Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Pro Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Panasonic and Olympus. Although Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras that we are going to review here have significant distinctive features, they also have something in common. Thus, the first common trait of both models is sensor. These cameras feature identical 20.0 MP CMOS sensors.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Continuous Shooting||20 fps vs 15 fps||5 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||225 vs 121||104 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots||0.3% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||400 shots vs 350 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Viewfinder Resolution||3,680k dots vs 2,360k dots||35.9% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.83 vs No||0.83 better magnification|
|Sensor Area||226.2 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||0.6% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||9.1 vs No||9.1 better flash range|
|Weight||574 g vs 658 g||84 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 3840 x 2160||Higher Resolution Video|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,037k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 slots | 2 slots||Extra Storage Slots|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||20.0 fps | 15.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 84g less than the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 20.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II by the size of their sensors.
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DC-G9||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DC-G9||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Model||Lumix DC-G9||OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Announced||Nov 08, 2017||Sep 19, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||17.4 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||226.20 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||200|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||94||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||225||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||3,680k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||20.0 fps||15.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM||4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||4096 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264||MOV, H.264|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||658 g||574 g|
|Physical Dimensions||137 x 97 x 92 mm||134 x 91 x 67 mm|
|Battery Life||400 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots|