The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is the company’s newest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC), and in many ways, the first Lumix camera ever to be aimed squarely at professional and advanced amateur stills photographers – and it shows.
But that doesn’t mean the G9 is light on video specs; Panasonic has long been a leader in ‘hybrid’ stills and video cameras with the impressive GH-series, but just as the GH-series leans slightly more to the video side of things, the G9 leans the other way.
Even though we’ve had only a few days with our G9, we’ve already seen improvements to the JPEG engine (color in particular), and been able to play around with some of its new features like the 80MP high-resolution mode, and been blown away by its incredibly large electronic viewfinder. Some of its capabilities – like impressive-looking 20 fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus – will need more in-depth testing.
But for now, we’ve put together some of our first impressions and takeaways – let’s get started.
The Lumix G9 is overflowing with refinements and improvements both inside and out. There’s a lot to digest in this camera, but here are what we believe to be the G9’s most important qualities:
- 20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no AA filter (same as GH5)
- 6.5-stop 5-axis Dual I.S. 2
- 0.83x (35mm equivalent) high-res, 120 fps electronic viewfinder
- 80MP high-resolution mode
- 20 fps bursts with continuous autofocus (60fps with focus locked)
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots supporting new high-speed V-rated cards
- Assortment of 4K and 6K Photo modes, in-camera focus stacking
- Refined ergonomics and controls
- USB charge and USB power capability, 400 shots per charge battery life (CIPA)
But for established photographers, particularly those Panasonic is targeting, equally important in addition to this list of → continue…