Panasonic Lumix G90 Review

May 9, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Panasonic Lumix G90 Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Panasonic G90 captured images of excellent quality. It produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 3200, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 6400. ISO 12800 exhibits quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, and the fastest setting of ISO 25600 is even noisier but still usable for small prints and web use. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 minutes allowing you to capture plenty of light.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking is a great feature inherited from the Lumix GH5 and G9 cameras. The Intelligent Resolution, Intelligent D-range and HDR modes are all effective features for capturing more detail in both the shadows and highlights, while the plethora of Creative Filters and Photo Styles allow you to quickly and easily customise the look of the camera's JPEG and Raw images respectively.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix G90. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix G90 has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (9.04Mb) (100% Crop)

Standard (4.11Mb) (100% Crop)

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RAW (23.1Mb) (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix G90 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction and Forced Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash On (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash Off (120mm)

ISO 64

Flash On (120mm)

ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting or the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Red-eye Reduction

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix G90's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there's also a Bulb option for exposures up to 30 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200. The G90 takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 30 second setting the actual exposure takes 60 seconds.

Night

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Post Focus and Focus Stacking

Post Focus is a function that enables users to select the in-focus area after shooting simply by touching it on the LCD screen. The first three images show the effects of switching between the three memory cards.

The Post Focus Stacking function enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different areas in focus, then combine all or selected focus areas into one image. The fourth image below shows the effect of merging the first three images into one stacked image.

Right

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Middle

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Left

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Focus Stacking

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Multiple Exposure

The Panasonic Lumix G90's Multiple Exposure mode combines two or three different pictures to create one composite image.

Multiple Exposure

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Photo Styles

The Panasonic Lumix G90 has eight preset Photo Styles, with Standard as the default setting. The contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction can be individually set for each picture style, and there is also a Custom style so that you can create your own look.

Standard

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Vivid

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Natural

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Monochrome

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L.Monochrome

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L.Monochrome D

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Scenery

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Portrait

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Filters

The Panasonic Lumix G90 has an extensive range of Creative Filters with 22 different options on offer.

Expressive

Retro

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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key

Sepia

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Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Effect

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Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

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Miniature Effect

Soft Focus

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Fantasy

Star Filter

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One Point Color

Sunshine

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