The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds camera whose most recognizable feature is its tilting electronic viewfinder. The GX9 provides a healthy serving of new features and performance improvements over its predecessor, the GX8.
The most notable changes include the removal of the low-pass filter on the GX9’s 20MP sensor, 5-axis in-body image stabilization (up from 4-axis), slightly faster burst shooting and Bluetooth connectivity. The shutter unit has also been redesigned, with Panasonic claiming a 90% reduction in ‘shutter shock’ compared to the GX8. There’s also a built-in flash – something the GX8 lacked – as well as some tweaks to image processing.
Panasonic appears to have rearranged their lineup a bit, with the GX9 serving more as a midrange model than its predecessors, sitting alongside the DSLR-style DMC-G85. The price has come down to $999 with a kit lens, compared to $1199 for the GX8’s body alone. Alongside the price drop, some features found on the GX8 are now gone, such as weather-sealing. The EVF is smaller and battery life has dropped by about 25%, as well.
The GX9’s closest peers are the Fujifilm X-E3 and Sony’s a6300, both of which have 24MP APS-C sensors, hybrid autofocus systems (which the GX9 lacks) and 4K video capture.
* The 12-32mm lens pictured above is not the kit lens, which is the Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS.
- 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor with no low-pass filter
- ‘Dual IS’ 5-axis in-body image stabilization
- Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF
- Tilting 2.76M-dot electronic viewfinder
- 3″ 1.24M-dot touchscreen display
- 6 fps burst shooting with continuous AF
- 4K UHD video capture at 30p
- Built-in flash
- Redesigned shutter mechanism with electromagnetic drive
- New L. Monochrome D and Grain Effect color modes
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
All-in-all that’s a pretty nice feature set, with the removal of the low-pass filter promising better resolution and the new → continue…