A few weeks ago at Samy’s Camera, I was handed a slick black box with graphics with the new G9 from Panasonic Lumix inside. After unboxing and putting a battery and lens on the camera instantly I realized it was a perfect fit to my hand. It was not a cheap feeling lump of plastic; but, a solid body made from magnesium alloy and with a beautifully designed arrangement of buttons and controls.

Panasonic

It is also built to be splash, dust and freeze proof which I really do not want to test but I’ll take their word for itThe balance felt perfect in my hand with the Panasonic Leica 12-60mm stabilized lens which is equally solidly made, and beautiful glass at that.

I am the luckiest lad in the land! I have a bag with the G9 and also with that incredible camera my bag is filled with incredible Leica glass. As you have read in the past I am a Panasonic fanboy. All the camera brands I have tested for over a year at Samy’s Camera are so incredibly good…there is a camera for every personality out there. For my personality it is Panasonic with the lighter weight cameras as well as the ease of navigation and operation and all those fun features, last but not least superb image quality. I have owned Panasonic cameras over the years and recently the G85 and the FZ2500 “everything” bridge camera. With the FZ2500, which I have used for commercial jobs, I can go in with one camera with so many choices of focal lengths which makes it easy to move quickly and get those shots the client is looking for. Panasonic is a forward thinking company that listens and acts on photographer’s requests and needs. It seems Panasonic refines so many features with each model. The Panasonic Lumix photographer, whether amateur or professional has everything at hand on this new G9 camera to explore their creativity.

At this point of this revue I am at a place where I really do not know where to start….look at the list of incredible features. Too many for me to report on from personal experience. All I can say I am having the time of my life discovering all these bells and whistles, this is so much fun. Shouldn’t I be jaded after over 40 years as a pro? Not with this new G9, I am rediscovering photography!

Is this good enough for a pro?  I would suggest this system for a pro since there are so many creative options to produce extraordinary images of whatever comes your way.

Newport Beach | Leica 100-400mm @173mm=346mm | 1/320th f/4.8 ISO 1600 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Lauren | Leica 42.5 Nocticron (85mm) | 1/640th @f/1.2 ISO 200 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

For weddings, portraits, head shots, publicity photographs, photojournalism, sports and on and on. Micro 4/3rds for a pro? I will tell you that I am making 15 – 36 x 48” prints for an upcoming exhibition. I could take the images to 60” but my exhibition space will not be able to accommodate that size.

Koffi – Palm Springs | 80 Megapixel High Resolution Mode | Leica 8-18mm @8mm=16mm | 1/13th f/2.8 ISO 800 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

As I have done with previous reviews I will post images with information written below the image. Hopefully this will help you knowing the lens used  and the shutter, F stop and IS. This camera could be a perfect fit for you whatever you photograph or video. The old one picture is worth a thousand words syndrome is better along with the words. So let me try my best to post examples of different subjects and situations I have shot and some technical information that will help you make the decision to go with the G9 and if you can the best glass.

The Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs | 42.5mm Leica Nocticron | 1/640th f/8 ISO 200 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Josecito-Cook at Patrick’s Roadhouse | Panasonic Lumix G9 | Leica 12-60mm @12mm/24mm | 1/25 f/8 ISO 1600 High Resolution Mode } Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Our Lady of Solitude Church – Palm Springs | Panasonic Lumix G9 } Leica 100-400mm @120mm/240mm | 1/50 f/4.3 ISO 800 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Phil – Retired Plumber at the Morongo Fruit Market | Panasonic Lumix G9 | 12-60mm @12mm/24mm | 1/1250 f/8 ISO 800 High Resolution Mode | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Just a quick synopsis here :

*20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and a low pass filter (no anti-aliasing filter) which maximizes detail capture.

*This is probably one of the best features….the stabilization feature which means I can hand hold my camera at very slow shutter speeds down to 1/2 second or possibly 1 second without a tripod….whoo hoo. An example is the Indian Canyons waterfall photograph with the Leica 12 – 60mm lens, hand held a 1/6th of a second wide open and all sharp, no camera shake.

*Autofocus is lightning fast and accurate even under very low light.

