Josh tests out the new flagship stills camera from Panasonic to see how it performs. We go to Bryant Park’s Winter Village ice rink to test out the autofocus performance. Then later we test video stabilization in Times Square and the Dual IS II stills image stabilization on a New York City rooftop with views of the Chrysler Building.

Shot on the Panasonic G9 itself, with the Olympus 12-40 and Panasonic Leica 12-60, an Olympus E-M5 II, and a Sony FDR-X3000. Street photography stills shot with Panasonic Leica 15 1.7.

0:33 Camera Features
3:33 Autofocus Stills Tests
6:34 Stills Image Stabilization
10:16 Other Camera Features and Gripes and Final Conclusions

Hosted by Josh Weiss (@LeftLensCapOn Instagram). Missing this episode, Alison Grasso (@grassowhat Instagram)

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Comments

    • The Post Color Blog
      The Post Color Blog

      I know this is almost a year old, but thanks for doing this. I currently have the em5 mark 2 and am peeking at the Panasonic G9. It was great to see them side by side (both results, and physically). Appreciate the video!

      about 3 months ago
    • FreeQuest
      FreeQuest

      These reviews never actually address what I most want to find out. How does the still photography work in the early blue hour just as its starting and golden hour. You see doing landscape that's when I do the majority of my work.

      The only thing I can take from reviews like this is that it's more a hobby snapshot camera and it's pretty much pointless to do any meaningful blue and golden hour photography.

      about 3 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to FreeQuest

      +FreeQuest I know you've muted, and i don't intend on arguing. Just a few points. Yes, google+ is now going away, but wasn't when we put the photos there. Yes, you are right, we should have put the link in description.

      Our 40 minute review were 3 part reviews. Like our sony A7II or Fuji X100T reviews, not one long video.

      Yes, it would have been clearer with info on photo, but this review probably took about 50 hours or work in addition to our full time jobs. We don't get paid to do these. We hope they can help people in any way possible.

      about 3 months ago
    • FreeQuest
      FreeQuest In reply to FreeQuest

      +TheCameraProject You do realise that Google+ is going away. And yes an ISO test I did actually see that but it's not very clear not very well laid out requires you to blow up the image then press the information button for each image and you don't even mention this in your video nor on your description.

      Hate to say this but looks like an afterthought how hard is it to add this info directly to the image you know and maybe mention it in your video link in your description maybe you know might even drive people to your web page not that hard really so yeah that's why I saw its an afterthought.

      BTW the longest video you have on your channel is "Beer and A Shot - Photography competition" at 22mins and 2.5k views so don't tell me this 40 mins stuff doesn't work when you can actually find it out.

      I am not gonna tell you how to run a youtube channel nor how to do reviews I have no experience in that but I do know from business and yes I work I own a business its consistency in everything you do that's how you build brands that's how you progress people expect it people look forward to it.

      Anyway, I wish you the best results in everything you do but the key to everything is consistency and that's it.

      BTW gonna mute this I really can't be bothered arguing. You do ok work you can do better you just need to finesse it a bit more. GG:hf

      about 3 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to FreeQuest

      +FreeQuest So first of all, see our website, thecameraproj.com for our G9 ISO test.

      We used to do 3 part reviews when we first started the channel, probably close to 40 minutes per review. But then we realize no one wanted to watch that, and with full time jobs, it wasn't sustainable for us either.

      We do appreciate the feedback and usually try to be thorough, but sometimes we just cut a section because basically summing up the G9 ISO with saying it is pretty comparable to other M43 cameras often gets the point across.

      about 3 months ago
    • FreeQuest
      FreeQuest In reply to FreeQuest

      ​+TheCameraProject Low light Performance is important in street and event and landscape I do realise you are a street photographer not sure what else you do and I assume from the last part of the video you shoot at night as well. Yet you mention nothing of low light photography.

      So this gives the impression to me at least you are aiming your review at fanboys, People that only shoot in good light and the general hobbyist that doesn't really do much more challenging than that.

      Low light photography is integral to the pro event shooter to the street photographer that likes to shoot at night or someone that is looking to get some lighter kit.

