Hands on: Panasonic Lumix G9 II review: a promising wildlife camera

I’m in the back of a safari truck in a wildlife reserve, Panasonic Lumix G9 II with Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS lens in hand, wowed by the giraffes scattered across a bush-filled hillside. It’s an unseasonably hot 30C in the UK (that’s 86F), and for a moment I’m taken back to my days living in Kenya, where these kinds of trips are the thing you do, if you can afford it. 

On this occasion, however, the camera gear that I have in hand is a whole lot better. There’s a giraffe that’s mostly obscured from view by the tree it’s feeding from. I lift the G9 II’s 3.69m-dot viewfinder up to my eye and immerse myself in the closer view that the wildlife and sports lens affords me (it has an effective 400mm focal length), and despite the giraffe being mostly obscured, the camera’s animal-detection autofocus locks onto the subject.

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