Lumix G9 image stabilization tests. These tests work for any camera and lens combination. You should always test your handholding limits with different lenses. And it's best if you test for yourself.

#LumixG9 #ImageStabilization #IBIS

According to the marketing material, the Lumix G9 has 6.5 Stops of in body image stabilization. In this video I test out different shutter speeds to see how much stabilization I can personally get out of the Lumix G9.

Image stabilization helps reduce blurring of your photos and videos that is caused by the motion of the camera. Generally it compensates on two planes: pan and tilt, which is side to side motion, and as well as yaw and pitch: which is tipping your camera forward and backwards. And in the case of the Lumix G9, rotation. That's where the 5-axis come from.

Do you need in-body Image stabilization?

With still cameras, camera shake is particularly problematic at slow shutter speeds or with long focal length (telephoto or zoom) lenses. If you use binoculars or a telescope (i.e. long focal length) you know how hard it is to hold them still.

With video cameras, camera shake causes visible frame-to-frame jitter in the recorded video.

If you want more technical information about image stabilization including how the photo industry tests and measures stabilization, check the link here: www.cipa.jp/image-stabilization/index_e.html

And here's Canon's take on it: snapshot.canon-asia.com/article/en/lens-faq-3-how-are-image-stabilization-stops-determined

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Comments

    • DantinoX
      DantinoX

      Hey Marlene! Great video, Thanks! What is the difference between the two operation modes (the hand only and the hand with the up and down arrows? And does this apply to shooting video too? :)

      about 3 days ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to DantinoX

      If you use a lens or compatible lens that also has built in stabilization you can get 5-axis hybrid stabilization in the Lumix G9 and/or Lens + Body. And yes it works for video too. See page 145 of the expanded camera manual (pdf) for all the details (link to pdf in video description)

      about 2 days ago
    • A. Beckwith
      A. Beckwith

      Thanks again for presenting the information clearly and the examples reinforce your content. Going to have a go now. Cheers

      about 1 month ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to A. Beckwith

      Image Stabilization is great in low light situations when your subject isn't moving. Perfect for old churches, as demonstrated. Have fun with your own experiments, and thank you for watching.

      about 1 month ago
    • Shetaut Neter Egyptian Yoga
      Shetaut Neter Egyptian Yoga

      is there a time limit on shooting video?

      about 2 months ago
    • Toxic Tabasco
      Toxic Tabasco

      Great detailed explanation of the DUAL IS for the photos. The video stabilization on the G9 is amazing. With HS 4K video (slow mo), and digital stabilization, it's like hand held gimbal slow motion right out the camera. I was amazed that the digital stabilizaiton did not degrade the image quality in 4K, and the slow motion made the video smooth.

      about 3 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Toxic Tabasco

      Sounds like you've done some good testing. Thanks for watching and sharing your thoughts! Cheers.

      about 3 months ago
    • Terence Kearns
      Terence Kearns

      A bit disappointed you didn't actually explain the G9 settings for this. You didn't explain the operation modes, E-Stabilization (video), and IS Lock (video).

      about 5 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Terence Kearns

      Sorry about that Terence. I'm more of a hands on practical tutor. You can find all of that missing info in the camera manual. Here's the link to the English Version: ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camera/om/dc-g9_en_adv_om.pdf Hope that helps.

      about 5 months ago
    • BRUNO LUXURY
      BRUNO LUXURY

      I don't know if you're trying to be funny, but I think you have a very quirky sense of humor and I enjoy watching you

      about 5 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to BRUNO LUXURY

      Great to hear this. I try to make my content fun and engaging, and I don't take myself too seriously either. Just trying to connect with people and keep them coming back by showing my personality. But that can backfire too. Some people like the more serious tutorials. Thanks for stopping by and bringing a smile to my day.

      about 5 months ago
    • Boyce Fitzgerald
      Boyce Fitzgerald

      I noticed that one shot of your menu indicated that the camera has I.S. video lock. That was the G9, correct? I know the GH5 has this function. Does the G9 have it too?

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Boyce Fitzgerald

      Thank you for your kind words, Boyce! Choosing a new camera is always a bit stressful. I have to say I do love the Lumix M43 line up. And I'm loving my G9, although it's a bit bigger than I'm used to. (Still smaller than your Canon 7D, I expect.) I've left you some comments on another video about all that so look for those.

      about 6 months ago
    • Boyce Fitzgerald
      Boyce Fitzgerald In reply to Boyce Fitzgerald

      Marlene Hielema - that is great to know as I love this feature and want to make the G9 my next camera. I currently use a Canon 7Dmii for wildlife and a gx85 for video. I would love to have one camera to rule them all. Loving your G9 videos and when I am done with them, I think I’ll watch all your other videos. Even in subjects where I think I have nothing to learn, I still pick up a tip here and there. Very clear and informative. Thank you.

