Panasonic Lumix G100 vlogging camera tracks faces & isolates voices in audio first

As the vlogging world gathers momentum, traditional camera makers are setting their sights onto the portable video camera market. The Panasonic Lumix G100 is one such product – but a camera with many points of difference that help set it apart from its competition.

The G100 comes with OZO Audio by Nokia – it’s the first time this technology has been used in a consumer camera – which can utilise the three on-board cameras to isolate audio. It’s even clever enough to use face-detection tracking and isolate audio to that specific area – matching face to voice for the best possible quality without interference.

Principally the G100 is part of the Lumix G range, meaning it’s an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. You can switch out lenses as you wish, adjusting the camera’s capabilities as a result. Primarily, however, we suspect most will use this small-scale package with the 12-32mm ultra-compact zoom lens – which comes as part of the kit package – for its wide-angle capabilities.

While most G series cameras aren’t huge by any means, the G100 is considerably smaller than its G series cousins. This isn’t a replacement for anything that already exists in the range – it’s Panasonic’s answer to other small-sensor alternatives, such as the Sony ZV-1 and Canon PowerShot G7 X III

The Lumix G100 comes with a vari-angle screen which can be maneuvered to the side of the camera for self shooting. If you’d rather use a viewfinder then a high-resolution one in built-in – it offers 3,680k dots, which is more than many pro-grade digital cameras – which will be great for shooting when in bright sunlight.

Video quality is 4K at 30fps maximum (the frame crop is 1.47x though), while slow-mo options are also available. Vlog-L is included if you wish to grade content.

There’s also built-in electronic image stabilisation (EIS) which combines with lens optical image stabilisation (OIS) to produce a 5-axis system that can negate the ‘bounce’ when walking and counter handshake that’s often magnified when shooting one-handed.

Designed with the social media minded as its users, there’s also a Frame Marker feature which permits vertical video or puts coloured borders on the screen to show you, say, the 5:4 ratio for Instagram. Then there’s a dedicated Send Image button to push footage to a smart device via the Lumix Sync app with ease.

The Panasonic Lumix G100 will be available from the end of July 2020, priced £589 body-only, £679 with the 12-32mm kit lens. Order either before 31 August 2020 and you’ll get a free DMW-SHGR1 tripod grip to use with the camera.