      Anyway, I do suggest maybe to even out any future reviews you also take that into account as well. GG:hf

      about 3 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to FreeQuest

      FreeQuest I’m not sure how you get that from this review. Just because we don’t test the thing you want to see doesn’t mean it’s a hobbyist camera that can’t handle that. We test things like image stabilization and autofocus. Both very important to pros. We test video also very important to many people.

      about 3 months ago
    • J Deezy
      J Deezy

      Hey there. I purchased the g9 & I love it but I am still torn between returning it & getting the Gh5 because I do more video than stills. I was wondering do u think the g9 is as good as the gh5?? I want to keep it but I dont want to regret not getting the gh5 if it performs much better. Can u give me some perspective on if they are the same or should I just get the gh5. Thanks

      about 3 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to J Deezy

      It’s not so much performance it’s features. Both are very capable at video but the gh5 has shutter angle, more controls, 10 bit, optional vlog. The g9 May have slightly better autofocus as it’s the newer camera. Otherwise for video the gh5 definitely wins.

      about 3 months ago
    • D Ch
      D Ch

      No review on the g85?

      about 4 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to D Ch

      D Ch never got the chance to and it’s on the older side now

      about 4 months ago
    • Steve Porter
      Steve Porter

      Hi Josh, Can you set minimum shutter speed to ISO on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 mkii?

      about 6 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Steve Porter

      sort of, it's not logical or really documented, but if you go to your menus, to your flash slow limit in your menus, it basically lets you do it.

      https://www.mu-43.com/threads/minimum-shutter-speed-workaround.55966/

      about 6 months ago
    • Janic Wesseling
      Janic Wesseling

      Would you upgrade from a g80 to a G9 for stills (macro, landscape and my kids) BTW there is a new firmware out 1.2 for the G9. Are you going to test is out?

      about 6 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Janic Wesseling

      Janic Wesseling I don’t own the g9 to test the firmware but I’ve heard great things. As for the upgrade I’d say the autofocus and image stabilization will be the biggest enhancements. Some color science tweaks as well. Image quality won’t be leaps and bounds different but better.

      about 6 months ago
    • Edwin Canlapan
      Edwin Canlapan

      Nice video. I particularly like the demo on the autofocus. Great actual samples. Just want to ask, with regards to stills photography only, which do you prefer, Olympus OMD EM1 mark 2 or Panasonic G9? Thanks.

      about 6 months ago
    • Edwin Canlapan
      Edwin Canlapan In reply to Edwin Canlapan

      +TheCameraProject thanks. I'm also thinking on the same way. Decide based on the lenses.

      about 6 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Edwin Canlapan

      Really tough call. I would base that less on the camera and more on the lenses you own or would like to own. Panasonic lenses will work better with the G9 and vice versa. I like the menus and touch interface better on the G9. I like the styling and size better on the EM1 MII, but all of that is very personal.

      about 6 months ago
    • DEVUNK88
      DEVUNK88

      smart idea with the double camera rig for stabilization testing

      about 6 months ago
    • LexTNeville
      LexTNeville

      Oi, the GX8 is a flagship camera! As was the GX7, top of the class. Some petty recognition is due.

      about 6 months ago
    • Thomas Ledlow
      Thomas Ledlow

      100% didn’t like it

      about 6 months ago
    • Des Kodur
      Des Kodur

      FFS, 0.34" and you've already said "put it through it's paces".

      about 8 months ago
    • timzanation
      timzanation

      Thank you for showing 100 percent video. It made me think. I think the problem people have with micro four thirds is that when they pixel peep and zoom in what they see is garbage because what they see is their photography image software mapping pixels that do not exist. Of course an image from a larger sensor can be zoomed in more. The key to me is that the micro four thirds sensor is larger than 4k screens. So if you output your work to 1080 or 2160 it will be down sampled and there will be the same resultant number of pixels that would exist if a full frame or medium format sensor image was down sampled to 1080 or 2160. Whew. I have never said that to any one. Keep this a secret. And don't put it out on the internet.

      about 10 months ago
    • Chagrin Valley-Web
      Chagrin Valley-Web

      how does the image quality, ISO, Dynamic range and noise compare with your OLY OMD-EM5-ii?

      about 11 months ago
    • Chagrin Valley-Web
      Chagrin Valley-Web In reply to Chagrin Valley-Web

      so if you have an Olympus OMD-EM5-ii don't expect better images from the G9, correct? forget about labs, can you see a difference?

