Panasonic G9 Field Test I: Can the Micro Four Thirds camera keep up with large-sensor competition?


posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:59 PM EST

Click here to read my Panasonic G9 Field Test


Panasonic's new G9 mirrorless camera employs a DSLR-like design but is part of a lightweight and relatively compact ecosystem. Even when paired with a 100-400mm lens (200-800mm-equivalent thanks to the Four Thirds sensor), the combination remains easy to travel with and handhold for extended periods of time. It's this flexibility that really helps the G9 shine.

In this first Field Test for the powerful G9, I discuss the camera's design, image sensor, autofocus and performance. The 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that helps create a compact camera system also leads to the G9 coming up a bit short at higher ISOs. However, no camera is without tradeoffs and in other ways, the G9 can keep up with the best APS-C and full-frame cameras. The G9 can shoot at 20 frames per second with full continuous autofocus, for example.

Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II lens at 17mm (34mm equiv.), f/11, 1/160s, ISO 200. This image has been modified.

The speed is not the only pro-level aspect of the G9. The new Panasonic camera also has fantastic controls which rival that of a professional DSLR in terms of feel and functionality. To learn more about my initial hands-on experience with the G9, click here. Stay tuned to Imaging Resource for additional Field Tests for the Panasonic G9, including the upcoming Part II, which will focus on the video features of the 4K-capable G9.

Panasonic G9 Field Test Part I