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Panasonic is the better established player in the video game, but don't count the E-M1 II out just yet. Both cameras offer UHD 4K capture (though the G9 does 60p to the E-M1 II's 30p), but the E-M1 II also adds 24p DCI resolution, for a more cinematic aspect ratio.

For DCI recording, Olympus quotes a bitrate of 237 Mbps, which in theory makes for better capture of random motion in clips. Unusually though, Olympus seems to be quoting a maximum bitrate here rather than an average rate. E-M1 II users report that they rarely see the camera use anything like that 237Mbps, which our own additional testing supports. Despite this, we still think that the E-M1 II's DCI 4K capture looks a bit nicer than the G9's UHD 4K. The E-M1 II's 1080p footage is, however, disappointingly soft.

Both cameras provide video niceties like touchscreens that enable tap-to-focus and flip-out LCDs. It's worth noting that HDMI ports and headphone/microphone jacks are on the left side near the screen's hinge and can be slightly blocked when the LCD is unfolded on both cameras. The robust image stabilization systems on both cameras are also beneficial to video shooters. In our experience, they're both effective for handheld video and give a reasonably steadicam-like appearance to footage.

Again, neither camera has a huge advantage in this category. If you need the very best 4K capture, we give a slight edge to the E-M1 II. But for overall video quality, the G9 comes up with 4K/60p, and we think it's the better buy. Of course, those who very serious about video would want to look to the G9's sibling, the GH5, where you'll find 4:2:2 output that seems to have been withheld from the G9.