A new camera from Panasonic, the Lumix DC-G9, is the latest entry in the optics giant’s product lineup and one that was specifically designed for still photography.
The Lumix DC-G9 joins Panasonic’s top-range Micro Four Thirds family of devices and occupies a space alongside the video powerhouse, the Panasonic GH5. Lumix G9 is Panasonic’s first mirrorless camera designed specifically for still photography and is capable of high-speed capture rates limited at 20 frames per second. The DC-G9 has the same 20 megapixel Four Thirds tech as its sister, the Panasonic GH5, but with improved image processing for higher quality JPEG captures. If the photographer needs a higher resolution shot, the G9 can generate a 80MP ultra high-resolution RAW image by shifting its sensor eight times. Lumix DC-G9 image via Panasonic's website. The G9 also has image stabilization that can reduce motion by “up to 6.5 stops” according to . DP Review The Lumix G9 incorporates a sealed metal body design that protects it from the elements and insulates it from extreme cold. A press release from Panasonic describes the camera’s amazingly durable form factor: “To withstand heavy field use, the LUMIX G9 is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front / rear frame and is not only splash proof*5 and dustproof but also freeze proof down to -10 degrees centigrade. The largest-in-class Status LCD on the top of the camera makes shooting even easier and more comfortable. For the rear monitor, a 3.0-inch free-angle LCD in 3:2 aspect ratio with 1,040K-dot high resolution is equipped. The G9 has a double SD Memory Card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II.” Control over the camera is through a mode dial that can be locked with a drive mode sub-dial along with an AF-point selection analog stick and a functionality switch for quick transitions between settings. The camera has an OLED viewfinder with a maximum magnification of 0.83x equivalent. A three inch articulating touchscreen LCD will also be offered. The Lumix G9 will have two SD memory card slots that support UHS-II media as well as HDMI, microphone, headphone, flash sync, USB 3.0 and wired remote. The G9 has a “Depth from Defocus” AF system with a selection of 225 points. The camera can capture photos in bursts at 20 fps with a continuous autofocus or 9 frames per second with mechanical focus and up to 60 fps with single autofocus and 12 frames per second with mechanical focus. This roughly translates to at most 50 RAW images captured in a single burst shot. The camera is powered by the same battery as the GH5 with an estimated life of 400 shots per battery charge. The camera will feature a power save mode that functions like a computer’s sleep mode and disengages upon pressing the device’s shutter release. An additional battery can bring the camera’s total shots per charge up to 800. The G9 camera will be able to be recharged via USB cord as well. The camera will also feature smartphone connectivity through an app, the Panasonic Image App, which will also allow photographers to remotely control their camera as well as automatically transfer photos and settings from one G9 to another. The new Panasonic DC-G9 camera is expected to ship in January 2018 for a retail price of $USD 1699 for the body only. The DMW-BGG9 grip will arrive on the market simultaneously for an expected price of $349. Lumix DC-G9 image via Panasonic's website. Lumix DC-G9 image via Panasonic's website. Lumix DC-G9 image via Panasonic's website.