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Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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Re the Pincushion distortion in the EVF, Could it be an uncorrected representation of what the lens actually draws which is later corrected in the file?

According to the DPReview image quality comparison tool, the sensor/processing in the G9 does yield better image quality than that of the GX8.

The GX8 having been sullied irreversibly by social media, Panasonic was correct in ditching that camera. The G9 was the right design given the “contemporary” pro offerings from Sony and Olympus.

One person's fails are another's wins. AFF is one of those things that I've never used in 6 years of Lumix shooting. One less indent on the lever is fine with me. I think the controls and placement of the Fn buttons is great on this camera.

The pincushion distortion of the finder is an optical issue. I think this is the one flaw of the camera. However after repeated viewing, or if one is in the zone and concentrating on making images, the distortion in the viewfinder, and in general the entire UI of the camera becomes completely invisible.

When using any tool that disappears in your hands, well you know you have a great tool to do the job at hand. The G9 feels that way to me.

I have used cameras that were an impediment to making photos. Between the impossible menus and the fact that you had to dive into them to execute simple tasks, like moving a focus point, they were impossible to ignore, and remarkably frustrating to use in the moment.

From an image making standpoint, it will not get in your way.

This looks like a great but absurdly priced camera, even with the discounts and finagling, though I'm glad you like it.

>The G9 was the right design given the “contemporary” pro offerings from Sony and Olympus.

It looks like the right camera but the wrong price.

As I mentioned in a post here a week or so ago, I shot with the G9 on May 5 at the Sacramento Zoon for about an hour and a half as part of a camera demo day.

Andrew's article today reminded me that I also noticed the pincushion distortion in the G9's EVF, though admittedly the EVF is large enough that its not too problematical.

The other niggle I had with the camera is I thought the focus point selection joystick is positioned a bit too far away for me to be ergonomically comfortable; it's literally a bit a of a stretch for my thumb.

Other than that, I liked the G9 quite a bit, Andrew is correct that this camera's responsiveness is very fast, and I think it's fairly priced for the features and functionality it offers. I'd much rather shoot with the G9 than a Sony E-mount A7-series camera any day of the week. The G9 feels and operates like a real camera, the Sony feels like shooting with a brick festooned with buttons and controls in cumbersome, confusing and uncomfortable positions.

To me the viewfinder is everything, I had high hopes for this one, but one look through it and I gave it back. The pincushion distortion was really offensive.
I suppose I'll just have to stick to my rangefinders.....

You know, I'm not that disappointed with the GX9. The EVF might be smaller than the GX8's, but at least it's very sharp, clear (bright with good contrast), and smooth (fast refresh rate, not much color tearing). Definitely a nicer image than the EVF in the Fujifilm X-E3 (needs a bit more resolution, tends to have dark shadows, looks a bit jittery), despite being smaller.

And the complaints online about the rear dials are particular to some but not all people. The exposure compensation dial is much stiffer than the rear control dial, and you have to use the tip of your thumb to move it. It's recessed enough that I don't touch it while turning the rear control dial, which I can move with the heel of my thumb. It isn't an issue for me.

So try before you buy! I'm 5'8'' with small hands for comparison's sake. The grip feels better than the X-E3's to me, and it isn't disappointing even with the Olympus 75mm mounted. All that said, I'll probably go with Fuji for the lenses.

raizans said:
"The exposure compensation dial is much stiffer than the rear control dial, and you have to use the tip of your thumb to move it. It's recessed enough that I don't touch it while turning the rear control dial, which I can move with the heel of my thumb."

Hate the exposure comp dial myself. I want an easily operated wheel close to my forefinger for that. Fortunately, you can disable the EC dial completely in the menu system and assign it to the front wheel, with aperture/shutter assigned to the rear wheel for the thumb to turn. Perfect!

I'm feeling a bit encouraged that the viewfinder distortion is not just down to my eyes. It's livable, but a bit sad that Panasonic have released a new "flagship" camera with a relatively obvious optical error.

Regarding price, I have to say "shop around" and "feel free to haggle". Since I wrote the article I have extracted another £200 rebate from my dealer, because I'd just missed out on another offer. The cash price of my G9 has ended up well under £1000/$1400, plus a 5 year old GX7.

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