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The only camera you need? featuring the NEW Lumix G9II!

Photo Moment - September 12, 2023

Introducing the Panasonic LUMIX G9II, a groundbreaking Micro Four Thirds camera that redefines versatility and performance. This camera merges the best elements from its predecessors, setting a new standard for both photography and videography.

Top Features:

Advanced Autofocus: The G9II features a hybrid phase-detect autofocus system with 779 focus points. It excels in human and animal eye and body detection, car and motorcycle recognition, and maintains continuous autofocus at an impressive 60 frames per second.

  1. Image Stabilization: With a remarkable eight stops of image stabilization, this camera empowers longer handheld exposures and smoother video capture, even with longer lenses.
  2. Higher Resolution: Boasting a 25.2-megapixel sensor without a low pass filter, the G9II delivers sharper images. It introduces a groundbreaking 100-megapixel high-resolution mode achieved by combining up to 16 rapid-fire shots with sensor shifts and image stitching.
  3. Dynamic Range Boost: Inheriting the dynamic range boost from the GH6, this camera offers improved shadow detail and color rendition for still photos and an impressive 13+ stops of dynamic range for video. V-Log is included, without additional costs, starting from an ISO of just 500.
  4. Leica Monochrome Profile: A new color profile, Leica Monochrome, pays homage to the iconic Leica look, courtesy of Panasonic's collaboration with Leica.
  5. Realtime LUT: Realtime LUT lets you apply custom picture profiles to your shots. This feature allows you to achieve your desired look straight out of the camera. You can use pre-made LUTs or create your own, offering endless possibilities for customization.
  6. Live View Compositing: Perfect for long exposure photography, this feature enables you to preview long exposures on the LCD screen, making it easier to capture effects like light painting and star trails.
  7. Improved Hardware: The camera now boasts an eight-directional joystick and a high-resolution 1.8-million-pixel LCD monitor. Despite its compact size, it's based on the S5 Mark II, maintaining a lightweight design.
  8. Ample Storage: Equipped with dual SD card slots and support for SSD over USB recording, the G9II offers extensive storage capacity and efficient file management for both photo and video.
  9. Impressive Video Capabilities: While our focus has been on photography, the LUMIX G9II shines as a video camera too. It can capture 4K and 5.8K footage with various bit rates and dynamic range options, making it a versatile choice for videographers.

In summary, the Panasonic LUMIX G9II is a game-changing camera suitable for professionals and enthusiasts. Its advanced autofocus, image stabilization, and resolution enhancements make it a creative powerhouse for both photography and videography. Pre-orders are available, with shipping set to begin in November 2023.

I'm excited to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments if you're considering an upgrade, and stay tuned for more content about the G9II. If you want to compare it to the original G9, see the comparison chart below.

Don't miss out on this exceptional camera, and explore its potential in the world of photography and filmmaking.

