The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 (G110 in certain regions), with revolutionary audio and a lightweight frame, is the company’s take on the face-to – face video vlogging.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 is a mirrorless 20MP Micro Four Thirds camera specifically designed for vloggers and content creators. It features an audio monitoring device that operates in tandem with the face recognition system of the camera, and a flip-out panel that engages multiple easy-to-use modes by default.

Key specifications

  • 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • Electronic image stabilization (works in sync with in-lens IS)
  • Directional audio with tracking mode
  • Fully articulated high-brightness 1.84M-dot LCD panel
  • 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

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 will be available in a variety of packages including one that will bundle it with a small tabletop tripod / selfie grip.

The camera will be sold in the US for $749 with the lightweight, fixed 12-32 mm F3.5-5.6 lens, or the 12-32 mm selfie grip for $799. Other territories will offer options with the 12-60 mm.

Video Characteristics

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 inherits a number of features from Panasonic’s higher-end video cameras, including the V-Log L gamma curve 8-bit variant, and the VU audio meters on-screen, to help set volume levels.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 also gains the ability to display framing guidelines for a range of aspect ratios. Instead of being limited to cinematic options, such as Cinemascope (2.39:1 and 1.35:1) ratios, it also includes 1:1 and 9:16, so you can shoot content for YouTube, but make sure the action takes place in a region that can best be cropped for Instagram.

Blinding mechanism

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 uses the same shutter mechanism in the tiny (and pretty) GM1 we first saw. It is a mechanical shutter with a single curtain, used in conjunction with an electronic first shutter on curtain. The shutter is limited to a maximum shutter speed of 1/500 sec, limiting the flash sync speed to just 1/50 sec depending on an electronic first curtain.

A fully electronic shutter mode offers all shutter speeds faster than 1/500th, which tops-out 1/16,000 sec. The camera automatically switches between the two modes by default but, if appropriate, you can specify either electronic first curtain or full electronic mode.

Selfie grip

DMW-SHGR1 selfie grip / tripod is one of the choices available either separately or as part of a package with the G100. It is a small , lightweight hand grip that includes a shutter button, REC button and sleep button, allowing the camera to operate in arms-length. The grip connected to the camera via the USB port allowing the operation of these buttons (instead of the Bluetooth connection used in rival systems).

Panasonic Lumix DC-G100

On a tabletop tripod, the grip doubles, and both the shutter and the REC buttons have ‘half-press’ measures to enable subtle function control. Grip appears to favor lightness over obvious build quality, and if purchased as part of a kit for an additional $50 instead of $100 if purchased separately, it’s likely to feel like more of a steal.
Updates to firmware will allow its use with a range of older Panasonic cameras.