Panasonic G9: Whoa.

The G9 took me completely by surprise -- and I know I'm not the only one. More surprising is that in the G9 Panasonic has created an entirely new body, a flagship camera aimed at still photographers -- yet using the same 20.3 mp sensor and processor as in the GH5 at almost the same moment that Sony announced its 42+ mp a7r III.  More surprising still is that Panasonic wants to take on Sony's $4,500 a9 in the professional sports and wildlife market (A9, G9, hmm...), and among other interesting twists offers 20 frames per second burst rate with full AF and AE for just over one third the price ($1700). Most surprising? They're launching the camera with the kind of lens Sony DIDN'T launch with the a9: a 200mm f/2.8 prime (400mm full frame equivalent, shipping with a 1.4x teleconverter and with an optional 2x teleconverter promised) for a very un-MFT like price of $3,000. Both the G9 and the 200/2.8 will be available in January, 2018. I am FASCINATED by this camera, and have one to play with for a bit as this video is being published. Stay tuned!

Gear Discussed in this Review:

Panasonic G9: https://bhpho.to/2AiZtzQ http://geni.us/PanasonicG9
Panasonic Battery Grip for G9: https://bhpho.to/2zGwg5K http://geni.us/G9Grip
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 https://bhpho.to/2AknQgH http://geni.us/Leica200mm28
Panasonic 2x Teleconverter: https://bhpho.to/2AlOjKu http://geni.us/Leica2xconverter
Panasonic GH5: https://bhpho.to/2wi2J0Q http://geni.us/OCcig
Sony a7r III: https://bhpho.to/2gCW86G http://geni.us/a7rIII (November 30, 2017 release)
Sony a9: https://bhpho.to/2ydzNVa http://geni.us/Sonya9

Gear used to record this review:

Panasonic GH5: https://bhpho.to/2wi2J0Q http://geni.us/OCcig
Sigma 30mm f/1.4: https://bhpho.to/2whK3hR  http://geni.us/cSxX
Sony UWP D-11 Wireless Bodypack Lav: https://bhpho.to/2ydln7e
Panasonic  Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens https://bhpho.to/2zExGh1 http://geni.us/panny42517
Sony ICD-SX 2000 Audio Recorder: https://bhpho.to/2AiCXae
RĂ˜DE smartLav +: https://bhpho.to/2zDpUEb
MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod: https://bhpho.to/2Ak0xTU http://amzn.to/2yhzuIf
Aputure Lightstorm LS 1/2W: https://bhpho.to/2g3hPjM http://geni.us/aputureLS12W

Edit suite (hardware):
Apple 27" 2017 iMac w/Retina 5K (Mid-2017), jacked: https://bhpho.to/2whuvKR
G-Tech G-Speed Shuttle XL: https://bhpho.to/2ydE5fc

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