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    PJ, What prompted you to relocate to Europe?
    Very happy with where Panasonic is going with this camera. But I don't see the point of upgrading the camera if I use a camera for stills and some holiday videos. This. Looking forward to see a new 4/3 camera with the same features that the G9ii has but cheaper with very basic video options. Something like GX9ii?
    A test with the new 100 - 400 with the 2.0 teleconverter, please? :)
    I don’t have a copy of that lens yet! Hopefully soon.
    Wondering if the new G9 Marc 2 can alternate between PAL and NTSC. That was why I chose the GH5 years ago.
    Yes it can! And, 24.00 as well, just like the GH5/GH6.
    Really excited about all the new options! I have a question about another product you have discussed; NDI . since birddog has come out with the Birddog Play, what would happen to quality of stream if this were used as the converter at an ATEM MINI PRO?
    I haven’t looked at the new Play but in my experience NDI is excellent and certainly good enough for a live stream. The main concern would be latency, at least if you’re mixing it with HDMI-direct cameras.
    thanks Joseph.
    Really nice, fun and informative overview of the g9ii. I also Can't wait to see what your studio will be like!
    Thanks man, and me too! 😆
    Great camera but the price ruined it
    It's actually $170 cheaper than the G9 was when adjusted for inflation…
    Hey, Joseph. Great video. Will the G9ii allow for saving settings to an SD Card like the GH5/6? If so, I'm sold.
    Yes it will!
    Panasonic G9 ii -Отличная камера , лучшая, на мой взгляд, по моим потребностям . Пришлось так долго ждать.
    Я рад, что ты доволен этим! Это отличная камера.
    Now if only I could afford one. My GH5 is tired.
    I hope you can find a way!
    What does the G9II offer that a Fujifilm X-T5 doesn't? Also the X-T5 is lighter and cheaper with higher resolution.
    I'm not a fuji user so I don't know the feature set of that camera. I'm sure you can find a spec sheet and compare yourself though. But if resolution is what matters… remember there's a 100MP mode!
    How about focus bracketing? Still slow as previous lumix cameras? OM or Olympus cameras are super fast when using focus bracketing,and their compatibility with flash is also great. But lumix cameras can't shoot burst photos or bracketing photos with other brands flash. This is a big problem for outdoor handheld macro photograhy.
    I honestly couldn't say, sorry
    There is a mistake in video specs. It can shoot 4:2:0 10-bit 5.7K up to 60p not 30p
    No mistake; and you are correct. It can shoot 5.7K (17:9) 420 10-bit up to 60p, and it can shoot 5.8K (4:3) 420 10-bit up to 30p. Oh wait you're talking about in the video itself… dang… you're right. I listed/said/scripted it wrong. D'oh!! Oh well, it's correct in the printed specs at least. Dang.
    I'd say that Panasonic will release a GH7 in the not too distant future. I look at what's missing in the G9 II, as good as it is, and I can see the GH7 coming soon. Meanwhile I continue to shoot Sony FE. My GH5 is still here and working fine.
    No idea what’s coming but the future is bright for MFT!
    Seems to be a real good camera. Also for video which is the most important for me. But since I am not a pro I do skip generations. From all the reviews using the word photo a thousand times I am quite sure a dedicated video model GH7 will be released as well. TRY to wait for that 😬
    Haha we’re all focusing on the photo aspect because that’s the primary intention of this camera, even if it does have epic video features.
    @photojoseph  ...and if this would be the replacement for both high end photo G9 as well as high end video GH6 I think Panasonic would have told us so and include video in their commercial. Fan, TC, CF Express and more/higher video framerates is what I expect from a GH7. In the S5 Body. GH6 articulating screen maybe as well.
    Right, it’s not a replacement for the GH6. It’s a replacement for the G9. But like the G9 vs GH5, there’s a lot of overlap
    The essence of the MFT is portability and lightness.
    Panasonic has completely missed this essential feature.
    You might as well get a fullframe.
    I see your point, but remember that even if the body has gotten bigger (and again it really is barely bigger, and the same weight, as the G9), lenses are a huge part of the equation. There are MFT lenses that fit in your pocket. Full frame requires bigger (and therefore more expensive) glass.
    The GH6 Mk2 must be coming Joseph! I still prefer the GH6 over this. (SHARK)
    Mine's been on pre-order for 4 days already! It is a new camera so why call it a Mk 2 version? I presume it's because like a lot of manufacturers they've painted themselves into a corner by releaseing the G10 back in 2010. The video specs are a foreign language to me and I might have a go but having owned a Pentax K-3 and K-3 II since the day of release my total video footage amounts to 43 seconds!
    There was a G9, and now the G9II. The G9II is newer and better in nearly every way.
