Panasonic G-Series is back and better than ever with the release of the Lumix G9 II camera, made especially for photographers. This camera has a surprisingly killer combo of great photography features and top-notch video capabilities. We went hands-on and can confirm that it can handle some serious weather and has a ton of innovative features! Is this camera the best Micro Four-Thirds camera from Panasonic yet? Here's my take on it!
The coolest new feature on the G9 II is the phase detection Autofocus! This wasn't available on earlier G-series cameras, but it's here now and works great. Before, Panasonic's autofocus was lagging behind the competition because it relied on Depth by Defocus contrast-based technology. But now, the G9 II has advanced with impressive new features for detecting and tracking animals, humans, and vehicles. Whether taking pictures or shooting video, this autofocus works great!
I love capturing shots on the go! With the 25.2-megapixel Micro Four-thirds sensor, your handheld photography will be more stable than ever, with image stabilization of up to 8.0 stops. We can also say goodbye to heavy tripods and hello to the hand-held high-res mode, which allows you to snap up to 100MP images without any extra equipment. This awesome feature is perfect for those who want to travel light but still want to produce stunning, high-resolution photos.
Panasonic has outdone itself with its latest micro-four-thirds camera, making it the most impressive yet! What I love about MFT is the ability to bring along a variety of compact and powerful lenses, which are perfect for travel photography. Take, for example, the brand new Panasonic LEICA DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4-6.3 II ASPH Power O.I.S. lens. Despite its small size, it has remarkable capabilities and now comes with teleconverter compatibility. It's every bird photographer's fantasy since it offers an extensive range of focal lengths in one convenient and compact package!
Panasonic still made this a super versatile hybrid tool. They have this crazy fast scanning sensor and a new processor that allows for some seriously awesome video features. We're talking almost the same specs as the GH6, except they ditched the cooling fan. But don't worry because overheating hasn't been an issue. You can easily record for over an hour in 4K 60p and almost 30 minutes in 4K 120p without any problems. With the phase detection AF tech and amazing stabilization, video ports, an adjustable screen, and some handy video-assist tools, seriously one of the most stacked cameras out there for video creation. Some might even argue that it’s better than the GH6.
Overall, the Panasonic Lumix G9 II camera was incredibly enjoyable. Its seamless combination of photography and video capabilities was refreshing, and I appreciate how the camera's design borrows the style from Panasonic's S-series. The Lumix G9 II would be a great choice for hybrid shooters or photographers who prioritize portability while traveling. All in all, it's a versatile and fully loaded camera.
The Panasonic G9 II is available for pre-order from The Camera Store.
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