With the Introduction of the GH5 and GH5S, Panasonic has made quite a splash in the professional video market. But in this article, we’re taking a look at their latest professional photo-centric camera, the Panasonic Lumix G9.
From the outside, the body is very similar to its video-focused siblings. Panasonic has optimized the controls and feature set with the latest technologies that many serious photographers will appreciate.
Overview: Panasonic Lumix G9 Review
Panasonic Lumix G9’s magnesium alloy body is sealed and gasketed throughout. It’s weather-resistant, splash-proof, dust-proof and can operate at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 C).
Unlike GH-series cameras, the Panasonic Lumix G9 offers a top LCD panel, giving the photographer exposure, metering, battery and other critical information at a glance.
Panasonic has well-damped the front and rear command dials for setting aperture and shutter speed. There are multiple, user-assigned function buttons on the back of the Panasonic Lumix G9.
You’ve got 2 SD card slots for overflow or redundancy. The AF joystick is awesome and I think all cameras should have this.
But my favorite feature of the body is the brand-new OLED viewfinder. OLED is a killer display technology. The way it presents the contrast, particularly with nuance in shadows detail is epic. It’s one of the highest spec’d EVFs on any camera available today.
For photographers that need speed, the Panasonic Lumix G9 can shoot at up to 20 frames per second with continuous autofocus using the electronic shutter. And that’s with the camera’s full 20MP resolution.
The Panasonic Lumix G9 employs the latest and greatest contrast detection AF algorithms with 225 autofocus areas covering nearly all of the imaging sensor. If you shoot things that involve a lot of movements like sports and wildlife, you’re covered.
Now, what about photographers that need maximum resolution? The native sensor is pretty good. It’s definitely possible to make rich, detailed prints with a 20MP file. But how much better could a 40MP or even an 80MP photograph be? For landscape and still life shooters, the Panasonic Lumix G9’s sensor-shift High-Resolution Mode is an absolute game-changer. The camera captures and blends 8 individual photographs into a single, high-resolution image. You’ll definitely want a tripod for this. 6K and 4K photo modes offer 18MP stills at 30fps or 8MP photos at a whopping 60fps.
No matter what type of photographer you are, image stabilization is definitely a feature to consider for handheld work. The Panasonic Lumix G9 takes the stabilization game to the next level with Dual IS 2. This combines 5-axis sensor stabilization with Optical Image Stabilized Lumix lenses to all but eliminates camera shake. Hand-held low-light photography or slow exposure work can be rendered beautifully saving the photographer about 6 stops of camera shake.
Now even though the Panasonic designed the Lumix G9 for photographers, you can still make some killer video with it. High-speed video recording and creative video mode are available in UHD 4K at up to 60fps at 100 Mbps. As well as a 180fps at 20 Mbps in HD.
Professional ergonomics and controls, fast and accurate autofocus tracking, high frame rate continuous shooting. Up to 80MP resolution for large format printing, the best-in-class image stabilization – the list goes on.
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