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Boyce Fitzgerald

      Hi Boyce, Yes, in both the still photo and video setup menu under Stabilizer there is a setting for: I.S. Lock (Video).

      about 6 months ago
    • A1 Pest Service
      A1 Pest Service

      Hi Marlene, Hope your good and well. I have a question about my G9. Can you switch Off the I.S in the body for taken stills. I know you can switch it of on the lens, if your lens has a switch, but in the menu it only lets you switch off I.S for video and not for stills. For stills in the menu is gives 2 options, full I.S and another for panning, which has a Hand and Arrow on it, but not Off option. On my GX80 is has an option to switch off but not on the G9 ? I'm losing sleep, lol. Many Thanks

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to A1 Pest Service

      Great info. Makes sense! Thanks for doing all that research. (I travel with my small Lumix GM5 so wasn't able to even poke around the menus to look.)

      about 8 months ago
    • A1 Pest Service
      A1 Pest Service In reply to A1 Pest Service

      @Marlene Hielema Managed to call Panasonic and get resolved. If you have a lens with a switch to turn the I.S off/on there will no option in the menu to switch off the I.S because there is the switch on the lens that will turn off all the I.S in the lens and body. If you fit a lens without a switch that dont have I.S within the lens, you can then go to the menu and it will then give you an option to switch off I.S. in the body. Hope this all makes sense. I will sleep tonight.

      about 8 months ago
    • A1 Pest Service
      A1 Pest Service In reply to A1 Pest Service

      @Marlene Hielema many thanks, enjoy your holiday.

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to A1 Pest Service

      Great question. Give me a few days to research this. I'm on holidays with no computer. If I can't find the answer I'll ask my contact at Lumix. Cheers!

      about 8 months ago
    • Paul Bailey
      Paul Bailey

      Steady on! I've never seen a 'student on a tripod' - Does it hurt?

      about 11 months ago
    • SUPERXH85
      SUPERXH85

      Très clair, très pédagogue. Bravo Marlène. XH85 from Nantes (France)

      about 11 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to SUPERXH85

      Merci beaucoup.

      about 11 months ago
    • NEO DON
      NEO DON

      I dig you so much from a tutorial advice information explanation point of view, in other words, you fast and regard to aperture and you shed a lot of light on things that need clarification for me, Thanks.

      about 11 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to NEO DON

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the feedback. Glad to hear that my way of teaching works for you! Cheers!

      about 11 months ago
    • SoulVizionTV
      SoulVizionTV

      I own this camera as well as the GH4 and GH3. I love this system and it keeps getting better with each new model.

      about 11 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to SoulVizionTV

      Yes, I "blame" Will for helping me with the switch too. ;) I've never regretted it! Cheers!

      about 11 months ago
    • SoulVizionTV
      SoulVizionTV In reply to SoulVizionTV

      Marlene Hielema Watching you and the others with Will Crocket made me go for the micro four thirds system in the beginning. Keep up the good work.

      about 11 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to SoulVizionTV

      Agree. I have a GH3 too. But I have to say, I do miss the variable video speeds of the GH3. The G9 just has one slow motion setting. That's why I'm hanging on to my GH3 for a bit. Thanks for watching! :)

      about 11 months ago
    • Kelkschiz
      Kelkschiz

      1:22 After your explanation about stops in image stabilization I still had to think about it for a bit. If you had added something like the following it would have been immediately clear: 'faster shutter speed gives you a sharper image when hand holding, but this comes at the expense of the amount/stops of light entering the camera. Image stabilization also gives you a sharper image when hand holding but without costing an equivalent amount/stops of light, and that's why it makes sense to talk about stops when talking about image stabilization.' But to be fair I have been wondering for a long time why people were using the term stops when talking about image stabilization and this was the first time that I was able to figure it out with the help of your explanation.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Kelkschiz

      Great suggestion. Sorry it wasn't super clear. Glad you have it figured out now. Cheers!

      about 1 year ago
    • Anita Coleman
      Anita Coleman

      Marlene, many times I use a monopod instead of a tripod. In that case, would I still need to turn off the stabilization?

      about 1 year ago
    • Anita Coleman
      Anita Coleman In reply to Anita Coleman

      Thank you. I've been a Nikon user, but I just bought a G9 and am trying to learn the ins and outs of it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Anita Coleman

      If you are a Lumix G9 user, go to page 145-146 of the pdf owner's manual. (The big one). It lists all the possible scenarios of when to use and not use the stabilization as well as all the directional variations of it. And if you are panning your subject, there may be value in keeping it on while using a monopod. But it definitely says it's not recommended to use stabilization with a tripod. Stick with Plan A -- test it for your exact shooting conditions. This is something I recommend for every new camera function/feature that I haven't used before.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Anita Coleman

      Great question! And I don't know the answer off the top of my head, but I say test it out. Personally I probably would turn off the stabilization when using a monopod, especially those ones with the little baby legs. If you are a Canon user, it's apparent very early if the stabilizer is on and causing focus problems. Let me know how it goes. If I find out the answer in the meantime I'll get back to you! Thanks for asking.

      about 1 year ago
    • mike Kay
      mike Kay

      Thanks Marlene; more useful tips for the G9. In addition to switching off the lens stabilisation, when using the tripod, do you turn the camera stabilisation off too? Same for focus stacking? How are you finding the G9 in general? I'm enjoying mine.
      Mike in Oz

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to mike Kay

      Hi Mike, I generally leave the body stabilization on the normal setting, but I'm not doing much tripod shooting right now. I usually turn it "off" for the lens unless working handheld in very slow shutter speeds. I suggest you do some tests of the in-body-IS (with a compatible lens) and see how it goes for you. I'm going to do some tests too. Thanks for asking your question. And yes, I'm really enjoying the G9, but still so much to learn!