    @PhotoJoseph I'm not questioning the fact that this camera is better than the G9 but it's not a Mk 2 version of the G9 and I'm looking forward to getting mine. However, with a totally different body, a new sensor, new PDAF, new processing engine, completely new electronics and many other differences, it's really a MFT version of the S5. In automotive terms, it's like saying the Audi Q5 is a Mk 2 version of the Q3.
    Does Focus Bracketing with flash work with G9II? It doesn't work with the G9 which is a deal breaker for me as a macro photographer. Thanks in advance.
    Even though I'm shooting Sony (FX30) nowadays, I've always loved Panasonic colors. I started out on the GH5. But, this G9ii is a major game changer. The ability to record to an external SSD is HUGE! Not mention the new PDAF system, etc. Plus, Panasonic has the best skin tones, too.
    Glad to see you’re still a lumix fan!
    The mode dial not being lockable and the lack of top deck lcd annoys me. Current g9 owner. I guess I will wait for the S1H ii and go full frame
    Yeah those are bummer features to lose
    Fantastic work as usual - excellent job of covering ALL of the pertinent features in is short time. Can't wait to see upcoming vids. The open gate feature/anamorphic support/4k -120 no crop and the unbeatable image Stabe are killer features - Oh, and there's also PDAF. Yep - upgrading from the OG G9 for XMAS... This is the Perfect Camera!
    Awesome, I love it!!
    All well and good. I have 2 questions
    1. what is the color depth for RAW photos? (10 bit or morere?)
    2. can I save photos directly to the SSD?
    1. 12-but, I think, although I can’t find the spec
    2. Yes!
    Red border on screen to show when recording video as per the upgrade to the G9?
    Yeah that’s standard in the software now.
    Do we know which of the high FPS FHD modes (200, 240fps) have auto-focus? On the G9 the highest only had manual focus and quite difficult to use.
    it does appear that that's still in MF, sorry
    I'm going to miss the small top LCD screen. I use it so often.
    Can’t disagree with you. I like that feature.
    This kills my gh5 in every way, worthy upgrade but i think about thr s5x also. I want both😂😂
    I accept your compromise 😅
    The only thing missing from gh6 video is 5.7k 60 i see
    I’ll do a complete comparison soon.
    This is an awesome video! 🤩👏🏻🎥
    Thank you!! 😁
    I’ve been a Lumix fan for years. I have the FZ1000, had the G7, which I gave to my daughter, when I bought the G9 about 5 years ago. I also have the GX9, and my wife has the LX10. Since I retired recently and have been taking many more photos and videos, I’ve been thinking about what my next camera might be. I have found the S5II very interesting, being full frame, and with the new improved autofocus. But, not thrilled about having to get new lenses. Then, recently started seeing the rumors about the new G9, and now it is announced- Wow. Since I’m heading to Portugal, the Azores, and Madeira in a couple of weeks, I would buy it tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing in when it’s released. Thanks for all your interesting videos. I look forward to seeing more about the G9II. (I also have a DJI drone, and DJI action 2 camera, which I think was under appreciated.)
    Awesome! I wish you could have the camera for your trip but alas it’s not shipping until November. But when you get it I’m sure you will enjoy. It’s a great camera!
    @PhotoJoseph Agreed, there will be many more photo ops and trips. In fact, we’ll be going to Australia and New Zealand next February. The camera looks like an awesome upgrade.
    I have an OM-1 and will probably buy a G9 II soon. I have one question. The original g9 didn't have a very fast write speed to the SD card. Can we use an SSD in burst mode instead of an SD card? I know, the buffer on g9ii is larger than in om-1 (90 frames vs 200). Unfortunately, the g9 ii takes over 1.5 minutes to save all 200 photos. OM-1 needs 11-12 seconds to save 90 photos from buffer and extra 30 photos in 50 fps pro captur mode. This is very important to me because I photograph car and motorcycle races and airplanes. Pre burst mode or pro capture mode is an absolutely brilliant solution in aviation photography. Thanks.
    SSD write speed should be the fastest. I haven’t run any tests though. Of course the card used will make a big difference as well. Where are you getting the “1.5 minutes” for the G9II spec? That doesn’t sound accurate.
    Richard Wang got these results in his test. However, he tested raw +jpeg writing, so this could slow down the writing significantly. Anyway. Saving photos on SSD would be a very interesting solution,especially if you have a camera in a cage and you have an ultrasmall drive like Crucial x9.
    I'd moved away from Panasonic to Sony now I am going to have to move back 😎
    Best comment ever 😊
    My favorite improvements besides better AF, is a better feeling shutter button, longer pre-shot buffer, faster burst. I need to see how the animal AF works with longer lenses with final firmware before upgrading my g9.
    So I don’t follow you on instagram (I limit my social media consumption by not having them all) but I reasonably regularly follow your YT channel. And yet somehow you are now in Slovenia. Maybe I missed the yt video with explanation or maybe there is one to come following you getting your studio in order?

