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Panasonic G9 vs Sony A6500

 

Panasonic G9 has secured some valuable points for its unrivaled video and AF system. On the other hand, Sony A6500 throws brute force with its classical Phase Detection: 425, Contrast Detection: 169 and the image sensor that coined to be better than G9’s MFT sensor. If you see, both are just outstanding cameras with terrific sets of specifications that takes you to the next level shooting experience.

Let’s go in detail comparison!

Features / Models

Panasonic G9

Sony A6500

Megapixel 20 Megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine 10 Bionz X
Low pass filter No Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect sensor
AF points 225 Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-25600 64 – 51200
Shutter Min/Max 60s  1/32000 s 30sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 20 fps 11fps
Video  4K @ 60p 4K Video at 30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In
Weather sealed  Yes Yes
Dimensions  137 x 97 x 92 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 658 g 453 g
Price $1,198.00

Image Quality

It will really be difficult to find the best image quality between these two fabulous Mirrorless cameras. However, A6500 is taking the advantages of bigger sensor size plus resolution as well (APS-C sized 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor), ensuring crystal clear images almost everywhere. Moreoever, the LSI (Large scale integrated) technology of Sony makes it more obvious that you can get superior image and video quality. On the other side, somewhere Panasonic G9 is lagging behind in terms of image quality since size wise MFT is smaller sensor than APS-C and we know larger the sensor clear will be images.

However, G9 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.


Image stabilization

Both the two cameras have vibration reduction mechanism, but Panasonic G9 looks superior since  G9 incorporates one of the latest I.S mechanism inside the core that is 5-axis dual I.S, Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Meanwhile, A6500 does also have vibration reduction mechanism but have only 5-axis.


AF system

Panasonic G9 uses contrast detect sensor only, but it uses DFD technology (Depth from Defocus) that works together with contrast detect AF technology, enhancing the users to track the subjects very fast and accurate as well. You should also know the speed of sensor drive has been increased to 480fps during auto focusing in photo shooting mode, letting the G9 to lock down the subjects in just 0.04 sec (absolutely brilliant!). On the other side, Sony A6500 is Jupiter that comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds.

In terms of AF points, Sony is grabbing Because it features 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance, whereas the AF system of Panasonic G9 is also unmatched and super fast than all its other friends in the competitive market, but can’t walk step by step with Sony A6500 because it uses only contrast detect sensor and it features 225 AF points only. However, the overall AF performance must win the heart of the professional shooters but A6500 users must happy to see their camera on the front position in terms of AF.


ISO

The sensitivity range of Panasonic G9 is not more than its competitor, Sony A6500. On the other side, Sony A6500 offers the expandable ISO range of 51200 backed up by a bigger sensor and its BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI ensure superior image and video quality with low noise even when using higher ISO settings where Panasonic G9 might struggle. Thankfully, Panasonic G9 incorporates conventional Multi Process NR(Noise reduction) technology that probably boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy, which helps the users to preserve rich details of the subjects even when shooting at high sensitivities.


Continuous shooting speed

Sometimes it is difficult to capture the action that happens so quickly that getting perfect shot is impossible. But you can see G9 offers continuous shooting speed of 20fps that allows you to capture 20 different numbers of shots at a time through which you can pick the best one. On the other hand, A6500 allows the faster shutter speed of 11 fps only.


Video

Panasonic GH5 is going to be the best that not only beats Sony A6500, but it is one of the best video cameras in the present world market that offers 4K video at 60fps  and 50p (8-bit 4:2:0). Whereas Sony A6500 offers 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps. Also Panasonic GH5 offers 3840 x 2160p at 60 fps… obviously Panasonic G9 is leaving it spots of being the best! So in video terms, Panasonic G9 is the camera for the cinematographers.


Shots

You can take maximum 400 shots at a time with Panasonic G9, whereas A6500 can capture 350 shots only at a time.


Verdict

From the detail comparison, we can say that the Panasonic G9 camera is one of the best mirrorless consumer cinema cameras ever made after GH5 that captures 4K video by doing full-pixels readout @60fps and you can also capture some decent still shots from 20MP 4/3 sensors, whereas Sony A6500 is affordable and features a hybrid Phase detect AF sensor with 425 phase AF points and not only that sensor is also larger (APS-C) than the GH9 (4/3). Hence for still shooters we still recommend Sony A6500, whereas if you are into Photography as well as cinematography then for a complete package you may go with Panasonic G9.

 

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