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Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 First impressions review

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The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds digicam whose maximum recognizable function is its tilting digital viewfinder. The GX9 supplies a wholesome serving of latest options and function enhancements over its predecessor, the GX8.

The maximum notable adjustments come with the removing of the low-pass filter out at the GX9’s 20MP sensor, Five-axis in-body symbol stabilization (up from Four-axis), quite quicker burst taking pictures and Bluetooth connectivity. The shutter unit has additionally been redesigned, with Panasonic claiming a 90% aid in ‘shutter surprise’ in comparison to the GX8. There’s additionally a integrated flash – one thing the GX8 lacked – in addition to some tweaks to symbol processing.

Panasonic seems to have rearranged their lineup a little, with the GX9 serving extra as a midrange fashion than its predecessors, sitting along the DSLR-style DMC-G85. The worth has come all the way down to $999 with a equipment lens, in comparison to $1199 for the GX8’s physique by myself. Alongside the associated fee drop, some options discovered at the GX8 at the moment are long past, comparable to weather-sealing. The EVF is smaller and battery lifestyles has dropped by way of about 25%, as smartly.

The GX9’s closest friends are the Fujifilm X-E3 and Sony’s a6300, either one of that have 24MP APS-C sensors, hybrid autofocus programs (which the GX9 lacks) and 4K video seize.

* The 12-32mm lens pictured above isn’t the equipment lens, which is the Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm F3.Five-Five.6 OIS.

Key Specifications

  • 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor and not using a low-pass filter out
  • ‘Dual IS’ Five-axis in-body symbol stabilization
  • Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF
  • Tilting 2.76M-dot digital viewfinder
  • three” 1.24M-dot touchscreen show
  • 6 fps burst taking pictures with steady AF
  • 4K UHD video seize at 30p
  • Built-in flash
  • Redesigned shutter mechanism with electromagnetic force
  • New L. Monochrome D and Grain Effect colour modes
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

All-in-all that is a beautiful great function set, with the removing of the low-pass filter out promising higher solution and the brand new shutter decreasing the shutter surprise which plagued its predecessor. Panasonic additionally added some new tips to its 4K Photo mode that we will contact on later.

Compared to…

Now let’s check out how the GX9 no longer best compares to its predecessor but additionally the way it stacks up in opposition to Fuji’s X-E3 and Sony’s a6300.

Panasonic GX9 Panasonic GX8 Fujifilm X-E3 Sony a6300
MSRP $999 (w/12-60mm lens) $1199 (physique best) $1299 (w/18-55mm lens) $999 (w/16-50mm lens)
Sensor 20MP Four Thirds (no OLPF) 20MP Four Thirds 24MP X-Trans APS-C 24MP APS-C
Image stabilization Five-axis (Dual IS) Four-axis (Dual IS) Lens best Lens best
ISO vary (complete) 100-25600 100-51200
AF device Contrast-detect (DFD) Hybrid Hybrid
AF joystick No Yes No
Burst charge (C-AF) 6 fps eight fps
LCD 1.24M-dot tilting three” touchscreen 1.04M-dot absolutely articulating three” touchscreen 1.04M-dot mounted three” touchscreen 921k-dot tilting three” touchscreen
Viewfinder 2.76M-dot LCoS (tilting) 2.36M-dot OLED (tilting) 2.36M-dot OLED (mounted)
Viewfinder magnification zero.7x equiv. zero.77x equiv. zero.62x equiv. zero.71x equiv.
Built-in flash Yes No Yes
Video 4K UHD @ 30p
Wi-Fi Yes, w/BT Yes Yes, w/BT Yes, w/NFC
Weather-sealed No Yes No Yes
Battery lifestyles 260 photographs 340 photographs 350 photographs
Dimensions 124 x 72 x 47mm 133 x 78 x 63mm 121 x 74 x 43mm 120 x 67 x 49mm
Weight (CIPA) 450 g 487 g 337 g 404 g
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The GX9 (left) is noticeably smaller than the GX8.

You can see that the diversities between the GX9 and GX8 are a blended bag. The GX9 loses the low-pass filter out, get an additional axis (rotation) of symbol stabilization and provides Bluetooth and a flash. However, its viewfinder is smaller, physique now not weather-sealed and battery lifestyles has taken a flip for the more serious. Speaking of viewfinders, Panasonic has long past again to a box sequential panel (a unique era than conventional LCD or OLED,) which some other people might in finding distracting because of ‘colour tearing’. The LCD is now tilting as opposed to absolutely articulating, which some other people might in finding as an improve, and others won’t.

The 20MP Live MOS sensor at the GX8 is as prime solution as you can in finding on a Micro Four Thirds digicam, despite the fact that greater APS-C sensors carry out a little higher at prime sensitivities. Both the X-E3 and a6300 have hybrid (distinction + section hit upon) autofocus programs, despite the fact that Panasonic’s DFD device has carried out relatively smartly in spite of missing phase-detection. The GX8 has upper solution LCDs and an EVF that is relatively a little larger than the X-E3’s. Both the X-E3 and a6300 have quicker burst charges and 35% upper battery lifestyles.

Accessories

Two equipment for the DC-GX9 actually stuck our eye, and would most likely be positioned within the buying groceries cart subsequent to the digicam if we purchased one.

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The GX9 proven with its not obligatory DMW-HGR2 grip.

The GX9 does not have an enormous grip and we discovered ourselves actually liking the to be had DMW-HGR2 grip. The grip protrudes relatively a little, so smaller palms would possibly in finding it a little too really extensive, however the ones folks within the DPReview workplace who attempted it had no court cases. The one problem is that it should be got rid of with a view to get admission to the battery and reminiscence card compartment.

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GX9 with not obligatory DMW-EC5 eyecup.

If you end up taking pictures open air with the EVF then the DMC-EC5 eyecup is a should. Without the eyecup this reviewer discovered himself the usage of his left hand to stay gentle out of the viewfinder, somewhat than bracing the digicam for steadiness, and for $19, purchasing this is a no-brainer. Getting on the diopter correction knob generally is a bit difficult with it connected, despite the fact that.

Pricing and Availability

The DC-GX9 will start delivery in early March at a worth of $999 with the Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm F3.Five-Five.6 OIS lens. (Keep in thoughts that the GX8 introduced at $1199, physique best.) Other areas will most likely produce other kits to be had.

Color alternatives come with black or silver.

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