Panasonic has revealed the long-awaited Panasonic Lumix G9 II, the Lumix G Series’ first Micro Four Thirds camera with phase-detect autofocus technology. The new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera is designed for still shooters. It comes with a new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS picture sensor, a faster CPU, a quick hybrid focusing system with subject recognition technology, and burst shooting at up to 60 frames per second.
The G9 II is powered by an all-new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, which offers fast response and high-quality photographs. The native ISO range of the camera is 100 to 25,600, although it may be expanded to ISO 50 while capturing still photographs. In many circumstances, the ISO range for video is 100-12,800, though V-Log is ISO 500-12,800 unless increased.
Burst photography with continuous autofocus at up to 60 frames per second is possible thanks to the sensor’s quick readout and the G9 II’s improved processing capability. This necessitates the user being in SH60 mode, which necessitates the use of the camera’s electronic shutter. The G9 II can shoot at 75 frames per second with fixed focus. The G9 II achieves 14 frames per second with AF-S and 10 fps with AF-C while using the mechanical shutter or electronic front curtain shutter.
Pre-burst recording is also available on the G9 II, which constantly cycles through 1.5 seconds before completely pushing the shutter, recording the previous 1.5 seconds’ worth of photos when the shutter is pressed. When shooting at 60 or 75 frames per second, the G9 II can capture around 200 photos, including RAW+JPEG. Depending on the file type, the buffer depth ranges from 160 to 200 frames when using the mechanical shutter.
When it comes to Active I.S. Technology, the Panasonic G9 II has in-body image stabilization with up to eight stops of shake correction. When shooting handheld, the G9 II can produce 100-megapixel High Resolution and Live View Composite photographs thanks to image stabilization.
The hybrid AF system on the G9 II contains artificial intelligence-powered subject recognition technology. In addition to human and animal identification modes, the G9 II’s AI-based topic detection technology now recognizes automobiles, motorcycles, and animal eyeballs. Along with the new subjects that the G9 II can detect, Panasonic claims that the G9 II can recognize humans and animals faster and more accurately.
The G9 II boasts 315 contrast-detect autofocus points spread across a 21 x 15 grid and 779 phase-detection AF points spread across a 41 × 19 grid. The autofocus area encompasses virtually the entire image region.
The G9 II captures 4:2:0 10-bit 5.8K footage with the full 4:3 sensor and 5.7K video with the 17:9 aspect ratio. Like the GH6, it shoots 4:2:0 10-bit C4K/4K video at up to 120p. The G9 II, like the GH6, records Apple ProRes video. The G9 II enables external SSD recording and playback over USB, as well as Real-time LUT support and Active I.S. Technology enabling handheld video recording with perspective distortion correction.
The Panasonic Lumix G9 II will be available for $1,900 at authorized stores beginning in early November.