Panasonic Lumix G9 Mirrorless Camera

January 2020 | Photography / Videography

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FOCUS Auto focus is nice and quick. Very quick! There are the usual suspects here “AFS, AFF“ for moving subjects, "AFC“ you'd mainly use this for video and MF. All work good enough. May not be a advanced as Sony's but no other camera manufacturers are, and it's certainly good enough. Face tracking is great. Also this camera has animal detection. This means it will recognize most animals you'll encounter and keep focus on it while tracking. The focus modes are: "Face/Eye Tracking“ Self explanatory, "Tracking“ This is where you aim at your subject, then half-press the shutter to set a lock on that object, "225-Area“ for un-centered subjects, "Custom Multi“ you can set the shape of your focus area! "1-Area“ this focuses on the subject that is in the auto-focus spot, you can touch focus to select it, "Pinpoint“ when you half press the shutter button, it'll enlarge the focus area to see more clearly. STILLS Colours are good. Skin tones are nice. Way better than SONY! People complain that the 'Shutter button WAY TOO SENSITIVE!' But I think this is to help eliminate CAMERA shake while taking stills, and it does do that. Keep in mind, this camera has a small sensor. So if you find you need to shoot with a shutter speed as low as 20-30 indoors, then having a sensitive release means you don't have to press it hard to take a shot. Therefore the camera doesn't move from the pressure of the press. Genius really, and you do get used to it quite quickly. So the sensor is 20.3 MP so not the biggest and bestest out there, but it's certainly enough for most users. There's really no point going bigger than that unless you plan on printing billboards. And even then you don't need to go higher as billboards are made to be seen from a distance. The pictures though are sharp (but of course that depends on the lens anyways) and give nice detail. There is a HDR mode that takes multiple shots at different exposures and combines them in-camera to create a high dinamic range image, and this works well. The most excitng thing about this camera though is the 80mp stills mode! You have to use a tripose for this though as it needs to be still. It uses the in body stabilizer to move the sensor while it takes multiple shots and then stitches them together to make one huge image. Keep in mind though the images it creates are MASSIVE in size. But they are awesome. And you'll have no problem printing billboards with this camera after all! So we also have a 4k and 6k photo mode. This is cooool. There's a few options with this but in short what this allows you to do is: when you press the shutter release, it'll start recording a 4 or 6k video. In 30 fps each frame will be 18 MP. You can then cycle through the frames and choose one (or more) so save as single images. This way you never miss a fast moving subject again. It can also be set to start recording images BEFORE you even press the shutter release. The images are just as good as stills too. It's pretty amazing really! VIDEO Has a lot of picture profiles, including 'CINELIKE' but no LOG profiles without paying extra – sucks! The G9 used to be mainly a photography camera, with few video features. Not anymore! After the November 2019 update we've seen an increase in video capability. The video options of this camera include: 4k 60p. 4k 50p. 4k 30p. 4k 25p. 4k 24p. FHD 60p. FHD 50p. FHD 30p. FHD 25p. All the above is recorded internally as 8bit 4:2:0. But you can also record externally in 10bit 4:2:2. And in FHD you can go as high as 180 FPS in high speed mode! Since the November update you can now record internally at 10bit with hybrid log gamma in 4k 24, 25, and 30fps in HEVC mode. There is IBS built in to this camera. This means that it used a mechanical stabilizer inside the body to counter move the sensor to eliminate shaky hand movements. And it is awesome! With the ninja walking technique you can achieve gimbal-like shots no problem. Use this with a lens that has Optical stabilization and you're golden! FUNCTION monitor and EVF awesome! They're both bright and clear and give you all the needed information including histograms, audio levels focus peaking, zebras etc. I don't like that it doesn't tell you on screen what your focal length is. Nor does it say in the playback mode. The only place you can get this info is in the meta data of the file, once you've transferred to PC. I find this very strange! So focal length marking on a lens is a must for this camera. Lots of customizable buttons. And as it has dedicated WB, ISO and EXP COMP buttons, you have more options for FN buttons. There are 3 FN buttons on the back and two unmarked custom buttons on the front. I love the placement of these. You also have an FN switch on the front too. FN switch is good to have, but could of easily worked as a button too. Don't know why they went with a switch design. It is a little stiff to use. Would of rathered a toggle button. Wi-fi connection to phone is A star. Works quickly and easily. The app is good. Allows you to control ISO, Shutter Speed, WB, F-Stop, Exposure Comp. Shooting mode, focusing mode - basically everything except manual focusing. It is low latency, meaning there isn't much lag between action in front of the camera, and the display on your phone screen, so can be used for video too! I don't like that it doesn't tell you on screen what your focal length is. Nor does it say in the playback mode. The only place you can get this info is in the meta data of the file, once you've transferred to PC. I find this very strange! So focal length marking on a lens is a must for this camera. ERGONOMICS/ DESIGN Camera ergonomics is OK but I find it is a little on the large side. I have smallish hands though so may not be a problem for you. If you use an L bracket for mounting to tripod, the side articulating monitor will not rotate all the way around as L bracket prevents this. Personally I'd rather the monitor rotate upwards like the Sony A6400, but I know a lot of people wouldn't agree with me as the hot shoe will be an issue. But I have no problems using a cold shoe bracket to solve this. I don't like the placement of the playback button. You need to use your other hand to press it as the camera is too big to reach with thumb of your right hand. Also in order to zoom in on image just taken, you have to press playback button each time, even though the photo is on screen for review after shot. Unless you set the review time to have no set time. This is a pain! Weather sealing seems OK. I used in light rain, and no problems. weight lens (Leica 12-60mm) with camera: 1031g weight of camera: 657g weight of lens (Leica 12-60mm): 374g
Posted by Redz
Posted on 27/03/2020 at 06:16pm
Modified on 03/06/2020 at 08:22pm

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