Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • UHD 4K60p Video; 80MP High-Res Shot Mode
  • 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
  • 0.83x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • Top Status LCD; Rear Joystick
  • Advanced DFD AF System; 6K PHOTO
  • ISO 25600 and 60 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
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Panasonic DC-G9 overview

  • 1Description

Panasonic has taken a different approach to camera development with the stills-focused DC-G9 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera, which has a variety of newly developed functions and features that will appeal to photographers. Central to the imaging process is the combination of a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and the latest Venus Engine processor, enabling the capture of sharp images and video with sensitivities ranging up to ISO 25600. Extremely fast speeds are also made available with up to 60 fps continuous shooting with the electronic shutter function. If you want to shoot video along with stills the G9 is very accommodating, offering UHD 4K at up to 60p.

This improved speed is seen in many different aspects, including an enhanced Depth-from-Defocus autofocus system with 225 areas for fast, precise focusing across the frame. A rear joystick has been implemented as well for intuitive control over the current focus point. Another benefit of boosted processing is the inclusion of 6K PHOTO at 30 fps and 4K PHOTO at up to 60 fps, allowing users to capture 18MP or 8MP images, respectively, at exceptional frame rates. Beyond speed, the 5-axis sensor stabilization system supports Dual I.S. 2.0 and can compensate for up to six stops of camera shake. And a significant addition made possible with this new system is a multi-shot mode that captures eight separate images and compiles them into a single 80MP raw image.

It isn't just performance that has been optimized, as the G9 has a redesigned body that is splash, dust, and freezeproof. The body gains a top status LCD for quick access to essential settings without needing to check the LCD or viewfinder, which have also been improved. Most notably, the OLED viewfinder is improved with a 0.83x magnification and 3.68m-dot resolution. The EVF has a fast 120 fps refresh rate as well for lag-free viewing. Additionally, the LCD is now a 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen for working intuitively and at odd angles.

20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
Optimized for high-speed high-resolution imaging, the G9 packs in both a 20.3MP Light MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and an enhanced Venus Engine processor to create sharp, detailed stills and UHD 4K video. This configuration maximizes resolution while keeping noise to a minimum, permitting the use of sensitivities up to ISO 25600. It is also very fast, enabling continuous shooting rates of up to 60 fps with AF-S and 20 fps with AF-C when using the G9's electronic shutter or 12 fps for AF-S and 9 fps for AF-C using the mechanical shutter.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Supplementing the camera's stellar stills feature set is UHD 4K video recording at up to 60p. The G9 offers internal recording with an 8-bit color depth and 4:2:0 sampling using Long GOP compression to keep files sizes manageable. Users also have access to various frame rates, including 60p, 30p, and 24p in UHD 4K and 60p and 24p in Full HD. Slow motion video is available in the Creative Video Mode with support for 60 and 48 fps resolution in UHD 4K and up to 180 fps in Full HD.

