Panasonic G9 Reviews & Experiences

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There is a sub-menu during playback of high speed bursts that let's the user go frame by frame, and which allows for enlarging each of the frames individually. It wasn't very intuitive to get to that screen initially.
 

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I am getting a lot of just slightly out of focus photos of my 19 month old toddler even when he's not running at full speed, including when he's just sitting there playing with toys. Under daylight, using AFC at 20 fps, I get maybe 20% perfectly focused images of his face. This happens whether I use face detection or a small custom shaped AF area, which I place right over his face. This also happens whether I shoot small bursts or a 20 frames burst. I am using the 42.5/1.7.

I had the EM1ii on loan for about two weeks, and the EM1ii's face detection was much more accurate even using the 42.5/1.7. The EM1ii's face detection was able to give me perfect focus even when the eye was barely showing such as in a profile photo.

I typically don't take photos of people with face detection with high speed burst and AFC. But given the capabilities of the G9, I figured that I would do that especially when my toddler changes facial expressions a lot and I am trying to capture the "cute smile" look. Unfortunately, even when I have a perfectly still model (aka wife), I'm still getting just a tad out of focus softness around the eyes. Almost as if my lens is front focusing.

Anyone encountering results similar to this? Maybe I should use single point, or slow down to 9 fps, use mechanical shutter, use AFS, or all of the above? I really thought that semi-stationary subjects should be a breeze for the G9. Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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Personally I got excellent results shooting portraits with face/eye detection, single shot and AFC.
 

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With quick moving subjects?
Moving subject...maybe not too quickly. I'm talking about portraits. But I normally use AFC to be always ready.
The right distance from the subject make the difference. With the same prime lens (42.5 1.7), if you are at the right distance the AFC works fine even with portraits. One or two steps back make difference from sharp to soft image. But not out of focus.

At least this is my feeling with the G9
 

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Moving subject...maybe not too quickly. I'm talking about portraits. But I normally use AFC to be always ready.
The right distance from the subject make the difference. With the same prime lens (42.5 1.7), if you are at the right distance the AFC works fine even with portraits. One or two steps back make difference from sharp to soft image. But not out of focus.

At least this is my feeling with the G9
Stepping back makes a difference, because of deeper depth of field?

Maybe I'm having a hard time distinguishing between softness vs out of focus. My primary point of reference are blurry eye lashes and eyebrows even with shutter speeds fast enough to freeze movements (even though my subject isn't moving that fast).
 

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Stepping back makes a difference, because of deeper depth of field?
Mmmm I'm not sure is a matter of DOF. It's looks like that using AFC for portraits, but increasing slightly the normal distance between the point of focus and sensor, the AF (or maybe the lens itself), loses a bit of sharpness.
 

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Goodo.
I've sat with the camera and the manual and it's got me bushed. Can't see how eg to extract and delete shots or magnify one.
 

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There is a sub-menu during playback of high speed bursts that let's the user go frame by frame, and which allows for enlarging each of the frames individually. It wasn't very intuitive to get to that screen initially.
It took me a long time to find this after reading your comment, but now that I figured out it's so simple. When in playback mode, all you have to press is down, then you can cycle through each frame and either zoom or delete them. Glad you pointed this out, and as simple as it is, I didn't figure it out. It seems that if they are going to group the shots like they do with the 4k/6k bursts, they could at least keep the interface the same?
 

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There must be 2 ways to do it then, because I didn’t press down on anything. It sounds like it would be faster than my way, which I found by accident.

When you review the burst image I tap on the LCD which pops up a little box on the lower left, I tap on that which brings up another box above that box, I ignore those and tap on the checkered box on the right which pulls up all of the images in the burst which you can then go through like normal.

I’ll be interested to hear what he presses down on too since that sounds a lot faster
 
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