Most Underrated Camera of 2018 :: Panasonic G9

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The Panasonic G9 is a mirrorless, micro four thirds camera aimed at still photography with some surprising video features.

Panasonic G9 on B&H

Lenses used in this video:
Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2
Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4

Panasonic have delivered an amazing camera with the G9. Its quite possibly the sleeper camera of 2018. It features a 0.83x magnification 3.68 million dot OLED viewfinder. Its a 20 megapixel camera that features 5-axis image stabilization, 4k6-p and an 80 megapixel high-res shot mode. There is also a flip screen and joy stick for fast and easy navigation.

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Panasonic G9 Features:
• 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
• Venus Engine Image Processor
• UHD 4K60p Video
• 80MP High-Res Shot Mode
• 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
• 0.83x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
• 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
• Top Status LCD
• Rear Joystick
• Advanced DFD AF System
• 4K and 6K PHOTO
• ISO 25600 and 60 fps Continuous Shooting
• Dual UHS-II SD Slots
• Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

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* FTC – B&H were kind enough to loan me the G9 and 2 lenses for this review. No financial compensation was made other than the use of affiliate links. The opinions in this review are my own.

Ted Forbes
The Art of Photography
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Michael C says:

Excellent review!

Vasko Bozinovski says:

I've shot full frame, crop sensors, 4/3 down to 1" (RX10iii)…. Full frame's were Pentax K1, D810, A7ii, 5dmk3… and my favourites? The Olympus 4/3 system, I have an em1mk1, em1mk2,em1x,gh5… and I can't put them down. The difference in weight for the lenses makes all the difference when carrying them around all day. People may whinge about Bokeh but that is nonsense in my opinion. Using my 45 1.2 it's so creamy people think I've used full frame. I've had people compare the end result of a photo between the k1 and em1ii, and they prefer the em1ii before you tell them which was which. I'm now looking at adding a G9 purely based on its specs alone, in which case I'll probably let my em1mk1 go.

Terence Kearns says:


10bit 422.
Upgradable to V-Log L

Gilbert Cardenas says:

The G9 is a really fun camera!

michelthebassplayer says:

II haven't check if anybody notice your mistake but your statement about the G9 having the most magnification of any camera well that is just incorrect. The Nikon D500 not only has a 100% coverage of the image Like many pro, DSLRs but it has 1.0X magnification factor which is higher than any other in their line-up and definitely higher than the 0.83 x of the G9. Before anyone accuse me of being a Nikon Fan Boy know that I just traded my D500 & D810 set up for a G85 outfit because of health reasons I needed what Micro 3/4 do best small size, light weight and still great versatility with a good choice of lenses but I have to admit that it will take some time to adjust to the smaller bodies & lenses. For the moment I'm getting to know that system with the Kit lens, a 45-200mm & a 100-300 for birds & wildlife. I'm curious how it will preform.

PenginGamer says:

i too think its by far the most underrated camera of 2018. Im still shooting with it and i am using it prefessionaly for both photo and video . Decided over agh5 and never regret it. Thought that i wont use the display on top. but i use it and its very useful. But ihave to say this camera is not for everyone. But for me its the best despite the sensor size. It makes me feel very comfortable shooting. Its like this camera is made for me.

Elio Marino says:

Got a small Panasonic bridge camera (fz300] and enjoy it immensely. But the 1 2/3 sensor struggles in low light. Looking at the g series and the g85 is where lm heading. I think the g9 is to much camera for me.
Great video and commentary.

Bismillah Food Secrets says:

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Mootpoint Jones says:

Just use your camera.
I have a 4 year old Lumix.
I'm keeping it until it breaks.

Ray Jenkins says:

I'm thinking of buying the G9 while hanging on to my Fz2500 1 in. bridge camera ( 24~480mm). There is a feature on the Fz – in the SCENE mode called ' Handheld Night Shot ' . It's for low light situations & combines 5 exposures – using higher I S O & shutter speeds – to create a 'single' shot with very good detail. Even if someone moves a bit in the composition it doesn't have blurring. Unlike the i A+ mode's use of the H. H. N. S. – which is autocratically determined by the camera – in the SCENE mode on my Fz ( me ) the user gets to determine it's usability. Since the G9 doesn't have the SCENE mode feature set, is there some other way I might accomplish this ? I have enjoyed your videos.

