Geotagging on the G9

The G9 does not have built in GPS – but what it does have is the ability to link via low-energy Bluetooth (BLE) to your phone and thereby import the GPS coordinates from the phone.

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Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century.  The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.

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Lumix G9 SH1/2 Pre-burst

So a little while ago I wrote a blog post here about the G9s 6K Pre-burst function.  My conclusion on this function was that whilst it had its uses its usability, for me, was very much degraded by what I considered to be very poor auto-focus speed.  Further investigation of this issue has not, unfortunately, found a solution – the simple fact is that the 6K photo functions are essentially using video technology including the cameras video auto-focus which is hugely inferior to the lightning fast stills auto-focus system.  Overall therefore I am afraid that 6K photo is for me a disappointment.

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Landscape Update

My first attempt at a landscape with the G9 and PL 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 here yielded mixed results, all be it in rather tricky lighting.  My major concern was the amount of noise apparent in the shadows even at base iso of 200, my conclusion was that in such circumstances it is critical with the G9s relatively small sensor not to underexpose.

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Lumix G9 First Impressions – Ergonomics

Panasonic have clearly spent a lot of time working on the ergonomics of the G9 and it really shows.  They have managed to squeeze into a relatively compact body the best features of both m43 and DSLR formats.  In the hand this camera feels superb – it is as good if not better to handle than any other camera that I am aware of and feels exceptionally well built.  For me it is neither too big nor too heavy.

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My Low Calorie Strategy

A mirrorless camera from Sony with one of their great sensors is surely the way forward – that was my initial thought based on all the talk about the size advantages of such cameras. But here’s the thing – the Sony mirrorless cameras are in essence just like any DSLR but without the mirror, the lenses are to all intent and purposes the same size and weight as my Canon offerings, so yes you can save a few grams and centemeters on the camera body but in the overall scheme of things little is to be gained.

So what to do ?

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