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The front runner camera of Panasonic’s Lumix lineup, the GH5 has been in the market for a year now. Its comparatively ecstatic assessments append with caution: It’s ostensible. While GH5 is an efficient stills camera, it was made for video. At present Panasonic is bending the scales in the opposite direction with the Lumix G9.

The G9 which is priced $1,699 and goes for purchasing in January, is a stills intense powerhouse of a digital camera constructed on primarily on the corresponding architecture as the GH5.It engages the same 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, has 5-axis mechanical image stabilization just like the GH5, and Panasonic is using the same image processor though it has been adapted for much improvised stills presentation.

The rest of the camera, from the new body appearance, to the name itself, discerns like Panasonic has been a continuation of Sony’s recent playbook. The G9 has a weather resistant magnesium alloy body with a profound grip that feels a lot like the one on the similarly-named Sony A9, or the A7. It’s also still concentrated kinfolk of a video-first camera, impersonating the relationship between A7R and the A7S.

There are common threads in the details too commencing with the electronic viewfinder that is similar robust 3.68 million dot resolution as the GH5 but has a higher magnification — 0.83x versus the GH5’s 0.76x —that adorns the features of losing oneself in. At first tint the viewfinder nemesis those big, beautiful EVFs found on Sony’s best cameras.

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