      about 11 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Chagrin Valley-Web

      Chagrin Valley-Web very similar I would say. Hard to quantify without labs but it felt on par based on all of my tests. See our google plus for iso samples

      about 11 months ago
    • chad strohmayer
      chad strohmayer

      excellent review.
      unlike the other hack reviewers on you tube, your reviews are very to the point, brief and yet thorough. you don't blather on with redundant intro to your video (thank you! someone gets how to make a video!) and you don't go off on irrelevant tangents like 99.99 percent of you tube reviewers. thank you for sharing your knowledge. keep up the great work.
      looking into your workshop as well, tooa

      about 11 months ago
    • stan
      stan

      5:28 does not appear to be da kine stink eye. Stink eye is fixed-focus, with bad vibes in a simultaneous, manual mode.

      about 11 months ago
    • Jon Hermannsson
      Jon Hermannsson

      great review

      about 1 year ago
    • Brian Meljac
      Brian Meljac

      you guys just produce some amazing reviews! What makes this difficult is the GH5 has a pkg with leica 12-60 for 2600 usd. no package for G9 what to get?

      about 1 year ago
    • SparkleHood
      SparkleHood In reply to Brian Meljac

      TheCameraProject which extra features for example? I’m considering buying a g9 for my assistant instead of a gh5 (that I use and love)... there is a 300€ difference that those features must fill!!

      about 2 months ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Brian Meljac

      Dark Side Challenger that’s a tough call. If you shoot stills primarily the G9 is your better bet and primarily video go gh5. If it all comes down to cost. With that package they essentially cost the same even though it feels like a better deal with gh5 because the camera is more expensive. The gh5 is a very capable stills camera and the G9 very capable at video so they both are pretty great all around. Tough call. Do you want the top screen on G9? Do you want faster shooting of stills on G9? Do you need the extra video features on gh5?

      about 1 year ago
    • R Rivera
      R Rivera

      Great review, Josh. I like your constructive criticism of the AUTO ISO/Shutter speed issue. I found the walking video IBIS comparison of the Olympus and G9 mind-blowing. Great comparison! Did you already do a review of the Fuji X-H1? A shootout between the FUJI X-H1 and the Panasonic G9 would be really illuminating. Especially as regards video, handling, and color rendition. Thanks for an excellent review. Very down to earth and focused on the facts.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to R Rivera

      Thanks! Haven't gotten our hands on the Fuji yet but would love to!

      about 1 year ago
    • damienphotographe
      damienphotographe

      you use the G9, you have constant AF issues see at 5:56 not moving subject (you) covering 50% frame and not even in focus... lame

      about 1 year ago
    • Matthew Mockovic
      Matthew Mockovic

      Great review! Thanks! In your opinion how would it go shooting AFC 20fps electronic shutter with something like soccer for rugby?

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Matthew Mockovic

      Matthew Mockovic soccer could be a little fast in terms of electronic shutter. You could see some rolling shutter artifacts. In terms of focusing I think it depends on your vantage point and line the the player. I think it would do pretty well though.

      about 1 year ago
    • Allan Bacani
      Allan Bacani

      Don't forget to talk with your left hand too!

      about 1 year ago
    • alan nguyen
      alan nguyen

      too expensive comparing to Sony a7iii, everything from Lumix to expensive.

      about 1 year ago
    • MusikPiratCH
      MusikPiratCH In reply to alan nguyen

      alan nguyen Do a budget of lenses you'd like to have with both systems. I think you'll be very surprised about the result! ;)

      At least the prizes of Sony GM lenses made those systems rule out for my needs! :P (For example: the a6500 with its overheating issues is by far more expensive than a GX8 with no overheating in 4K. All around the Lumix is a better value for its prize!)

      about 1 year ago
    • Reza Travilla
      Reza Travilla

      How does it compares with EM1 Mark II since they both share almost similar price.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Reza Travilla

      Reza Travilla both really great. Em1 is a little smaller. So depends which you prefer. Video better on G9 by far. The olympus is probably better w olympus lenses and Panasonic definitely will be better with their lenses. So it depends if you are already invested. Both great cameras. I’d say better face tracking on G9.

      about 1 year ago
    • MadnessMobile
      MadnessMobile

      Ya nice and all but most importantly where is Alison Grasso?

      about 1 year ago
    • Alison Grasso
      Alison Grasso In reply to MadnessMobile

