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Panasonic G9 vs Panasonic GH5

Panasonic G9 vs Panasonic GH5

Panasonic G9 has got all the tools for trade that copies most from its family’s guardian “Panasonic GH5”, which on the other hand, remarked for its unrivaled video capabilities. The MFT G9 is another camera from Panasonic that is going to register its name in the video dedicated camera list since it offers same 4k @60fps as Panasonic GH5. In terms of images quality, nothing is going wrong with these two sisters, utilizing The 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter that works together with Company’s latest Venus Engine 10 image processor to let the users capture the images of optimal quality.

However, from the table below you can say G9 is really going to boss the competition but if you go in detail you will find some hidden differences between these two cameras. So without taking so much time let’s dive dipper into the detail comparison of Panasonic G9 and Panasonic GH5.

Features / Models

Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5

Megapixel 20 Megapixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine 10 Venus Engine 10
Low pass filter No No
Image stabilization 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect sensor
AF points 225 225 points
ISO 100-25600 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60 1/32000 s 60sec 1/16000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 20 fps 12fps
Video  4K @ 60p 4k @60fps
Display 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 410 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In,
Weather sealed  Yes Yes
Dimensions  137 x 97 x 92 mm 139 x 98 x 87 mm
Weight 658 g 725 g

Image quality

Panasonic G9 as well as Panasonic GH5 both use the same image sensor “20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter”, plus the duos have same innovative Venus Engine 10 image processing engine that make the things obvious that these two will set to produce extraordinary images with exceptional detail and clarity, even while shooting in the lowlight areas.

But G9 is somewhere getting the upper hand since it comes with new High Resolution mode that superbly produces an 80-megapixel equivalent (10368 x 7776) image by fabricating 8 consecutively shot images while shifting the sensor. This method ensures that without the need for software processing the camera can produce even RAW also along with JPEG. That high resolution photo is ideal for landscape and product photography using a tripod. Meanwhile, Panasonic GH5 doesn’t have this technology at the core.


AF system

We would give the same rank to these cameras for their next level AF system! Excitingly, Panasonic GH5 and Panasonic G9 come with a newly improved Depth from Defocus that works together with contrast AF technology that comprehensively calculates the distance of the subjects and analyze as per form, size and even motion of the subjects. Next, these two use a dedicated DFD hardware that work in synchronization with the contrast detect sensor featuring  distinctive 225 AF points, allowing the users to chose focus areas as per the specific composition required and with the help of joystick located on the thumb position, they can control it easily.

Moving further, the other advantage we can take from both cameras is that they offer Post Focus function (If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed) enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting — effectively helps the users during macro shooting.

Additional AF feature in GH5 is a Focus Stacking function enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points then you can combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.


Image stabilization

Sometime the uncontrolled and unnecessary cameras shakes arise during video recording and shooting as well, but the most difficulties we face with these camera shakes while shooting at lowlight areas. However, the camera with image stabilization mechanism is the remedy matter of these unwanted cameras shakes. Luckily, both the two MFT cameras from Panasonic are very serious with this matter that is why they implement the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer), Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), which effectively suppresses blurring issue in advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video.


Video

In the beginning, we told you that both the two cameras are small but gigantic in terms of video! You can see that G9 as well as GH5 both let you record 4K video (3840 X 2160p @ 60fps). The G9 can capture UHD 4K video at up to 60 fps, with a maximum bitrate of 150Mbps. On the other hand both the two cameras can use its video capabilities to capture both 6K and 4K stills.


Shutter speed

60 1/16000 s of shutter speed is functionally sufficient as offered by GH5, but Panasonic G9 went a step extra that avails 1/32000 s of faster shutter speed so that while capturing the actions that occur rapidly would be easier done. Plus, faster shutter speed also enables you better working in bright conditions and also gives you the freedom to use the wide aperture.


Continuous shooting drive

Panasonic G9 will keep you up with the action, which is backed up by faster shutter, AF and superb image processing engine, ensuring stunning instantaneous response and performance at up to 20 fps, even while shooting at 20 MP resolution (Full-resolution). On the other side, the maximum continuous shooting speed of GH5 is 12 fps only (mayn’t be so effective).


Display

The users who want to achieve 100% field of view then Panasonic GH5 is looking at you that integrates a large 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high-resolution.


Shots

You can take maximum 410 shots at a time with Panasonic GH5, whereas G9 allows you take 400 shots only, which is 10 less than GH5.


Verdict

Panasonic G9 hired most of the features from Panasonic GH5. However, the camera has some appointed features like its High Resolution mode that superbly produces an 80-megapixel equivalent (10368 x 7776) and its continuous drive of 20 fps. Panasonic G9 is really going to master the imaging world after GH5, and maybe it emulates GH5 on terms of specifications. So the photographers who want an unarguably best Mirrorless MFT camera without stretching the price to $2k. Get Panasonic G9 and do some unrivaled photography works.

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