Today Panasonic announced its latest flagship Lumix camera primarily aimed at photographers, the Panasonic Lumix G9. It looks like one heck of a camera.
We’ve highlighted our favorite 5 new features and sourced the pricing and availability. Let’s take a look.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Largest viewfinder yet
The OLED electronic viewfinder of the G9 is positively massive, with a 1.66x magnification. That’s a 0.83x magnification on full-frame terms, bigger than any DSLR out there.
Just like in the GH5, you get a whopping 3.86-million-dot resolution and 120 fps refresh rate. Of course being an EVF means that shooting information can be displayed, such as focus peaking.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Steady as you like
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II blew us away with its 6.5EV image stabilization. Now there is Panasonic Lumix G9, which offers the same level of performance.
We haven’t tested the stabilization effectiveness of the G9 yet, but from our experience with the E-M1 Mark II, it is possible to get sharp images when shooting handheld with shutter speeds as slow as 3 seconds. Incredible stuff.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Speeeeeeddd!
How fast can the Panasonic Lumix G9 shoot? Very fast indeed. Stills wise, the mechanical shutter can shoot at up to 9fps with full-time AF in play. Switch to the electronic shutter and it is possible to shoot at 20fps with full-time AF or an incredible 60fps with the focus locked.
Despite being aimed primarily at photographers, the G9 is no slouch in the video department. You get 4k video up to 60fps with maximum 150Mbps bitrate.
Also, there is both 4k and 6k photo modes. These modes capture still images from video frames, with 4K at 60fps (8MP resolution) and 6K at 30fps (18MP resolution) respectively.
There is some serious processing power behind the G9.
Then there is the focusing speed, which Panasonic claims to be the fastest in the industry with 0.04sec acquisition time. All in all, the G9 appears to be a mean-lightning-quick-machine.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Pro-level feel
The G9 has all the bells and whistles one could hope for in a flagship photography camera. It’s solid as a rock with weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. And what’s this, an LCD top plate? Now there’s a novelty on a mirrorless camera.
You get twin SD card slots, both of which are UHS-II compatible – not many cameras offer that.
Other noteworthy features include the 3in vari-angle touchscreen and the G9’s comprehensive connectivity. As we’d expect, it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connection to smart devices, plus a USB 3.0 micro-B port for charging and powering.
The shutter life is rated at 200,000 cycles – with the electronic shutter in play it’ll last all the longer too. As for power, expect up to 400 shots from a full charge or around double that with the ‘power save LVF’ mode in play.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Image quality
We can’t go before outlining the imaging sensor specification. The G9 features the same 20.3MP CMOS sensor as the GH5, with a resolution of 5184×3888 pixels. We expect the G9 to handle itself very well.
Panasonic claims that color rendition and noise reduction is improved in JPEG images. We haven’t used a full production version of the camera yet, so cannot comment on how much better JPEG image quality is.
A final feature to mention is the 80MP High-Res shot mode. We are seeing this mode more and more now in cameras that feature sensor shift.
High-Res shot is suitable for still subjects only and a tripod is a must. The camera takes multiple pictures in quick succession, with single pixel sensor shift between each one. It then combines those images into a single 80MP shot.
Panasonic Lumix G9: Price and Availability
So what will the G9 set you back? It’s $1699 body only and it will be available as a kit with the Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 or the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens, though we do not have USD pricing at this stage. There is the DMW-BGG9 grip available too, for $349.
Shipping commences in January 2018.
The G9 is a mighty looking camera and we look forward to getting our hands on it for a full test. Stay tuned for more.