Panasonic Lumix G9 II vs Lumix GH6

Panasonic Lumix G9 II vs Lumix GH6
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The Panasonic Lumix GH6 was launched in February 2022 and immediately impressed the video community with its high-end features and how much it delivered for the money. But in September 2023, just 19 months later, Panasonic released the G9 II, almost matching the GH6 for video capabilities but adding phase-detect AF and powerful stills photography features. So which one should you buy?

It’s not quite as simple as saying one is best for videographers and one is best for stills photographers. The Lumix GH6 is certainly one of the best cameras for filmmaking, and quite close to the capabilities of the best cinema cameras, but the Lumix G9 II is now right up there with it, the addition of phase-detect autofocus surely makes it one of the best hybrid cameras right now and one of the best cameras for vlogging.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at