Panasonic G9

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all around #141 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
G9 vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II
G9 vs GH5 II
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
G9 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
G9 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
G9 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
G9 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
G9 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
G9 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
G9 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
G9 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
G9 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
G9 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
G9 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
G9 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
G9 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
G9 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
G9 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
G9 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
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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.

2 card slots
comes with face detection focusing
comes with tracking autofocus
connects via bluetooth
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
doesnt have anti-alias filter
exports RAW files
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
high resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic support
includes HDMI out
includes headphone support
includes Top screen
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
offers focus by touch
screen articulates
screen size is decent (3")
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
weather sealing
lacks phase detect AF
not so great battery power (400 shots)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 722 gr so the Panasonic G9 is very similar as compared to other rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic G9 with a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the G9.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Elmarit-200mm-F2.8-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS200mmf/2.8 1245g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-HD-12-32mm-F3.5-5.6-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS12-32mmf/3.5-5.6 70g
Photography Glossary
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6-II-R lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 112g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-150mm-F4-5.6-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS45-150mmf/4.0-5.6 200g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-150-400mm-F4.5-TC-1.25x-IS-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO150-400mmf/4.5 1850g
Samyang-35mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS35mmf/1.2420g
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Samyang-14mm-F2.8-IF-ED-MC-Aspherical-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical14mmf/2.8 552g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 460. 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:

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.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats

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.

Photography Glossary
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
weather proofing
great high ISO (25,600)

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.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
not so great battery life (400 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

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.

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weather sealing
supports bluetooth
includes focus via touch
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery (400 shots)

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.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
terrible battery pack (400 shots)

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.

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selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone support

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.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen size
Resolution of screen
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Highest silent shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
658 grams (1.45 pounds)
Physical dimensions
137 x 97 x 92mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 3.6")
Battery life
400 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Launch pricing