Panasonic Lumix G9
Panasonic intends to position its new Lumix G9 as a GH5 dedicated to photography. If the latter is a reference for video, the G9 will stand out with its burst mode, dual stabilization and 80 megapixel photo mode. A box of choice for expert photographers.
In fact, the successor of the G80, the recently unveiled Lumix G9 by Panasonic is a direct competitor of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and an indirect competitor of the Nikon D7500 or Canon EOS 7D Mark II , ie optimized boxes for fighter hunters. high speed image. The G9 is also in the same price range as its competitors, the bare case will be proposed to add a Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm f / 2.8-4 ASPH.
Although Micro 4/3 cameras have many qualities – they are more compact cameras because of the lack of mirrors and they can reach very high frame rates – the smaller sensor never seems to provide the same image quality over the entire sensitivity range than a larger sensor.
Inside, it’s globally GH5 ; the G9, however, benefits from an updated image processing algorithms that allows it to display significantly better noise management and higher speed on autofocus. The new case also benefits from some additional features and improved image stabilization with which Panasonic claims to provide a huge correction index of 6.5 EV (lumination index).
Enhanced image processing also increases the speed of the electronic shutter for high-speed continuous shooting: 20 frames per second with autofocus and autoexposure or 60 frames / second without shutter.
Image processing is also optimized differently from the GH5, giving priority to color accuracy, texture reproduction, and tonal range optimization. But it is still only at 12 raw bits, the current limit of Micro 4/3 photo sensors.
The G9 offers only one notable new feature compared to the GH5: a high-resolution mode of 80 megapixels that relies on the capture of eight photos by moving the sensor (up, down, left, right and the four diagonals) . This is a process quite similar to the 50 megapixel High-Res Shot mode of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II.
In return for these new features, the G9 loses some important video features of the GH5, such as the 10-bit mode and support for QuickTime MOV.
Less Known Outside
Most of the ergonomic changes are on the top of the case, where Panasonic has added a control panel – similar to what is found on mid-range and high-end SLRs.
Panasonic also moved the mode selector to the right and consolidated it with a second wheel. The key for video recording, easily accessible on the GH5, now requires a small contortion of the hand on the G9.
You can program some shooting modes via a switch that is now located on the front of the camera. Another change, the G9 has an electronic viewfinder OLED a little smaller than the G5 but still very bright.
It will be possible to change the magnification, it improves over the GH5. In practice this improvement is of little use.
Expert positioning requires, the connectivities are well supplied with two slots for UHS II SD cards, support Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5GHz and two USB 3.0 (Micro-B and SuperSpeed). The case also preserves the tropicalization of the GH5 .
To accompany its new case, Panasonic has also launched an attractive lens 200mm f2.8 Leica brand, which seems to be a natural match with the G9 – it will be available at the same time in January 2018.