In order to maximize image quality, the G9 features a full-size HDMI output for using an optional external recorder to receive 8-bit 4:2:2 footage at all resolutions up to UHD 4K at 30p. Also, both a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone input are available for improving audio capture.
6K and 4K PHOTO
Utilizing the G9's video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:
  • Burst: This mode will allow you to continuously record, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record images one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8 or 18MP frame.
Dual I.S. 2
Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, Dual I.S. 2 combines the G9's sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery. Dual I.S. 2 requires the use of compatible Lumix lenses featuring O.I.S. This stabilization system is able to compensate for approximately six stops of camera shake.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A large OLED Live View Finder has an impressive 3.86m-dot resolution and 0.83x magnification for eye-level composition. This viewfinder also has a maximum refresh rate of 120 fps for clear, lag-free imagery.
  • A larger means for image composition and playback, the 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear LCD monitor has a free angle, tilt and swivel design to support viewing from a variety of angles. It is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive menu navigation and settings control.
  • A backlit top status LCD provides immediate access to current settings without needing to raise the camera to eye level.
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots are present, which provides settings such as Relay Recording to automatically switch cards when one is full; Backup Recording, which records the same data to both cards simultaneously; and Allocation Recording, which lets you save certain files to each card for easier organization.
  • Constructed from magnesium alloy with a die-cast frame, the G9 features a durable design that also incorporates extensive sealing at each joint, dial, and button to render it both splash- and dust-proof as well as freezeproof to 14°F.
  • A joystick is available on the rear of the camera to make changing many settings easier and more intuitive, such as changing a focus point.
  • The sleek flat-body profile incorporates both front and rear dials for intuitive control over aperture and shutter speed settings. Multiple assignable function buttons are also available, including a function lever.
  • Built-in 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets. Bluetooth LE also enables a constant connection to your mobile device, allowing for functions such as geolocation and automatic image transfer.
225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
For accelerated autofocus performance, and Advanced DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position in as little as 0.04 seconds, which enables continuous shooting up to 20 fps with continuous AF. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications where subject color, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto the moving subjects and ensure precise focus. The sensitivity and speed can be adjusted to further improve performance with certain subjects. It also features 225 AF areas, which provide excellent control over where the camera will focus. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation. Other AF features include an AF Point Scope setting that temporarily magnifies the subject by 3x to 10x for confirmation of the focus position and a custom selectable AF zone for Multi AF / Custom Multi AF.
80MP High Resolution Mode
By using sensor-shift stabilization technology the G9 can use a High Resolution Mode to capture and compile eight separate images to create a single 80MP raw file. This system creates a more highly detailed and color accurate image than a single shot alone can produce and can create an image with a 10368 x 7776 resolution.
Other Camera Features
  • A mechanical focal plane shutter enables a fast maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, as well as a top flash sync speed of 1/250 sec. An electronic shutter function also avails a top shutter speed of 1/32,000 sec to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings. This shutter is rated for approximately 200,000 actuations.
  • A Night Mode will automatically adjust brightness of the EVF and LCD for comfortable viewing in low-light conditions.
  • An optional external USB power pack can be used to supply power to the camera via its micro-USB port.
  • Depending on the lens in use, the included DMW-BLF19 battery provides approximately 380 shots per charge when using the rear monitor, or 360 with the electronic viewfinder.
  • Photo Style modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, L. Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, and Cinelike V.
  • Creative Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
UPC: 885170328679
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh)
  • DMW-BTC13 Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Cable Holder
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic DC-G9 specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 5184 x 3888
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/29.97/48/59.94 fps (MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 29.97/59.94/180 fps (MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/59.94 fps (AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (AVCHD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 225
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,680,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 21.00 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.83x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,040,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 1/8000 Second 
    Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1 - 1/32000 Second 
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/25 - 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
    Remote Control DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 20.3 MP
    Up to 12 fps at 20.3 MP
    Up to 20 fps at 20.3 MP
    Up to 60 fps at 20.3 MP
    Up to 30 fps at 18 MP
    Up to 60 fps at 8 MP
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    Forced On
    Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
    Off
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
    Performance
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, Viera Link
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Power
    Battery 1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 80%
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.4 x 3.8 x 3.6" / 136.9 x 97.3 x 91.6 mm
    Weight 1.27 lb / 579 g body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.0 x 5.8"

