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Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II – Comparison

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Our Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II comparison article is ready and you can check the details of these high-end cameras with Micro Four Thirds image sensors.

Panasonic G9 and Olympus E-M1 II has the same sensor size and resolution in Micro Four Thirds worlds. Both camers offer 20-megapixel resolution.

We think the Panasonic G9 is a direct competitor of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. The new camera is a good proof of Panasonic’s answer to target still photographers. The MFT shooter is designed for sports and wildlife photographers.

With the G9, sensor shift technology allows you to capture images at a higher resolution of 80MP by moving the sensor. On the E-M1 II the JPG output is limited to 50MP.  Another difference between these two cameras is that Panasonic G9’s sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter.

The price of Panasonic G9 is almost $100 cheaper than the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. The G9 costs $1,699 while the E-M1 Mark II is currently seeling for $1,799.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a camera with Micro 4/3rds sensor, the Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II comparison covers all the important specifications of each camera.

Differences Between the Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II Cameras

Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II – Comparison

Here is the comparison of the Panasonic G9 vs Olympus E-M1 Mark II cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Features / Models Panasonic G9 Olympus EM1 Mark II Olympus EM1
Megapixel 20 megapixels 20 megapixels 16.3 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Image processor Venus Engine TruePic VIII TruePic VII
Low pass filter No Anti-aliasing Yes Yes
Image stabilization 6.5 stops 5.5 stops 5-Axis
AF System DfD (Depth from Defocus) system Contrast + Phase Detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points 121 points 81 points
ISO 100-25600 64-25600 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/32000 sec 60sec 1/32000 sec 60 sec 1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 60fps 60fps 10fps
Video 4K Ultra HD up to 60fps and 150Mbps, In 1080p, the maximum frame rate is 180fps. The full-size HDMI port can output a 4:2:2 8-bit signal a 4K video up to 30fps and 102Mbps, In 1080p the maximum frame rate is 60fps. The micro HDMI port can output 4:2:2 8-bit. 1920 x1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Display 3.0″ TFT- LCD Rear Screen, Fully Articulated (1037K pixels) 3.0″ TFT- LCD Rear Screen, Fully Articulated (1037K pixels) Tilting 3.0″Rear LCD (1037k)
Viewfinder Electronic Viewfinder (100%) 3,680k dots Electronic Viewfinder (100%) 2,360k dots Electronic Viewfinder (100%) 2,360k dots
Hot-shoe Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 350 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-in Built-in  Built-in
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 92mm 134 x 91 x 67 mm 130 x 94 x 63 mm
Weight 658 gram 574 gram 497g

Advantages of the Panasonic G9:

  • Provides higher movie framerates for better video recording (4K/60p vs 4K/30p).
  • It has a higher resolution electronic viewfinder for more details (3680k vs 2360k dots).
  • It has an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Is somewhat more recent and newer technology inside (there is 1 year gap between the E-M1 II).

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Pros:

  • It has a lower weight (by 84g or 13 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • It has been on the market for longer (launched in November 2017). So better price drops ahead for new buyers.

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