      I think I was on vacation but there's plenty of Alison Grasso over on my channel if you're interested!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • FNews
      FNews

      I'm on welfare...I can only dream of owning a camera like that...one day I will find a way to get one...

      about 1 year ago
    • Cheralynn
      Cheralynn

      Love your reviews--and your humor! Thanks for comparing this to the EM5ii.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matt
      Matt

      Help please!!! I want to turn on the orange light on the top LCD screen on my G9. I have never seen it work on my camera so I assume you have to turn it on in the settings somewhere. Please could you let me know how to turn on the orange backlight. Thank you!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Dean Hood
      Dean Hood In reply to Matt

      Yeah hold the power switch further to the right, and it will light up.

      about 1 year ago
    • Greg Nelson
      Greg Nelson In reply to Matt

      From the "On" switch position, rotate the on-off switch clockwise (to the right) and release. The light comes on with this switch then automatically turns off.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matt
      Matt In reply to Matt

      TheCameraProject Alright, I'll have a play around and see what I can do. Thanks

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Matt

      Matt I don’t have the G9 on hand but I believe it is done from the power switch.

      about 1 year ago
    • Craig Ryan
      Craig Ryan

      Nice work on this review! I need a camera which will focus while I'm walking, spinning, and going back and forth from me to another subject. You did a small segment (6:20) where you held the camera shooting video like a typical vlogger would, but during that time you were very static.I don't think Panasonic is there yet and look forward to the day they are. I'd love to go to 4/3 and this seems to be a wonderful camera.

      about 1 year ago
    • Craig Ryan
      Craig Ryan In reply to Craig Ryan

      I use a Canon G7Xii, and an 80D, dependent on the situation. The 80D is big, but nice, and I love the little one.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Craig Ryan

      Craig Ryan yeah I’d see if you can rent one or borrow one. What you shoot now?

      about 1 year ago
    • Craig Ryan
      Craig Ryan In reply to Craig Ryan

      Thank you for the reply. I read such nice things about this camera, but I had a G7 and grew so frustrated with the focus I left the brand. Would love to try Panasonic again.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Craig Ryan

      Craig Ryan I think it would do ok with walking if you were holding it the whole time. Going from subject to subject might be more of a challenge. Overall it is a fantastic camera though

      about 1 year ago
    • NETVO TV
      NETVO TV

      Is it too big and GX9 better if you want a camera to take anywhere and travel?

      about 1 year ago
    • ELTIN JONES
      ELTIN JONES In reply to NETVO TV

      Have a gx7 which is brilliant for travel. Might upgrade to a gx9 at some stage 👍

      about 2 months ago
    • NETVO TV
      NETVO TV In reply to NETVO TV

      TheCameraProject ok thanks! I’m considering between Ash and Black, guess it will be black then!

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to NETVO TV

      Yeah, I wouldn't call this combination stealth, it doesn't look like a 1DX with a 70-200 2.8 on it, but it also doesn't look like an RX100, so yeah, it feels pretty standard mid-range DSLR size. I don't own the peak design bags, but I think Charcoal would probably be my call... or black. Ash looks like it might get dirty after a while.

      about 1 year ago
    • NETVO TV
      NETVO TV In reply to NETVO TV

      TheCameraProject I see, I want to put it in a Peak Design Sling 10L bag, both will fit but I like my setup light and easy to shoot at any angle and as stealth as possible! By the way, which color(ash, Charcoal, Black) of Peak Design Sling 10L bag is the best(nice looking for long, and won’t need clean for long)?

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to NETVO TV

      NETVO TV in short, yes if you want a camera you can put in your jacket pocket this is bigger than the camera you want and you should probably go with gx9. We are currently reviewing another camera and then after that we hope to try out the gx9. Not all jpegs are straight out of camera. Stabilization stills definitely are not edited and neither are iso tests on our website. But still raw exported from lightroom not in camera jpeg.

      about 1 year ago
    • Trius
      Trius

      How does the image quality compare to other camera's of a similar price.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheCameraProject
      TheCameraProject In reply to Trius

      Trius id say it’s on or with the Olympus em1-ii and other 20 megapixel micro four thirds. So very good overall just not going to give you dynamic range and low light of full frame models. Not too far off from aps-c

      about 1 year ago