    Panasonic DC-G9 reviews

    Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown away! There isn't a creative and impact-full (enough) way to properly describe how incredible this camera is. Coming from high end Canon systems I was not expecting to love the G9 so much that I would actually sell off my Canon bodies but it has happened. There are so many many great reasons for this to be your camera to be your next camera, literally about a thousand reasons.... but the 2 most important are these: I can take beautiful photos with increased control and speed with the viewfinder's amazing capability. The second reason is that this camera makes me want to get out there and take more photos. It's a camera that inspires.
    Date published: 2018-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than GH5. Best micro 4/3! I bought the GH5 a while ago and I regretted the minute I tried the video. I immediately I realized that the Olympus OMD 1 mark II had a way better image stabilization for video and photography. The G9 has the best image stabilization that there is out there. With the right lenses is almost as good as any full frame camera for photography. Panasonic make the easiest menus and easy to work with cameras in the market. Love the EVF! Love the ergonomics and the looks but feels more plasticky than the GH5.� Weight decrease is unnoticeable and feels bigger in your hands than the GH5.� If you are not a professional film maker, get the G9... and if you are... buy the G9 and see what it can do for video.
    Date published: 2018-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rating Error I wrote a recent review on the G 9 and remarked at what a wonderful camera it is. Please understand the 2 star rating was a mistake that I could not correct on my iPad. This is a 5 star camera for sure in my opinion. The uploaded images are jpegs straight out of the camera and not edited at all.
    Date published: 2018-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As a Videographer... The amount of versatility the G9 has is far beyond what I could’ve hoped for. �During a shoot, I feel well equipped to adjust at the request of the client because the G9 can deliver in multiple ways! � If I need slow mo, it’s there, I need to jump to 4K so I can crop later, it’s there. �The 8 bit rate and 4:2:0 color, grades well in post. �No worries at all. � �It’s forced me deeper into photography because of its output in that department as well. �High Res mode is going to bring a new dynamic to everything.
    Date published: 2018-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful Camera I'm not going to try and provide additional accolades to this fantastic camera.� All the tech info, features and praise can easily be better obtained elsewhere.� I'll just say that I've personally shot for decades.� Long-time digital Nikon user and Panasonic Lumix user.� Currently have Lumix GX-8, GH-5 and now the G9. I don't have a single negative thing to say and would instantly buy any one of my Lumix all over again. Love these cameras.
    Date published: 2018-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from With the G9, Panasonic got it! After 30 years of pro. Photography, I started with the Panasonic system 4 years ago with the tiny GM1. I quickly moved up with the GM5, and then GH5 last year. I just got the G9 last week. My other cameras are a Nikon system (D800/D850) and Leica M-D/MP as a legacy system. For the last 3 years, I have taken 90% of my shoots with my Panasonic cameras... The G9 is a dream comes true. Compared to the GH5, the top LCD screen is a real improvement. No need to look at the viewfinder or the screen to set up ISO/EV comp/Color balance. With the dedicated button and the top LCD, you can do it in a snap! I almost never use the screen, anyway. The electronic viewfinder is A-MA-ZING. Better than the Hasselblad H1 and Amy offering from Sony. You can preview the image you are working on, including exposure and focus, BEFORE shooting! No need to look at you screen afterwards, you stay on task, shooting. The image quality is on par with The GH5 - excellent - even compared to a Nikon D850 (I always shoot raw). However, things are really interesting when you start using the advanced mode (stacking focus, HDR, or now the new super high definition 80MP mode) on a tripod. You got a much better control of depth of field than a full frame camera, a similar (or better) dynamic range, and... a higher resolution than the D850 (and the Leica) in a snap! Not to mention the fantastic portability if the Panasonic system with excellent Leica lenses like the 1.7 and the 42.5mm 1.2. In short, getting an impressive 80MP raw file with this new camera was quite a shock for me. Add to this a WiFi/Bluetooth mode that works very well, videos that are stunning. Finally, the G9 is fast. Super fast. This is the camera I have the most “keeping” shots with, well above the D850. Now, I’m considering returning the D850, that looks like a totally outdated, bulky thing if the past... this is how great is the G9!
    Date published: 2018-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera This camera exceeds all my expectations. Focus is quick and accurate and range of features that are great. Photo was shot using the Panasonic Lumix G9 and the Laowa 7.5mm lens. Exposure was 20 seconds, f/2.0 and ISO 1600.
    Date published: 2018-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this camera Unlike probably many B and H customers, I have never paid this much for a camera before. But I have been enjoying photography so much lately as a hobby, I took a chance on upgrading, and have been very pleased. My previous camera was also a Panasonic (Lumix G6), purchased from B and H. I do still photography, not movies, so this new camera was very intriguing. I have now had the chance to try it out during a short vacation, and am extremely pleased. The thing I noticed immediately is how clear the viewfinder is, compared to my previous camera. I can not only compose the image, I can get a very good idea of whether it is in focus or not. That alone is almost worth the upgrade. But the number of external controls (without having to dig into menus) is very gratifying. And I find the autofocus works quite well and is pretty fast. I have been able to track birds in flight, and most to the time they are in focus. Finally, the image stabilization is amazing, especially when the in-camera stabilization is combined with in-lens stabilization. I am able to shoot wildlife (birds) with the Leica 400 mm zoom, lens hand held at maximum zoom (without a tripod) and the vast majority are in perfect focus and not blurred. It's amazing. And there are still a lot of things this camera can do that I have not even figured out yet.
    Date published: 2018-02-12
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