Panasonic’s G9 Bows as New LUMIX Flagship Camera
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has introduced for early 2018 shipment the LUMIX G9 – its new flagship Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera ($1,699.99), which it is promoting as “the ultimate photo shooting camera,” having the highest picture quality in a LUMIX G camera to date.
The new model boasts a magnesium alloy body design change that the company says will withstand heavy field use (it is splash-proof, dust-proof and freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Centigrade), along with many upgraded features that Panasonic says elevate resolution, gradation and color reproduction. The G9’s specs also include an ultra-fast burst shooting performance speed of 20 fps (AFC)/60 fps (AFS) in 20.3-megapixel full resolution. Other features include an 80-megapixel high-resolution shooting mode, an improved viewfinder that offers a high magnification ratio of approximately 1.66x/0.83x (35mm camera equivalent), and a bettered battery life that Panasonic says is 2.4 times longer than earlier models. An added convenience is that the camera can be charged and powered over USB. Its image stabilization system has also been enhanced, with calculation of shake in various shooting scenarios having been made more accurate by using angular velocity and motion vector data acquired not just from the gyro sensor but also from the image and accelerometer sensors, says Panasonic.
The G9 is aimed at answering a market trend shift that shows a healthy growth in sales of DSLM-style cameras priced at $1,500 and up, particularly among the professional photography community, said Anthony A. Hanna, product manager for digital cameras, at a pre-introduction briefing at Panasonic’s Newark, N.J. headquarters.
Also introduced was the LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm/F2.8/POWER O.I.S. lens: Model H-ES200 (January 2018 availability; $2,999.99) – what Panasonic said is the first large-diameter ultra-telephoto fixed focal length lens within the LEICA DG family. It is touted as being ideal for wildlife and sports photography, and comes packaged with a 1.4x teleconverter, which extends the focusing distance to 560mm (34mm camera equivalent) for closeups.