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Panasonic G9 High Resolution Mode 2

By | 07/08/2022

Panasonic G9 processing example in PhotoLab
VIew from Win Hill in the Peak District. Panasonic G9 with 12-sixty lens. See text below for farther details.

I’thou certain that it will come as no surprise that I’ve been wasting lots of fourth dimension with my new Panasonic G9. I’ve spent hours pixel peeping to examine the functioning of the camera and accept even been comparing it side past side with my Fuji XT3. I won’t say too much about this nonetheless equally I want to compile a larger article in the future. Information technology’s certainly proved fascinating upwards to this point.

But allow’southward put this to i side because I want to share something that has taken me completely past surprise. The Panasonic G9 loftier-resolution mode.

If you’re not familiar, the high-resolution style is where the camera shoots multiple images, shifting the sensor between each frame. Information technology and so processes these into a single JPEG and/or RAW file depending on your settings.

The camera has two high resolution modes to choose from:

  1. 40 Mpixel (7,296 10 v,472 pixels)
  2. 80.v Mpixel (ten,368 x 7,776 pixels)

When I decided to become the G9, this feature wasn’t even in my mind, although it clearly competes with the resolution figures for many full-frame cameras. The reason I ignored information technology is that yous need a perfectly even so scene. If there’s any movement, it tin can create a strange ghosting outcome as the photographic camera tries to merge the multiple images. This makes information technology an platonic feature for studio photography simply useless for landscape photography.

Or does it.

Whilst I was experimenting with this feature, I noticed something interesting. If you slightly elongate the shutter speed so that moving objects blur a piffling, the moving objects get smoothed in the high-resolution paradigm. From everything I had read and the examples I’d seen on the cyberspace, this was a complete surprise.

My other surprise was how detailed these high-resolution images are. Hither’s an example.

panasonic g9 80mpixel image
Image captured using the Panasonic G9 80 Mpixel high-resolution fashion.

And here’southward a small-scale section from the middle of the frame. Notice how the movement in the ferns looks completely natural.

Section of the image at 100% magnification (click to view)

Information technology’due south early days but this could exist a bit of a game changer for me. Whilst I can’t handhold these shots, I don’t mind shooting from a tripod because that’s what I would do with a larger camera anyway. Information technology besides makes carrying a Neutral Density filter more important.

Now back to the image at the start of the post. This is another prototype captured using the Panasonic G9. I shot information technology handheld in the Peak District whilst out walking. The exposure was 1/250” at f/8.0 and ISO200. The lens is the Leica 12-60 that came with the G9, set to 18mm.

The reason that I wanted to share this image is that I’ve used it in my latest YouTube video. In it, I share how and why I utilise DxO PhotoLab for my Micro 43 RAW file processing. I hope this will be of interest to a least a few readers. PhotoLab works swell with many cameras (they don’t support Fuji XTrans) but I’ve found information technology particularly good for Micro 43. If you oasis’t tried information technology, I’d recommend downloading the trial version (affiliate link) and following my video with your own RAW files.

I’1000 going to leave it there for now, only I volition accept more than to share in the future about extracting the all-time performance from RAW files.

I hope y’all take a peachy weekend.

Source: https://thelightweightphotographer.com/2020/10/30/high-resolution-pixel-peeping-with-the-panasonic-g9/