Panasonic Lumix G9: 80MP High-Res Mode and 6.5-Stop Stabilization

Doris Richards
November 9, 2017

The Panasonic LUMIX G9 mirrorless camera was built for the modern professional photographer. The Lumix G9 uses the GH5's 20.3-megapixel sensor without a low-pass filter, and has a restyled, slimmed-down, dust-proof and splash-proof magnesium alloy body better suited to still than video photography.

Scott Mellish, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic says that "the G9 takes the outstanding developments that debuted with the GH5 and adds new capabilities for specialised shooting never before seen in this class of camera". Other features include an 80-megapixel high-resolution shooting mode, an improved viewfinder that offers a high magnification ratio of approximately 1.66x/0.83x (35mm camera equivalent), and a bettered battery life that Panasonic says is 2.4 times longer than earlier models. It also promises sharper images thanks to an upgraded in-body Image Stabilisation system. The Japanese company will start selling the new model beginning January 2018 with a body-only price tag of $1,699.

The AF system uses a technology known as DFD, or Depth From Defocus, which "calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels while instantly consulting the optical characteristics data of the current lens", Samsung says.

The new Panasonic camera also inherits Panasonic's 4K Photo and 6K Photo modes, as well as Post Focus and Focus Stacking.


Continuous shooting speed is speedy as well: the G9 has a fastest-in-class burst speed of 20fps with continuous autofocus using the electronic shutter and 60fps with single autofocus for full-resolution photos.

Specs aside, Unger said that the G9 offers "the highest picture quality in a Lumix camera to date, with the smoothest gradation of colors, and correct and natural skin tones". 4K (3840×2160) footage can be shot at 24, 25, 30, 50 or 60p at a maximum of 150Mbps in MP4 format.

On the back of the G9 is a free-angle, 3in 1040k-dot touchscreen, and on the camera's top plate is what Panasonic says is the largest Status LCD in its class.

The Fn lever makes it possible to change the setting quickly once frequently-used settings are assigned. It also boasts a night mode, plus an AF Point Scope integrated into the LVF's design. While it also does 4K at 60fps like GH5, its signature feature is an 80-megapixel photo mode, created by taking up to eight separate images.

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