CWB Ray says:

Hi Ted, Thanks for posting this video. One question I hope you can shed light on, is which camera would you prefer (Full frame, or the G9) , to take photos of landscapes or wildlife under low ambient light conditions (say at ISO 3200 or ISO 6400), when knowing that you won't be getting that chance again?

Filming life to Remember it. says:

Nice. Been buying from B&H, for over thirty years, and still don't get any "Loan," equipment.

Photography In A Click says:

Hi Ted great video.i have a gh5 for my Documentary videos however I want a BCsm for video but also I want a good stills camera. What I wanted to ask if the the still quality is much better than the GH5 and I will primarily want this for Still and only now and again for video. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks jF

A1Bokeh - says:

i finally got the g9..the grip alone makes me love it

emil saue says:

Anyone having problems with the shutter button being too sensitive?

Sebastien Moulin says:

Which lens would you go for as primary lens to do as much things as possible in landscape, street and portrait photography, please ? The Leica 12-60 2.8 or another one ?

Muddy Vision says:

The G9 is a confusing camera. Has the same sensor as the GH5 but still dont look as good (in my opinion)

Steve Kunder says:

Great video, I am considering a upgrade from my EM1.1 , so I am looking at this and the EM1 Mark ll. This G 9 seems like a more modern update. Also on the Ibis do you get 5 axis with just the body or do you have to get it through dual is?

Art Images says:

It looks a great camera and a great review for the people who moan 'tech geeks ' your only highlighting your short falls, a good photographer can get a great image from most cameras ' knowing your camera and how to adjust setting correctly is the key ' 16mp you can print to A1 what more do you need . We have got into a world of people wanting better and better never satisfied with what they have that's what the manufacturers want your money lol if you cant shoot a good landscape / portrait etc on this …it's not the cameras spec or capabilities…I've a OM D EM1 and GX85 . I'll wait for the price to drop I think zcbut think this camera ticks a lot of boxes . But to be fair so does the GX85 it's not a G9 but I reckon picture quality be hard to see much difference .

Pete Russ says:

hi I have the olympus epl 5 with 16 sensor that I use mostly for photos. is the G9 going to be a day and night difference for me in image quality? thanks

12macevedo says:

Fort Worth is a great city for street. Cowboys and culture!

Jog S says:

The G9 is ok but they have large quality problems. I would not buy the G9 again and quit my pre order on the S1

Terence Kearns says:

Okay, I've had this camera for a while now. It's got a lot of depth. It's a BEAST. I fuckin LOVE IT!

Lawrence Poon says:

Would you consider g9 video quality equivalent to a production grade camera?

K Lö says:

im so torn between cameras, just sold my x-t20 mainly because i wanted a better batterylife, better eyecup, focus joystick, dual cardslot, better grip, IBIS. i mainly shoot street, nature, and alot of aurora borealis. im standing between G9- X-t3- X-h1 . I doesnt really wanna go FF because of the prices, and quite big Prime lenses. think ill need to rent a G9 cause it looks so damn nice!

AleisterJack says:

I've been looking into a new camera because I currently have a Canon t5i for several years now, which has a bigger sensor but I used the lumix G7 for a good while and it was amazing, so now I'm thinking of selling all my Canon gear and getting the G9, I originally wanted the a6500 but G9 has my full attention

Kamil Lisowski says:

Last Olympus EM1x it's a beast, 7.5stop…. Dual Is.
If someone complain about picture quality, please check channel TheSchoolOfPhotography they compare Canon 5dmkiv to Olympus Em1mkII Big prints No difference in quality….

David Hodgins says:

So…your conclusion. What would you say today? Knowing what we now know about the move into full frame by Panasonic, and the plans to very rapidly mature the lens lines with the help of Leica and Sigma, what would you say today about the future of M43? I've see the new Olympus monster announcement, but will that alone be enough to protect the entire format?

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