Panasonic surprised a lot of photographers when they announced a flagship camera with even stronger photographic capability than the GH5. Panasonic is targeting pros with this camera, so we went out with professional wildlife and landscape photographer Joe Desjardins to see if this new body can compete with professional DSLRs.

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    • angel_ dust
      angel_ dust

      What camera are u using for this vlog ?

      about 17 days ago
    • Mark Jacobs
      Mark Jacobs

      Wonderful review, thank you for this, it helped me confirm that I will be upgrading my Nikon D7000 to the G9 I travel a good bit and have found I used my Nikon less lately. The Lumix will be much easier to carry all day long and will be a good upgrade from the D7000

      about 23 days ago
    • Jose M Hernandez
      Jose M Hernandez

      Excellent camera, too much blah blah! Excellent nature photographer!!

      about 2 months ago
    • nerd Mike
      nerd Mike

      About the silent shooting, does the camera reduce raw depth on Electronic Shutter o EFC like on G7 and G9? Good to shoot silent but if this degrade quality is not so good.

      about 2 months ago
    • Larry Gonzalez
      Larry Gonzalez

      Centigrade wut?

      about 2 months ago
    • Jerry Eisner
      Jerry Eisner

      Chris and Jordan this is SUCH a nice review and video!! Can you tell me if this camera also has the same Olympus feature as Live Composite for time exposures where you can see the time exposure on the screen and stop it when you feel it has the correct look to it. And what do you think of that feature? Please let me know! Thanks. Jerry Eisner

      about 3 months ago
    • Born Boy
      Born Boy

      It's April 2019. Is this still a great camera ?

      about 3 months ago
    • Sharp as L
      Sharp as L In reply to Born Boy

      I have owned the GH5, GH5s, Fuji X-T3...and I have not been able to bring myself to selling the G9. The stabilization coupled with the profiles like Cinelike D let you produce video as good as or better than anything out there. I learned through experience that selling points like 8 bit/10 bit 4:2:2 4:2:0 and all those crazy bitrates (e.g., 400Mpbs) are all marketing tricks. I couldn't tell the difference between them. Except for when the footage is supersmooth handheld, I know that footage came out of the G9. So yes - at the current price - it's a spectacular camera. For stills, stay below 3200 ISO and it's as good as anything out there.

      about 2 months ago
    • ZappaBlues

      Still photographer here. So this is more my camera.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ray Jennings
      Ray Jennings

      I've been a Pentax user for nearly 40 years and currently use the K-3 and the K-3 II with 5 of their lenses. Primarily I shoot aviation, airshows and ground movements with some architecture and portrait as well. I've not really had anything to worry about with my current kit but the weight is beginning to get to my arthritic bones so I'm seriously considering jumping ship to the M43 system with the G9. Good idea or bad, bearing in mind my type of photography? Any thoughts from anyone? Please?

      about 4 months ago
    • Toxic Tabasco
      Toxic Tabasco In reply to Ray Jennings

      I made the switch from DSLR to the G9 system mainly for the 4K slow mo. And, the prospect of shooting long lens photography like wildlife and action with a pro body. The AF is super fast, and there are many options for setting it up. There is a learning curve for the various AF features on the G9, and it takes a few outings to know the strengths of each one, and when best to use them. The IBIS is like Chris and Jordan said on their GH5 review, a game changer. It makes acquiring subjects much easier with more accuracy with long lenses. Good luck on your decision Ray.

      about 4 months ago
    • Christian Fleetwood
      Christian Fleetwood

      That shot at 8:28 is phenomenal!

      about 5 months ago
    • DSD

      Cool video and walk through. Panasonic is really making some cool stuff! I’m torn between the GH5 or the G9

      about 6 months ago
    • We Play Wax
      We Play Wax

      Photographer's camera my ass. Mic input, headphone output, decent pre-amps, full HDMI connector with 4K output at 30 FPS in 8-bit 4:2:2 format, 60 FPS, Slow Motion, 5-axis Dual IBIS, 2 card slots, flip screen, bigger battery and USB power. Guys you don't understand! This is the budget GH5 we have all been waiting for. Panasonic made this camera for video, not photo. For photo, they will be releasing their Full Frame line this year. Just think about it!

      about 6 months ago
    • John Soh
      John Soh In reply to We Play Wax

      It's obv it's a photo camera first with capable video features for enthusiasts since video is limited to 10 and 30 min for 4k60 and 4k30 respectively and since they skimped out on other shooting modes and professional video features. The heat sink and build design is made to support high burst rates for photos instead of dissipating heat during hot 4k video recording so no I don't agree with you.

      about 2 months ago
    • Angelo Cella
      Angelo Cella In reply to We Play Wax

      gh5's prices dropped down quite a bit actually

      about 3 months ago
    • Mark Lewis
      Mark Lewis

      I have an LX100, which I love (for about 18 months now). Would the G9 be a good upgrade as I want to improve my photography, or is the step too small to consider the investment worthwhile?

      about 6 months ago
    • Mark Lewis
      Mark Lewis In reply to Mark Lewis

      Steve Mulcahy Thank you, appreciate the guidance.

      about 6 months ago
    • Steve Mulcahy
      Steve Mulcahy In reply to Mark Lewis

      Mark Lewis not at all, in my opinion, going to an slr style camera from one with a do everything lens, is a huge step. You’ll need to consider that you’ll need lenses to suit what you’re shooting though.

      about 6 months ago
    • The Happy Hour Hound
      The Happy Hour Hound

      Can anyone comment as to the dynamic range when using the high res mode?

