Choose a dedicated digital camera for memories that matter the most

LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. The Lumix is more true to actual colour and texture; the smart phone photo is more processed.
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LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. The Lumix is more true to actual colour and texture; the smart phone photo is more processed.

Sure you can take decent pictures with your smartphone. But for the memories that really matter, you just can't beat a dedicated digital camera. With the latest Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Lumix G range, Panasonic offers some of the most compelling cameras available today, packed with the latest digital technologies all geared towards one thing: the best possible imagery.

All that tech is also there to make shooting consistently stunning images child's play. The Lumix G range, while offering detailed control of your photos, is also super-simple for anyone to use. The G9 is the flagship in the Lumix G range. It's bookended by the 'baby G', or GX850, an ultracompact which looks suspiciously like a classic Leica. And that's for good reason: The extensive Lumix G lens selection features, you guessed it, Leica lenses.

LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. Note the G95’s detailed shading and gradient of the apple; the P30 Pro tends to ‘smooth’ giving a somewhat ‘processed’ look.
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LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. Note the G95’s detailed shading and gradient of the apple; the P30 Pro tends to ‘smooth’ giving a somewhat ‘processed’ look.

In between, there are another two compact Digital Single-lens Mirrorless or DSLM-style bodies, the G85 and the G95. Now, a DSLM is an evolution, conceptually, of the Single Lens Reflex (SLR, and later Digital SLR) camera. The difference is that they don't use a mirror to reflect what's seen through the lens, through the viewfinder. It's all done electronically – but what a DSLM does have in common with SLR cameras is the use of interchangeable lenses.

We'll take a closer look (and some cool comparative pictures) with the G95, which offers features including 4K video (common across the range), Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and micro HDMI-ports, and an SD-card slot.

The back of the camera features a flip-out touchscreen which can be used in place of the viewfinder. Somehow, however, putting a 'proper' camera to your eye just somehow feels better, cutting external noise so you can compose your picture without distraction. The screen is excellent for reviewing shots and the extensive range of settings at your control.

LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. Pay close attention to foliage and even the road surface: the Panasonic just captures more.
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LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. Pay close attention to foliage and even the road surface: the Panasonic just captures more.

Reviewing the full features of a technological tour de force like the Lumix G95 can't be done in brief (for a full review, go here. And definitely check out this video review). Even the GX850 would require many column inches: it takes every lens available in the range and offers surprisingly detailed control in its compact body.

But what can be done is shooting a couple of comparative pictures.

For this test, we pitted the G95 against one of the best smartphone cameras in the market today, a Huawei P30 Pro; both devices were set to 'automatic' (or iA, Intelligent Auto mode, for the G95.

LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. The G95 delivers more detail and a noticeable vibrance, with the natural high contrast against green foliage making a striking image.
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LEFT: Huawei P30 Pro. RIGHT: Panasonic Lumix G95. The G95 delivers more detail and a noticeable vibrance, with the natural high contrast against green foliage making a striking image.

THE VERDICT

The bottom line is that smartphones, through their versatility, must make compromises. Through a sole focus on imaging, cameras don't have to make those compromises. And this much is clear in the Lumix G range.

Combined with 'smartphone-like' technology including Bluetooth and WiFi, touchscreens for ease of review, image stabilisation and Ai shooting modes, the Lumix G range doesn't just deliver noticeably better photos and video than a smartphone. It also delivers the convenience we expect from modern technology.

If you're serious about photography, there's a Lumix G to suit your budget – and you'll create better memories than ever.

For more information on Panasonic Lumix G, visit the website.

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