New Panasonic Lumix G9 camera to be announced by the end of the year

I received some information that a new Panasonic LUMIX G9 camera is going to be announced by the end of this year:

It will have the same photo quality and photo functions like the GH5. It will not have the same video options. It will have a second display on the top like DSLR cameras. I don't know whether the top display will be LCD or OLED. The new camera is rumored to cost around €1,200 (around $1,400).

Coincidentally, a new post appeared on Fredmiranda forum with a screenshot from a photographer's Facebook post who claimed that he is testing the new Panasonic Lumix G9 camera (Ken Duncan is a Panasonic brand ambassador):

I am not sure if the rumor I posted yesterday is related to the Panasonic Lumix G9 camera.

Here is a recap of the Panasonic Lumix G9 camera rumored specifications:

  • To be announced by the end of this year, available after Christmas
  • Same photo capabilities as the GH5
  • Different video capabilities (compared to the GH5)
  • Second display on top of camera
  • Rumored price: €1,200 (around $1,400)
  • Very fast shooting rate with a large buffer (60 frames burst)
  • 80MB shooting mode - it can stitch multiple pictures (for example 6 pictures can produce 1GB final image)

Current pricing and availability of Panasonic cameras can be found here.

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  • Vavinov Alex

    80MB shooting mode… x6 =1GB final image. ???

    • That’s what the guy said – see the screnshot.

      • It’s gibberish though. Even if he stitched 6 of the 80MB images together without any overlap, the largest file without further upsampling should be a 480MB image. I suspect too that he meant 80MPx (not bytes) – but the math remains the same: it doesn’t add up.

    • Ricky Mackie

      If it’s micro 4/3 like the other lumix, this sounds like pixel shift or something to get to 80MB per frame

    • RC Jenkins

      I’d guess that means “80MP”

      …which is 4x 20MP. Then perhaps 2 more for further noise reduction or something. So it could do pixel shift, with a half-pixel shift in each direction (right, down, left, up), and produces an 80MP ‘raw’ image.

      …which could conceivably be on the order of 1GB.

      Or, perhaps it’s an 80MP panorama raw, which would make sense with the use of the term “stitch.”

    • markz

      Ken usually works with wide HDR panos these big files in photoshop so my guess he’s talking about his working file size

  • dpanch_89

    Just bought the G80/85 a couple of weeks ago. Pretty happy with it as I got a fantastic trade in deal. If this new camera has 4k60 then I’d be gutted otherwise I don’t really care too much. (Or if it has PDAF).

  • TurtleCat

    Possibly. 20mp x 4 pictures in a stack then x stitch count.

  • TurtleCat

    Either an approved leak or someone really broke their NDA in style and won’t get another review camera…

    • I have been under NDA twice with Leica Camera. The legal paperwork and instructions are extremely clear – there is no way this could be a mistake or missunderstanding.

    • markz

      Ken’s been a long time Panasonic ambassador (or what ever they call them here) so I doubt he doesn’t know the rules, when he was doing the GX7 pre release testing and promo he did much the same thing as with this – including releasing large multi shot panos in to forums

  • CG462

    Panasonic has discontinued their 14mm f2.5 and 12-32mm. Wish they would offer a compact, affordable (no Leica branding) 12mm f2.5. For that matter, I wish they’d bring back the GM series.

    • snappur

      I’m wishing for an updated — and fast – – 14mm prime.

      • CG462

        What about the 15mm 1.7? Too pricey, not wide enough? I’d like a 14mm f1.7 or 12mm f1.7 if they could make it relatively small and affordable.

        • snappur

          I’m thinking of either a compact 14mm f2 or a high performance f1.4 edition. Because the angle of view of the 14mm is so familiar and useful — being the equivalent of 28mm on full-frame 35 — I feel that the market would accept *both* versions in the lineup from Panasonic.

  • Azmodan

    Like I said sounds like an E-M1 II competitor hopefully at not such a high price. AF will be critical. DFD will not cut the mustard for fast action in the field.

    • Eno

      Actually for stills the DFD tech is very good.

      • Azmodan

        Who cares, it’s useless in the field for something that moves.

        • Eno

          The opinion of a person who never used it’s useless. 🙂

  • Zos Xavius

    Is this the same camera as the last rumor that claimed “Something that’s never been done before”? It would seem so.

    So what’s never been done before here? Unless that refers to another camera entirely. A G9 sounds like the next logical step for the Gx series. I almost bought a G2 years ago. So glad I never went that route really.

    • I don’t know for sure. My guess is that it is the same camera.

  • Someone

    GX series cameras have IBIS, if I am not mistaken.

    • MB

      So does GH5 … I meant before recent models …

  • Spy Black

    Although I personally have no interest in this, I can never understand why manufacturers launch products that WON’T be available BEFORE the Holidays. Design, announcement, and manufacturing should be significantly ahead of Holiday season.

    • Piooof

      Deadlines are easy to meet. Especially when you don’t try something difficult.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      The holidays aren’t as big in Japan and China as they are here.

      • Spy Black

        Yes but they’re big in any company’s bottom line, doesn’t matter where they’re from.

        • Jeffry De Meyer

          Maybe it has an other reason.
          Maybe people don’t gift that kid of thing during the winter holidays.

          I can see why a nintendo would want to get their stuff out before the holiday season.

  • dpanch_89

    Unless it brings PDAF, I don’t think it’ll be that revolutionary. The 80MP photo maybe useful for some landscape and still life photographers but I’d only be interested if it had 4k60. In the meantime my g85 is doing me wonders.

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