Panasonic G9 II Comparison Review
The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was officially introduced in September 2023 and is equipped with a Four Thirds sensor. It offers a resolution of 25 megapixel.
Is the Panasonic G9 II a good camera? The G9 II has a Camera Elo of 3020. This very strong rating puts it among the elite group of camera grand masters. The G9 II ranks among the top 10 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (Four Thirds cameras), the G9 II also ranks among the top 10 percent.
|Panasonic G9 II|
|Mirrorless system camera|
|Micro Four Thirds lenses|
|25 MP, Four Thirds Sensor|
|ISO 100 - 25 600|
|Electronic viewfinder (3680k dots)|
|3.0 LCD, 1840k dots|
|10 shutter flaps per second|
|390 shots per battery charge|
|134 x 102 x 90 mm, 658 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
An illustration of the physical dimensions of the Panasonic G9 II vis-à-vis a credit card is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Panasonic G9 II alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Panasonic G9 II||134 mm||102 mm||90 mm||658 g||390||Y||Sep 2023||1,899||amazon.com|
|2.||Nikon Zf||144 mm||103 mm||49 mm||710 g||380||Y||Sep 2023||1,999||amazon.com|
|3.||Olympus E-M1 III||134 mm||91 mm||69 mm||580 g||420||Y||Feb 2020||1,799||amazon.com|
|4.||Olympus E-M1 II||134 mm||91 mm||67 mm||574 g||440||Y||Sep 2016||1,999||ebay.com|
|5.||OM System OM-1||135 mm||92 mm||73 mm||599 g||520||Y||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|6.||Panasonic S5 II||134 mm||102 mm||90 mm||740 g||370||Y||Jan 2023||1,999||amazon.com|
|7.||Panasonic GH6||138 mm||100 mm||100 mm||823 g||360||Y||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|8.||Panasonic GH5 II||139 mm||98 mm||87 mm||727 g||400||Y||May 2021||1,699||amazon.com|
|9.||Panasonic S5||133 mm||98 mm||82 mm||714 g||440||Y||Sep 2020||1,999||amazon.com|
|10.||Panasonic G9||137 mm||97 mm||92 mm||658 g||400||Y||Nov 2017||1,699||amazon.com|
|11.||Panasonic GH5||139 mm||98 mm||87 mm||725 g||410||Y||Jan 2017||1,999||ebay.com|
|Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Panasonic G9 II was launched in the US market at a price of $1,899. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.
The Panasonic G9 II features a Four Thirds sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Panasonic G9 II among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.
For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of alternatives.
|1.||Panasonic G9 II||Four Thirds||25.0||5776||4336||5.7K/60p||23.4||13.5||1710||78|
|2.||Nikon Zf||Full Frame||24.3||6048||4024||4K/60p||25.4||14.7||3243||96|
|3.||Olympus E-M1 III||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/30p||23.3||13.1||1356||76|
|4.||Olympus E-M1 II||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/30p||23.7||12.8||1312||80|
|5.||OM System OM-1||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/60p||23.4||13.4||1553||77|
|6.||Panasonic S5 II||Full Frame||24.0||6000||4000||6K/30p||25.4||14.6||3158||96|
|7.||Panasonic GH6||Four Thirds||25.0||5776||4336||5.7K/60p||23.4||13.4||1555||77|
|8.||Panasonic GH5 II||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/60p||23.7||13.1||1136||79|
|9.||Panasonic S5||Full Frame||24.0||6000||4000||4K/60p||25.1||14.5||2697||94|
|10.||Panasonic G9||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/60p||23.1||12.8||1138||74|
|11.||Panasonic GH5||Four Thirds||20.2||5184||3888||4K/60p||23.9||13.0||807||77|
|Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.|
Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The G9 II indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the G9 II can use is 5.7K/60p.
Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the G9 II has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3680k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.8x. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Panasonic G9 II along with similar information for a selection of comparators.
