Panasonic Lumix DC-G9:
In-depth look at features with sample pictures
The Lumix DC-G9 comes reasonably hot on the heels of the Lumix DMC-G80, but while it shares the body shape of the DMC-G7/G80 DSLR-style bodies it seems to be something of a steroids-fuelled hybrid created by crossing the DC-GH5 with the DMC-GX8. It is clearly steps over the Lumix DMC-GX8 as the most capable stills body on offer in the system, and while it inherits a lot of features from the top end video offering, the DC-GH5, it would be a mistake to think of it as just a stills version of it.
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The principle characteristic of the Lumix DC-G9 is speed and Panasonic is using its frame rates and improved focus system to press home its desire to operate more widely in sports and wildlife areas. The accompanying 200mm f/2.8 with teleconverters is testament to that, and this Lumix DC-G9 is clearly designed to fit nicely on the end of the 100-400mm f/4-6.3 just as comfortably.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 uses the same 20.3-million-pixel sensor we see in the Lumix DC-GH5 and once again it has no low pass filter to hinder detailed resolution in our images. If 5184×3888-pixel images aren’t big enough for you there is a High Resolution Mode that produces images that measure up to 10368×7776 pixels – a total of 80.62 million pixels. These images are created by the camera shifting the sensor by half a pixel as it shoots eight images, and then combining all the data recorded into a single file. The final file can be saved in Raw or JPEG formats – or both – and the camera offers us the chance to save each of the eight shots as individual files as well.
The sensor can be shifted by these tiny increments thanks to the new image stabilisation system, that gives Panasonic greater control over the way and speed at which the sensor is moved and stopped. High Resolution Mode can be used for all the aspect ratios the camera offers so, for example, square images can be created that measure 7776×7776 pixels.
You’ll need a tripod to use this mode as you couldn’t hold the camera still for the eight shots and the full exposure can take a second or so depending on your shutter speed, but everything is done with electronic shutter to ensure there are no vibrations during the operation. Subjects that move don’t always work for obvious reasons, but nice moving water, clouds and shaking leaf effects can be had that look really nice. The effect is of a multiple exposure, which can add something interesting to a landscape or seascape.
The High Resolution mode offers users two final resolution choices. When 80.5MP is too much we can switch to 40MP mode to deliver 7296×5472-pixel images. This lower resolution mode is only available if you have selected to record a JPEG file – either on its own or alongside the Raw file.