Panasonic Announces G9 II Micro Four Thirds Camera and Updates 100-400mm and 35-100mm Lenses; First Look YouTube Video at B&H
Photography News: Panasonic has given a major update to the G9 II Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera. It now uses a 25MP sensor complete with phase-detect AF. The brand also released Leica DG 100-400mm II and 35-100mm f/2.8 lenses.
NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- B&H is pleased to announce the Panasonic Lumix G9 II mirrorless camera, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 35-100mm f/2.8, and the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II lenses, along with a battery grip compatible with the G9 II, S5 II, and S5 IIX.
Teased earlier this year, the G9 II introduces Phase Detection Auto-Focus in the Micro Four Thirds LUMIX G Series cameras. Addressing what had long been a concern with Panasonic cameras, this addition is paired with new AI-powered recognition technology for improved and dependable autofocus accuracy and speed. The G9 II also features a brand new 25.2MP sensor and a new processor with twice the power for high-speed production of high-resolution images with natural, three-dimensional texture and realistic color tones.
Panasonic Lumix G9 II Mirrorless Camera
With the G9 II, Panasonic has made a powerful machine that gets out of the way of its user with simplicity and speed. The camera also features two SD slots, an HDMI Type A output port, wireless control and image transfer via the LUMIX Sync app, as well as USB-C charging while powered with the appropriate battery charger, available separately.
Adding to this optimized operability is the new DMW-BG1 Battery Grip, which extends the battery life with space for a second battery while also improving handling, especially in the vertical orientation, with its included buttons and eight-directional joystick.
Just as the first G9 was announced alongside a powerful ultra-zoom geared toward sports and wildlife photographers, so has the G9 II been announced in tandem with the upgraded Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II Lens and its fast telephoto zoom counterpart, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 35-100mm f/2.8.
Panasonic has managed to shave off more than a centimeter of length from the 100-400mm ultra zoom, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 200-800mm, and further made it compatible with its 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for a massive zoom range covering up to a 1600mm equivalent zoom range. The 2x teleconverter also introduces 1x magnification for improved macro capabilities. The optical structure, designed in accordance with strict Leica standards, features one aspherical element, two extra-low dispersion elements, and one ultra extra-low dispersion elements to produce detailed and textured high-resolution, high-contrast images. The lens is also newly freeze-resistant and features an on-body Zoom Limit Switch.
Similarly, the new 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom has a 70-200mm 35mm equivalency and is also designed in accordance with strict Leica standards, with a pair of extra-low dispersion elements and one ultra extra-low dispersion element. A new anti-reflective coating on the interior of the lens barrel joins the Nano Surface coating to strengthen the lens's anti-flare properties. The lens's POWER Optical Image Stabilizer, which is compatible with LUMIX Dual I.S., combines with a linear autofocus motor that offers quick and quiet focusing particularly beneficial to the expanding video capabilities of the Micro Four Thirds System. The lens, like its longer counterpart, also incorporates the new freeze-resistant properties for working in adverse environments.
Panasonic G9 II First Look YouTube Video
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