*The High Resolution Mode at 80 megapixels is exceptional keeping in mind with the 8 shot pixel shift is takes up to about 1/2-8 seconds (the longest is 1 second maximum shutter at F/8 maximum) to capture the scene so a tripod or stable surface to place the camera is a must. Because of the 8 different shots subjects must be stationary but saying that I did shoot a subject, the Red Arrow Highway 62 Joshua Tree where the flags were waving and it is quite acceptable and not un-natural looking. You could use it for portraits (strong continuous light) but the subjects must hold still for about 2-3 seconds maybe less depending on the lighting. This feature is great for architecture, interiors, product/food photography, cars/motorcycles etc. !

Slo-Mo 180 FPS

The Slo Mo 180 FPS feature is quite useful for those Indie films….Slo Mo makes everything a bit more dramatic.

Time lapse

This is really a fun feature. Compressing a few minutes down to a few seconds.

6K mode

One can shoot a scene at 30 frames per second and pull out an 18 megapixel file from one of those frames.

This is great for fast moving subjects such as sports, wild life photography and even photojournalistic events, weddings, street photography where a scene changes quickly from one second to the next.

High speed continuous shooting.

This is nuts. 60 fps for 50 frames in raw using the electronic shutter or 12 fps in raw for 60 frames….wow! With AF-C 9 fps with the mechanical and 20 fps with the electronic shutter.

Not to mention focus stacking, HDR, custom function buttons, color profiles and filters and more.

I have to say again that I like to process my photographs before posting in my reviews instead of presenting a cold slab of raw files which is like not cooking the steak (sorry to my Vegan friends; undercooked veggies does not sound quite right).

Since I am mostly a still photographer who does shoot video let me share with you a 4K 24 fps video. I am very happy with the results since it was just a spontaneous video of a musician friend Ted Siegel of The Deltaz. I grabbed the camera, whacked on the external microphone onto the hotshot and plugged it in. I think the video quality is exceptional and the audio with the help of the external microphone is very good. Hand held at that. The other video options are listed with the specs.

This is a real winner in my book and will be my camera of choice for some time along with my G85 as my back up camera.

Red Arrow Highway 62 Joshua Tree | Leica 8-18mm @8mm=16mm | 1/500th f/8 ISO 200 High Resolution Mode | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Malibu Seafood | Panasonic Lumix G9 | Leica 12-60mm @42mm/84mm | 1/4000 f/3.9 ISO 200 | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Indian Canyons Waterfall | Panasonic Lumix G9 | Leica 12-60mm@12mm (24mm) | ISO 200 1/6th f/22 Handheld | Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

If you are on the fence about about crossing over to Micro 4/3rds, now is the time …it’s a different game now. Thank you Panasonic!

PURCHASE INFO & SPECS:

LUMIX G9 Mirrorless Camera Body, 20.3 Megapixels plus 80 Megapixel High-Resolution Mode, 5-Axis Dual I.S2 – DC-G9KBODY

Panasonic

Features

  • Full resolution 20.3-megapixel sensor, plus 80 megapixels high-resolution JPEG /RAW in-camera image.
  • Fast 0.04 sec. (approx.) lock focus result *1 from a new LUMIX ultra high-speed AF technology. 60 fps [AFS] electronic shutter or 20 fps [AFC] electronic shutter high-speed burst in full-res.
  • Massive 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder [LVF] with 120 fps refresh rate, 0.83X magnification, and blackout free 100% field of view.
  • 5-Axis Dual I.S2 combines data from a gyro, accelerometer, & image sensors for stabilization performance of 6.5 stops lower shutter speeds *2 *3, when combined with LUMIX O.I.S. lenses with 2-Axis I.S.
  • Dual UHS-II SD Card slots for in-camera backup, relay, or format allocation recording.
  • Lighted top mounted Status LCD for at a glance feedback on camera setup.