|1.||Panasonic G9 II||3680||n||3.0 / 1840||swivel||Y||1/8000s||10.0/s||n||Y|
|2.||Nikon Zf||3690||n||3.2 / 2100||swivel||Y||1/8000s||14.0/s||n||Y|
|3.||Olympus E-M1 III||2360||n||3.0 / 1037||swivel||Y||1/8000s||18.0/s||n||Y|
|4.||Olympus E-M1 II||2360||n||3.0 / 1037||swivel||Y||1/8000s||18.0/s||n||Y|
|5.||OM System OM-1||5760||n||3.0 / 1640||swivel||Y||1/8000s||10.0/s||n||Y|
|6.||Panasonic S5 II||3680||n||3.0 / 1840||swivel||Y||1/8000s||9.0/s||n||Y|
|7.||Panasonic GH6||3680||n||3.0 / 1840||full-flex||Y||1/8000s||14.0/s||n||Y|
|8.||Panasonic GH5 II||3680||n||3.0 / 1840||swivel||Y||1/8000s||12.0/s||n||Y|
|9.||Panasonic S5||2360||n||3.0 / 1840||swivel||Y||1/8000s||7.0/s||n||Y|
|10.||Panasonic G9||3680||Y||3.0 / 1040||swivel||Y||1/8000s||20.0/s||n||Y|
|11.||Panasonic GH5||3680||n||3.2 / 1620||swivel||Y||1/8000s||12.0/s||n||Y|
|Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.|
The LCD screen on the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.
One feature that differentiates the G9 II from many older cameras is in-body image stabilization (IBIS). The G9 II reduces the risk of handshake-induced blur with all attached lenses, while cameras without IBIS have to rely on optical image stabilization in OIS-equipped lenses to achieve the same effect.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Panasonic G9 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|2.||Nikon Zf||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|3.||Olympus E-M1 III||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.1||Y||-||Y|
|4.||Olympus E-M1 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.0||Y||-||-|
|5.||OM System OM-1||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.0||Y||-||Y|
|6.||Panasonic S5 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|7.||Panasonic GH6||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|8.||Panasonic GH5 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|9.||Panasonic S5||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|10.||Panasonic G9||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.0||Y||-||Y|
|11.||Panasonic GH5||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.1||Y||-||Y|
It is notable that the G9 II has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.
While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the G9 II. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Panasonic G9 II||..||..||..||..||..||..||Sep 2023||1,899||amazon.com|
|2.||Nikon Zf||..||..||..||..||..||..||Sep 2023||1,999||amazon.com|
|3.||Olympus E-M1 III||5/5||..||5/5||83/100||4.5/5||4/5||Feb 2020||1,799||amazon.com|
|4.||Olympus E-M1 II||5/5||+ +||5/5||85/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Sep 2016||1,999||ebay.com|
|5.||OM System OM-1||5/5||..||..||87/100||5/5||4.5/5||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|6.||Panasonic S5 II||4.5/5||+ +||5/5||..||4.5/5||5/5||Jan 2023||1,999||amazon.com|
|7.||Panasonic GH6||5/5||+ +||5/5||87/100||5/5||5/5||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|8.||Panasonic GH5 II||4.5/5||..||4.5/5||85/100||4.5/5||5/5||May 2021||1,699||amazon.com|
|9.||Panasonic S5||4.5/5||+ +||4.5/5||88/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Sep 2020||1,999||amazon.com|
|10.||Panasonic G9||..||+ +||5/5||85/100||5/5||5/5||Nov 2017||1,699||amazon.com|
|11.||Panasonic GH5||4.5/5||+ +||..||85/100||4.5/5||5/5||Jan 2017||1,999||ebay.com|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.
Panasonic G9 II FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the G9 II.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the Panasonic G9 II based on?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used in the Panasonic G9 II to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Panasonic equipped the G9 II with the Venus image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Panasonic G9 II?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 50-25600.
Does the Panasonic G9 II have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the G9 II is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II?
Panasonic mentions a shutter rating of 200 000 actuations for the G9 II. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the G9 II over, say, three years, one would have to take about 200 pictures each and every day.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Panasonic G9 II?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Panasonic G9 II?
No, the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Panasonic G9 II?
The G9 II offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Panasonic G9 II feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Panasonic G9 II for flash photography?
The G9 II's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Panasonic G9 II support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards, which provide for data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s, in both of its card slots.
Which battery does the Panasonic G9 II use?
The camera gets its power from the DMW-BLK22, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
Is there a vertical grip available for the Panasonic G9 II?
Yes, Panasonic offers the DMW-BGS5 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
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|Camera Model||Panasonic G9 II|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Micro Four Thirds lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2023|
|Launch Price||USD 1 899|
|Sensor Format||Four Thirds Sensor|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||225 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||21.6 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||25 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 776 x 4 336 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.00 μm|
|Pixel Density||11.14 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||5.7K/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||50 - 25 600 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||3680k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1840k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Swivel screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||Front-flip possible|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||200 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Dual card slots|
|UHS card support||Dual UHS-II|
|USB Connector||USB 3.2|
|HDMI Port||full HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Headphone Socket||Headphone port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||DMW-BLK22 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||390 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
134 x 102 x 90 mm
(5.3 x 4.0 x 3.5 in)
|Camera Weight||658 g (23.2 oz)|
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