Panasonic LUMIX G9 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Other Features : 80 megapixel mode; Electronic viewfinder with eye sensor; 6K photo mode for 30 fps; 4K photo mode for 60 fps; Post Focus in 6K and 4K mode
  • Weight : 1.45 lbs.
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 380 images (920 in power save mode)
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : 3" touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : External only (not included)
  • Video : 4k at 60 fps, 100 Mbps, Maximum record time between 110-130 minutes
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Dual IS rated at up to six stops
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : 225
  • Burst Speed : 12 fps (20 fps with electronic shutter); 60 RAW buffer
  • Shutter Speed : 60 - 1/8000, bulb
  • ISO : 100-25600
  • Sensor : 20.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds
  • Release Date: 2018-02-15
  • Final Grade: 97 4.85 Star Rating: Recommended


The Panasonic G9 offers serious speed and stabilization
Panasonic's new flagship mirrorless boasts several top-of-the-line features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 11/15/2017

Panasonic's earlier mirrorless flagships took several firsts for video with 4K, 60 fps video that can record until the battery dies, but the new Panasonic Lumix G9 is photo focused with several big improvements. The name suggests the G9 is the successor to the G7, but the camera has several factors in common with the Panasonic GH5.

First, Panasonic says the G9 has the fastest autofocus system yet with a .04 second speed using a 225 point contrast detection system. That's paired with a 12 fps burst speed, or even a 20 fps burst speed with the electronic shutter. Still not fast enough? The G9, like the earlier model, has a 6K photo mode that can shoot lower resolution files at 30 fps or a 4K mode at 60 fps. That same mode allows for features like post focus, where you can actually go back and change the focal point later, and in-camera focus stacking.

The G9's stabilization is equally as hefty, with a rating of up to six stops using the "intelligent compensation," or five-axis with the dual hybrid stabilization system. And while the camera has a 20 megapixel Micro Four-Thirds Sensor, users can get up to 80 megapixels when shooting stills with a mode that stitches eight images together for a super high resolution.

Like earlier models, the G9 offers 60 fps 4K video, an impressive spec for a still camera. That's paired with record times that are essentially as long as the battery will last.

While the body keeps much of the same style as the earlier GH5, the G9 adds a joystick selector for choosing from all those focal points and dual SD card slots. A large LCD at the top of the camera displays vital shooting information, while the back houses a tilting touchscreen as well as an electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor. All that is wrapped up in a dust and moisture resistant design.

The G9 is the best camera yet from Panasonic -- but it's also a bit pricey as well. The camera, body-only, lists for $1,699, while some full frame cameras have a similar price. The G9 has several unique features though, including that 6K photo mode with post focus and that fast burst, the quick autofocus and super steady stabilization system. 

 
 

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