David Thorpe: A Look At The Panasonic Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds Camera

“It’s Panasonic’s first camera body explicitly configured for stills shooters. Does the Micro Four Thirds cliché, Olympus for stills, Panasonic for video still apply? Let’s find [o]ut…….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric zoom lens

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Another great review video by one of the best Micro Four Thirds camera and lens reviewers out there, a former Fleet Street newspaper and magazine photographer who really knows his stuff as opposed to the legion of “wazzupp?” camera vloggers with no actual professional experience.

I would take a David Thorpe review over one by any of the  “wazzupp?” crowd any day.

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Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions: MONGO Panasonic G9 AF + GH5 Hack Review

“It’s taken me so long to figure out what I’m actually seeing in Panasonic G9’s autofocus performance that now we have to address YodaYeo’s GH5 hack as well. Which I do. And a WHOLE lot more. I’m exhausted….”

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Helen Hooker Photography: The Panasonic Lumix G9 Review

http://www.helenhookerphotography.co.uk/inspiration-and-education/2018/2/20/panasonic-lumix-g9-review

“It’s not often I’m moved to review new equipment but, being an early adopter of the Panasonic G9 it seemed an interesting exercise and may be helpful to those now trying to decide whether to take the plunge and order one….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric zoom lens

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Many thanks to Helen Hooker for writing this in-depth hands-on review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9.

There are far too few female photographers and moviemakers reviewing and sharing aspects of their craft just as there are far too few female brand ambassadors for hardware and software makers and especially camera makers.

The motto of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is “If she can see it, she can be it” and if female creatives are not out there obvious and visible then how are we to know that we, too, can have careers in the media and other creative arts.

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TheCameraStoreTV: Panasonic G9 Hands-On Field Test with Joe Desjardins

“Panasonic surprised a lot of photographers when they announced a flagship camera with even stronger photographic capability than the GH5. Panasonic is targeting pros with this camera, so we went out with professional wildlife and landscape photographer Joe Desjardins to see if this new body can compete with professional DSLRs….”

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Panasonic Australia: Lumix G9 | How To Set Up the New High-Res Mode

“The LUMIX DC-G9 introduces Panasonic’s new High Resolution Mode. Ideal for landscape, scenery and still-life photography, the high-res mode composes shots from 8 shutter releases to produce 80MP JPEG /RAW images in-camera – a level of resolution generally seen only on medium format cameras that cost many times more than the G9….”

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, a Micro Four Thirds stills photography hybrid camera with great video capabilities.

Commentary

Kudos to Panasonic Australia for showing us more about the G9’s high resolution mode than many of the YouTube camera superstars have so far.

While the G9 is a remarkable achievement in a (mostly) stills photography camera, its high resolution mode was what caught my eye when it was announced, not least as an alternative to the medium format digital cameras that are beyond my reach or daily needs.

Linhof Master Technika Classic 4″x5″ sheet film view camera, the epitome of large format analog photography cameras that can also shoot digitally with the addition of a digital back.

Medium format digital is the contemporary equivalent of the 120 rollfilm-using analog and sheet film cameras upon which I built my environmental portrait style during my magazine photography career, and I miss their high resolution, storytelling detail and the slow, sure, deliberative approach that the genre and those cameras demand from photographer and subject.

It is the polar opposite to the casual rapid-fire snapshot style of portraiture currently entrenched in the realm of magazine photography and for which DLSR and DSLR-style cameras are popular, yet here is Panasonic bringing a non-DSLR style of photography to its latest DSLR-style camera in the G9.

Pixel-shifting high exposure functionality is not new to Micro Four Thirds digital cameras – Olympus has it on several of its rangefinder-style and DSLR-style cameras while Pentax reportedly first introduced it into its APS-C and 35mm sensor-equipped K Series DSLRs.

For further information on how high res work on the G9, page 197 of Panasonic’s Operating Instructions for advanced features for the Lumix G9 includes this information:

[Picture Size] When the aspect ratio is [4:3]

[XL] (80.5M): 10368×7776
[LL] (40M): 7296×5472
• RAW images are always recorded in the [4:3] (10368k7776) aspect ratio….

