- 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 200 - 25600
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- No Anti-Alias Filter
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 3840 x 2160 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 658g - 137 x 97 x 92mm
- Introduced November 2017
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic G9 overview
Panasonic G9 is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first announced on November of 2017. The camera features a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The G9 is positioned #54 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all around #144 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.
Here is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic G9 history
The Panasonic G9 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.
G9 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
G9 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
G9 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
G9 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
G9 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
G9 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
G9 vs G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
G9 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
G9 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
G9 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
G9 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
G9 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
G9 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
G9 vs GH216MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G9 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G9 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G9 vs GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
G9 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic G9 Gallery
You can see the G9 from various angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic G9 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Panasonic G9 based on things which are normally seen as important in a digital camera.
Panasonic G9 Sensor info
The sensor specification in the Panasonic G9 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be expanded digitally to a low of 100. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.
Panasonic chose to skip the anti-alias filter with the Panasonic G9. This will result in more sharper images but might cause moire in certain situations.
The picture underneath shows the G9's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The G9 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is highlighted in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic G9 dimensions
Panasonic G9 has a weight of 1.45 lbs (658 gr or 23.21 ounces) and features outside proportions of 137mm x 97mm x 92mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 3.6"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 gr so the Panasonic G9 is very similar as compared to other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a shot of the Panasonic G9 with a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the G9.
Panasonic G9 Lens info
The G9 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the G9.
Panasonic G9 Connectivity
The G9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy files and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Some applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Panasonic G9 Video info
The highest video quality in the Panasonic G9 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 2160p is a outstanding quality for video recording. You will be able to crop to Full HD in order to get better results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and ensure you get high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does come with both headphone and mic support making it very valuable while recording audio.
Panasonic G9 Weather Sealing
Panasonic G9 provides weather sealing making it a very good choice to use for tricky environments. This is especially beneficial when you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.
Panasonic G9 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic G9 features a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.
The screen is selfie friendly to get self portraits and group shots when necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you will be able to set focus points and change settings by using your finger. The G9 also comes with a Top screen allowing you to quickly see the camera's settings.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic G9 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 3,680k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.83x
Viewfinders can be very helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Panasonic G9 Shutter info
Panasonic G9 continuous shooting rate is 20.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter could cause "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.
Panasonic G9 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic G9 boasts external flash ability but comes without in-built flash.
Panasonic G9 Autofocusing info
Panasonic G9 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detection which is useful for portrait photography.
The AF system features 225 focus points to pick from. Panasonic G9 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Panasonic G9 features manual focus in case it is needed for low light situations or you want to have more exact focus control.
Panasonic G9 Battery life
The battery power (DMW-BLF19) for the Panasonic G9 is made to last for 400 photos with respect to the CIPA standards making it lower compared to its competitors. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life for this type of cameras.
Underneath is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras which have the best battery life:
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Panasonic G9 for various categories of photography
The following chart presents a summation of the Panasonic G9 for various categories of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic G9 Portrait photography info
The Panasonic G9 receives a rating of 76 which is excellent, meaning that it is a great fit for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and option to work with off-camera lighting.
Panasonic G9 Street photography features
Getting a very good rating of 75, the Panasonic G9 is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic G9 Sports photography information
A above average sports photography rating of 70 suggests the Panasonic G9 is a fine pick for taking photos of sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Panasonic G9
Portability is extremely crucial in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic G9 gets a nice 70 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent pick to take on your holidays.
Panasonic G9 Landscape photography info
When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic G9 and it's wonderful grade of 76 for a landscape camera is a awesome fit within the current market.
Vlogging with Panasonic G9
A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Panasonic G9 is a fantastic choice as a vlog camera as it delivers a tremendous rating of 77.
Panasonic G9 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the G9, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Pro Mirrorless.
The chart underneath offers you an overview of the G9 compared to it's top scored competitors listed above.
Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.