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Panasonic LUMIX G100 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 31, 2021 at 07:51 am
Panasonic LUMIX G100 Picture
7.2
Travel Photography
7.8
Landscape Photography
6.2
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.8
Vlogging
7.7
Studio Video
4.9
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
4/3 (MFT)
Tested Lens
Lumix G Vario 12-32mm F3.5-F5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. It's very lightweight and portable, and it comes equipped with a fully articulated touchscreen that makes it well-suited for vlogging. It delivers excellent JPEG image quality and fantastic 4k and FHD video quality in brighter lighting conditions. However, its RAW noise handling capability and low light video quality are noticeably worse due to its smaller sensor. Its autofocus system does a great job of tracking moving objects but struggles with faces. Battery performance is a bit disappointing, too, though this can vary with real-world conditions and settings. Unfortunately, it lacks in-body image stabilization and does a poor job of smoothing out camera shake. It's also not the most comfortable to use due to its small size and squared-off body, but on the upside, it has a very well laid-out menu system.

Our Verdict

7.2 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is decent for travel photography. JPEG image quality is excellent, and it does a great job of tracking moving subjects for photography. It's also very small and lightweight, so it should fit easily into a travel bag to take with you on the go. However, its battery life is disappointing, and it does a poor job of stabilizing images without a tripod.

Pros
  • Excellent overall image quality.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Autofocus effectively tracks moving objects.
Cons
  • Autofocus struggles to track moving faces.
  • Poor stabilization.
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.8 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic G100 is great for landscape photography. JPEG images stay relatively sharp and noise-free at higher ISO levels, and it has a fantastic dynamic range to bring out a wide array of details in landscape shots. That said, its RAW noise handling capability is just okay due to its smaller sensor. Still, it feels well-built, and it's very portable, making it easy to take with you to remote shooting locations, although people with larger hands may find it a bit uncomfortable to use.

Pros
  • Excellent overall image quality.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Wide dynamic range.
Cons
  • Poor stabilization.
  • Disappointing battery life.
6.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is okay for sport and wildlife photography. It delivers excellent JPEG image quality, with photos that stay relatively sharp and noise-free at higher ISO levels. Its autofocus system does a great job tracking moving objects, but it struggles with moving faces, which is unfortunate. Its continuous shooting speed is also just okay, so it's not as well-suited to capturing quick bursts of fast action.

Pros
  • Excellent overall image quality.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Autofocus effectively tracks moving objects.
Cons
  • Autofocus struggles to track moving faces.
  • Poor stabilization.
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.8 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is good for vlogging. It's small and lightweight, so it's easy to take on the go. It also has a fully articulated screen so you can easily monitor yourself as you record. Video quality is good overall, but especially in brighter lighting conditions. However, it lacks in-body image stabilization, and its electronic stabilization feature does a poor job of smoothing out camera shake if you're vlogging without a gimbal. Its autofocus system is also disappointing at tracking moving faces.

Pros
  • Fantastic video quality in brighter lighting conditions.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Fully articulated screen.
Cons
  • Autofocus struggles to track moving faces.
  • Poor stabilization.
7.7 Studio Video

The Panasonic G100 is decent for studio video. It delivers fantastic video quality in more controlled lighting conditions, whether you're shooting in 4k or FHD. However, the quality dips noticeably in low light. It includes a microphone jack and micro HDMI port but sadly lacks a headphone jack. Unfortunately, its internal recording capability is mediocre, and its autofocus system struggles to keep moving faces in focus, though it's better at tracking moving objects.

Pros
  • Fantastic video quality in brighter lighting conditions.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Mediocre internal recording capability.
  • Autofocus struggles to track moving faces.
  • No headphone jack.
4.9 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 isn't for action video. While small and lightweight, it isn't designed for action camera mounts like helmet and chest rigs. It also lacks water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It delivers fantastic video quality in brighter lighting conditions, but its low light performance is noticeably worse. Unfortunately, it does a terrible job smoothing out camera shake in 4k and is mediocre in FHD if you happen to be shooting action handheld.

Pros
  • Fantastic video quality in brighter lighting conditions.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • Autofocus effectively tracks moving objects.
Cons
  • Not designed for action camera mounts.
  • Autofocus struggles to track moving faces.
  • Poor stabilization.
  • Disappointing battery life.
  • Not waterproof.
  • 7.2 Travel Photography
  • 7.8 Landscape Photography
  • 6.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.8 Vlogging
  • 7.7 Studio Video
  • 4.9 Action Video
  1. Updated Jun 15, 2022: Updated shutter type from 'Electronic' to 'Electronic and Mechanical' since the default EFCS uses a physical shutter mechanism.
  2. Updated Apr 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  3. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Aug 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.3
Design
Portability
Height
3.2" (8.3 cm)
Width
4.9" (12.4 cm)
Depth
2.1" (5.4 cm)
Volume
33.6 in³ (550.4 cm³)
Weight
0.75 lbs (0.34 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.91 lbs (0.41 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of hard plastic that feels solid
  • Screen mechanism is sturdy
  • SD card and battery compartment is covered by a locking hinged door
  • Inputs and outputs are covered by rubber flaps
  • Buttons are a bit small but give good tactile feedback
  • Built-in flash mechanism feels solid

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX G100 camera body
  • Lumix G Vario 12-32mm F3.5-F5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens
  • Lens cap
  • Hot shoe cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Panasonic DMW-BLG10PP battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB-A to micro-USB cable
  • Lens pamphlet
  • User manual

