Panasonic has officially pulled the covers of the new Lumix G9 – a compact system camera that the brand is calling its new flagship stills camera. The G9 complements the GH5, which covers off both stills and video, so let’s take a closer look at what the G9 offers photographers
1 – Big megapixels
The Lumix G9 shares the same 20.3-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor that’s found on the high-spec Panasonic GH5. The sensor is paired with a new Venus Engine processor, makes for a lot of resolution from such a small camera and builds from the 16-megapixels that was available from the older G85
2 – Even bigger megapixels
If 20.3-megapixels isn’t big enough for you, don’t worry! The G9 has a special high resolution mode that takes eight quick images, shifting the sensor slightly between each frame to produce one huge 80-megapixel image. This feature works for both JPEGs and RAW files and will be able to produce images that can be printed at huge sizes.
3 – Focus just got faster
While it seems to be true that every camera seems to boast ultra fast focus, the G9 appears to have the stats to back this up. The enhanced DFD-focus system, which boasts 225 contrast detection points, can lock onto subjects in just 0.04secs and tracks motion constantly.
4 – Super speedy shooting
So, this is where the G9 really impresses. Despite having a high resolution sensor, the G9 can fire up to 20 frames per second with full focus, or a staggering 60 frames per second by focusing on the first shot and then firing with that same focus set thereafter. So, essentially, you can now shoot stills as fast as video! What’s more, a large buffer while allow you to shoot over 50 RAWs in one burst.
5 – Never miss a shot
The Panasonic G9’s 6K Photo mode shoots sequences at 30 frames per second and from this footage, photographers can extract 18-megapixel JPEGs. This feature is extremely useful when missing the moment just isn’t an option.
6 – Impressive video
While the Lumix G9 is primarily a still camera and can’t offer all the bells and whistles video specifications from the GH5, it still has plenty to offer videographers. The G9 can shoot 4K footage up to 60p and has ports for headphones and an external mic to ensure enhanced audio.
7 – Keep it steady
The Panasonic’s 5-axis image stabilisation technology is great news for anyone that likes to shoot handheld in low light conditions. The system (which works for stills as well as video) offers up to 6.5-stops of compensation and the G9 also has an enhance ISO rating of 100-25600.
8 – Versatile screens and memory
When setting up or reviewing images, photographers have the choice between using the 3-inch vari-angle LCD that offers a resolution of 1040k-dot, or using the 3680k-dot OLED Live Viewfinder. The Lumix G9 also features dual SD card slots so images can be instantly backed up or users can choose to save video to one card and stills to the other.
9 – Price and shipping