Panasonic G9: Extensive AF/IBIS/Dual IS Testing and More

The Panasonic G9 looks like an impressive contrast based AF camera, but these early tests make me wonder how much the Panasonic GH-5’s AF can be improved. Hybrid AF seems to be the best way to fully optimize mirrorless AF performance. While the G9 and GH5 are impressive for photos it looks like Panasonic has reached the maximum level of contrast detect AF performance achievable.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Leica DG 200mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Panasonic G9 vs GH5 RAW Noise Comparison and Hex Editor Hack


image courtesy of camera size

Eno sent out a comparison between the Panasonic GH-5 and G9 that he created using Hex Editor Neo and samples from image resource.

“I managed to hack the Panasonic G9 RAW files in a HEX editor so that ACR would open them.

Below I made a side by side RAW image comparison (with Imaging resource RAW samples) between the G9 vs GH5 at different ISO values. It can easily be seen the G9 has less noise compared to the GH5.”

I followed up with him so I could share his methodology.

“I was using “Hex Editor Neo” and changed the name of the camera in the raw file, than save it and voila:

You need to school a little bit down (with the scroll weal from the mouse) and not from the border right scroll line cause you’ll miss the name of the cameras (the file contains a lot of data and you must have precision).

Exactly replace the two lines of code circled with the ones from the GH5. Every each symbol including points (everything) must be exactly like in the above or it whon’t work.”

What do you guys think?

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Leica DG 200mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Last Chance To Save on Luminar 2018 and Receive The Pre-order Bonuses


Only 48 hours left to take advantage of the Luminar 2018 pre-order pricing and free bonuses deal.

Pre-Order Pricing:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $39($49 MSRP)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 at a special pre-order price of $59($69 MSRP)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
  • Beta testers are eligible to receive an additional $10 discount

Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • A Pack of signature presets and textures from pro photographer Nicolesy
  • An Exclusive pack of Cinematic LUTs
  • 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only

Additional information on the Luminar 2018 software can be found here or you can just preorder here.

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Olympus FY Ended Mar. 31, 2018: Growth and Strong OM-D Sales


Consolidated revenue in the Imaging Business amounted to ¥30,569 million (up 7.2% year on year), while operating profit amounted to ¥1,618 million (compared with an operating loss of ¥1,352 million in the same period of the previous fiscal year). In the mirrorless camera field, sales increased as the Olympus Group maintained steady sales of the flagship mirrorless camera “OM-D E-M1 Mark II,” introduced in the previous fiscal year, leading revenue in the Imaging Business to rise year on year. The Imaging Business returned to profitability after having recorded an operating loss in the same period of the previous fiscal year due to progress made in pushing down expenses.
  • Strong sales growth of 19% centered on OM-D series in mirrorless camera field, contributing to overall higher revenue in Imaging Business despite substantial decrease in compact camera sales
  • Substantial increase in profitability achieved through larger ratio of sales from high- margin, high-end mirrorless cameras and effective management of expenses
  • Operating profit of ¥1.6 billion posted in comparison to operating loss of ¥1.4 billion in previously equivalent period, making for operating profit margin of 5.3%

via Olympus

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Olympus and Panasonic Savings


Cameras
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (Save $200): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 12-40mm f/2.8 (Save $400): B&H photo / Amazon
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 12-100mm (Save $400): B&H photo / Amazon
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 12-40mm and 40-150mm (Save $700): B&H photo / Amazon

Olympus PEN-F (Save $200): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus PEN-F with 17mm (Save $300): B&H photo
Olympus PEN-F with 45mm (Save $300): B&H photo
Olympus PEN-F with 25mm and 45mm (Save $400): B&H photo

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm II R (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm EZ (Save $150): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 12-50mm (Save $400): B&H photo

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II  (Save $300): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with 12-40mm f/2.8 (Save $600): B&H photo / Amazon

Olympus PEN E-PL8: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus PEN E-PL8 with 14-42mm: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama

Lenses
M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
M.Zuiko ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama

Portrait Lens Kit with 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8 (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Travel Lens Kit with 14-150mm f/4-5.6 and 17mm f/1.8 (Save $100): B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama


Cameras
Panasonic Lumix G85: B&H photo / Adorama
Panasonic Lumix GH-4: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Lumix G7: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Lumix FZ2500: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Lumix FZ80: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Lumix ZS100: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic HC-V770: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic HC-VX981K: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic HC-V180K: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama

Lens
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS Coming Next


Photorumors is reporting that the Swedish website Fotosidan included in their review of the Panasonic G9 details about Panasonic’s lens roadmap, which clearly states that the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS will be coming next, which you can see in the above screenshot. While this lens isn’t completely new it is the first we have heard about it in a while and when it is released it will be Panasonic’s 10th premium lens after the release of the Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S., which was announced the other day.

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS was first displayed at the 2016 Photokina show: Read More »

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