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Panasonic has taken a different approach to camera development with the stills-focused DC-G9 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera, which has a variety of newly developed functions and features that will appeal to photographers. Central to the imaging process is the combination of a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and the latest Venus Engine processor, enabling the capture of sharp images and video with sensitivities ranging up to ISO 25600. Extremely fast speeds are also made available with up to 60 fps continuous shooting with the electronic shutter function. If you want to shoot video along with stills the G9 is very accommodating, offering UHD 4K at up to 60p.
This improved speed is seen in many different aspects, including an enhanced Depth-from-Defocus autofocus system with 225 areas for fast, precise focusing across the frame. A rear joystick has been implemented as well for intuitive control over the current focus point. Another benefit of boosted processing is the inclusion of 6K PHOTO at 30 fps and 4K PHOTO at up to 60 fps, allowing users to capture 18MP or 8MP images, respectively, at exceptional frame rates. Beyond speed, the 5-axis sensor stabilization system supports Dual I.S. 2.0 and can compensate for up to six stops of camera shake. And a significant addition made possible with this new system is a multi-shot mode that captures eight separate images and compiles them into a single 80MP raw image.
It isn't just performance that has been optimized, as the G9 has a redesigned body that is splash, dust, and freezeproof. The body gains a top status LCD for quick access to essential settings without needing to check the LCD or viewfinder, which have also been improved. Most notably, the OLED viewfinder is improved with a 0.83x magnification and 3.68m-dot resolution. The EVF has a fast 120 fps refresh rate as well for lag-free viewing. Additionally, the LCD is now a 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen for working intuitively and at odd angles.
Versatile and Compact
Built to excel in a range of environments, this is the perfect lens to deal with any unexpected shooting opportunities while out with your camera. Combined with its compact size, this makes the new LUMIX G VARIO lens a great option for everyday use, whether at home or on your travels.
Comprising of 11 elements in nine groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and an ED lens element (Extra-low Dispersion) to avoid distortion and assure stunning picture quality. The multi-coated lens elements also minimise ghosts and flare, enhancing shooting performance and maximising results - even in bright sunlight.
The aperture consists of seven blades forming a round opening, which produces a beautiful bokeh effect in the out-of-focus-area.
To offer optimal performance of autofocus in fast shooting and 4K-modes, the lens incorporates an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, delivering a focussing speed of up to 240 frames per second (fps). This ensures smooth, silent operation with the LUMIX G’s high speed, high precision contrast AF.
12-60mm Zoom Range
The versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm (35mm camera equivalent) covers a variety of shooting situations such as travel landscapes or intricate portraits. It also features a 0.54x magnification capability for crystal clear macro close-up shots (compared to full frame).
Optical Image Stabilisation
The integrated POWER O.I.S. effectively compensates for any hand-shake movements, making it easier to take photos in low-lit environments. The lens also works with a Dual I.S. system when mounted on a compatible Panasonic LUMIX G camera, such as the GX8.
Splash and dust-proof, the new LUMIX G interchangeable lens enables the active photographer to go out shooting even in poor weather conditions or challenging environments. To match the strong build quality of LUMIX G cameras, the new zoom lens includes a highly durable metal mount.
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