Panasonic’s New Lumix G9 4K Camera Offers 80MP Photos & Is An Absolute Beast

by on November 13, 2017

Juan Carlos Ropel, November 13, 2017

Panasonic has just introduced the new Lumix G9, their latest flagship model that boasts a combination of speed, extremely high-resolution pictures and durability. The Lumix G9 camera provides photographers with the ultimate combination of image quality, portability and the fastest autofocus in the industry (as claimed by Panasonic). This monster of a camera gives even other really solid mirrorless 4K cameras a serious run for their money.

The Panasonic Lumix G9 is inspired by the success of the recent Lumix GH5, sharing some of its features but also expanding on them in many ways. For instance, the Lumix G9 is equipped with the same Micro 4/3 standard sensor of 20.3 megapixels, a tuned Venus Engine processor and 5-axis mechanical image stabilization, just like the GH5, but this time Panasonic is taking things a step further with the G9 offering an improved image stabilization that is now able to compensate the equivalent of 6.5-stops, almost eliminating shaking in both body and lens, even while telephoto shooting.

Panasonic Lumix G9

Panasonic particularly highlights the G9’s High-Resolution Mode, which can capture 80 megapixel RAW photos by shooting the 20.3-megapixel sensor 8 times to create a single image. As a stills-focused flagship, the G9 has been further tweaked, with improved color and noise reduction in JPEG mode. Its 6K PHOTO mode at 30 fps allows you to capture images of 18MP and the ultra-high-speed 4K PHOTO mode allows for photo capture at an exceptionally useful 60 fps. Those photos will only offer a resolution of 8.3 megapixels but this could be more than good enough for high speed action photography on the fly.

The G9 also stands out for its video capabilities. The new LUMIX edition can record 4K video at 60p/50p (Ultra HD 4K: 3840 x 2160 / MP4). And the high-speed mode lets you record videos with dramatic slow motion in 4K (60 fps max. 2x slower) or Full HD (180 fps max. 6x slower) quality.

Panasonic Lumix G9

Since the model is clearly oriented towards nature and wildlife photography, the Lumix G9 has an improved AF system that can achieve the industry’s fastest level autofocus in up to 0.04 seconds using 225 AF points. AF modes include Face/Eye Recognition, Tracking AF, 1-area AF, and Pinpoint AF. The system still uses Panasonic’s DFD contrast autofocus system however, which allows the LUMIX G9 to calculate focal lens movement by comparing depth of field values of two images at incredibly high speed

The G9 also has one of the largest viewfinders for a mirrorless camera with an impressive 3,680,000-dot resolution. And although h it’s the same number as on the GH5, the magnification has been increased from 0.76x to 0.83x. It also comes with Dual UHS-II SD Card slots for in-camera backup, relay, or format allocation recording. We’re also curious about its low light performance, and how well it stacks up against certain rival Sony mirrorless models, but we’ll have to see in our upcoming review.

Panasonic’s Lumix G9 is expected to be marketed in January  2018 for $1,699 (body only).

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