$1,699.99

  • TYPE
    • TypeDigital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
    • Recording mediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
    • Recording media(Compatible with UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
    • Image sensor size17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
    • Lens mountMicro Four Thirds mount
  • IMAGE SENSOR
    • TypeLive MOS Sensor
    • Total pixels21.77 Megapixels
    • Camera effective pixels20.33 Megapixels
    • Color filterPrimary color filter
    • Dust reduction systemSupersonic wave filter
  • RECORDING SYSTEM
    • Aspect ratio4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
    • Image qualityRAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
    • Color SpacesRGB, AdobeRGB
    • Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/60p]: Approx. 130 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 110 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/60i]: Approx. 130 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 120 min (rear monitor), 110 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 110 min (rear monitor), 110 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)MP4 [4K/30p]: Approx. 130 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 130 min (rear monitor), 120 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Actual recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/60p]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 60 min (rear monitor), 55 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Actual recordable time (Motion picture)AVCHD [FHD/60i]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 60 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Actual recordable time (Motion picture)MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 60 min (rear monitor), 55 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 55 min (rear monitor), 55 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Actual recordable time (Motion picture)MP4 [4K/30p]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-FS12060, Approx. 65 min (rear monitor), 60 min (LVF) with H-ES12060
    • Recording file format
    • Still imageJPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW
    • 6K PHOTO** / 4K PHOTO**6K PHOTO: MP4 (H.265/HEVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))
    • 6K PHOTO** / 4K PHOTO**4K PHOTO: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))
    • Motion pictureMP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio format: LPCM (2ch 48kHz/16-bit), AAC (2ch))
    • Motion pictureAVCHD Progressive, AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Audio 2ch)
    • File size(Pixels) -Still Image
    • 4:35184×3888(L) / 3712×2784(M) / 2624×1968(S) / 10368×7776(XL)* / 7296×5472(LL)* / 4992×3744(6K PHOTO) / 3328×2496(4K PHOTO) *High Resolution Mode.
    • 3:25184×3456(L) / 3712×2480(M) / 2624×1752(S) / 10368×6912(XL)* / 7296×4864(LL)* / 5184×3456(6K PHOTO) / 3504×2336(4K PHOTO) *High Resolution Mode.
    • 16:95184×2920(L) / 3840×2160(M) / 1920×1080(S) / 10368×5832(XL)* / 7296×4104(LL)* / 3840×2160(4K PHOTO) *High Resolution Mode.
    • 1:13888×3888(L) / 2784×2784(M) / 1968×1968(S) / 7776×7776(XL)* / 5472×5472(LL)* / 2880×2880(4K PHOTO) *High Resolution Mode.
    • File size (Pixels) -Motion picture**
    • MP4**[4K] 3840×216059.94p, 150Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (LPCM)
    • MP4**[4K] 3840×216029.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (AAC)
    • MP4**[4K] 3840×216023.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (AAC)
    • MP4**[Full HD] 1920×108059.94p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (AAC)
    • MP4**[Full HD] 1920×108029.97p, 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (AAC)
    • AVCHD**[Full HD] 1920×108059.94p, 28Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby)
    • AVCHD**[Full HD] 1920×108059.94i, 24Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 29.97fps)
    • AVCHD**[Full HD] 1920×108059.94i, 17Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 59.94fps)
    • AVCHD**[Full HD] 1920×108023.98p, 24Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby)
    • High speed video *When Creative Video Mode is selected.
    • MP4**[4K] 3840x216030p, 100Mbps (Sensor output is 60fps / 48fps)
    • MP4**[Full HD] 1920x108030p, 20Mbps (Sensor output is 180fps)
  • WIRELESS
    • WiFiWi-Fi2.4GHz (STA/AP) (IEEE802.11b/g/n)
    • WiFiWi-Fi5GHz (STA) (IEEE 802.11a/n/ac) *5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.
    • WiFi1-11, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 144, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 ch
    • BluetoothBluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))
    • QR code connection / Password-less connectionYes / Yes (ON / OFF selectable)
  • VIEWFINDER
    • TypeOLED Live View Finder (3,680k dots)
    • Field of viewApprox. 100%
    • MagnificationApprox. 1.66x / 0.83x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
    • Eye pointApprox. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
