Panasonic Lumix G9 Announced and Sony has Reasons to Worry
The Panasonic Lumix G9 announced finally after about a year of the GH5. The GH5 received rave reviews from everyone, but there was a catch. Although the GH5 was pretty good when it came to photography, it was actually meant for shooting high-end videos. With the Panasonic Lumix G9 announced, Panasonic is looking to tilt a scale a little the other way.
Coming back to the topic in hand, the G9 would go on sale in January 2018 and would carry a price tag of $1699 USD. When it comes to specs, it does pack a punch.
- Same 20.3 megapixel MFT sensor as the Panasonic GH5
- 5-axis mechanical image stabilization (again similar to the GH5)
- Same image processor as the GH5, but it has now been tuned for a better photographic performance
- 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
- UHD 4K60p Video; 80MP High-Res Shot Mode
- Weather resistant magnesium alloy body
The Panasonic Lumix G9, although meant as a photographic avatar of the GH5, looks completely different from its cousin. It has a new body and a new design. The grip in the G9 feels a lot like the Sony A9.
In many ways, with the G9, Panasonic is looking to emulate Sony. Some of the performance features of the G9 is no less than what you get in high-end Sony mirrorless cameras. For instance, in electronic shutter mode, the G9 can shoot full res RAW and JPEGs at a whopping 60 fps with single shot AF and at 20 fps with continuous AF. But then there are limitations as well. The camera can only maintain that speed for a buffer of 50 photos, while the Sony A9 can do it for up to 200 photos.
But why we say Sony has reasons to worry? At $1699, the Panasonic Lumix G9 is way cheaper than the likes of Sony A9 or even the A7 lineup. Given it offers much of similar capabilities as those Sony cameras, many would want to jump ship and switch. So Sony better watch out.