The Panasonic Lumix G9 is another flagship camera from Panasonic. It’s one of the best interchangeable lens cameras offered by the company, which is up there with the GH5. As a top-tier mirrorless camera, it brings a bunch of awesome features. It has a micro four thirds lens mount and a four thirds type sensor. In terms of performance, it’s suitable for wildlife photography. As we all know, the GH5 rollout was highly anticipated. It also garnered rave reviews from fans and critics. While it’s very capable as a camera, the video quality is also outstanding.
Design-wise, it successfully imitates a DSLR. Heck, it looks more like a DSLR than a mirrorless camera. It provides good grip, so you can hold it firmly with one hand. The body has a textured finish, which means it won’t slip off your hands easily. Another thing that sets it apart from the GH5 is the addition of a status LCD on top. Again, this part reinforces the DSLR image it’s trying to bring forward. For those unaware, this feature is classic among DSLR cameras. So to see it being featured on a mirrorless camera is a surprise in itself.
Panasonic is known for incorporating its sensors into its products. The new Panasonic Lumix G9 has the same sensor as its sibling, the G9. It is 20.3MP and features the Venus 10 processing engine. According to reports, the sensor has been improved to work better on the G9 especially pertaining to its shooting focus. 20MP snapshots are pretty large, but if you need more detailed ones, the camera comes with a High Resolution mode. It works by capturing 8 images in sequence and then merging them into a single picture. The outcome is obviously in a higher resolution. Thus, it looks more detailed.
The sensor-shifting image stabilisation (IS) was introduced with the GX8. It was later passed down to the GH5, which has dual IS. This setup basically combines lens-based stabilisation and 5-axis sensor shifting-stabilisation. The former is a big factor especially for long lenses. Thankfully, the new Lumix camera includes this feature as well.
Electronic viewfinders have come a long way. Now photographers don’t need to rely only on Optical Viewfinders because the Electronic variety also delivers fantastic performance. The Panasonic Lumix G9 offers a high quality EVF and this is not only about the resolution, but also the magnification and refresh rate. The refresh rate, in particular, is twice higher than others in its class. It affects real-time viewing. You’ll no long face problems like ghosting and tearing. Even if they still exist, the viewing is much smoother than usual, which is really close to the actual footage. The 3.0-inch screen also does its job well and can be manipulated through different angles.
Can it rival a DSLR camera? There are differences, but the G9 is still one of a kind considering it’s a mirrorless camera. It offers ultra-fast autofocus, clearly not just a random moniker attributed to the powerful series. It’s really fast even in Burst-Shooting mode. Meanwhile, the image quality is on par with GH5. Besides, the default processing ensures that the shots become sharper and more vibrant. The live MOS sensor may be smaller than other competitors, but it doesn’t stop it from producing sharp images.
Panasonic Lumix G9 specs:
- 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor
- 80-megapixel High-Res mode
- Micro Four Thirds lens mount
- 1,040k-dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen
- Dual IS 2 offers 6.5-stop image stabilisation
- 4K at 60fps video recording