    • Diopter adjustment-4.0 – +3.0 (dpt)
    • Eye sensorYes
    • Display speed120fps / 60fps
  • FOCUS
    • TypeContrast AF system
    • DFD technologyYes
    • Post FocusYes
    • Focus StackingYes
    • Focus modeAFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
    • AF modeFace/Eye Detection / Tracking / 225-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint
    • AF mode(Full area touch is available) (Scalable AF frame size and flexible AF position)
    • AF detective rangeEV -4 – 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
    • AF assist lampYes
    • AF lockYes (AF/AE LOCK button)
    • AF custom settingAF Sensitivity, AF Area Switching Sensitivity, Moving Object Prediction
    • OthersOne Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF-Point Scope Setting, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter
  • EXPOSURE CONTROL
    • Light metering system1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
    • Light metering modeMultiple / Center Weighted / Spot
    • Metering rangeEV 0 – 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
    • Exposure modeProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
    • ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)Still image: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
    • ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)Creative Video Mode: Auto / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
    • Exposure compensation1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV for motion picture)
    • AE lockYes (AF/AE LOCK button)
  • WHITE BALANCE
    • White balanceAWB / AWBc / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting 1, 2, 3, 4
    • White balance adjustmentBlue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
    • Color temperature setting2500-10000K in 100K
  • SHUTTER
    • TypeFocal-plane shutter
    • Shutter speedStill image: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes), 1/8,000 – 60
    • Shutter speedElectronic first curtain shutter: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes), 1/2,000 – 60
    • Shutter speedElectronic shutter: 1/32,000 – 1
    • Shutter speedMotion picture: 1/16,000 – 1/25
    • Shutter lifeApprox. 200,000 images
    • Self timer10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
    • Remote controlRemote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (sold separately)
  • BRACKET
    • AE bracket3, 5, 7 images in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. ±3 EV, single/burst
    • Aperture Bracket3, 5 or all positions in 1 EV step
    • Focus Bracket1 to 999 images, focus steps can be set in 10 levels
    • White balance bracket3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis, color temperature setting
  • BURST SHOOTING
    • Burst speed[Mechanical shutter / Electronic first curtain shutter]AFS/MF: H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) *When H-ES12060 is used.
    • Burst speed[Mechanical shutter / Electronic first curtain shutter]AFF/AFC: H: 9 frames/sec (with Live View), M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) *When H-ES12060 is used.
    • Burst speed[Electronic shutter]AFS/MF: SH2: 60 frames/sec, SH1: 20 frames/sec, H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
    • Burst speed[Electronic shutter]AFF/AFC: SH2: 20 frames/sec, SH1: 20 frames/sec, H: 9 frames/sec (with Live View), M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
    • Number of recordable images[H/M/L] More than approx. 60 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed.)
    • Number of recordable images[H/M/L] More than approx. 600 images (when there are no RAW files and using a card with SD Speed Class with “”UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)””.)
    • Number of recordable images(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
    • Number of recordable images[SH2/SH1] More than approx. 50 images
    • Number of recordable images(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
  • 6K PHOTO** / 4K PHOTO**
    • Burst speed[6K PHOTO] 30 frames/sec
    • Burst speed[4K PHOTO] 60 frames/sec, 30 frames/sec
    • Exif informationYes (Each JPEG image cropped out of the 6K/4K burst file complies with EXIF.)
    • Marking functionYes (in 6K/4K Burst (S/S) mode)
  • TIME LAPSE SHOT
    • Time Lapse ShotYes
  • FLASH
    • Flash typeTTL External Flash (sold separately)
    • Flash ModeAuto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off *For iA, iA+ only.
    • Synchronization speedLess than 1/250 second
    • Flash output adjustment1/3EV step ±3EV
    • Flash synchronization1st Curtain Sync., 2nd Curtain Sync.
    • Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensationYes
    • Wireless controlYes (When using DMW-FL200L / FL360L / FL580L (sold separately)), Wireless Channel: 1ch/2ch/3ch/4ch
    • Flash sync socketYes
  • REAR MONITOR
    • TypeTFT LCD monitor with static touch control
    • Monitor sizeFree-angle 3.0-inch (7.5cm) / 3:2 aspect
    • PixelsApprox. 1,040k dots