      about 7 months ago
    • Henri Troyat
      Henri Troyat

      I love the Hands-On Field Tests from Chris Nichols. That said I think TheCameraStoreTV should take in mind that most of the people who watch these reviews are just amateurs who want to know how a new model with the kitlens performs. What use is it to show stills and movies shot with lenses that costs 3 times more than the body? Everyone knows that a 1.4 is far better glass than a kitlens starting 3.5 ! So please give us reviews with simple kitlenses. If these results are reasonable, we know that buying additional better lenses can only result in better shooting.
      Anyway, his reviews are real jems.

      about 7 months ago
    • Jenny Darukat
      Jenny Darukat

      Talk about a tasty package of a camera 🤤

      about 7 months ago
    • Pedro Gonzalez
      Pedro Gonzalez

      What an awesome scenery for this video!

      about 7 months ago
    • M7CVZ

      What is the left most dial in the car dashboard right at the intro? It looks like maybe RPMs but its like at 0. Somethings wrong ?

      about 7 months ago
    • Woodant

      G9 did get a firmware update and improvement for its autofocus during video operation. However, it still does those minor adjustments after focusing - this is a distraction for the viewer. It might be better than before but it's agreeable that it lacks the Canon (and Sony) focus confidence. Besides the limitations of Micro 4/3 in low light (for some), AF smoothness and precision is a serious drawback for Panasonic brand.

      about 8 months ago
    • Karl S
      Karl S

      I'm not a fan of your in-store Talking-Heads videos, and more recently have been passing on notification of TheCameraStoreTV videos.
      So, I was glad to see with the Pana G9 that you guys chose to return to high value (more about the camera and less goofing) well done field test and evaluation of a really well done outdoor test. This video demonstrates why I came to this channel years back. Joe Desjardins was icing on the cake, although I wish he'd given a final evaluation of the 4/3's camera pros & cons for his kind of photography.
      Thanks again, a job well done.

      about 8 months ago
    • Abigail Sockeye
      Abigail Sockeye

      they made love in the snow

      about 8 months ago
    • Dong Cap
      Dong Cap

      how would the bear be able to hear the mechanical shutter sound if he got shot by a 300mm lens?

      about 8 months ago
    • Paul C
      Paul C

      Hold on, eyeglasses? As opposed to liquidglasses while drinking? Maybe use spectacles?

      about 8 months ago
    • Michael Moerkamp
      Michael Moerkamp

      How is the weather sealing on the G9? I know it is freeze proof but can it survive a heavy rainy day?

      about 8 months ago
    • LexTNeville
      LexTNeville In reply to Michael Moerkamp

      I have the previous Lumix flagship, the GX8. And can tell you that it puts up with the worst rain Scotland produces, all day.

      about 6 months ago
    • David Perrin
      David Perrin

      Great review guy's. I've been using the g9 for about a month. And i love it. So thanks for sharing. I also use the Panasonic gx8. sony a7mk2 after moving from my Nikon D750 to mirrorless system and I've not looked back. All 3 of these cameras were reviewed by you and that made my mind up so big thumbs up guy's. Love your work shared on here 👍👍👍👍

      about 9 months ago
    • Daniel Dougan
      Daniel Dougan

      Can you at least output 10-bit to an external recorder? Just wondering if the G9 is a camera that will grow with me later if I get to more advanced video recording.

      about 9 months ago
    • David Perrin
      David Perrin

      Great review. This review made my mind up about getting this camera. I received mine yesterday and I'm blown away at how good this camera is. Thanks for sharing with us your views on this.

      about 10 months ago
    • John Stockton
      John Stockton

      This camera is getting more popular with video shooters and I wish you'd did a bit more on the video side of things. For example the AutoFocus in video is from what I've seen head and shoulders above the GH5 cameras especially tracking. Couple that with the superb IBIS and the Cinelike profiles for just a hair over £1000 on eBay NEW and it sounds like a great deal. My one small gripe about Panasonic is, I do wish the lenses were cheaper. I know for a professional photographer the price of these lenses aren't that big a deal but for us mere mortals although excellent they still are a little pricey. I'm talking about the mark 2 lenses that you can use the dual image stabilization with. I'm not a professional photographer but I am a keen film maker and £600 for a lens is a big pull out for me.

      about 10 months ago
    • Marc

      A lot of guys post camera tests on Youtube. 99% of them stay behind their desk or may be around there garden.
      As far as I know you are the only one who tests cameras in the worst conditions, with passion and professionalism. Warm congratulations and thanks. Concerning the G9, it made me change my mind.
      I used to buy FF. Currently for several reasons I use a GX8. But my next buy will certainly be this G9.

      about 10 months ago
    • Mark Nathan
      Mark Nathan

      I Bought this and traded in my a7r2 after wacthing this video and am delighted with it . I don't miss the megapixels files are smaller easier to edit and take up less space on my computer they also load very fast. Nothing wrong with the sony but full frame is full frame and heavy with the full frame lenses.

      about 10 months ago
    • The Happy Hour Hound
      The Happy Hour Hound In reply to Mark Nathan

      @Dart Vader 40" no problem. Also you can shoot the 80mp mode and have a nice 10ft photo if you want

      about 7 months ago
    • Dart Vader
      Dart Vader In reply to Mark Nathan

      By any chance would you know what size prints I could get off the g9.?

      about 7 months ago
    • Tony
      Tony In reply to Mark Nathan

      YES THIS, I totally agree. I can't believe how much faster and smoother lightroom runs since I switched to MFT, Can't wait to get a G9 now.

      about 7 months ago