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Panasonic G9


  • announced Nov 2017, available Jan 2018
  • still does not have PDAF on the sensor, instead relying on DFD for moving subjects but this only works with Panasonic lenses


  • 20mp, same 225AF system (now down to -4EV light levels, DFD, and 4 user AF profiles), 5 axis IS (but now “6.5 EV”), image processor and 120fps 3.68 million dot EVF as the GH5 but higher EVF magnification at 0.83x vs 0.76x
  • 80mp HiRes mode (8 images pixel shifted)
  • new pre-burst shooting mode captures 0.4sec of shots prior to shutter release
  • 6K/4K photo feature allows 18mp 30fps with no buffer limit or 8mp 60fps
  • electronic shutter 20fps with C-Af or 60fps with AF on 1st shot but buffer of only 50 RAW
  • mechanical shutter 9fps with C-Af or 12fps with AF on 1st shot for up to 60 RAW or 600jpegs
  • weather resistant magnesium alloy body with vari-angle 3“ touchscreen, new top-facing LCD, new AF joystick, dual UHS-II SD card slots, USB charging
  • 4K 60p video
  • 579g (much lighter than the GH5)
  • $US1699

compared to the Olympus E-M1 Mark II

  • E-M1 II has nicer jpgs but G9 slightly better at high ISO
  • E-M1 II has nicer 4K video thanks to 24p DCI cinematic but G9 has 4K 60p not just 30p, and 1080 180p not just 60p
  • G9 has animal face detect AF not just human face detect AF
  • G9 has better buffer for burst mode - it can do over 600 frames at 9fps mechanical shutter
  • E-M1 II's ProCapture mode requires an Olympus Micro Four Thirds lens and allows 14 frames captured prior to shutter release, G9 captures previous 0.4 sec which gives 8 or 24 shots depending upon burst rate; G9 has a slightly faster burst rate.
  • E-M1 II has better C-AF for casual use thanks to having PDAF and unlike the G9's DFD CDAF, it works with any Micro Four Thirds lens (DFD only works on Panasonic lenses and gives a distracting effect in C-AF although may be more accurate), but the G9's CDAF single AF appears even faster than the super fast E-M1 II
  • both cameras have industry leading image stabilization but the G9 seemed slightly better - but for Dual IS you need Panasonic lenses for the G9 and Olympus lenses for the E-M1 II
  • G9 has a much better EVF (but other reviews have commented on the very annoying pincushion appearance)
  • G9 is larger, heavier but does have the top LCD display which can be useful, and a easier menu system
  • E-M1 II has some unique features such as in-camera focus range settings, preset MF distances, Night photography modes such as Live Composite, Live Timed, Live Boost
  • G9 has a unique night mode for astrophotographers which restricts displays to red to conserve night vision, and can be charged via USB

firmware updates

  • version 2.0
    • announced Nov 2019
    • Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters
    • Improved AF performance
      • [Animal Detect] AI has been added to AF mode and it is possible to switch the subject to focus on by pressing the joystick in [Face/Eye/Body/Animal Detect] mode
      • [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.
      • Focus Peaking function is available in MF and any AF modes
      • Continuous AF capability is available on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed
    • Enhanced video functions
      • 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording
      • 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output
      • Luminance level for 10-bit video
      • VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting is supported (FHD 2-180 fps/4K 2-60 fps)
      • HDR video recording
      • V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately).
    • Other:
      • [AWBw] has been added to WB mode
      • [Highlight Weighted] has been added to [Metering mode].
      • [Exposure Offset Adjust] has been added to the Custom menu, which enables the user to adjust the standard exposure value for all metering modes.
      • [0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].
      • AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.
      • [MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image displays to enable easier manual focusing.
      • [MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduces the subject’s motion blur.


photo/panasonicg9.txt · Last modified: 2019/12/16 13:35 by gary1

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