up to 3 hours and to stop any additional images being taken you simply press the shutter button again.

Like any new mode you’re unfamiliar with it can take a few attempts before you’re fully confident using it. One of the best ways of looking at Live View Composite is it being similar to shooting a sequence of images before merging all the shots together in Photoshop using the lighten blending mode.

  • Sensor: 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
  • Output size: 5184x3888 pixels
  • Focal Length magnification: 2x
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Shutter Speeds: 60secs-1/4000sec (mechanical shutter) 1sec-1/16,000sec (electronic shutter)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200-25,600 expandable to ISO 100-25,600
  • Exposure modes: PASM, iAuto
  • Metering modes: Multi, centre-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: –5 to +5 EV, in increments of 1/3EV
  • Continuous shooting: 9fps (AFS) 6fps (AFC)
  • Screen: 3inch, 1040k dot vari-angle touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2,360k dot EVF with 0.83x magnification
  • AF points: 49-area AF (Contrast detect with DFD technology)
  • Video: 4K/30p (bit-rate of 100Mbps) Full HD up to 120fps
  • External mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • Headphone port: Yes
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
  • Power: DMW-BLC12E Li-ion battery
  • Battery life: 290 shots (rear monitor), 1000 shots in Power Save LVF mode
  • Dimensions: 130.4x93.5x77.4mm
  • Weight: 533g with battery and card

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