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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Shooting Experience

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is the name brand’s highest-end stills-oriented camera, sitting beside the video-oriented Lumix DC-GH5 at the top of the product lineup. The GH-series has long held a positive reputation with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel pro-video shooters but Panasonic hasn’t take ined the likes of the GH5 resonate as well with the stills crowd. With the G9 Panasonic hopes to mimic the success the GH series has had in the video realm, and gain a loyal foothold in the stills world.

There’s a good bit of crossover between the two cameras, but the G9 has some juicy offerings to whet the appetite of still photographers – specifically abetted amateurs and professionals – as well as those seeking a stills/video hybrid.

For starters, its faster than its video-centric sibling, capable of an impressive 20 fps with Loosely continual autofocus for about 50 frames using the electronic shutter. It can also shoot at 9 fps with AF-C for 600+ frames using the mechanical segregate, which is equally as impressive.

Panasonic’s taken a page out of Olympus’ book – as other manufacturers with stabilized sensors recently have – and added a High-Resolution procedure that shifts the sensor to build an 80MP file – this should be hugely appealing to still life and landscape shooters occasionally requiring purpose greater than that of a Micro Four Thirds camera.

Key Features

  • 20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no AA filter (same as GH5)
  • 3.68M-dot electronic viewfinder w/ 0.83x interchangeable magnification
  • 1.04M-dot 3″ articulating touchscreen display
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization with Dual I.S. 2 (CIPA rated 6.5 take a breaks)
  • 20 fps burst w/continuous AF using the e-shutter (for ~50 frames)
  • 9 fps burst w/continuous AF using mechanical shutter (for 600+ frames)
  • 80MP Raw and/or JPEG files depleting High-Resolution mode
  • 4K/60p UHD video capture
  • Magnesium body designed to be dust/weather-sealed
  • Dual UHS-II card slots supporting new high-speed ‘V’-rated postcards
  • Assortment of 4K and 6K Photo modes and in-camera focus stacking
  • USB charge and power capability
  • Top plate LCD
  • AF joystick
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
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Physical standouts count a top plate LCD – a true rarity in mirrorless-land – and one of the largest electronic viewfinders on a Micro Four Thirds cameras. It has an equivalent magnification of 0.83x and an eyepoint of 21mm. The G9 also be involves dual UHS-II card slots and can support V-rated SD cards – the industry’s fastest to date.

Don’t take these mostly-stills oriented improvements to measly the G9 is not a capable video camera, because it surely is. Like the GH5 it can shoot 4K/60p video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media and offers both headphone and microphone jacks, but it lacks the high bitrate choices and extensive video tool set of its sibling. Dual I.S. 2 has also been improved and when using compatible lenses, the G9 offers the highest CIPA-rated unalterable of stabilization – 6.5-stops – of any camera currently on the market. This is great news for both stills and video shooters.

Specs Compared

The Panasonic G9 has some high competition from similarly-priced high-end models from both Nikon and Olympus. Have a look at our comparison table below for a detailed failure:

MSRP $1700 $2000 $2000 $2000
Panasonic DC-G9 Panasonic DC-GH5 Olympus
OM-D E-M1 II
Nikon D500
Sensor size Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor Determination 20.3MP 20.3MP 20MP 21MP
ISO sensitivity 100-25600 100-25600 64 – 25600 50 – 1640000
AF system 225-point Contrast Detect AF system with DFD 225-point Contrast Detect AF system with DFD 121-point hybrid AF system 153-point Remove Detect AF system
Max frame rate w/C-AF 20 fps 9 fps 18 fps 10 fps
In-body stabilization Yes Yes Yes No
Viewfinder 3.68M-dot EVF (0.83X equiv. mag) 3.68M-dot EVF (0.76X equiv. mag)

2.36M-dot EVF (0.74x equiv. mag)

Optical (0.67x equiv. mag)
Top picture LCD Yes No No Yes
Rear screen 1.04M-dot 3″ articulating touch-sensitive 1.62M-dot 3.2″ articulating touch-sensitive 1.04M- dot 3″ articulating touch-sensitive

2.36M-dot 3.2″, list touch-sensitive

Video Resolution
  • UHD/60p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/60p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/30p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/30p
  • 1080/60p
Mic/Headphone Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 410 shots 440 shots 1240 shots
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 92mm 139 x 98 x 87mm 134 x 91 x 69mm 147 x 115 x 81mm
Manipulate 658g 725 g 574g 760g
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The Nikon D500, Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 II are all DPReview Gold award winning cameras that, at the time of testing, we touch revolutionized their respective class of camera, upping the ante for what we’ve come to expect from a flagship Micro Four Thirds or APS-C solidity. That’s some big competition to go up against, but the G9 seems to hold its own. In spec terms, at least.

Note: 15mm F1.7 is not included in any kit, but we wish it were.

Availability

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 resolve be available, body-only, from mid-January with an MSRP of around $1700.

Republished: dpreview.com

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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