Deal | 31% off Panasonic Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with image stabilisation ↺
The Panasonic Lumix G9 is marketed primarily as a stills camera, but it serves just as well as a lightweight video shooter. The Lumix G9's body is just big enough to accommodate a three-inch articulating touchscreen display, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, 6.5-stop in-body image stabilisation, and plenty of customisable buttons and dials atop a surprisingly substantial grip. While it lacks a built-in flash, the Lumix G9 has a hot shoe for occasions where a flash is needed.
Outdoor landscape, wildlife, and sports shooters will appreciate a weather-sealed magnesium body and impressive 20 fps burst shooting. Even in challenging lighting conditions, the Lumix G9 is positively reviewed for its autofocus and stabilisation performance, while noise is barely noticeable at higher ISO values. With a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000 from the electronic shutter and 1/8,000, freezing motion is easy enough to do, too. In terms of video, the G9 can record 4K at up to 60p in 8-bit, with 10-bit 4:2:2 encoding dropping the video resolution down to 4K 30p — it is, after all, a stills camera that does video on the side, rather than a dedicated video camera.
Micro Four Thirds cameras excel at delivering a feature-rich experience and high image quality with compact form factors and competitive pricing. The M4/3 sensor is small enough that a small camera, like the Lumix GH6, can be equipped with premium features, like five-axis IBIS and a clear EVF, but it's also big enough that it maintains light-gathering capability over something like a one-inch sensor found in many point-and-shoot cameras.