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Dimery
      Alan Dimery

      Hello Marlene. Nice video, thank you. I have a question about the G9 stabilisation that I was hoping you could answer for me please. When using the G9 and trying out the E-Stabilisation (Video) and I.S. Lock (Video), with the lens I.O.S. turned off, there doesn't appear to be any difference in the stabilisation in either stills or video, whether these are ON or OFF. (There is a big difference when the lens O.I.S. is turned on) Am I missing something? And are these just for Video as their bracketed name suggests? Thanks.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Alan Dimery

      Sorry Alan, haven't had time to research this. I suggest you test for yourself and do what works best. If I find the answers to your questions I'll let you know. Cheers!

      about 1 year ago
    • Frederick Miller
      Frederick Miller

      I'm loving these videos for the G9 - thanks for all your hard work!! Love it! I have also found that in certain situations - if your camera is stabilized (i.e. on a tripod) - OIS needs to be off. The camera seems to try and stabilize the image when it's fixed - making the image blurry - it's so weird.

      about 1 year ago
    • Berri Jam
      Berri Jam In reply to Frederick Miller

      @Marlene Hielema , So does that mean if you can handhold extremely rock steady, you will start to blur because the gyro goes bonkers? Would this also be a problem with a monopod ?

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Frederick Miller

      Thank you for watching! Yes, you're right about keeping it turned off when you using a tripod. I've seen this many times when working with my students. I have a video about tripods where I go over that, and I thought I mentioned it in this video too. It's because the gyroscope that does the stabilization needs to be moving in order to work. Anyhow, thanks for adding that in the comments here. Cheers!

      about 1 year ago
    • Evgeniy Dmitriev
      Evgeniy Dmitriev

      Hi Marlene! Could you advise how to see Auto ISO camera used when shoot video?

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Evgeniy Dmitriev

      But if you mean "see" then if you playback your video, bring up the display (on the back of the camera) and you will see the ISO that was used. You'll also see other settings, depending on the camera used.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Evgeniy Dmitriev

      Not sure I understand your question. Do you mean "see" or "set"? For video I manually set my ISO. Here's a video to help: https://youtu.be/p2-JhRBDgWA

      about 1 year ago
    • psionicdreams
      psionicdreams

      The IBIS in the camera is amazing. I've been taking photos of the river and little water falls near me at upto 1sec, so we see the water in full motuon and the solid objects around it such as a bridge or trees are sharp and still. It also means i don't always need to take the tripod out :)

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to psionicdreams

      Thank you for sharing your experience with IBIS. I agree, it's pretty amazing. And less gear to carry without always needing a tripod. Cheers!

      about 1 year ago
    • David Poteet
      David Poteet

      Job well done Marlene

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to David Poteet

      Thank you David.

      about 1 year ago
    • Irene Young
      Irene Young

      Thanks, Marlene. Very informative and clear.

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Irene Young

      Thanks for watching Irene! :)

      about 1 year ago
    • miteor
      miteor

      Hi Marlene. Great video as always... Just a couple of questions. When considering shutter speed with the G9 is the recommendation 1 over the focal length or 1 over the equivalent 35mm field of view? Also when I use a vintage lens the camera requests the focal length of the lens which I assume is in part for image stabilisation purposes. So for a 50mm lens should I enter 50mm or 100mm?

      about 1 year ago
    • miteor
      miteor In reply to miteor

      That would be fantastic, thank you

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to miteor

      Hmm, sorry missed that part of your question, didn't I? Not sure if the G9 would provide IBIS with a vintage lens. Or if its limited to Lumix lenses. I'll try and find that out next time I'm talking to my Panasonic contacts.

      about 1 year ago
    • miteor
      miteor In reply to miteor

      Hi Marlene. I was only wondering in particular if you knew the answer to my vintage lens query. I shall do my my own tests as you kindly suggest

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to miteor

      As I said in the video, do your own tests. How well you can handhold will become apparent when you see your photos. I do have a general rule for myself for shorter focal length lenses, and that is I try to stay above 1/60second unless using some sort of image stabilization in the lens or the camera body. Using the G9 you'll likely be able to use a slower shutter speed because of the IBIS. But please, test it. That is always the best approach.

      about 1 year ago
    • Nick Finnigan
      Nick Finnigan

      Another great video, very interesting, you would make a great Gran. Im waiting on my G9 coming in the post. Cheers

      about 1 year ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Nick Finnigan

      LOL. As it happens I am a Gran of 3 and a Great Aunt of 2. Hope you get your G9 soon Nick! Thanks for watching.

      about 1 year ago