[Simul Record Normal Shot]

Saves the first picture if pictures taken before the combining process in addition to a combined picture if [ON] is selected. Pictures will be saved with [Picture Size] set to [L].

[Shutter Delay]

Sets the delay between the time the shutter button is pressed to the time the shutter is released.

[30 SEC]/[15 SEC]/[8 SEC]/[4 SEC]/[2 SEC]/[1 SEC]/[1/2 SEC]/[1/4 SEC]/[1/8 SEC]/[OFF]

Will the high resolution mode come to the successor of Panasonic’s Lumix GX8 rangefinder-style camera, presumably to be named the GX9?

Those shutter delay options are a great solution for the times when you don’t have a remote release handy but given photographers should be carrying a tripod when planning on shooting 40 megapixel or 80 megapixel high resolution images on the G9 they should be carrying one or two remotes as well.

Always best to have spares of all crucial hardware, especially items prone to loss or failure.

So far there has been no news as to whether Panasonic will be releasing a GX9 any time soon but I hope one will be coming sometime this year.

I prefer rangefinder and rangefinder-style cameras for stills photography over DSLR-style cameras due to the way documentary subjects react to them and portrait subjects engage with them, and appreciate the GX series’ tilting electronic viewfinder for its unique waist-level viewing experience.

3 Legged Thing’s Winston carbon fibre tripod is reportedly their most stable tripod made to date.

A high resolution-capable GX9 attached to a sturdy but still portable tripod like 3 Legged Thing’s Winston via the company’s QR11-L L-Bracket for rapid switching between vertical and horizontal orientation, or a QR11-FB of using a G9 with DMW-BGG9 battery grip, might be the way to go when shooting environmental portraits.

The one possible downside to pixel-shifting high-resolution mode that some commentators point out when shooting portraits, subject movement between exposures, is not dissimilar to the one I often encountered when working with available light and medium or large format cameras with slow lenses.

3 Legged Thing’s QR11-LC Universal L-Bracket, soon to be joined by a full-size version designed to hold cameras with battery grips.

The trick is to engage your sitter with the process so deeply that they stay still enough for long exposures, or multiple shots combined into one, concentrating, breathing out, then gazing directly down the barrel of the lens for the duration.

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DPReview: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dc-g9

“The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is the brand’s highest-end stills-oriented camera, sitting beside the video-oriented Lumix DC-GH5 at the top of the product lineup….

… It seemed for a little while there, the two biggest players in the Micro Four Thirds world were splitting off into their own separate niches with Olympus going after the pro stills crowd by way of the EM-1 series and Panasonic, the pro video crowd with the GH series.

No longer is this the case: the Panasonic G9 looks to take a square shot at the heart of the market Olympus is after with the OM-D E-M1 II….”

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Gordon Laing: Panasonic Lumix G9 review 4k movie quality

“A review of the 4k movie quality on the Lumix G9! Includes autofocus, slow motion, timelapse, high ISO and 1080p vs 4k!…”

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Pocket-lint: Panasonic Lumix G9 review: The finest mirrorless camera that money can buy

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“With mighty impressive image stabilisation, an ultra-sensitive shutter, super-fast burst mode, accomplished continuous autofocus and burst shooting, plus a viewfinder that’s unrivalled by any mirrorless model, the G9 really is the finest mirrorless camera that money can buy….

… The Panasonic Lumix G9 doesn’t only step up what mirrorless cameras can do – surpassing even the Fujifilm X-T2 in many areas – it successfully places itself in among the DSLR elite. It’s a very impressive bit of kit indeed….”

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Ben Fox: STEALING A LUMIX G9 FROM PANASONIC HQ!! 😎 + Everything you need to know…

“Carol [Hartfree] from Panasonic [UK] gives us the ultimate walk though of the exciting new Lumix G9….”

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