    • Filed of viewApprox. 100%
    • Monitor adjustmentBrightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red-Green, Blue-Yellow
  • LIVE VIEW
    • Digital zoom2x, 4x
    • Extra Tele ConversionStill image: Max. 2x
    • Extra Tele Conversion4K PHOTO: 1.6x (4:3), 1.5x (3:2), 1.4x (16:9, 1:1)
    • Extra Tele ConversionMotion picture: 2.7x (FHD), 1.4x (4K)
    • Other functionsLevel Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Center Marker, Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra pattern (Still image / motion picture)
  • FUNCTION BUTTON
    • RECWi-Fi / Q.MENU / Video Record / LVF/Monitor Switch / LVF/Monitor Disp. Style / AF-Point Scope / AF/AE LOCK / AF-ON / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Zoom Control / 1 Shot RAW+JPG / 1 Shot Spot Metering / 1 Shot 6K/4K PHOTO / Operation Lock / Dial Operation Switch / Destination Slot / Photo Style / Filter Select / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / AFS/AFF / Metering Mode / Burst Shot Setting / 6K/4K PHOTO / Self Timer / High Resolution Mode / Bracket / Highlight Shadow / i. Dynamic / i. Resolution / Min. Shtr Speed / Post Focus / HDR / Shutter Type / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust. / Wireless Flash Setup / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / I.S. Lock (Video) / 4K Live Cropping / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode in Rec. / Mic Level Adj. / Mic. Directivity Adjust / Silent Mode / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Monochrome Live View / Constant Preview / Rec Area / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Night Mode / ON/OFF of each item in White Balance / ON/OFF of each item in Photo Style / AF Mode/MF / Rec/Playback Switch / Off / Restore to Default
    • PLAYWi-Fi / LVF/Monitor Switch / Rec/Playback Switch / Slot Change / 6K/4K Photo Play / Delete Single / Protect / Rating 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 / RAW Processing / 6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving / Copy / Night Mode / Off / Restore to Default
  • PLAYBACK
    • Playback mode30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture Only / Video Only), Protect, Rating, Title Edit, Face Recognition Edit, RAW Processing, 6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving, 6K/4K PHOTO Noise Reduction, Light Composition, Clear Retouch, Text Stamp, Copy, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Rotation Display, Picture Sort, Delete Confirmation, Creating Still Pictures from a Motion Picture
  • IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE
    • ProtectionSingle / Multi or Cancel
    • EraseSingle / Multi / All / Except Rating
  • PRINT
    • Direct PrintPictBridge compatible
  • INTERFACE
    • USBUSB 3.0 Micro-B, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Gen 1
    • HDMI***HDMI TypeA / VIERA Link
    • HDMI***Video: Auto / 4K/60p / 4K/30p / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p
    • HDMI***Audio: Stereo
    • HDMI***Monitor-through: 4:2:2 8bit (Except for [4K/60p]) / 4:2:0 8bit
    • Audio video outputNo
    • Remote inputφ2.5mm for remote
    • External microphone inputφ3.5mm for external microphone
    • External microphone inputStereo/Lens Auto/Shotgun/Super Shotgun/Manual is selectable when attaching DMW-MS2 (sold separately).
    • Headphone outputφ3.5mm for headphone
    • MicrophoneStereo, Wind Noise Canceller: OFF / Low* / Standard / High *When attaching DMW-MS2 (sold separately).
    • SpeakerMonaural
    • SD card slotSlot 1, Slot 2
  • LANGUAGE
    • OSD languageJapanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional)
  • GENERAL
    • POWER
    • BatteryLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh) (included)
    • BatteryUSB power supply, USB power charging
    • Battery life (CIPA standard)Approx. 400 images (rear monitor), 380 images (LVF), 920 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-FS12060
    • Battery life (CIPA standard)Approx. 380 images (rear monitor), 360 images (LVF), 890 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-ES12060
    • Battery life (CIPA standard)*Under the test conditions specified by Panasonic based on CIPA standard. When the time to get in the sleep mode is set to 1 sec.
    • Battery gripDMW-BGG9 (sold separately)
    • DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)136.9 x 97.3 x 91.6 mm / 5.39 x 3.83 x 3.61 inch (excluding protrusions)
    • WeightApprox. 658g / 1.45 lb (SD card x 1, Battery, Body)
    • WeightApprox. 586g / 1.30 lb (Body only)
    • WeightApprox. 978g / 2.16 lb (SD card x 1, Battery, H-ES12060 lens included)
    • OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
    • Operating temperature****-10oC to 40oC (14oF to 104oF)
    • Operating humidity10%RH to 80%RH
    • STANDARD ACCESSORIES
    • Software・ The software to edit and playback images on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 10.0PE is available for download at Panasonic website using computer connected to the Internet.
