Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix G9 II, its first Micro 4 Thirds digicam with hybrid phase-detect autofocus. A successor to the 20-megapixel photo-centric G9 launched method again in 2017, it comes with a brand new 25.2-megapixel (MP) sensor, and gives options like 60 fps burst speeds, 5.7K and 4K 60p ProRes video, USB-C SSD recording and eight stops of optical picture stabilization. It immediately turns into Panasonic’s finest Micro 4 Thirds digicam and may attraction to customers starting from wildlife photographers to content material creators.
The important thing characteristic is the brand new 25.2-megapixel twin native ISO sensor. It carries the identical decision as the GH6, however provides hybrid phase-detect (PDAF) autofocus with 779 factors that is married to Panasonic’s AI topic monitoring. The brand new system permits not just for sooner monitoring, however higher AF in backlit situations, low illumination and different tough situations. It acknowledges not simply faces and eyes, but in addition human our bodies, and may monitor animal eyes, automobiles and bikes.
Panasonic is promising blackout-free burst speeds of 60 fps with steady AF and the digital shutter, or 10 fps in mechanical mode. On the similar time, the buffer takes three seconds to fill, that means you’ll be able to seize round 160 RAW+JPG photos earlier than taking pictures slows. It is also received a pre-burst taking pictures perform (0.5-, 1- or 1.5-second settings), that means photographers will not miss a decisive second if they seem to be a bit late on the shutter.
Panasonic additionally borrowed the «Dynamic Vary Increase» perform from the GH6. It is basically an HDR photograph mode that mixes high and low ISO photos to supply a composite with each low noise and excessive saturation. The G9 II additionally has Panasonic’s handheld high-res mode that mixes a number of photos to create a 100MP JPEG photograph with further element. It makes use of the digicam’s IBIS mechanism to maintain the digicam regular, that means no tripod is required.
As for the IBIS, it is also borrowed from the GH6 and delivers 8 stops of compensation, or 7.5 stops in 5-axis Twin IS 2 mode (used for longer telephoto lenses). As with different latest fashions, the G9 II additionally gives Lively IS for taking pictures on the transfer, and Improve IS to right bigger shake when operating or strolling.
The G9 II has a weather-resistant design, a brand new 8-direction joystick and helps an all-new non-obligatory $350 digicam grip (additionally appropriate with the S5 II/S5 IIx). The 1,840K dot LCD show absolutely articulates for vloggers and self-shooters, after all, and it comes with an honest 3,680K dot OLED. Different options embrace microphone/headphone ports and a full-sized HDMI port.
Panasonic downplayed it a bit, however the G9 II is now the corporate’s strongest Micro 4 Thirds mirrorless mannequin for video, thanks largely to the PDAF. It could shoot 4:2:0 10-bit 17:9 5.7K video at as much as 60 fps, or 10-bit 4K at as much as 120p. It additionally gives 4:3 open gate (5.8K) and 4:3 anamorphic taking pictures (4.4K). Plus, it helps common MP4 codecs (together with I-frame) and Apple ProRes — not dangerous for a digicam geared toward photographers.
You’ll be able to shoot V-Log/V-Gamut video with 13+ stops of dynamic vary, whereas making use of your individual LUTs in actual time to see how graded footage will look. Panasonic additionally has just a few new artistic seems to be together with Leica Monochrome «for deep black-white contrasts.»
Different useful video options embrace a crimson rec body indicator, a body marker and AWB (auto white stability) lock. You’ll be able to seize video not simply to the twin UHS-II SD playing cards (relay, backup and allocation recording), but in addition to an SSD by way of the USB-C Gen 3.2 port. It additionally helps exterior ProRes recording by way of HDMI. The most important disadvantage in comparison with the GH6 is the shortage of a fan and a devoted cooling design — so it could shut off throughout lengthy recordings at excessive body charges in scorching situations.
The Panasonic G9 II arrives to the US in early November for $1,900. That is $200 greater than the unique G9 at launch, however a bit lower than OM System’s OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Together with the G9-II, Panasonic launched the brand new $1,600 Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II Energy OIS lens (200-800mm 35mm equal), preferrred for wildlife and macro pictures. It additionally unveiled the $1,150 Leica DG 35-100mm f/2.8 (70-200 35mm equal).