    The G9ii: thanks for the review. But I am not in the market at the moment. My G80 and G9 surpass my skills at this time. But one can always want something even if you do not actually need....
    - Greetings from Sweden.
    I talked mostly about the move on twitter; that's my primary social media platform. I haven't done a video about the move itself, although I will do a live stream about it once I have my gear set up. But yes, I moved to Slovenia in June, which is why the channel has been dormant for so long!
    @PhotoJoseph I moved from the US to Sweden ... over 30 yrs ago 😆
    Looking forward to watching more content when you get settled in!
    @joestrahl6980 well done!!
    Any update on BIF success rate?
    birds in flight@PhotoJoseph
    Does the G9II have improved Post Focus?
    @michaelhains2291 wow!! What do you use it for, if I may ask?
    @PhotoJoseph I am doing detailed images of tree bark mostly on the Atlas of Living Australia, as part of the Citizen Science Project. I have thousands of images. I will try and post a link shortly to an example.
    Blog only has low resolution images. Master file can be 50 to 100 meg tiffs.
    if you posted a link, the system removed it. But that's a super interesting use case!
    @PhotoJoseph Yes the links were deleted, a Google link only area on Youtube.
    Finally!! 😃😃
    I have been waiting for this one. PDAF. 🤗
    I've been filming 2000+ videos last 4 years with my G9, with a stuck on 1.2 firmware unlimited 4K60 recording hack, it never overheated on countless 30+ minute to 1hr+ one-take recordings, in more or less normal temperatures I film at, though some times I did film in June in Taiwan or Greece at pretty hot conditions but it was never overheating. So I expect this one to not be any worse for the unlimited 4K60 recording!! And now finally, in a G9 series, officially supported. 😃
    I am so happy they kept dual SD card slot instead of that compact flash contraption, USB-C SSD recording option for higher bitrate modes will hopefully be sufficient (and preferable considering the cost per GB) for people who need to use those.
    I am looking forward to learn what is the 10bit H265 4K60 bitrates, what quality can be expected at which bitrates compared to my 150mbit/s 4K60 H264 of the G9 Gen1. I wonder if this finally allows me to try doing HLG 4K60 for some type of HDR publishing format that hopefully looks great on YouTube (also that hopefully doesn't look any worse for people who watch my videos on non-HDR displays too). Also considering all my content gets uploaded to YouTube, how low a bitrate of H265 would be the best format to record for YouTube uploading at. Does it do excellent 50mbit/s 10bit H265 HLG 4K60 that's perfect for direct to YouTube uploading?
    Recording to LUTs seems interesting too, hopefully it wouldn't be too cumbersome to figure out which LUTs I might want to switch between depending on situation, and thus to bake that right into the H265 ready for YouTube-uploading..
    One feature I think I'd like might be a safe backup of all SD card contents by USB-C to dual external storage, both SSD and HDD. Once data backed up safely and verified it could offer to free up space on internal SD cards safely.. This would let me skip some steps I always need to do when backing up and verifying the backups before freeing up SD card space..
    I guess I would also like to figure out how to use those 4 Audio channels, but with just a bunch of cheap 2.4Ghz wireless microphones and/or shotgun microphone and/or wired lapel microphone on myself behind the camera if possible. Probably not wanting to mess around with the XLR stuff..
    And while I've been looking at the 10-25mm from afar because of its reported width and brightness/quality, I wonder how it really performs in terms of handheld IBIS performance compared with my 12-60mm Leica that has Dual IS 2.. And I wonder if all the Dual IS 2 lenses will need to get some sorts of firmware updates to smoothly also integrate with that new PDAF capability..
    Sounds like you have a lot of things to figure out with this camera… I'm quite sure you'll be pleased with it though!!
    I'm a G9 user. You had me at Phase Detect. My wallet looks terrified.
    haha sorry, wallet!
    Woohoo, I have been anxiously waiting for an update to the G9! Does the pre-burst function work when shooting with "back button" focus?
    yep! Of course if you haven't focused until just before pressing the shutter then it'll still be out of focus, but yes, the two work together fine.
    Fantastic overview! And thanks so much for showcasing my Real Time LUTs 🎉📷 i love this camera i think Lumix have absolutely excelled themselves!
    My pleasure, Emily! Your LUTs are lovely and I hope everybody buys them!
    I would like to learn more about LUTs, the value of using them, and how to use them. Do you have some instructional videos?
    @martyptx I don’t, really… is that a topic I should do a video on?
    @PhotoJoseph Yes, that would be great. Years ago when I worked for Kodak Health Imaging, we used LUTs for our Film Digitizer product for X-rays. But, I never used LUTs with any cameras for my amateur photography. Thanks.
    Question is.... Is it worth trading the gh6 for g9mkii...