    • Softwarehttp://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/download/d_pfs99pe.html (For Windows)
    • Software・ The software to process RAW file on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, SILKYPIX Developer Studio is available for download at Ichikawa Soft Laboratory’s website using computer connected to the Internet.
    • Softwarehttp://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/ (For Windows / Mac)
    • Standard accessoriesDC-G9Kit:
    • Standard accessoriesBattery Charger (AC Adaptor, USB connection Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Syncro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap
    • Standard accessories・The DC-G9 Operating Instructions for advanced features is available for downloaded at Panasonic LUMIX Customer Support Site using PC, smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet.
  • INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1
    • Lens NameN/A
    • Lens ConstructionN/A
    • Nano Surface CoatingN/A
    • MountN/A
    • Optical Image StabilizerN/A
    • Focal LengthN/A
    • Aperture TypeN/A
    • Aperture rangeN/A
    • ApertureN/A
    • Maximum ApertureN/A
    • Minimum ApertureN/A
    • Closest Focusing DistanceN/A
    • Maximum magnificationN/A
    • Diagonal Angle of ViewN/A
    • WeatherproofN/A
    • General
    • Filter SizeN/A
    • Max. DiameterN/A
    • Overall LengthN/A
    • Weight [g]N/A
    • Weight [oz]N/A
    • OthersN/A
  • INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-2
    • Lens NameN/A
    • Lens ConstructionN/A
    • Nano Surface CoatingN/A
    • MountN/A
    • Optical Image StabilizerN/A
    • Focal LengthN/A
    • Aperture TypeN/A
    • Aperture rangeN/A
    • ApertureN/A
    • Maximum ApertureN/A
    • Minimum ApertureN/A
    • Closest Focusing DistanceN/A
    • Maximum magnificationN/A
    • Diagonal Angle of ViewN/A
    • WeatherproofN/A
    • General
    • Filter SizeN/A
    • Max. DiameterN/A
    • Overall LengthN/A
    • Weight [g]N/A
    • Weight [oz]N/A
    • OthersN/A
  • NOTES
    • IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEMImage sensor shift type (5-axis / 6.5-stop*), Dual I.S. (Dual I.S. 2 compatible)
    • IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM*Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm camera equivalent f=120mm), when H-ES12060 is used.
    • STOP MOTION ANIMATIONYes
    • SILENT MODEYes
    • STATUS LCDYes
    • DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTIONYes
    • Fn LEVERAF Mode / Quality / Photo Style / Long Shtr NR / Stabilizer / 6K/4K PHOTO (Pre-Burst) / Self Timer / Silent Mode / Shutter Type / Bracket / Touch Screen / Touch Pad AF / Auto Review (Photo) / Peaking / Night Mode / Front/Rear/Control Dial Lock / Off / Restore to Default
    • PHOTO STYLEStandard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / L. Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom 1, 2, 3, 4 / Cinelike D / Cinelike V
    • CREATIVE CONTROLExpressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome* / Silky Monochrome* / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus* / Fantasy / Star Filter* / One Point Color / Sunshine*
    • CREATIVE CONTROL*For photos only.
    • NOTE** About motion picture recording / 6K PHOTO/4K PHOTO recording
    • NOTE- 6K PHOTO is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx. 18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.
    • NOTE- Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures in [AVCHD] or [MP4(under 28Mbps)].
    • NOTE- Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [6K PHOTO/4K PHOTO].
    • NOTE(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
    • NOTE- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 10 minutes with [MP4] in [4K/60p] [4K/High Speed Video].
    • NOTE- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [AVCHD] in [FHD] and [MP4] in [4K/30p] [4K/24p] [FHD].
    • NOTE- MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:
    • NOTE- When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
    • NOTE- When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.
    • NOTE- MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD]:
    • NOTE- You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
    • NOTE- When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
    • NOTE*** For [4K/60p] video output, use an HDMI2.0 cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.
    • NOTE**** The camera may stop recording when used in lower or higher than recommended operating temperature: -10 to 40 degrees.
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Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Originating from Santa Monica, California, Ralph Elliott Starkweather is a professional photographer with over 40 years experience. His photographs have featured in LIFE Magazine, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Smithsonian, Cheshire Life and many more. He's had a great number of amazing life experiences including haveing traveled to Australia with Muhammad Ali and photographed some of the Royals in Great Britain.