Hey folks, just your average GAS ramble to come. The G9 looks good. Really good. The Olympus E-M5 got me into m43 and since then, the Panasonic GM1, GH3 and GH4 have come to the fold. I use the GH cameras for work, but the GM1 is a wonderful stills camera with the small Olympus primes. The G9 feels great in the hand and promises better image quality, good AF tracking, great burst mode shooting, and a range of things which would be useful for general shooting and sports/action events. It also uses the same batteries as the GH3/4/5/s, so I can easily swap between the two lines. It's especially attractive right now because it's about 20% off retail, and it comes with a free battery grip which retails for $400 AUD. I like saving money on stuff! But I'm just not sure if I can justify spending $2000 AUD on a stills oriented camera when I could get the GH5 for about $450 more. The GH5 would be a very practical step up for work, with its huge array of high quality video codecs. It's just not the stills camera the G9 is made out to be. And it's $450 more. The G9 is bigger than what I'm used to carrying on a daily basis right now. If I get it, it will likely come out on special occasions or for dedicated shooting, and I feel like I would get less use from it than something smaller. I can justify at GH5 or even a GH5s because I'll beat it like a redheaded stepchild for work, but the G9 almost seems like a throwback to the (shudder) days I carried a Canon DSLR every day. So I'm looking at the GX85 to take the edge off my desire for another stills-oriented camera. Now that it's discontinued, prices are at an all time low of $750, and it has the image quality of the GM1 plus 5 axis stabilization. At a pinch, it would be a decent B or C cam for the GH cameras. The GX9 is about $1100 with the 20mp sensor of the GH5/G9, but I'm not convinced that the extra $350 is worth it. The GX85 seems like a good bet. It's small enough that I'd carry it more often than the G9, and it's considerably less money, so I could justify it as a stills camera. But I feel like I'm missing the extra stills capabilities of the G9, plus the 4k 60p video. The best way to save money is to not spend it! But that goes against my gearlusting sensibilities. Just rambling and thinking out loud. Carry on.