    It the only thing that's lacking in the gh6 is good auto focus....

    But.... I'd lose 5.7k 50p... As the g9mkii doesn't have it does it?

    Anything else thats in the gh6 that you lose with the g9mkii? Other than cf express card.... And the afore mentioned codes?
    Quite a few things. They are very different cameras. I’m already working on a GH6 vs G9II video!
    Now that's what I wanted to hear 😊 I'll look forward to that video
    I've been a GH5 owner since day 1, and have been itching to finally upgrade. Thought/researched a lot of Sony cameras, and more Lumix, and I was really interested in the S5II as a sizeable upgrade: better autofocus, better lowlight, full frame, open gate, etc. compared to the M43 GH5. Even though this G9II is M43 as well, it's quite intriguing and peaks my I'm even more unsure about what to upgrade to!
    Haha sorry to make the decision harder! I will do a GH6 vs G9II video but it’ll be a bit. S5II/X is of course awesome but a major change if you have a lens collection.
    @PhotoJoseph Yeah, that's the only thing I'm on the fence the most with, is having to purchase all new lenses. I know either way I can't go wrong with Lumix, they've been my favorite system to work with even after renting a few Sony's, but full frame is enticing and it's crazy how the S5II and G9II are so comparable in price!
    Same for me with the lenses. FF brings a smoother look sometimes. But I do not need ultra shallow DOF. Plus I own a GX800 and ten lenses (besides GH5). Zooms, primes, pancakes. Altogether too pricey for me in FF and I am not willing to go with only 2 zooms and no compact option.
    What a killer camera! Been using the G9 OG for years, but the mark 2 is a serious upgrade. Thanks for the video!
    Btw, if I happen to see you on IBC, would you be ok with me asking you some questions (on camera)?
    Do it! I’ll be expecting you 😄
    @PhotoJoseph Awesome, see you there! 😁
    So you're in Slovenia, Maribor, at least shots are from there,. Thanks for the logical G9II explanation
    That is my new home! You from here?
    @photojoseph I'm from Slovenia, but living in Spain, that means a few times a year I come to visit a family, but from another part of the country. Would enjoy to meet you.
    Yes, Have a ton of lenses can't wait. What is the release date?
    Looks like a good upgrade for my G9 which I use for Landscape/Scenic photography. Still using my Nikon D850 for Birds, Sports, Moon - that may change! Viewfinder looks the same; which is acceptable. Anything new regarding the viewfinder?? The G9 has horrendous rolling shutter - hoping for a significant improvement in the G9II?? Was hoping for a stacked BSI Sensor; regardless, not a dealbreaker. Looking forward to more information👍😎
    It may very well be your new wildlife camera! No updates to the viewfinder as far as I know. Don’t know about the rolling shutter. I don’t shoot much video on the G9.
    @PhotoJoseph I don’t do much video either. While attempting to shoot still/perched animals with electronic shutter, the critters often move. When they move, the “effects” from rolling shutter are “creative”, to say the least. Mechanical shutter only - even then - the old G9 autofocus will often let you down on moving critters. Hoping to be able to use electronic shutter on the G9II.
    @mikeyc7072 oh I see. That’s not rolling shutter, but a byproduct of electronic shutter… although I suppose it’s the same problem. Is mechanical shutter not fast enough?
    The original G9 has horrendous rolling shutter?
    Compared to the Sony A7IV, the BMPCC 6K Pro and even the Panasonic S1H, the G9 has way better rolling shutter.
    And the G9 is a late 2017 release by comparison to the other models mentioned.
    Faster readout speeds on the sensor that has a direct impact on rolling shutter is a definite advantage of MFT over everything else.
    From reviews it appears readout speed has improved. Note the OM-1 doesn't use its stacked sensor fully for readout speed improvement. Could well be OM-1 and G9ii have similar rolling shutter
    excited for your take here! with what seems to be a focus on photo from this release I'm curious whether we'll get a g9iix like the recent s5 release saw. I don't doubt the value here but I'm also put off by the price. I would love to see what they could squeeze back into a g7-esque form factor and price range
    Thanks for watching! As usual, I can neither confirm nor deny blah blah blah but this really is a photography focused camera, so I'd not expect a gen two of this. Also, the S5II and S5IIx were announced simultaneously, even if they were delivered months apart.
    Dude! Is this your new digs over in the EU? Congrats! Not the old studio space, but a NEW studio space. 👍 So happy to see things are stabilized enough that you got a light-grid and the makings for a kick-butt new place. All hail the return of PhotoJoseph 🥳. Open-gate FTW! Glad to see that's still being built right in (again referring back to your big foundational look at advantages of open-gate for multiple social media outlets 👍)
    Yeah man, that's the new digs! I can't wait to get my gear and build this thing out! Thanks for watching and for the warm welcome back!!
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