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      Announcement: 11/08/2017 MSRP: $1,697

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    QUICK PANASONIC LUMIX G9 INFO

    • Effective Pixels: 24MP
    • Sensor Size: Micro Four Thirds 17.3 × 13.0mm
    • Maximum Image Resolution: 5184 × 3888px
    • Maximum Video Resolution: 3840 × 2160 @ 24p
    • ISO: 100-25600
    • Dynamic Range:  13 stops
    • Color Depth:  14 bit
    • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
    • Card Slots: 2× SD Card
    • Battery Type: EN-EL14a
    • Weight: 579g / 1.27lb
    • Warranty: Limited 1-Year
    • List Price: US $1,697| UK £1,491 | DE €1,579
    • Current Price: Panasonic Lumix G9 Deals & Prices

     

    DESCRIPTION

    Lumix DMC-G9 is Panasonic's response to the fact that the top G5 model has been called a “video camera”. Possibly, the producer came to the conclusion that fighting with this opinion is meaningless and it decided to introduce into the market a camera which is to be associated mainly with photography. When it comes to the video functions, the new camera is only a little weaker than the GH5 model, but its photography functions are completely different.

    The camera is equipped with the 20.3 sensor, without a low-pass filter, supported by the latest-generation Venus Engine processor. In addition, the sensor is covered with the anti-glare layer, which is to ensure better color reproduction and image tonality. This set will make it possible to take photographs within the ISO range of 200 - 25600 (extended to ISO 100 - 25600) with the speed of 60f/s in full resolution, with the use of the electronic shutter and single AF measurement (20f/s in the C-AF mode). The efficiency of the continuous shooting mode looks very good with the use of a standard mechanical shutter as it offers the results of 12f/s in the single mode and 9f/s in the continuous shooting mode. It is also worth mentioning that the buffer can store more than 60 RAW photographs and more 600 JPEG photographs.

    The camera will also not disappoint the film-makers. We can record in 4K, with the speed of 60f/s at a bit rate of 150Mb/s, with 8-bit sampling 4:2:0 (4:2:2 through HDMI, but only for 4K 30f/s), and in Full HD with the speed of 180f/s. Apart from that, the camera offers many functions based on the movie mode, such as 6K Photo (long series with the speed of 30f/s, resolution – 16MP) or Post Focus (adjusting focus after taking a photograph).

    The camera is also equipped with the high resolution mode based on the sensor stabilization system. The camera will compose RAW files, with the dimensions of up to 10368 × 7776 pixels, from 8 frames created with the use of the sensor shift. Of course, in order to use this function we need a tripod and a static photographed object. The stabilization alone, with the support of the lens stabilization, is supposed to offer the efficiency of 6.5EV.

    For the first time in the Micro Four Thirds system, we get an exceptionally big, 3.68MP OLED viewfinder with the zoom of 0.83× (equivalent for full frame), the contrast of 10000:1 and the 21mm eyepoint.


    The camera has two SD card slots (UHS-II standard) as well as microphone and headphone inputs, USB 3.0 and miniHDMI connectors.


    The applied DMW-BLF19 rechargeable battery is known from the GH4 and GH5 models. It will make it possible to take 920 photographs, under the condition that we use a viewfinder in the energy-saving mode.

    The camera, as could be expected from such a professional construction, is fully made of magnesium and fully sealed. It has a big grip, 3 function knobs, a joystick for changing AF points and many other function buttons. For sure a great novelty is an upper supporting LCD screen, with the most important information about the settings. Thanks to it, the camera is not so different from the professional cameras of other producers.

     

    PHOTOS OF PANASONIC LUMIX G9

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G9 - Front

     

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G9 - Back

     

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G9 - Top

     

     

     

    PANASONIC LUMIX G9 VIDEO REVIEW

     

     

    COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR CAMERAS

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    FULL PANASONIC LUMIX G9 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

    FULL PANASONIC LUMIX G9 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

    TYPE OF CAMERA & OPTICS

    Camera Type SLR-Style Mirrorless Camera
    Lens Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Lens Type N/A
     

    IMAGE SENSOR

    Sensor Type Live MOS
    Crop Factor
    Sensor Size 17.3 × 13mm
    Low-Pass Filter

    No

    Effective Pixels 20MP
    Total Sensor Pixels 21MP
    Sensor Pixel Size

    3.34μm

    Sensor Dynamic Range

    14 stops

    Image Ratio

    1:1

    3:2

    4:3

    16:9

    Maximum Resolution 5184 × 3888px

    Other Resolutions

    7296 × 5472px
    7296 × 4864px 
    7296 × 4104px 
    10368 × 7776px 
    10368 × 6912px 
    10368 × 5832px 
    7776 × 7776px 
    5472 × 5472px 
    Image Stabilization

