8 reasons why a photography beginner shouldn't be intimidated by professional cameras

We try out the new Panasonic Lumix G9 as photography amateurs to see if we could get our heads around the more sophisticated kit.

With smartphones featuring evermore powerful cameras, everyone has become obsessed with photography. But while cameras on phones are handy and can take fantastic photos, they'll never ever be able to beat images taken with a professional camera.

But many people are reluctant to make the step up to premium cameras because they think they'll need specialised knowledge to use them.

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But as we found when we used the new Panasonic Lumix G9, this is not the case. Yes, there are many options available to the pros, but that doesn't exclude everyone else from benefiting from the camera's high-end features.

If you've considered getting a compact system camera such as the Lumix G9 before but have been deterred for this reason, read on to see why you should be considering it.

1. Stabilisation is amazing

Lumix G9

If you're fed up with blurry photos and can never capture that quick moment clearly, the stabilisation on the Lumix G9 is something that you will be begging for.

Stabilisation has been improving drastically on all cameras in recent years, but having tried zooming in using Panasonic's new Leica DG (Elmarit 200mm / F2.8 / Power O.I.S) lens, slight wobbles don't hinder the end result - even if you find yourself taking a photograph with just one hand.

The Lumix G9 uses a range of sensors to achieve this, including a gyro-sensor, image sensor and accelerometer sensor.

2. Shutter mode will always help you get the best shot

Lumix G9

Shutter mode is much faster on a professional camera so you'll always get at least one good shot - even when zoomed in.

The button is super-sensitive too, so the slightest touch will capture rapid-moving objects.

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3. Tracking will help focus on the right object

Intelligent tracking on the Lumix G9 enables you to focus on the more important things - and best of all, there's nothing extra you need to do, it's completely effortless.

When taking a photo, blue dots appear indicating the edges of an object to enhance them. Focal points like eyes also benefit from this, as they really stand out.

4. Swapping lenses is easier than it looks

There are a range of lenses to suit every need, but you can assume that the bigger it is, the further it will zoom.

Changing lenses is surprisingly easy too - all you need to do is line up the dots on the lens and the camera, then twist, and it should click into place. Easy!

5. Professional cameras are intuitive

Thanks to the three-inch 1040k-dot LCD touchscreen on the back, you can find just about any option you want and it's really easy to understand - you will find you way around pretty soon.

6. Your shots are easy to share

Bluetooth and wi-fi are both on board the G9, so you can easily share your shots instantly to a smartphone or tablet.

7. You don't need to know all the options

The usual camera options along the top are great for pros and well worth trying, but you don't need to use all of them.

Just sticking to A (automatic) will still provide you with some amazing shots.

8. Practice makes perfect

Point 7 is not to say you shouldn't try other modes. It's well worth playing around and testing different features from time to time, to discover what you're more comfortable using and what can provide you with the best shots.

The Lumix G9 is available now, starting at £1,499 for the body only, £1,699 with the Panasonic 12-60mm lens and £2,019 with the Leica 12-60mm lens.

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