Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9
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Panasonic's GX9 is a 20MP interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds camera. Its sensor does not use a low-pass filter in an effort to maximize sharpness, and an L/Monochrome D Photo Style is included for fans of black-and-white film. The GX9 does not offer weather-sealing, unlike the GX8 and G9.
The GX9 offers a 2.7 million-dot (equiv) EVF that tilts 90° upward, and a 1.2 million-dot touchscreen that tilts up 80° and down by 45° – a departure from the G9 and GX8's fully articulated screens. An electromagnetic drive claims to reduce shutter shock by 90%, an attempt to mitigate the shutter-induced softness we saw in previous GX-models. The camera relies on contrast detect autofocus with the help of Panasonic's Depth from Defocus technology when Panasonic lenses are used.
Naturally 4K/30p/24p video is present with all of the affiliated 4K Photo Modes, including two new ones: Auto Marking and Sequence Composition. Auto Marking allows the camera to identify movement in a 4K clip and set a marker to quickly jump to the action, and Sequence Composition makes it easy to create composite images of action in-camera. In-body 5-axis stabilization combines with dual-axis optical stabilization, resulting in a claimed 4-stop reduction in shake. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are available for quick image sharing.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 72 x 47 mm (4.88 x 2.83 x 1.85″)|
With its compact size, robust feature set, abundant controls and overall responsiveness, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a great camera for all kinds of photographers. The trick tilting viewfinder is a neat touch (though we wish it were larger), and limited battery life remains a sticking point. But impressive in-body image stabilization, a pleasing JPEG engine and good quality 4K capture mean the Lumix GX9 is a camera we can easily recommend.
Good for: Street photographers, travel photographers who don't mind carrying an extra battery with them, enthusiasts that enjoy abundant controls and those who want great JPEGs right out of the camera.
Not so good for: Hardcore landscape and sports shooters that may need greater dynamic range, resolution and burst speeds.
01:56 (13 Feb, 2018)