    Sensor-Shift

    5-Way

    Pixel Shift Technology

    Yes

    80.6MP RAW Photos

    Dust Reduction System Yes
     

    PROCESSOR

    Processor Venus Engine
     

    EXPOSURE

    Exposure Metering System 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
    Metering Methods

    Center-Weighted

    Multiple

     Spot Metering

    Exposure Modes

    Aperture Priority

    Manual

     Programmed Auto

    Shutter Priority

    Exposure Bracketing Yes
     

    SENSITIVITY

    Native ISO Sensitivity  100-25600
    Lowest ISO 100
    Highest ISO 25600
     

    WHITE BALANCE

    White Balance Presets 5
    White Balance Bracketing Yes
     

    FILE SYSTEM

    Uncompressed Formats

    RAW (Panasonic 12-bit RW2)

    Other Formats

    JPEG (Exif v2.31)

     

    FOCUS

    Autofocus

    Contrast Detect (sensor)

    Multi-area

    Center

    Selective single-point

    Tracking

    Single

    Continuous

    Touch

    Face Detection

    Live View

    Manual Focus Yes
    Number of Autofocus Points 225
    Autofocus Modes

    Face/Eye Detection

    Tracking

    225-Area

    Custom Multi

    1-Area

    Autofocus Sensitivity No Data
    Focus Peaking Yes
    Autofocus Stacking Yes
    Autofocus Fine Tune No

    Eye Autofocus

    No
     

    SHUTTER

    Shutter Type Focal-Plane Shutter
    Slowest Shutter Speed 60sec
    Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec
    Fastest Electronic Shutter Speed 1/32000sec
    Bulb Shutter Mode Yes
    Shutter Release Modes

    Still image: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes) /  1/8,000 - 60

    Electronic first curtain shutter: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes) / 1/2,000 - 60

    Electronic shutter: 1/32,000 - 1 / Motion picture: 1/16,000 - 1/25

    Top Shooting Speed 1/32000sec
    Buffer Size

    60 RAW

    (shooting speed in burst mode)

    Silent Shutter

    Yes

    Shutter Life Expectancy

    200,000
    Self-Timer Yes
     

    VIEWFINDER

    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Resolution 3,680,000
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.83×
     

    SCREEN

    Articulated LCD Fully articulated
    Screen Type TFT LCD
    Screen Size 3″
    Screen Dots 1,040,000
    Touch Screen Yes
     

    FLASH

    Built-In Flash No
    Accessory Shoe Yes
    Flash Bracketing Yes
    Flash Modes

    Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On

    Forced On/Red-eye Reduction

    Slow Sync.

    Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

    Forced Off

    Flash Sync Speed 1 / 250Sec
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
     

    VIDEO FEATURES

    Video Resolutions 3840 × 2160p at 23.98/29.97/48/59.94 fps (MP4)
    1920 × 1080p at 29.97/59.94/180 fps (MP4)
    1920 × 1080p at 23.98/59.94 fps (AVCHD)
    1920 × 1080i at 59.94 fps (AVCHD)
    Movie File Formats

    AVCHD Ver. 2.0

    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

    Video Compression No Data
    Maximum Recording Time 29min 59sec
    Time Code No
    Movie Log Gamma Output No
    Movie Highlight Display (Zebras) Yes
    Audio Format

    LPCM (2ch 48kHz/16-bit)

    AAC (2ch))/AVCHD Progressive

    AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Audio 2ch)

    Timelapse Recording Yes
     

    STORAGE

    Storage Types

    SD Memory Card

    SDHC Memory Card

    SDXC Memory Card/(Compatible with UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)

    Card Slots
     

    CONNECTIVITY

    USB

    Yes 

    3.0 (5 GBit/sec)

    HDMI Yes
    Microphone Port Yes
    Headphone Port Yes
    Wi-Fi Functionality Yes
    Bluetooth

    Yes 

    v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))

    NFC No Data
    Remote Cotrol

    Yes

    (wired or via smartphone)

    GPS No
     

    MENU

    Total Settings No Data
    Supported Languages Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
     

    POWER

    Battery Type DMW-BLF19
    Battery Life (Shots per Charge)

    Approx. 400 images (rear monitor)

    380 images (LVF)

     

    920 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-FS12060

    Approx. 380 images (rear monitor)

     

    360 images (LVF)

    890 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-ES12060

    Battery Charger

    DMW-BTC13

    AC Adapter No Data
    Internal Charging Supported Yes
    Vertical Battery Grip

    DMW-BGG9

     

    PHYSICAL FEATURES

    Used Material Magnesium alloy
    Weather Sealed Yes
    Operating Environment

    -10  - 40°C

    14  - 104°F

    80% or Less Humidity

    Dimensions (W × H × D)

    137 × 97 × 92mm 

    5.39 × 3.82 × 3.62″

    Weight

    658g 

    1.45lb / 23.21oz

     

    WARRANTY

    Warranty

    Limited 1-Year

     

    PRICE

    MSRP US $1,697| UK £1,491 | DE €1,579
     

     

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