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Comparing the Panasonic GH6 and GH7: A Comprehensive Look at Specifications

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Comparing the Panasonic GH6 and GH7: A Comprehensive Look at Specifications

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Panasonic’s GH series has been a long-standing favorite among both videographers and photographers. The GH6 and GH7, being the latest entries in this lineage, promise to offer advanced features that cater to both enthusiasts and professionals. In this blog post, we’ll dive into a detailed comparison of their specifications to help you choose the right model for your needs.

### **1. Sensor and Image Quality**

– **Sensor Type:** Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor
– **Resolution:** 25.2 MP Live MOS sensor
– **ISO Range:** 100-25600 (expandable)
– **Image Processor:** Venus Engine

– **Sensor Type:** Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor
– **Resolution:** 26.1 MP Live MOS sensor
– **ISO Range:** 100-51200 (expandable)
– **Image Processor:** Dual Venus Engine

Both cameras utilize a Micro Four Thirds sensor, but the GH7 features a slightly higher resolution at 26.1 MP compared to the GH6’s 25.2 MP. The GH7 also has a broader ISO range, which can be beneficial in low-light conditions. Additionally, the GH7’s use of dual Venus Engines suggests improved image processing capabilities, potentially resulting in better overall image quality and performance.

### **2. Autofocus and Performance**

– **Autofocus System:** DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology
– **Focus Points:** 225
– **Continuous Shooting Speed:** 12 fps (electronic shutter), 9 fps (mechanical shutter)

– **Autofocus System:** Advanced Hybrid AF with DFD and phase detection
– **Focus Points:** 315
– **Continuous Shooting Speed:** 14 fps (electronic shutter), 12 fps (mechanical shutter)

The GH7 improves upon the GH6’s autofocus system by integrating phase detection alongside DFD technology, which can result in faster and more accurate focusing. The GH7 also boasts more focus points and a higher continuous shooting speed, making it a better option for fast-moving subjects and high-speed photography.

### **3. Video Capabilities**

– **4K Video Recording:** Up to 60p (4:2:2 10-bit internal)
– **6K Video Recording:** Up to 30p (4:2:2 10-bit internal)
– **V-LogL:** Yes
– **Frame Rate Options:** Slow motion recording up to 240 fps in Full HD

– **4K Video Recording:** Up to 120p (4:2:2 10-bit internal)
– **6K Video Recording:** Up to 60p (4:2:2 10-bit internal)
– **V-LogL:** Yes
– **Frame Rate Options:** Slow motion recording up to 480 fps in Full HD

Both models offer impressive video capabilities, but the GH7 extends these features with higher frame rates for 4K and Full HD recording. If high-resolution video and ultra-slow-motion capabilities are crucial for your work, the GH7’s enhanced video specs will be a significant advantage.

### **4. Build and Design**

– **Body Material:** Magnesium alloy
– **Screen:** 3.0-inch, 1.84M-dot vari-angle touchscreen
– **Viewfinder:** 5.76M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
– **Weather Sealing:** Yes

– **Body Material:** Magnesium alloy with improved ergonomics
– **Screen:** 3.2-inch, 2.33M-dot vari-angle touchscreen
– **Viewfinder:** 5.76M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with enhanced refresh rate
– **Weather Sealing:** Yes, with additional protection

The GH7 builds on the GH6’s robust design with an enhanced touchscreen and improved ergonomics. The screen size and resolution are slightly better, which can offer a more detailed and user-friendly interface. The viewfinder in the GH7 also benefits from an improved refresh rate, which can be crucial for capturing fast-moving scenes.

### **5. Connectivity and Storage**

– **Storage:** Dual SD card slots (UHS-II)
– **Connectivity:** HDMI, USB 3.1, 3.5mm audio in/out, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

– **Storage:** Dual SD card slots (UHS-II) with additional CFexpress Type B support
– **Connectivity:** HDMI, USB 3.2, 3.5mm audio in/out, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth

The GH7’s addition of CFexpress Type B support offers faster write speeds and greater storage flexibility, which is beneficial for high-resolution video recording and continuous shooting. The GH7 also features Wi-Fi 6, providing faster wireless connectivity compared to the GH6.

### **6. Battery Life**

– **Battery:** DMW-BLK22, approx. 410 shots (CIPA)

– **Battery:** DMW-BLK22, approx. 500 shots (CIPA)

The GH7 offers improved battery life, allowing for more shooting time between charges. This enhancement can be particularly advantageous for extended shooting sessions or on-location work.

### **Conclusion**

Both the Panasonic GH6 and GH7 are powerful mirrorless cameras that cater to high-end photography and videography needs. The GH7 offers several enhancements over the GH6, including a higher-resolution sensor, faster autofocus, improved video capabilities, and better battery life. However, the GH6 remains a robust and capable option, especially if your needs don’t require the latest advancements in video recording or autofocus speed.

Ultimately, your choice between the GH6 and GH7 will depend on your specific requirements and budget. If you need cutting-edge features and are willing to invest in the latest technology, the GH7 is likely the better choice. For those who can do without the absolute latest advancements, the GH6 remains a strong contender in the Panasonic GH series.


