Panasonic Lumix G9 II vs S5 II

Panasonic Lumix G9 II vs Lumix S5 II
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The launch of the Panasonic Lumix S5 II (and S5 IIx) caused quite a stir because Panasonic had at last added phase-detect autofocus to its full frame mirrorless cameras. People wondered when it would do the same for its Lumix G Micro Four Thirds models. We didn’t have to wait long. The Lumix G9 II has caused some perplexity, though, not least because of its design, which is almost indistinguishable from the Lumix S5 II, and its price, which is also very close to the S5 II.

These are both among the best Panasonic cameras today, but who would want to pay the same for a Micro Four Thirds camera as they would a full frame model? Our comparison reveals that there are reasons why the pricing is so close.

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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