The Panasonic Lumix G9 seeks the GH5’s cachet, but for stills

Panasonic trusts a blend of speed, tonal tuning and body configuration will entice genuine picture takers.



Panasonic needs its new Lumix G9 to be the GH5 for still shooters; a little, light, quick and adaptable other option to generally greater cameras for outside and activity photography.

As a general rule, it’s an immediate rival for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and a circuitous contender for the Nikon D7500 or Canon EOS 7D Mark II, cameras improved for shooting activity. In a similar value class as those, the body sends in January for $1,700 (specifically changed over, that is about £1,290 and AU$2,220).


While Micro Four Thirds cameras have a considerable measure to offer – they’re significantly littler frameworks, for one, and in light of the fact that there’s no mirror they can achieve substantially higher casing rates – the littler sensor never appears to convey the picture nature of a bigger one over the whole affectability run, similar to the D7500’s. Despite the fact that the 7D Mark II is less expensive at about $1,350 (£1,350 and AU$2,200).

Well-known internal parts

Within, it’s the GH5; the G9 has refreshed picture handling and calculations which enable it to squeeze out a marginally better clamor profile and self-adjust speed, empowers a couple of more highlights and enhanced picture adjustment which Panasonic claims conveys an astounding 6.5 stops.

The enhanced handling likewise empowers it to build the speed of the electronic shade, which thusly empowers rapid constant shooting: 20 outlines for every second with self-adjust and autoexposure or 60fps without when utilizing screen. (With the mechanical shade it’s the same as the GH5.)


The picture handling is likewise enhanced uniquely in contrast to the GH5, organizing exactness for memory hues (skies, grass, skin tones), duplicating surfaces and expanding tonal range. Be that as it may, it’s still just 12-bit crude, an impediment of the present age of Four Thirds sensors.

The G9 offers just a single totally new element over the GH5: a 80-megapixel high-res mode which takes eight shots at 0.5-pixel counterbalances. This is like Olympus’ 50-megapixel High-Res Shot mode. Be that as it may, in case you will have a tripod-requiring multishot mode, I’d rather observe it join a usage like the Sony A7R III’s, the place it’s utilized to enhance tonal range as opposed to build pixel check.

In return for these new abilities, in any case, the G9 loses a portion of the critical video highlights of the GH5, for example, 10-bit shading and QuickTime MOV bolster.

Less well-known outside

Be that as it may, not completely new. The greater part of the rejiggering is on the best, where Panasonic included a status show – the sort you see on midrange and top of the line dSLRs. It likewise moved the mode dial to the correct side and combined it with a drive-mode dial, and repositioning a couple of different dials. Most prominently, the video record catch, which is effectively reachable on the GH5, requires a clumsy hand bending on the G9.

You can program several drive modes for snappy change by means of a switch on the front of the camera (or on the mode dial), which is novel, and it has a pleasant, brilliant viewfinder that is much greater than the one on the GH5. You can flip diverse amplifications, which sounds awesome however practically speaking didn’t strike me as all that helpful.


Power highlights like double UHS-II SD card spaces, 5GHz Wi-Fi bolster and a USB 3 association remain, however Panasonic swapped the GH5’s USB-C connector for a USB 3 Micro-B. The body additionally holds the climate safe form of the GH5. Another liven is a devoted tying application.


Panasonic additionally appeared an alluring 200mm f2.8 Leica focal point, which appears like a characteristic matching with the G9 – it’s delivery in the meantime – but at the same time it’s an expensive $3,000 (specifically changed over, generally £2,280 and AU$3,900).

My take

The more I dove into it, the less critical contrasts I could discover between the G9 and the GH5, at any rate for still photography. Yet, I’ve generally like Panasonic’s picture quality (for M43), and I’m a major aficionado of the littler focal points the framework empowers. So a less expensive adaptation of the GH5 with the overhaul favorable circumstances appears like an extraordinary plan to me.


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