G9 vs. Z6 @ 2.8 in low light

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inlawbiker Senior Member • Posts: 2,025
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jwilliams wrote:

Sundre wrote:

I spent some time googling this + reading forum threads. It all got a bit too technical for me. Would anyone be able to give a simple, non-technical answer to this question:

If I shoot the same low-light event (concert etc.) with these two combos, how many stops do I gain with the Z6? Image stabilisation does not matter much since the subjects are moving.

Combo #1: Panasonic G9 + PL 35-100/2.8

Combo #2: Nikon Z6 + Nikon 70-200/2.8

I would love a really simple answer, something like "1/50s with #1 will look more or less like 1/125s with #2". I don't need a technically perfect answer, just a rough ballpark figure.

Unless I have misunderstood something, the two components involved in making the Z6 the better combo for low light is the sensor and the lens. I don't really understand the technical aspects of that, and I would prefer not to have to understand them either.

The reason I'm asking is, I've been offered a used Z6 for 1,000 €, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much. I realise it's a good price for a Z6 mark I in good condition, but I'm not rich. Getting some decent glass for it would be so expensive...

If I can get "good enough" results with something like the PL 35-100/2.8 or the Olympus 75/1.8 with my G9, I'm not sure I want to spend that much at this time.

Thank you

If you regularly shoot in low/challenging light then just go for the FF camera system. It is simply the best tool for that task.

Can't really disagree with this, I have done a lot of indoor shooting with M43, APS-C, and full frame. Especially sports and stage, for stage work you can usually get by with any camera since, depending on the subject, they don't tend to move around very much. That could be music or plays. You don't tend to see a cello player jumping around on stage.

However, eventually you will find a time when the action is fast moving and/or the light is poor, and you need 1/1000+ speed and have to pump the ISO up. A larger sensor is a good safety net when this happens. Fast moving plays or indoor sports can be a real challenge for the smaller sensors.

Sports is almost always 1/1000+ so I usually reach for APS-C as a compromise. Especially field sports, more reach and slightly better ISO than Micro 4/3, and smaller size is a nice package.

In good light it doesn't matter what system you use, nobody can tell the difference in the final image.

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