Note: This camera doesn't come with a sensor cap or rear lens cap, so the lens and sensor lack protection when switching out or storing lenses.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Squared-off body can feel uncomfortable to hold after a while
  • May be too small for extra large hands or for maintaining a secure grip
  • Rubber texture on thumb rest and handgrip
  • Easy to change ISO, aperture, and shutter speed when looking through the viewfinder with your right eye
  • Includes a dedicated video recording button
  • Eyecup feels rigid and isn't especially comfortable
  • Touchscreen features stay active even with eye to viewfinder, so it's easy to accidentally change the focus point
  • Can't access SD card compartment when mounted on a tripod

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
3.68 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.73
9.7
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
1,216 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.84 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Panasonic Image

  • Easy to navigate the menu and Q menu using the touchscreen and physical buttons
  • Q menu gives quick access to commonly used settings like ISO, drive mode, and exposure compensation
  • Four customizable buttons
  • Three customizable tabs on the menu
  • Includes a display option to quickly check all of your camera settings at once, which you can see here
  • Guide mode to explain certain features and settings

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Photo & Video
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
6.9
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/7.0
Minimum Focal Length
12 mm
Maximum Focal Length
32 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
64 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
78.7%
Light Falloff
64.8%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.3 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
100
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
200
Native ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.2

Note: This camera has three extended low ISO options: 100, 125, and 160.

5.8
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Panasonic DMW-BLG10PP
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
270 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
85 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
60 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/500 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: The specified max shutter speed above is for the G100's electronic front curtain shutter (EFCS). The camera also has an electronic shutter option with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000.

This camera has a 'Self Shot' mode that's enabled when you turn the screen around to face forward. This feature automatically enables face and eye-tracking and audio tracking. By default, it also sets a three-second timer before each photo or video. It includes several vlogging and Instagram-friendly settings in the Fn tab of the menu, including 'Soft Skin' effect, 'Filter effect', 'Background Control' to adjust the background blur, a 'Slimming Mode' that stretches the screen vertically to make you appear slimmer, shutter options, and more. You can disable this mode in the menu if you like.

5.0
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
2 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
10 fps
Raw Buffer Size
27 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
26 s
8.2
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
79%
Face Tracking Success Rate
63%
Face Detection Distance
79" (200 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
49

Note: We had to use a slightly different depth of field than we typically use for our object tracking tests because the kit lens' aperture isn't wide enough to follow our usual methodology, so these results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

5.1
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/60 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

Note: These results may not be comparable with other cameras we've tested since the camera's max equivalent focal length is 64mm. Our usual methodology calls for a 70mm focal length.

Photo Image Quality
8.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
24.32 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
11.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
10.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
9.0 f-stops
8.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.483 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.5019 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.697 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.915 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
2.896 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.873 pixels
9.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
6.33
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
5.89
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
5.84
8.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.12 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.61 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
35.48 dB
6.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
37.84 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
37.84 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
35.65 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
33.12 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
30.3 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
27.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
24.1 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
20.71 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
16.05 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

Note: ISO 100 is an extended minimum on this camera, so the Luminance Noise result for that setting may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No

Note: This camera has a 'Self Shot' mode that's enabled when you turn the screen around to face forward. This feature automatically enables face and eye-tracking and audio tracking. By default, it also sets a three-second timer before each photo or video. It includes several vlogging and Instagram-friendly settings in the Fn tab of the menu, including 'Soft Skin' effect, 'Filter effect', 'Background Control' to adjust the background blur, a 'Slimming Mode' that stretches the screen vertically to make you appear slimmer, shutter options, and more. You can disable this mode in the menu if you like.

Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes

Note: This camera features Nokia's 'Ozo audio', which lets users adjust the audio input between 'Auto', 'Surround', 'Front', 'Tracking', and 'Back' settings. You can see these how these settings affect audio here.

Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
5.9
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.29 x
6.8
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
95 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
95 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
10 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
7.4
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
8.0
Face Tracking In 4k
5.8
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

Note: We had to use a different depth of field than we typically use for our object tracking tests because the kit lens' aperture isn't wide enough to follow our usual methodology, so these results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

1.4
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
23.37 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
64.31 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1.47 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.3
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.5
5.7
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
7.0°
Full HD Video
9.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

Note: 120 fps is only available in 'Slow and Quick' mode, and it can only be played back in 4x slow motion at 30 fps.

7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
27 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
23 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min

Note: When recording in FHD at 60 fps, the recording time limit is 20 minutes. At 24 fps, it's just under 30 minutes.

7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7
Face Tracking In FHD
5.6
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

Note: We had to use a different depth of field than we typically use for our object tracking tests because the kit lens' aperture isn't wide enough to follow our usual methodology, so these results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

6.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
8.66 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
12.64 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.36 x
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.3
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.5
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.0°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.0
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Mini USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Note: You can see the other inputs here.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic G100 comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can purchase the body on its own or in a bundle with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm F3.5-F5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, which is how we tested it.

If you come across a different variant or your Panasonic G100 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, so we can update it.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony ZV-1

The Panasonic LUMIX G100 and the Sony ZV-1 are both vlogging-oriented cameras. However, the Panasonic is an interchangeable lens camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor, and the Sony is a compact point-and-shoot with a smaller 1-inch sensor. The Panasonic is a bit more versatile because you can switch out lenses, and it has an electronic viewfinder. That said, though, the Sony is more portable, has a more reliable autofocus system, and has significantly better stabilization. There's also less of a crop when shooting in 4k, so all in all, it's the better vlogging option if you don't mind the fixed lens.

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