Panasonic - LUMIX G9

Preview: Does Panasonic Set New Standards With The LUMIX G9?!

With the recently introduced LUMIX G9, Panasonic wants to revolutionize photography. With up to 80 megapixels, a continuous frame rate of 20 frames per second and many other features, the Panasonic professional DSLM is intended to score points and, in particular, to focus on classic DSLR photographers.

The Panasonic LUMIX G9 is presented visually in a plain and classic dress. The material is non-slip and has a high-quality appearance. The large LUMIX logo and the Leica lens featured make the camera look high-quality and functional. A clear line was maintained and no further “Schnick Schnack” was realized. In the black and silver design language, only the red accents, which partly highlight the most important operating elements, stand out. Like her predecessor, she is protected from dust, splash water and frost.

In terms of function, the LUMIX G9 has much to offer from its sister

From a functional point of view, the LUMIX G9 inherited a lot from its sister, the GH5, which came onto the market at the beginning of the year and was more focused on video recording. The Panasonic LUMIX G9 is clearly differentiated and presents itself as a purebred photo camera, but of course the video characteristics of the GH5 have not been completely neglected by the manufacturers. This means that video recordings with the LUMIX G9 are no problem and have a decent effect with a resolution of 4K and 60 frames per second.

The technical data shows that the Panasonic LUMIX G9 is clearly a photo camera despite these values. With a resolution of 20 MP and pixel shift technology, images with up to 80 MP resolution can be realized. For this purpose, four short shots are combined with each other. However, you should have a good tripod ready for this.

Among other things, a further highlight can be highlighted for the hand photographers. The already known dual image stabilization can now compensate for a value of 6.5 EV. For this purpose, not only the data from the gyro sensor, but also the image and acceleration sensors are evaluated.

Noise reduction in high ISO ranges has finally been adjusted

According to the company, the noise reduction in high ISO levels, which is often criticized by the GH5, has also been adjusted. This way, details should no longer be smoothed out, but clearly highlighted. This should also make the colour reproduction even more natural.

Thanks to the 7.5 cm display, the latest snapshots can be viewed on the display, and thanks to the integrated touch screen, sorting out failed shots is intuitive and pleasant. 

The Panasonic Lumix G9 is scheduled to be launched in January 2018. The introductory price for the body is 1,700 euros. As a small highlight, the manufacturer includes the optional battery access worth more than 300 euros free of charge with a pre-order.