Panasonic launches Lumix G9II micro four thirds flagship with phase-detect AF and 60 fps continuous shooting
The micro four thirds (MFT) format may be less popular than APS-C and full-frame, but it has maintained its following over the years thanks to an array of high quality lenses, compact form factor and some very well-designed cameras from the likes of Olympus and Panasonic. Panasonic’s Lumix G9II, launched yesterday, continues that trend, becoming the flagship in Panasonic's MFT lineup (aka LUMIX G Series).
It is the first LUMIX G camera with hybrid phase detect autofocus (PDAF), which is significantly faster. Combined with a new deep learning algorithm for subject detection, it takes AF speed and performance to a whole new level. Speaking of speed, the new 25.2 MP sensor has faster readout speeds and buffer, which allows shooting up to 60 fps with continuous autofocus and using the electronic shutter.
The improved 8-stop image stabilization enables handheld 100 MP shots in the high-res mode and advanced Active IS for videos. To avoid missing critical shots, pre-burst recording starts shooting up to 1.5 seconds before shutter release and can take around 113 consecutive shots. Continuing Panasonic’s partnership with Leica, there is a newly added LEICA Monochrome mode for deeper contrast. The G9II is also a video powerhouse, with support for 4:2:0 10-bit 5.8K (4:3) or 5.7K (17:9) format, Apple ProRes and slow motion at up to 4K/120p. Recording and playback with an external SSD is also supported.
Panasonic also released two new lenses for the LUMIX G Series. The first is the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 35-100mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S (full-frame equivalent 70-200 mm) to which maintains a wide aperture throughout its zoom range, and houses extra-low dispersion elements. The second lens is the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 II ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (full-frame equivalent 200-800 mm) compatible with a 2.0x teleconverter to enable 1600 mm full life-size macro shooting. Lastly, a new battery grip for the G9II has also been released.
The LUMIX G9II will be available in early November for US$1899.