Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
Construction: Magnesium alloy bodyshell, sealed against dust, moisture and sub-zero temperatures. Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds bayonet. Sensor Type/Size: Live MOS, 13.0x17.3 mm. Total Pixels: 21.77 million (maximum image size = 5184x3888 pixels). Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.97x. Storage Medium: Two slots for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, both with UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 support. Data Compression: Two levels of JPEG compression on three resolution settings plus 14-bit lossless on RAW data. RAW+JPEG capture. Choice of aspect ratios – 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1. ISO Range: 200-25,600 (extendable to ISO 100). Buffer Memory: Up to 600 frames JPEG/large/fine or 60 RAW. Maximum Frame Rate: 12.0 per second with FP shutter, 60 per second with sensor shutter. Video Recording: MP4 format (with Long GOP compression) – 4K UHD at 3840x2160 pixels; 50, 25 or 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (maximum bit rate is 150 Mbps). Full HD at 1920x1080 pixels; 50, 25 or 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (maximum bit rate is 28 Mbps). AVCHD Progressive format (with Long GOP compression) – Full HD at 1920x1080 pixels; 50, 25 or 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (maximum bit rate is 28 Mbps). Built-in stereo microphones with adjustable sound levels and wind noise filter. Stereo audio input and output. Higher quality LPCM sound recorded in the MP4 format. Slow-motion frame rates for FHD recording, zebra patterns, centre marker, ‘Cinelike’ gamma profile (for tonality, two profiles), 4K/2K video streaming via the HDMI connection (8-bit 4:2:2 colour). Autofocusing: 225 points with with auto/manual point selection, auto tracking and face/eye detection/recognition.. All points, single point (variable size), pinpoint and ‘Custom Multi’ area modes. Manual focus assist via magnified image and peaking display. Metering: 1728 points multi-pattern, centreweighted average, spot and TTL flash. Exposure Modes: Program (with shift), aperture/ shutter-priority auto and manual. Shutter: Electronic focal plane, vertical travel, 601/8000 second plus ‘B’, flash sync to 1/250 second. Alternative sensor shutter has a speed range of 1-1/32,000 second. White Balance: Auto (neutral or maintain warmer tones), five presets, four custom presets, correction (blue-to-amber and/or magenta-to-green), auto bracketing and manual colour temperature setting (four presets). Power Source: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Optional DMW-BGG9 battery grip accepts a second battery pack. Features: OLED EVF (3.686 megadots), 8.1 cm OLED monitor (1.62 megadots) adjustable for tilt and swing with touch controls, sensor-shift five-axis image stabilisation (in ‘Dual IS 2’ operates along with lens-based optical stabilisers), ‘High Resolution’ mode (80 megapixels), Night display mode, sensor cleaning, ‘ Touchpad’ AF zone selection, ‘4K Photo’ and ‘6K Photo’ modes (Pre-Burst, Burst and Burst Start/Stop), ‘Light Composite’ mode, ‘Post Focus’ function, electronic level display, grid guides (choice of three), Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces, seven ‘Photo Style’ presets (Standard, Vivid, Natural, Scenery, Portrait, Monochrome and L. Monochrome), four user-defined ‘Photo Style’ presets, in-camera adjustment of ‘Photo Style’ parameters (contrast, sharpness, colour saturation, hue and noise reduction), 22 ‘Creative Control’ effects as shooting modes or filter settings (Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Colour and Sunshine), auto bracketing functions (exposure, aperture, focus – up to 999 frames – and white balance), ‘Defocus Control’ function (with iAuto and Creative Control only), ‘Intelligent Dynamic’ processing (Off, Low, Standard, High, Auto), ‘Highlight/Shadow’ control (four presets, three custom settings), HDR multi-shot capture (Auto, +/-1.0 to 3.0 EV with auto align), intervalometer (up to 9999 frames), multiple exposure facility (with overlay and auto exposure adjustment), lens corrections (Shading Compensation and Diffraction Compensation), long exposure noise reduction (On/Off ), luminance/ RGB histogram displays, highlight alert, adjustable image display time, auto image rotation, slide show (with variable display times and background music), playback zoom (up to 16x), 12 or 30 thumbnail displays, thumbnail calendar display, in-camera editing (RAW-to-JPEG processing, ‘4K/6K Photo’ bulk saving, 4K/6K Photo’ noise reduction, Light Composition, rating, title edit, face recognition edit, text stamp, video divide, resize, cropping, rotate, favourite, protect, face recognition edit), ‘Clear Retouch’ tool, picture sort modes, WiFi (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with QR code connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, tethered shooting option, DPOF and PictBridge support. Price: $2499 body only. $3499 with Lumix Vario G X 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH Power OIS zoom. $3499 with Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS zoom.