Panasonic Lumix G9 review

Meet the photographer-focused Lumix GH5

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Verdict

Aimed at enthusiast and semi-professional photographers, the Lumix G9 is certainly very competitively priced at £1,499 / $1,699 / AU$2,499 (body-only); you get a lot of camera for your money. 

Panasonic has made a sensible move with the Lumix G9. The GH5, for all its qualities, is still perceived, rightly or wrongly, as very much a videographer's camera, and in the G9 existing users of the Lumix system (and Olympus users as well for that matter), now have the option of purchasing a feature-packed high-end model without necessarily feeling that they're paying for a load of advanced video tech they may not need.

Some might view the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor as a bit of a compromise, but the pay-off is a compact and well-balanced system, and we were thoroughly impressed when we paired the G9 with the 200mm f/2.8 telephoto prime; considering the equivalent focal length you're shooting at it's an incredibly neat setup, while you're certainly not compromised on quality.

Throw in 60fps shooting, polished handling and a wealth of advanced features and the Lumix G9 is a brilliant all-round mirrorless camera. Not to mention Panasonic's best mirrorless camera to date.

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Fujifilm X-T2

It doesn't offer quite as speedy performance as the Lumix G9, but the X-T2 is still one of our favorite mirrorless cameras. The handling and finish are excellent, while the images from the 24MP APS-C sensor are rich in detail and color.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Until now this has been the pick of Micro Four Thirds users looking for a high-end stills camera. The weather-sealed body is built like a tank and it's a very capable camera, but the G9 is that bit more accessible and easier to get to grips with.

Read our in-depth Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review

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Nikon D500

Costing a bit more than the Lumix G9, Nikon's brilliant D500 packs in a wealth of features including a stunning 153-point AF system and 10fps burst shooting. This is one of the best DSLRs going. 

Read our in-depth Nikon D500 review