G9 Stabilizer question

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Breb Forum Member • Posts: 68
G9 Stabilizer question

Hi does anyone know if apart from the lens switch is there any way I can configure the G9 to only have the OIS come on when I half press the Shutter Button. I realise I can have Mode 1 or 2 in video mode but I would like it for stills shooting, it seems crazy to have it running all the time when I'm just changing settings etc. I've searched the manual but cant find anything. Thanks

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lescrane Contributing Member • Posts: 712
Re: G9 Stabilizer question

IS motor may be active all the time but IS not actually taking place until you half press shutter. No way around that unless you disable IS with switch or camera setting.

It's been theorized that this setup, makes it more instant.  But others have commented on this over the years including myself when I heard humming noise from lens while I was carrying it.

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Breb wrote:

Hi does anyone know if apart from the lens switch is there any way I can configure the G9 to only have the OIS come on when I half press the Shutter Button. I realise I can have Mode 1 or 2 in video mode but I would like it for stills shooting, it seems crazy to have it running all the time when I'm just changing settings etc. I've searched the manual but cant find anything. Thanks

Unlike Olympus which offers shooter an option to select using either OIS or IBIS, Panasonic does not. It sticks to a very simple policy: Best or nothing.

Therefore part of your question would depend on what is the lens you used.

  • If an OIS only, non DUAL IS compatible lens (e.g. 14-45 f/3.5-5.6 or any Olympus OIS lenses), on G9 you can choose to use either OIS or no stabilization.
  • If an OIS and DUAL IS compatible lens (e.g. 12-35 f.2.8 mk-I), on G9 you can choose to use either DUAL IS or no stabilization.
  • If an OIS and DUAL IS 2 compatible lens (e.g. 12-32 f/3.5-5.6), on G9 you can choose to use DUAL IS or no stabilization.
  • If a non OIS lens (e.g. 15 f/1.7 or any Olympus non OIS lenses), on G9 you can choose to use IBIS or no stabilization.

Then would like to ask for your purpose wishing to activate stabilization only on half shutter pressing?

As G9 uses a 5-axis IBIS floating sensor, it requires an electromagnetic force to keep the sensor in fixed position (if Stabilization = OFF) or ready to compensate for the shaking (if Stabilization = ON). Hence, no matter you see the stabilization effect in evf/LCD, G9 will keep on spending energy to keep the sensor in ready to operate position all the time. The sensor will only rest (freely sitting in its housing) on power off. So, would you think a setting to activate stabilization only when half pressing of shutter be meaningful?

BTW, an IS switch on the lens barrel is the same as the IS option in the Menu.

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OP Breb Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: G9 Stabilizer question

Thanks for the replies, it looks as though things are as I suspected. I have the PL12-60 which is Dual IS, although it doesnt show dual IS in the menu ? I read somewhere that it should if you have a compatible lens, I checked if the firmware was up to date when I bought it in March and it was.

I wanted to have it on half press only to save battery life also it seems to warm the body up as well but perhaps thats normal because my smartphone warms up as well. I've disabled Eye AF because that was a battery drain because it was on if it was near my body.

Interceptor121 Senior Member • Posts: 1,273
Re: G9 Stabilizer question

Breb wrote:

Thanks for the replies, it looks as though things are as I suspected. I have the PL12-60 which is Dual IS, although it doesnt show dual IS in the menu ? I read somewhere that it should if you have a compatible lens, I checked if the firmware was up to date when I bought it in March and it was.

I wanted to have it on half press only to save battery life also it seems to warm the body up as well but perhaps thats normal because my smartphone warms up as well. I've disabled Eye AF because that was a battery drain because it was on if it was near my body.

The main source of battery drain is the fact the sensor is always on as this is a mirrorless camera

shutter half press won’t make a difference I have also an olympus camera with panasonic lenses that are stabilised does exactly that and it is annoying as the frame moves when you keep half pressed and drops after because it only stops moving when is off

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