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Beyond the Specs: Real-World Performance of the Panasonic G9II and Its Lenses

The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera system has carved out a unique niche in the photography world, known for its compact design, flexibility, and image quality. Developed by Panasonic, this MFT system features a sensor size that is between the larger sensors of DSLRs and the more compact ones found in point-and-shoot cameras. This balance results in a camera system that is both lightweight and capable of producing stunning images. In this article, I’ll delve into my experience testing the Panasonic G9II and various lenses.

I had been quite dormant in photography other than shooting product photos. When the opportunity to work with MFT gear came along, I was excited for a new challenge. B&H Photo provided the equipment for this review. While I’m cautious about the term “review,” I prefer sharing my personal experience. With any tool, you’ll learn to harness its power. The G9II excels in photography and static-style vlogging.

Mastering Portraits with the Panasonic G9II

Capturing the perfect portrait of a Warmblood mare can be as challenging as it is rewarding. The nuances of head positioning and ear placement are crucial, and the Panasonic G9II’s rapid autofocus system makes this task significantly easier. Its precise focusing capabilities allow you to concentrate more on composition and timing rather than technical adjustments. Photographing such a dynamic subject often requires the coordination of multiple people, and the Panasonic’s efficiency in autofocus helps streamline this process; by setting the autofocus to animal, then eye, and continuous.


The horse portraits above were captured with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens. This exquisite portrait lens delivers stunning bokeh, rich contrast, exceptional sharpness, and that distinctive “Leica Glow” we all adore. To fully exploit its capabilities, position yourself close to the minimum focus distance with your subject at an aperture larger than f/2, and ensure there is some separation between your subject and the background. Considering that this lens is currently priced under $600, its performance is truly remarkable. In fact, the three lenses discussed in this post are essential for anyone using a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system.

The Micro Four Thirds Sensor: Street Photography Excellence

One of the standout features of the MFT sensor is its resolving power, which is especially apparent in street photography. The image captured during sunrise on Worth Avenue, taken with an aperture of F/1.7, demonstrates the depth of field and detail that the MFT sensor can achieve. The Panasonic G9II’s sensor, paired with high-quality lenses, excels in capturing intricate details and vibrant colors in diverse shooting conditions.


Palm Beach’s Worth Ave

A Game-Changer for Enthusiasts

The combination of the MFT sensor with Leica glass delivers images that are not only sharp and colorful but also aesthetically pleasing with minimal effort. While some may argue that smartphones can match this quality, the dedicated experience offered by MFT cameras like the Panasonic G9II is unparalleled by phone cameras. These cameras are loved for their lightweight, compact form, and affordability. More importantly, great photography isn’t solely about technical prowess; it’s about capturing moments through an inspired lens.



All Along the Clock Tower

The clock tower’s time indicates that I took this photo at 7 a.m. Certain cameras and lenses encourage you to explore and enjoy the sights. The Panasonic setup is affordable and delivers excellent results. Whether you choose to use the viewfinder or the bright lcd screen, making compositions is a breeze. In fact most of my photos, I didn’t even crop.


Exploring the Zoom Lenses



Safari Testing in Progress…


Transitioning from prime lenses to a zoom lens can significantly change your photographic experience. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. lens introduces a new level of versatility. For someone accustomed to using only 35mm and 50mm prime lenses, the range and flexibility of this zoom lens are exhilarating.



The image stabilization with this zoom lens and camera combination works exceptionally well.




My MVP (Most Valuable Player) Lens Choice


Among the impressive range of MFT lenses, the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. stands out as a personal favorite. Its aperture ring, focal length, and build quality offer exceptional value for its price, making it a must-have for enthusiasts. It’s the lens that just seemed to stay on the camera as a default.


Why Shoot an Ordinary Portrait When Your Friend is a World-Class Performer?

Panasonic Lumix Leica Lens

Panasonic Leica Lens 15mm DG Summilux ISO 100 F/2.8 1/400

When seeking new and exciting content to shoot, I reached out to my friend Nicole Winter. We’ve collaborated several times before, and we were both eager to work together again. Nicole was accustomed to me using a rangefinder and asking her to hold uncomfortable positions for extended periods—all in pursuit of the perfect shot. This time, with the Panasonic G9II’s autofocus, the process was much smoother for me. Although autofocus wasn’t flawless in variable lighting conditions (as seen in the photo above), the viewfinder’s feedback ensured I knew when it was locked on correctly. I set the autofocus to human with eye detection to improve accuracy.

Leica 15mm DG Summilux ISO 400 F2 1/60


My experience with the Panasonic Lumix G9II has been outstanding. The Micro Four Thirds system is alive, as evidenced by the G9II, the anticipated GH7, and the Leica D-Lux 8. The G9II proves to be a powerful tool for both photography and static video work, making it an excellent choice for vloggers with its flip-out LCD screen and microphone input. I extend my gratitude to B&H Photo for providing the equipment for this review—it has been a fantastic journey.


Links to everything used in this review:

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 II ASPH. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix G9 II Mirrorless Camera


by Scott Morvay

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**Notes, All images except Nicole’s link to the 43Addict Flickr Page


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