Panasonic announced today its new "flagship" model Panasonic Lumix G9. It looks similar to the Panasonic Lumix GH5, but is targeting the more photo-oriented people while the GH5 is more for the video-oriented users.
Both have many things in common, but also some very important features in which they differ. More on that later on.
Looking at the features and the first reviews, it looks like the Lumix G9 could become a serious Nikon D500 competitor or even a Nikon D500 "killer" Something nobody would have expected before.
So lets get into this in more detail and see what to expect. Not only from the G9 itself, but also on new Panasonic models coming also in 2018.
The Lumix G9 has almost the same dimensions as the GH5. A little but wider and taller. It is definitely on the large side of MFT cameras. But that has a reason I will explain later.
o.k., that is a bold statement. "Nikon D500 killer". But it looks like that Panasonic is targeting exact the same usergroup with the Lumix G9. And it seems that Panasonic achieved a level of performance with this G9, to be able to be on par with the Nikon D500.
The Lumix G9 is in my opinion not "just another flagship model". For me the G9 is a camera for sports photographers or more general for those, who need the same features as a sports photographer. This is the same target group as Nikon tries to lock in with its D500.
Both are weather sealed, both have a new outstanding autofocus with tons of AF points (D500 has 153 focus points, the G9 has 225 focus points), both are able to have an insane fps rate (D500: 10fps, G9: 9/20/60 fps), both have an excellent state-of-the-art viewfinder for its class, both do not have too many pixel so that the images are fast transferred to the newspaper etc. pp.
So if I would be a sports photographer and do not want to carry a lot of weight, I would not only look at the Nikon D500 (760g), but also at the Panasonic G9 (579g). And the G9 has some features which makes it the better choice for some sport photographers.